International resonance to the 9th International Freiberg Conference on IGCC & XtL Technologies with its focus on circular carbon economy.

From 3rd to 8th June 2018, the Institute of Energy Process Engineering and Chemical Engineering (IEC) at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg jointly organized the International Freiberg Conference with the IEA Clean Coal Center (UK) with the theme "Closing the Carbon Cycle".

With its 9th edition, the International Freiberg Conference on IGCC & XtL Technologies once again proved itself to be the leading international conference in the field of chemical utilization of carbon resources (clean carbon conversion) with low COemissions. During the opening ceremony, the conference hosted distinguished speakers namely Dr. Jadwiga Emilewicz (Minister of Entrepreneurship and Technology, Poland), Dr. Christian Ehler (Member of the European Parliament), Hans-Joachim Hennings (Department Head at the Ministry of Economy, Science and Digitization, State of Saxony-Anhalt), via video message Dr. Eva-Maria Stange (Minister for Higher Education, Research and the Fine Arts, State of Saxony), Dr. Lars Kulik (Executive Board Member of RWE Power AG) and Prof. Bernd Meyer (IEC, TU Bergakademie Freiberg).

During the conference, new scientific insights, progresses in low-emission, sustainable technologies, and the economic and industrial-scale implementation of carbon conversion technologies took center stage. A particular focus was also on the systemic and holistic investigation of the sustainability of emerging carbon conversion technologies and the public acceptance of the diverse development steps associated with the transformation from a linear to circular carbon economy, with the goal of closing the carbon cycle through integration of renewable energy.

Regional-specific characteristics are observed with regards to the chemical utilization of primary and secondary carbon sources. In Asia, and especially in China, developments are occurring at a breathtaking pace towards modern and large-scale coal-based technologies. For example in 2017, the world's largest coal-based Fischer-Tropsch plant with an annual production of 4 Mio. tons products went into operation in Ningxia (China). In contrast, developments in Europe are primarily focused on research and demonstration-scale, in particularly for decentralized Power-to-X solutions. Furthermore, increasing global interest in the use of alternative carbon sources such as waste, biomass and COfor chemical production can be identified.

The majority of the 278 participants from 22 countries came from Germany and China. Of the 140 oral presentations, the presentation by Florian Keller (IEC, TU Bergakademie Freiberg) on ​​"Technological and Environmental Evaluation of the Production of Organic Platform Chemicals from Different Feedstock"was voted best scientific presentation while the best application presentation went to Tobias Ginsberg (RWE Power AG) for his presentation on "Gasification of sewage sludge in the Freiberg COORVED lab scale unit for in-situ recovery of phosphorus". For the first time, the conference included a special poster reception which gave young scientists the opportunity to present and discuss their results. The highly successful Krüger Poster Reception was kindly sponsored by Dr. Erika Krüger from the Association of Friends and Supporters of the TU Bergakademie (Verein der Freunde und Förderer der TU Bergakademie Freiberg e.V.) and Chairman of the Krüger Foundation. Dr. Erika Krüger also opened the reception and presented the awards for best posters personally.

The conference concluded with four technical tours to companies from various sectors in the carbon economy in and around Berlin. The 10th International Freiberg Conference on IGXX & XtL Technologies will be taking place in Shanghai (China) in June 2020. The upcoming conference will be co-organized with IEC's long-time Chinese collaborators from science and industry namely the East China University of Science and Technology (Shanghai) and Synfuels China Technology Co., Ltd. (Beijing).

 

 


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