In addition to fossil resources, biomass and carbon-containing wastes – in addition to CO2 – are valuable carbon carriers which are gaining global important as raw material for chemical production. With the global community’s increasing focus on zero-waste, circularity and carbon neutrality, there is increasing pressure on industries to increase resource efficiency, conserve primary resources, promote recycling and integrate renewable energy to reduce carbon emissions and waste.
In view of these global developments and trends, the 10th International Freiberg Conference on IGCC & XtL Technologies will address a wide range of issues associated with the transformation from a carbon intensive and linear economy towards a low carbon, circular and hydrogen economy on the path towards zero-waste and carbon neutrality.
The event provides a high-level discussion forum to facilitate the exchange of information and expertise between industry, scientific and political stakeholders along carbon value chains from extraction/sourcing, processing/refining to conversion, utilization, chemical (advanced/feedstock) recycling, hydrogen production, and electrification. Participants are expected to come from diverse fields and industrial branches ranging from researchers and specialists engaged in fundamental and applied R&D to industry experts from industries in transformation such as natural resource, mining, primary, chemical, metallurgy, automobile, energy, waste management, recycling and engineering sectors as well as equipment and technology providers/manufacturers.
The conference provides a platform where international participants will have the opportunity to engage in in-depth exchanges about alternative and innovative developments associated with carbon resources as well as challenges and possibilities for carbon intensive and dependent industries in their efforts to increase resource efficiency, reduce waste, promote recycling and circularity, and reduce emissions and leakages.
Studies and new developments by researchers and technology developers as well as current or planned projects and operational experiences by plant operators related to a low carbon, circular and hydrogen economy shall be presented. Topics for presentations include:
1. Feedstock & treatment processes
- New and conventional feedstock for chemical utilization (MSW, RDF/SRF, plastic waste, sewage sludge, ocean waste, biowaste, agricultural and animal waste, carbon- and glass fiber composites, automobile shredder, petcoke, lignite, high ash high melting coals, …),
- Feedstock treatment (drying, feeding, deashing, …) and conversion (e.g. characterization, reaction kinetics, analytics of heterogeneous feedstock, trace components, contaminants, …),
- Technologies for waste treatment (collection, sorting, crushing, agglomeration, baling, …),
2. Conversion processes, technologies & products
- Low temperature conversion processes (e.g. extraction, torrefaction, pyrolysis, …) and upgrading of products (e.g. tars, oils, coke, reforming, upgrading, hydrotreating, refining, …),
- Chemical conversion processes and technologies (solvolysis, pyrolysis, gasification/co-gasification, direct liquefaction, integration of renewable H2, …),
- Electrification of conversion processes and technologies (e.g. application of plasma, microwave heating, inductive heating, …),
- Synthesis gas treatment and synthesis technologies (CO2-based syntheses, direct syngas conversion, MtO, MtG, MtK, Fischer-Tropsch, …),
- CCUS – Carbon dioxide capture, storage and utilization (e.g. direct air capture, …),
- Innovative cycles and gas turbine developments for IGCC and polygeneration (Allam cycle, …),
- Hydrogen production, storage and supply (e.g. methane pyrolysis, SMR, ATR, gas POx, waste gasification, methanol, …),
- Integration of ammonia and liquid H2 in global energy market,
- High value carbon products (graphene, carbon fiber, carbon black, graphitic carbon, …),
3. Modeling & integrated assessment
- Numerical modeling of conversion processes,
- Concept evaluations and flow sheet simulation (TEA – Techno-economic analyses, LCA – life cycle assessments),
- Risk assessment,
4. Projects, trends and experiences
- Industrial project development, industrial demonstration projects, industrial operation experience,
- Perspectives from industry (e.g. mining organizations, waste management companies, chemical industries, hydrogen economy, technology developers, …),
- Trends (zero-waste cities, circular carbon economy, chemical/advanced recycling, hydrogen economy, electrification, ….),
- National and international industry/science networks and initiatives (e.g. zero waste, carbon neutrality, circular economy, hydrogen economy, …),
- Sector coupling (e.g. energy with chemical and waste management/recycling sectors, …),
- National/global boundary conditions (social, economic, regulatory, political) for sustainable carbon conversion to chemicals, transportation fuels and electricity,