Organised by

WasteEng Conference Series

WTERT Brazil


Ecole des Mines d’Albi

Co-organised by

Earth Engineering Center (Columbia University and City College of New York)


Princeton University

Publication of selected papers in a peer reviewed journal


In collaboration with


Summer School


1st WasteEng Summer School (August 28-29, 2014)


Right after the WasteEng2014 conference, the 1st WasteEng Conference Series Summer School will offer exclusive programmes designed in close collaboration with leading experts. This will give you a unique opportunity to develop your engineering skills in an industrial setting and work with highly topical technological cases.

During 1.5 days (Aug. 28 pm and Aug. 29) 21 hours of courses will be taught by some of the best profiles within the area Waste to Energy, Wastewater Treatment and Life Cycle Assessment, and you will be introduced to a new approach to problem solving.

This summer school will be organized in collaboration with the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) who will grant the courses with Certificates. The Summer School courses are open to participants and non-participants of the WasteEng2014 conference.


Summer School Registration Fee



 (net prices)

Up to

June 30, 2014

As of

July 1, 2014


Summer School Module


180 € / module (3hrs)

240 € / module (3hrs)



  • An additional fee of 50 € will be charged for participants who are not attending the WasteEng Conference.


WasteEng2014 Summer School at a glance

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Presentation of the Summer School modules

A – WASTE TO ENERGY (WTE) – (9hrs)

WTE 1: Theory and application of thermal treatment of waste and biomass materials (3hrs)

Castaldi_2012_thumbInstructor: Prof Marco J. Castaldi, City College, City University of New York, Director Earth Engineering Center

Marco J. Castaldi, Ph.D., is Professor at the City College of New York and Director of the Earth Engineering Center. His fields of expertise are catalysis, combustion and gasification. He is the Editor of the North American Waste to Energy Conference (NAWTEC) Series, Editor of the Waste to Energy text to be published by Woodhead Publishing, Editorial Board Member of Waste and Biomass Valorization (Springer) and Catalysts.

Course description
This course will set the fundamentals of Waste to Energy process from the sources (origins, quantities generated and characterization of solid wastes) to chemical and physical phenomena in the combustion or gasification of wastes. Application of thermal conversion technologies, ranging from combustion to gasification and pyrolysis will be discussed. A quantitative description of the dominant waste to energy processes used worldwide will be given, including feedstock preparation, moving grate and fluid bed combustion, heat transfer from combustion gases to steam, mitigation of high temperature corrosion, electricity generation, district heating, metal recovery, emission control, and beneficial use of ash residues.
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WTE 2: Small scale and industrial electricity generation from biomass (3hrs)

E. Silva LoraInstructor: Prof Electo Silva Lora, Federal University of Itajubá, UNIFEI, Brazil

Electo Silva-Lora is Professor at the Institute of Mechanical Engineering of the Federal University of Itajubá (UNIFEI) and Coordinator of the Excellence Group in Thermal Power and Distributed Generation – NEST

Course description
Small scale and industrial electricity generation from biomass is being each day more wide-spread. New technologies are being used and economic indicators are improving.
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WTE 3: Design of High Efficiency Waste to Energy Plants (3hrs)

sergio guerreiro ribeiroInstructor: Dr Sergio Guerreiro Ribeiro, PhD, WTERT Brazil

Sergio Guerreiro Ribeiro, Ph.D., is the president and founder of WTERT Brasil. He is the author of 4 patents on High Efficiency Waste and Biomass to Energy Powerplants and acts as Consultant to several Brazilian companies. He also is an international expert on Waste Management at WTERT Germany.

Course description
This module will present a broad industrial standpoint of Waste to Energy including policy, regulation and design issues of large WTE plants and economic feasibility. A focus will be done on conventional and high efficiency WTE plants in operation as well as on the optimized combined cycle using natural gas, syngas or landfill gas and MSW high efficiency with low costs.
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LCA 1: LCA methodology: Introduction and Case Studies (3hrs)

LCA 2: Carrying out an LCA study (3hrs)

Azapagic2Instructor: Prof Adisa Azapagic, University of Manchester, United Kingdom

Adisa Azapagic FREng FIChemE FRSC is Professor of Sustainable Chemical Engineering at the University of Manchester. She leads the Sustainable Industrial Systems group (www.sustainable-systems.org.uk) and her research interests include sustainable production and consumption, sustainable technology, life cycle sustainability assessment and corporate sustainability.

Course description
Life cycle assessment (LCA) is increasingly being used by industry, policy makers and researchers to estimate the environmental impacts of different products, technologies and services from ‘cradle to grave’ and help identify opportunities for environmental improvements. This course will provide participants with an understanding of the methodology and practical applications of LCA in different sectors, including energy, food and waste.
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Wastewater Treatment and Reuse with Emphasis on Developing Countries

WWT 1: Introduction to Treatment Processes and Valorization of Effluents (3hrs)

Stewart OakleyInstructor: Prof Stewart Oakley, California State University, USA

Stewart Oakley is Professor of Environmental Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at California State University, Chico. He has worked extensively in the fields of wastewater treatment with valorization for reuse and solid waste management for over 30 years. His activities include important projects in Latin America, Burkina Faso, China and Japan.

Course description
This course will focus on the theory and design of natural systems for domestic and industrial wastewater treatment, with emphasis on sustainability through waste valorization for energy and nutrient recovery, and effluent and biosolids reuse. Specific topics include natural systems concepts, stoichiometry of biochemical reactions, photosynthesis, microbial growth and kinetics, with engineering applications for aerobic and anaerobic degradation of organic wastewaters, biomass energy, phytotechnologies, and design of wastewater reuse systems in agriculture. Specific case studies from both developed and developing countries will be presented, with special emphasis on sustainable systems from Latin America.
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WWT 2: Organic Wastes and Wastewaters as Sources of Materials and Energy (3hrs)

G.LyberatosInstructor: Prof Gerasimos Lyberatos, School of Chemical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Greece

Gerasimos Lyberatos is Professor in the School of Chemical Engineering and a collaborating faculty member of the Institute of Chemical Engineering and High Temperature Chemical Processes. His research interests are in Biochemical Engineering and Environmental Technologies for liquid and solid waste treatment and valorization. He is Editor of the Journal of Hazardous Materials, Associate Editor of Waste and Biomass Valorization (Springer) and the President of the Hellenic Water Association.

Course Description
Agroindustrial wastewaters and wastes present a problem, but also an opportunity. This course aims at presenting various emerging possibilities for recovering materials and energy from such wastewaters. Anaerobic biotechnological processes of varying technological maturity present various options. Possible processes aiming at the production of (a) biofuels such as biogas (methane) and biohydrogen, (b) direct electricity and (c) biodegradable plastics, while securing appropriate treatment for safe disposal, are presented and discussed. The possibility of obtaining enhanced yields trough appropriate physical, chemical and/or biological pretreatment is also examined. Integrated biotechnological waste and biomass valorization concepts are presented.
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Registration and
Full Paper opening
March 3, 2014


Important dates

Registration and
Full Paper opening
March 3, 2014

Deadline Early Bird Registration
April 15, 2014

Deadline full paper submission
June 2, 2014


Conference Secretariat

Technical programme, scientific matters:

On-line registration, submission, payment: