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29-30/10/2013 – Biorefinery for the production of energy and bio-based products

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October 29, 2013
morning session: from 9.00 to 13.15
afternoon session: from 14.15 to 19.15

October 30, 2013
from 9.15 to 12.45

Conference Centre Torino Incontra
Via Nino Costa 8 - Torino



Guarda i video del seminario - Watch the video about the workshop here:

Parte 1/3

Parte 2/3

Parte 3/3



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This workshop addresses the state of art and the perspectives of research for the development of biorefineries intended to produce energy and bio-based added value chemicals from renewable sources comprising both dedicated crops and biowaste of urban, agriculture and agro-industrial origin.
Biomass pathways are often considered essentially bioenergy pathways, due to financial incentives that have been granted by policy makers to market operators in order to increase the share of renewable energy production. Nevertheless the production of materials, fuels and chemicals starting from biomass represents one of the most promising alternative uses of biomass.
Energy and non-energy biomass pathways might show low or high likelihood of conflicting issues that need to be addressed in order to design better policies and trigger innovation and competition among market operators. For instance product marketability is a major issue for successful biorefinery realization at industrial and commercial level.
These and other issues, such as dedicated crops versus biowaste, food supply chain waste analysis, chemical versus biochemical processes, biorefinery feed cost and perspectives of technological transfer will be addressed in the presentations of experts from academic institutions coming from Europe and South America and industrial operators.
The workshop has been organized in the framework of the IEE - Intelligent Energy Europe BIOTEAM project and of the eCOST - European Cooperation in Science and Technology EUBis Action.


At the present time, only a few contributions are available. The missing contributions will be provided as soon as possible, while the videos will be published at the beginning of December.

Al momento sono disponibili solo alcune presentazioni ma, appena possibile, si provvederà all'inserimento di quelle mancanti. Da inizio dicembre saranno, inoltre, resi disponibili anche i video degli interventi.



Tuesday, October 29
Morning session


Welcome and introductory remarks

Guido Bolatto, Secretary-General of Torino Chamber of Commerce

Giuseppe Genon, President of Fondazione per l’Ambiente - Turin School of Local Regulation



Current research on innovative pathways for bio-based products

Chair: Giuseppe Genon



Sustainability performance and market mapping of biomass pathways for energy and non-energy uses: BIOTEAM international project.

Daniele Russolillo, Fondazione per l’Ambiente, Italy

scarica la presentazione



University of Torino projects on the valorization of biowaste as a source of added value bio-based products

Enzo Montoneri, University of Torino, Italy

scarica la presentazione


The COST Action EUBis on food waste valorisation for sustainable chemicals, materials & fuels

Joachim Venus, Leibniz-Institute, Germany

scarica la presentazione


RENERFOR Project: BRUSA (Biomass Resources Use and Availability) Model

Giulio Cerino, Polytechnic of Torino, Italy

scarica la presentazione


Assessing the economic profitability of biorefinery schemes

Maurizio Prosperi, University of Foggia, Italy

scarica la presentazione



The point of view of industrial operators

Chair: Giuseppe Genon



Biodegradable and compostable plastics: the case study of Novamont

Christian Garaffa, Novamont, Italy

scarica la presentazione


Bio-based lubricants and chemical auxiliaries for industry

Fiorenzo Bucelli, Foundry Chem, Italy

scarica la presentazione


Remarks on the perspective to turn a municipal waste treatment plant into a biorefinery

Davide Mainero, Acea Pinerolese Industriale, Italy

scarica la presentazione


Round table. Market-competitive bio-products: what is missing?

Chair: Daniele Russolillo


Invited speakers:

Joachim Venus (Leibniz-Institute, Germany), Massimo Centemero (Assobioplastiche, Italy), Roberto Moriondo (Regione Piemonte, Italy), Christian Garaffa (Novamont, Italy), Davide Mainero (Acea Pinerolese Industriale, Italy), Enzo Montoneri (University of Torino, Italy), Maurizio Prosperi (University of Foggia, Italy), Massimo Montelone (coordinator of the European Star Agroenergy project, Italy)



Afternoon session

Biowaste valorization – Part A

Chair: Massimo Monteleone


Social Network Analysis of the bio-based products market. A focus on the biowaste valorization.

Piergiuseppe Morone (IT), Sapienza University of Roma

scarica la presentazione


The analysis of the bioplastics market in Italy. Identifying strenghts, opportunities, weaknesses and threats.

Valentina Tartiu, University of Foggia



Pilot Plant for the bioconversion of renewable feedstocks and (agro/food…) residues.

Joachim Venus (DE), Department of Bioengineering, Leibniz-Institute for Agricultural Engineering Potsdam-Bornim (ATB)

scarica la presentazione



Biorefinery development based on valorization of industrial by-product streams.

Apostolis A. Koutinas (Greece), Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Agricultural University of Athens

scarica la presentazione


Improving the performance of the wheat bran biorefinery by the pre-extraction of starch-glucose.

Özge Tirpanalan (AU), Department of Food Science and Technology, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Wien

scarica la presentazione


Valorisation pathways for vegetable & fruit by-products.

Lies Kips (BE), Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research (ILVO), Merelbeke

scarica la presentazione


Exhausted tomato plants to promote growth of other vegetable plants.

Michele Negre (IT),University of Torino


Food waste as a useful source of compounds improving plant health.

Lenka Burketová (CZ), Institute of Experimental Botany AS CR, Prague

scarica la presentazione


Biowaste valorization – Part B

Chair: Massimo Monteleone


Food and non-food urban waste derived biosurfactans for emulsions in metalworking processes.

Adriana K. N. Vargas (BR), Universidade de São Paulo


Membrane processes.

Michel Jaffrin (FR), CNRS, University of Technology, Compiègne

scarica la presentazione


Valorization of rice bran and other agroindustry waste by extraction of oil and esterification over solid catalysts.

Nicoletta Ravasio (IT), CNR ISTM, Milano

scarica la presentazione


Development of catalysts for production of bio-oils via catalytic hydrotreatment.

Blaž Likozar (SL), National Institute of Chemistry, Ljubljana


Development of catalysts for glycerol esterification.

Margarita Popova (BG), Institute of Organic Chemistry with Centre of Phytochemistry, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia

scarica la presentazione


Added value metabolites from heterotrophic microalgae fermentation.

Xavier Turon (ES), Bioengineering Department, IQS, Ramon Llull University, Barcelona



Wednesday, October 30

Biowaste valorization – Part C

Chair: Enzo Montoneri


Utilization of waste bread for lactic acid fermentation.

Joachim Venus (DE), Department of Bioengineering, Leibniz-Institute for Agricultural Engineering Potsdam-Bornim (ATB)

scarica la presentazione


Thermo-chemical conversion of biowaste and products upgrading and levulinic acid production.

Witold Kwapinski (IE), University of Limerick


Biodiesel production: process intensification under non-conventional techniques.

Giancarlo Cravotto (IT), University of Torino


Levulinic acid production and bioplastics production from exhausted tomato plants.

Silvia Tabasso (IT), University of Torino


Biowaste valorization – Part D

Chair: Enzo Montoneri


Ion exclusion chromatography: a potentially valuable biorefinery technology for complex fluids. Application to fruit juice de-acidification as a case study.

Nikolaos E. Mavroudis (UK), Department of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon-Tyne

scarica la presentazione


The search for safer Ionic Liquids for biomass conversion.

Andrew Jordan (IE), School of Chemical Sciences, Dublin City University


Uses of refuse derived Soluble Bio-based Substances in the preparation, properties, and applications of nanomaterials.

Luciano Carlos, INIFTA-CONICET, Universidad Nacional de La Plata (AR)


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Torino Chamber of Commerce
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