Pyroliq 2019: Pyrolysis and Liquefaction of Biomass and Wastes

An ECI Conference

June 16-21, 2019
Maryborough Hotel
Cork, Ireland

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About This Conference

The conference will be a forum for discussion of the advances in the pyrolysis and liquefaction of biomass, organic residues and wastes to intermediate products like bio-oil, biochar, bio-gas and torrefied materials. This will include slow, intermediate and fast pyrolysis, hydropyrolysis, solvent liquefaction and hydrothermal processing. Besides, a special session will be dedicated to pyrolysis of wastes from fossil origin, such as plastics.

Final products are derived after proper fractionation, isolation, purification and/or upgrading, and contributions addressing the processing to marketable materials, chemicals and fuels are especially invited.

The conference will also offer a platform to those who are able to report on commercially successful processes.

The main themes and proposed sessions:

  1. Fundamentals of pyrolysis and liquefaction (reaction mechanisms in dry and solvent environments, reaction kinetics, product selectivity, effects of heat and mass transfer limitations, catalysis)
  1. Reactor development and modelling (testing and modelling of lab-scale units)
  2. Process development and integration (testing of fully continuous laboratory setup and pilot installations providing a full mass balance closure, including pre-treatment, reaction and product separation)
  1. Resources and feedstock characterization and pretreatment
  2. Product characterization, separation and upgrading (refers to chemical characterization, isolation, purification and post treatment / upgrading of fractions or single compounds from the first products of pyrolysis or liquefaction; this would also include catalytic hydro-processing of bio-oils)
  1. Development of added-value products and market studies (heat, electricity, fuels, chemicals and materials)
  1. Technical, economic and environmental feasibility studies
  2. Novelties (integration of electrochemistry, membranes, hydrogen, fuel cells, ionic liquids, molten salts, etc.)
  1. Pyrolysis or liquefaction of waste from fossil origin (e.g., plastics)
  2. Successful demonstration, scale-up and commercialization

Format

The format of the conference will be the “retreat-style Banff-format”. There will be no parallel sessions to allow all participants to be exposed and contribute to all presentations. Apart from 4 plenary lectures of 30 minutes each, the regular contributions will consist of short oral presentations (10 minutes + 2 min for change of speaker). Each presentation, however, will also be accompanies by a poster, to be presented normally during the social hour after dinner. The poster session will allow ample time for questions and answers and informal discussion between presenter and interested participants. Additional free-forum poster presentations will also be invited.

Networking time will be allowed during each afternoon. This will allow participants to engage in informal discussions and to spend time together enjoying the many beautiful outdoors activities available in the Cork region.

Conference Organization

Co-Chairs:

Franco Berruti, ICFAR, Western University
Anthony Dufour, CNRS Nancy
Wolter Prins, University of Ghent
Manuel Garcia-Pérez, Washington State University

Abstracts Submission/Publications

One-page abstracts should be submitted as soon as possible and no later than the deadlines noted below.  The abstract should include both the significance of the research as well as results that will be discussed to allow a scientific assessment of the work by the organizers. Note that all accepted submissions will be presented both orally and as a poster.

Oral abstract submission deadline:                                          January 15, 2019
Poster abstract submission deadline:                                       May 31, 2019

Please prepared your abstract according to this template: docx or doc.

All abstracts should be submitted electronically and submissions must follow the template provided at this link.

There will be a poster competition for the Best Student Poster and Best Overall Poster.

Publications

  • Possible publication of PowerPoint presentations in the ECI Digital Archives.
  • Invitation for full paper submission in a special issue of an internationally recognized refereed journal.

Conference Venue

Conference Venue

The conference will be held at the Maryborough Hotel and Spa in Cork, Ireland. Just a 10-minute taxi ride from both Cork City Center and the Cork International Airport, the hotel is surrounded by lush gardens and provides a serene setting for conferences. The hotel has a restaurant, bar, pool, full-service spa and fitness center.  Bedrooms feature flat screen televisions, tea and coffee facilities, and safes, as well as irons and ironing boards. The hotel has 93 rooms, many with verandas and balconies overlooking the gardens. The conference sessions will be held in the Sherrad Ballroom, which will provide ample space for both technical and poster sessions. Complimentary high-speed wifi is available throughout the property, including the meeting rooms. The Douglas Golf Club is just a six-minute walk from the hotel and the town of Douglas, with many shops, pubs and restaurants, is a 5-10 minute walk away.

Cork, Ireland:  Known as the food capital of Ireland, Cork is rich in history and features a number of art galleries, theaters and museums. In 2005, Cork was designated the European Capital of Culture and it was recognized as one of Lonely Planet’s top 10 cities in the world to visit in 2010. Located in the Southeast of Ireland, Cork City serves as the shopping and commercial capital of the south.

The city dates back to the sixth century, when St. Finbar founded a monastic settlement there. Around 915, Viking settlers established a trading community. By the 12th century the settlement had become the chief city of the Kingdom of South Munster, having survived raids and sporadic settlement by Norsemen. Irish rule was short-lived, and by 1185 Cork was under English rule. Thereafter it changed hands regularly during the relentless struggle between Irish and Crown forces. The complete history of Cork can be found here.

The city centre is built on an island in the River Lee, just upstream of Cork Harbour. The two channels of the River Lee which embrace the city centre are spanned by many bridges, and this gives the city a distinctive continental air.

The city is easily walkable, and popular attractions include ringing the Shandon Bells in the 300-year-old tower of St. Anne’s Church, and visiting the French Gothic spires of St. Finbarre’s Cathedral. There are many unique shopping and dining options, including the famous English Market, with its stalls selling foods from all over the world.

At every corner you’ll come across another panoramic view, another interesting architectural feature and some of the best art galleries ,theatres and museums in Ireland.

The city is home to University College Cork, established in 1845 as one of three Queen’s Colleges – at Cork, Galway and Belfast. These new colleges were established in the reign of Queen Victoria, and named after her.

The famous Blarney Castle, home to the Blarney Stone, is just twenty minutes drive from the city center.  West Cork, nicknamed “A Place Apart”, offers a break from the speed of the city.  Nature sets the pace in this beautiful south west corner of Ireland – stretching from Kinsale  on the south coast to three rugged westerly peninsulas reaching into the wild Atlantic: Mizen Head, Sheep’s Head and Beara.

More information can be found on the Cork Tourism web site and the Discover Ireland Cork Guide.

Transportation

Directions to Maryborough Hotel from Cork Airport:

The hotel is located approximately 10 minutes away from Cork airport by car or taxi.

  • Travel down Airport Hill
  • At Airport Road roundabout, take first exit onto Farmers Cross N27
  • Follow N27 to Kinsale roundabout
  • Take 4th exit onto South Ring road  – N25 East
  • Once on N25, take 2nd exit for Douglas, ignoring 1st exit marked for Douglas West
  • At the traffic lights, turn right
  • At the roundabout, take 2nd exit traveling straight ahead
  • At the traffic lights, drive straight on, until you reach a second roundabout
  • Take 3rd exit off roundabout (Douglas Golf Club on directional fingerpost)
  • This is Maryborough Hill; the hotel is situated up the hill on the left hand side

Directions from other Airports

From Shannon Airport, Ireland to The Maryborough Hotel & Spa
Time: 1 hour 45 mins Distance: 128 km
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From Kerry Airport to The Maryborough Hotel & Spa
Time: 1 hour 26 mins Distance: 104 km
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From Dublin Airport to The Maryborough Hotel & Spa
Time: 2 hours 26 mins Distance: 263 km
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Train Service

Train service is widely available between cities in Ireland. For complete details, schedules and fares, visit Irish Rail. Direct trains run from Dublin Heuston Station to Cork (Kent). The trip from Dublin to Cork takes about 2 ½ hours. Dublin Heuston Station can be reached from Dublin Airport via a bus connection outside the terminal or by taxi (15-25 minutes depending on traffic).

Bus Service

Bus service is also widely available. Buses run directly from Dublin Airport and Shannon Airport to Cork City. The journey takes about three hours. Bus service is recommended for transfers between Shannon and Cork City as there are no directly trains. The trip takes about 2 ½ hours. For fares and schedules visit http://www.buseireann.ie/

General Information

Engineering Conferences International (ECI) is a not-for-profit, global engineering conferences program, originally established in 1962 that provides opportunities for the exploration of problems and issues of concern to engineers and scientists from many disciplines.

The format of the conference provides morning and late afternoon or evening sessions in which major presentations are made. Poster sessions will be scheduled for evening discussion as well. Available time is included during the afternoons for ad hoc meetings, informal discussions, and/or recreation. This format is designed to enhance rapport among participants and promote dialogue on the development of the meeting. We believe the conferences have been instrumental in generating ideas and disseminating information to a greater extent than is possible through more conventional forums.

All participants are expected both to attend the entire conference and to contribute actively to the discussions. The recording/photographing of lectures and presentations is forbidden. As ECI conferences take place in an informal atmosphere, casual clothing is the usual attire.

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