Agenda 2015

Day 1: Monday 29th June 2015

09:00 | Tea/coffee
09:30 | Welcome: Nick Mills, Thames Water

09:45 | Keynote: Dr Bill Barber, Technical Practice Leader, Global Biosolids,  AECOM
              A global perspective on the future of sewage sludge


10:00| Session 1 Anaerobic Digestion Science
Chair: Dr Bill Barber, AECOM

  • Fundamental research on the control and management of the anaerobic digestion process
    S. Giacalone, P. Winter, N. Mills, and S.R. Smith. (Thames Water Utilities Ltd & Imperial College London)
  • Statistical modelling AD for process optimization and benchmarking – A case study of E. coli inactivation across all Thames Water conventional sewage sludge treatment sites
    J. Liu, Y. Gao, P. Pearce, A. Shana and S.R. Smith. (Imperial College London & Thames Water Utilities Ltd)
  • Pilot-trial assessment of novel biosolids storage solutions to suppress E. coli concentrations
    S. Fane, A. Nocker, A. Wilson, M. Rivas Casado, E. Cartmell, and S. Tyrrel. (Cranfield University & Severn Trent Water)
  • On-site carbon dioxide revalorisation by bioconversion in sewage sludge and food waste anaerobic digesters
    Y. Bajón Fernández, A. Soares, P. Vale and E. Cartmell. (Cranfield University & Severn Trent Water)


————– 11:15 | Break ————–


11:30 | Session 2 Thermal Hydrolysis Development
Chair: Paul Fountain, Thames Water

  • Steam Explosion of Sludge in the THP Process
    A. Perrault, R.B. Thorpe, A. Cataldi, N. Mills and R. Barua. (Thames Water Innovation, University of Surrey)
  • The Exelys continuous thermal hydrolysis process.
    A. B. Gilbert(Veolia)
  • Innovative mixing and separation of sludges results in cost effective continuous Thermal Hydrolysis Process (cTHP).
    J. H.F. Pereboom, A. Hol, L. van Dijk, L. Luning. (Sustec Consulting & Contracting)
  • Centralised sludge treatment at wastewater treatment plant Hengelo the Netherlands
    M.Oosterhuis, J. Nonnekens, H.J. Ellenbroek. (Waterboard Vechtstromen)
  • Optimizing THP – The intermediate thermal hydrolysis process
    E. Rus Perez, A. Perrault, N. Mills, A. Shana, P. Jahre Nilsen, and R.B. Thorpe, R.B. (Thames Water, University of Surrey, and CAMBI Norway)


————– 13:15 | Lunch ————–


14:15 |  Speaker: Paul Hillman, Interim Head of Membership and Professional Development, CIWEM

14:30| Session 3 Innovative Resource Recovery Initiatives 
Chair: Giuseppe Mininni, Water Research Institute

  • Resource recovery from sludge treatment at Waterboard De Dommel
    J.T.A. van Veldhoven. (Waterboard De Dommel)
  • Controlling struvite precipitation in anaerobic digestion processes through phosphorous recovery.
    E. Ndam, D. Graham, A.Moore. (Newcastle University and Northumbrian Water)
  • Precious metals in urban waste
    H.M. Pritchard, F. Wedin, J. Sampson, M.T. Jackson and P.C. Fisher. (Cardiff University, Magni Associates, Fjordvangen Geoscience)


————– 15:45 | Break ————–


16:00 | Panel discussion: Where should wastewater and sludge be in 20 years’ time? And what needs to happen now to make it reality?
Chair: Piers Clark, Director, Global Water Development Partners

Panel: George Taylor, Thames Water; Dr Bill Barber, AECOM; Giuseppe Mininni, Italian Research Council; Professor Stephen Smith, Imperial College; Odd Egil Solheim, Cambi


17:00 | Networking Drinks

18:00 | Free Time

19:00 | Dinner in the Mandolay Hotel




Day 2: Tuesday 30th June 2015

09:00 | Tea/coffee
09:30 | Keynote: Giuseppe Mininni, Research Manager of the Italian National Research Council, Water Research Institute
              The FP7 ROUTES Project


09:45 | Session 4 Dewatering and Sustainable Drying
Chair: Lynne Bouchy, Aqualogy

  • Cambi SolidStream® High Dry Solids Technology – Development of test procedures and report from the first full-scale installation in Germany.
    O. Kjorlaug, P.J. Nilsen, O.Egil Solheim, L. Petter Traa and H. Kruchen. (Cambi Group AS) 
  • Impact of digestate storage conditions and rheological properties: preliminary investigations on conditioning and dewatering.
    I. Oliveira, J. Reed, M. Abu-Orf, V. Wilson, D Jones and S. Esteves(University of South Wales, North America Biosolids Practice Leader and Welsh Water)
  • Sludge preheating system as a strategy to improve sludge dewatering in WWTPs. Full scale trials.
    S. López-Palau, A. May-Masnou, C. Garcia-Belinchón, N. de Arespacochaga, A. Vidal, L. Bouchy. (Cetaqua, Water Technology Centre, Auqalogy Medio Ambiente and Aqualogy UK)


————– 11:00 | Break ————–


11:15 | Session 5 Land Recycling and nutrient recovery
Chair: Professor Stephen Smith, Imperial College LondonInvestigation of the Potential Transfer and Uptake of Contaminants into Food Arising from the use of Biosolids and other Recycled Wastes in Agriculture.

  • H. Rigby, S. Acker, A. Dowding, A. Fernandes, D. Humphries, S. Petch, R. Rautiu, C.K. Reynolds, M. Rose and S.R. Smith. (Imperial College Consultants Ltd., Imperial College London, The Food Standards Agency, The Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera) and The University of Reading
  • Application of market research to design sustainable biosolids recycling and set prices.
    S.Hallam, T. Evans and H. Mansfield. (Tim Evans Environment and United Utilities)
  • Regulation and acceptance of composts and digestates
    D. Tompkins, (Aqua Enviro)
  • Sludge preparation for agricultural use: results from the FP7 research project ROUTES.
    G. Mininni. (Italian National Research Council
  • Resource recovery from municipal wastewater waste streams
    E. Gil Aunon, and S. Ryan. (AMEC Foster Wheeler)


————– 13:00 | Lunch ————–


14:00 | Session 6 Advanced Energy Recovery
Chair: Professor Rex Thorpe, University of Surrey

  • Novel technology for biocoal production from sewage sludge
    Dr Dominik Peus. (Antaco)
  • Pure Pyrolysis and Advanced Energy Recovery: A Technology Overview
    Chris Lee. (Environmental Power International)
  • Supercritical Gasification of Sludge
    J.T.A. van Veldhoven. (Waterboard De Dommel)


————– 15:15 | Break ————–


  • Advanced dewatering and thermal processes for sludge.
    A. Heindl. (HUBER SE)
  • Challenges for the Operation of Advanced Thermal Conversion.
    S. Palmer. (MWH) 
  • Sewage sludge as source of activated carbon for the removal of endocrine disrupting chemicals in wastewater
    S. Pullket, G. D. Fowler, K. M. Smith and N.J.D. Graham (Imperial College London)

16:30 | Closing




Day 3: Wednesday 1st July 2015

09:00 | Travel to Crossness WWT Works
10:45 | Arrival & Tea
11:00 | Talk about the site & industrial history
12:00 | Lunch & steam engine
13:00| Tour around Thames Crossness WWT works
15:00 | Tea
15:15 | Wrap up
16:00 | Travel




CAMBI | Thames Water | Aqualogy | CIWEM | ABB | Robinson Contract Services | Business Modelling Associates | Bactest | GWI | Water & Sewerage Journal | Brunel University | Ester Rus Perez

* Programme subject to change