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08:00 – 09:30 Registration (Foyer BIO 1)

09:30 – 10:00 Welcome (B3)

Prof. Dr. Stephan Dabbert, Rector University of Hohenheim
Karl Greißig, Ministerial Director, Head of the Department of Energy Sector at Ministry for the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector Baden-Württemberg
Michael Köttner, Internationale Biogas und Bioenergie Kompetenzzentrum
Dr. Hans Oechsner, University of Hohenheim

10:00 – 11:00 Keynote speeches (B3)

Perspectives for Biogas within the European Union, Harm GROBRÜGGE, Vice-president European Biogas Association

Scientific perspectives for the further development of the biogas system, Largus ANGENENT, University of Tübingen, Germany

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break – Poster session, exhibition (Foyer BIO 1)

11:30 – 12:45




Foyer BIO 1

Session 1 – Biogas in practice

(Chairman: Pruk AGGARANGSI)

Session 2 – Energy crops

(Chairman: Michael KÖTTNER)

Session 3 - Optimal integration of biogas in the energy system

(Chairwoman: Jaqueline DANIEL-GROMKE)

Exhibition and poster session

Holistic analysis & assessment of repowering measures for existing biogas plants, Joshua GÜSEWELL, Germany

High yielding tropical energy crops for bioenergy production: effects of plant components, harvest years, and locations on biomass composition and subsequent biogas production, Samir Kumar KHANAL, USA

Optimal biogas plant concepts supplying biogas for highly flexible power generation systems – Introduction into two large scale demonstration projects, Henning HAHN, Germany

Cheap carbon sources for biogas – New innovative pretreatment technologies – Lignocellulosic feedstocks,

Jens Bo HOLM-NIELSEN, Denmark

Aquatic macrophytes as substrates for anaerobic digestion plants, Walter STINNER, Germany

Demand driven biogas production in anaerobic filters, Andreas LEMMER, Germany

Dry anaerobic digestion: state-of-art, scientific and technological locks, Thierry RIBEIRO, France

Increase of the methane production from microalgal biomass by using ruminal microorganisms for pre-treatment, Germán BUITRÓN, Mexico

Assessment of biogas production limits in anaerobic reactors for a flexible energy production, Wendy LAPERRIERE, France

12:45 – 14:10 Lunch (Mensa)

14:10 – 15:50

Session 4 – Innovative digestion technologies

(Chairwoman: Stephanie LANSING)

Session 5 - Biogas generation from waste / bioproducts

(Chairman: Mathias EFFENBERGER)

Session 3 - Optimal integration of biogas in the energy system

(Chairman: Jens Bo HOLM-NIELSEN)

Effect of bioaugmentation with anaerobic fungi isolated from ruminants on the hydrolysis of corn silage and Phragmites australis, Bhargavi RAVI, Canada

Use of dry fermentation fro co-digestion of organic fraction of municipal solid waste (OFMSW) with chicken manure (CM) (effect of trace elements), Nuri AZBAR, Turkey

Flexible AD Plants as Regional Balancing Option in Power Distribution Grids, Jacqueline DANIEL-GROMKE, Germany

The influence of hydrolysis process pH on biogas efficiency of maize silage in two-phase anaerobic digestion, Andrzej LEWICKI, Poland

Anaerobic digestion of brewery spent grains: nutrients addition requirement, Claire BOUGRIER, France

Simulation of demand oriented biogas production by a simplified kinetic model, Sören WEINRICH, Germany

Fundamentals of process design and control of anaerobic sequencing batch gas-lift reactor, Isabel Cristina PULGARIN MONSALVE, Germany

Biowaste - profitable for the bioeconomy, Lea BÖHME, Germany


Feeding strategy optimization assisted by near infrared and real time process monitoring to improve methane production, Cyrille CHARNIER, France

Bio-slurry management and utilization for Bangladesh, Heinz-Peter MANG, China

Bio-methane performance of coffee processing by - products and effect of TE-supplement on biogas production, Bilhat CHALA, Germany

Near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) for a real-time monitoring of the biogas process, Andrea STOCKL, Germany

15:50 – 16:20 Coffee break – Poster session, exhibition (Foyer BIO 1)

16:20 – 18:00

Session 6 - N-rich substrates

(Chairman: Mark PATERSON)

Session 7 - Measuring biogas yields / potential

(Chairman: Thierry RIBEIRO)

Practitioners forum

(Chairwoman: Elisabeth Maria HUBA-MANG)

Monitoring report of high nitrogen biogas operation on lagoon based digester; case study Thailand egg layer farms biogas, Pruk AGGARANGSI, Thailand

Impact of inoculum's origin on the methane yield in biochemical methane potential (BMP) tests, Konrad KOCH,Germany

The dimensioning of gasgrids and gasstores, Johannes FISCHER, Germany

The influence of the pre-treatment of chicken manure with auto-hydrolisis (AH) or pressure swing conditioning (PSC) on nitrogen content and biogas production, Britt SCHUMACHER, Germany

Temperature effects on residual biogas potential, Florian RÜSCH-PFUND, Switzerland

Armatec FTS biogas components  worldwide, Rudi PAFLITSCHEK, Germany

Mono-fermentation of fresh poultry manure, Patricio GIL SCHRECKENBERG, Argentina

Biogas potential of livestock farming residues in the Belgorod region in Russia, Jonas LINDNER, Germany

LIPP, Germany

Anaerobic digestion for the biosecure disposal of poultry mortalities and renewable energy production, Joshua ARIAS, Canada

Novel monitoring of AD process using low cost sensing platforms, Tanja RADU, UK

Experiences and lessons learned in Latin America and the Caribbean with the small biodigester HoMethan, Monserrat LLUCH CUEVAS, Germany

18:00 – 19:00 Poster session, exhibition (Foyer BIO 1)

19:00 – 22:00 Evening reception (Mensa)


08:30 – 10:30




Foyer BIO 1

Session 8 – Low-tech biogas plants

(Chairman: Renje DONG)

Oral Poster Session

(Chairman: Hans OECHSNER)

Session 9 – Pretreatment technologies

(Chairman: Nuri AZBAR)

Exhibition and poster session

Assessing a novel low-tech, high efficiency biodigester for small cattle farms in tropical regions, Joaquín VIQUEZ, Costa Rica

5 minutes pro each Speaker, after 4 Speakers 5 minutes discussion

Co-ensiling of straw with sugar leaves increases the methane yield from straw, Soren Ugilt LARSEN, Denmark

Waste treatment, energy production and agricultural fertilization from sanitation digesters in Haiti, Stephanie LANSING, USA

Adapting the wet storage to wilted corn stover: process performance evaluation and operation strategy, Qian ZHAO, China

Evaluation of prefabricated biogas digesters in Bangladesh and Lesotho, Shikun CHENG, China

Sustainable enhancement of anaerobic digestion and increase in biogas production by ultrasound technology - examples from praxis Klaus NICKEL, Germany

Different directions on deployment of manure based biogas production in three regional contexts of South America, Luis FERREIRA, Portugal

Anaerobic co-digestion of category 2 animal byproducts; influence of ultrasonic pretreatment, Jesús María MARTÍN MARROQUÍN, Spain

Integrated biosystems for sewage treatment in Rio de Janeiro's slums: Case study of Vale Encantado community, Leonardo ADLER, Brazil

Exploitation of the biomethane potential from cattle manure solids by specific pretreatment, Urs BAIER, Switzerland

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break – Poster session, exhibition (Foyer BIO 1)

11:00 – 12:40

Session 10 – Additive / prevention of process inhibition

(Chairman: Samir KHANAL)

Session 11 – General optimization of biogas processes

(Chairman: Joachim MÜLLER)

Session 9 - Pretreatment technologies

(Chairman: Heinz-Peter MANG)

Innovative additives for chemical desulphurisation in biogas processes: A comparative study on iron compound products, Hans-Joachim NÄGELE, Germany

Recovery of valuable fertilizing products and soil improver from digestate, Jennifer BILBAO, Inga-Mareike BACH, Germany

Steam explosion pre-treatment of Alpine hay: Effects on the biomethane yields and on the biodegradation kinetics of structural compounds, Javier LIZASOAIN, Austria

The fate and effect of lasalocid during anaerobic digestion of dairy manure, Osman ARIKAN, Turkey

Valorisation of organic platform chemicals in the biogas process chain, Hans OECHSNER, Germany

Thermal pre-treatment of food waste to enhance thermophilic anaerobic digestion: process performances and heat balance, Camilla BRAGUGLIA, Italy

Inhibition of biowaste treatment plants - How to handle with and how to solve?, Sebastian MEIER, Germany

Unraveling of microbial dark matter dynamics related to ensilage and reactor performance in the biogas process chain, Anja GROHMANN, Germany

Monitoring of full-scale hydrodynamic cavitation pretreatment in agricultural biogas plant, Mirco GARUTI, Italy

The roles of ZnO Nanoparticles on methane production in the Cannibal process, Passkorn KHANTHONGTHIP, Thailand

Life cycle assessment and economy of the biogas process chain, Klaus MEISSNER, Germany

Pre-treatment of organic residues like animal by-products and biowaste for optimized biogas production, Rolf JUNG, Germany

12:40 – 14:00 Lunch (Mensa)

14:00 – 15:40

Session 12 – Power to gas

(Chairman: Mohammad TAHERZADEH)

Session 13 – Nutrient utilization

(Chairman: Stev AUSTINAT)

Practitioners forum

(Chairman: Hans-Joachim NÄGELE)

Biological methanation - a review, Bernhard LECKER, Germany

Production of solid ammonium salts from residues of monodigestion of nitrogen-rich materials, Günter BUSCH, Germany

Flexible, energy efficient pretreatment solution for contaminated organic waste in different anaerobic digestion market applications, Dieter KORZ, Germany

Long term and demand-oriented bio-catalytic synthesis of high concentrated methane in a trickle red reactor and scale up, Marko BURKHARDT, Germany

The influence of digestate treatment and composition on N2O and CO2 and emissions after the application on a fallow land, Ioana PETROVA, Germany 

Analysing biogas to control and optimise the process biogas, Rachel WOODBRIDGE-STOCKS, UK

Use of biological methanation for PtG-Concepts: Fermentative high-pressure methanation of hydrogen, Timo ULLRICH, Germany

Influence of the major feedstock on digestate composition, soil nitrogen availability and organic matter stability, Franziska HÄFNER, Germany

The production and cross-border trade of biomethane form organic waste and residues - A case example, Zoltan ELEK, Germany

Effects of high pressure anaerobic digestion up to 30 bar on pH-value, solubility of CO2 and specific methane yield, Andreas LEMMER, Germany

Short-term nitrogen uptake of different conditioned fermentation residues, Claudia MAURER, Germany 

Experience in Wave-Box ultrasound pretreatment in manure based AD plants, Gerald VOLLMER-HEUER, Germany

15:40 – 16:10 Coffee break – Poster session, exhibition (Foyer BIO 1)

16:10 – 17:50

Session 12 – Power to gas

(Chairman: Andreas LEMMER)

Session 13 – Nutrient utilization

(Chairman: Luis FERREIRA)

Practitioners forum

(Chairman: Michael KÖTTNER)

Microbial mehanation of H2/CO2 in anerobic trickle bed reactors - a study of microbial biocenoses and nutrient supply strategies under thermophilic conditions, Dietmar STRÜBING, Germany

Improving the overall biogas efficiency by digestate disintegration, Matthijs H. SOMERS, Belgium

Online sampling system of anaerobic digestion to monitor the process stability based on VFA/TIC, Camilo WILCHES, Germany

Effects of temperature on biomethanation utilizing CO2 and H2 through hydrogentropic methanogenesis, Nanshi DONG, China

Scenario based nutrient balance of digestate and manure for excess modelling in Bavaria, Markus HEBERLEIN, Germany 

Improvement of anaerobic digestion - energy efficiency, Christian EICHHORST, Germany

Biogas quality upgrade by adsorption and regeneration of in-situ regenerative activated carbon in a packed bed column, Muhammad FAROOQ, UK

Study of the utilization of biogas digestate as sustrate for functional materials, Yvonne RINGELSPACHER, Germany

Biogas from dry chicken dung by psychrophilic monofermentation, Alfons HIMMELSTOSS, Germany

A new approach for the integration of biogas in Power-to-gas concepts - Simulation, optimization and comparison, Florian KIRCHBACHER, Austria

No agro waste, Katrin KAYSER, Germany

Evaluation and modelling the energy efficiency of commercial scale biogas plants, René CASARETTO, Germany

17:50 – 18:15 Closing session (B3)

18:15 End of the conference



(Program may be subject to change)

Stand of 09th of February 2017


Methane production from low-cost unheated field-scale anaerobic digesters treating dairy manure, Osman ARIKAN, Turkey

Anaerobic biohydrogen production with concurrent wastewater treatment: influence of substrate concentration, hydraulic retention time and type of substrate, Ahmed HASSAN, Germany

Fermentative conversion of vegetable waste into organic acids and methane in two stage biogas-systems, Padma Priya RAVI, Germany

Development of a method to produce standardized inocula for biomethane potential tests, Jörn HEERENKLAGE, Germany

CO2 partial pressure as a key parameter in anaerobic digestion and methane formation, Marian KAZDA, Germany

The energy value and the cost of production for pellets produced on the basis of digestate from agricultural biogas plant, Wojciech CZEKALA, Poland

Flow velocity in CSTR biogas digesters: a full-scale study, Philipp KRESS, Germany

Fluid dynamics in a scale-down laboratory digester, Fosca CONTI, Germany

Biogas fermentation of wheat straw as mono input under defined conditions, Paul SCHERER, Germany

Developing anaerobic digester with external zeolite colum for enhancing methane production from swine manure - A feasibility study, Thushari N. WIJESINGHE, Australia

Biological pretreatment of chicken feathers for biogas production, Regina PATINVOH, Sweden

Lignocellulosic waste valorization strategy for enzymes and biogas production, Valentina WYMAN, Chile

Hydrogen fermentation of marine biomass - Self-sufficiency of energy production in fishing port-, Kana KURODA, Japan

Biogas generation and product utilization: a South African business case perspective, Usisipho GOGELA, South Africa

An alternative process for CO2 separation by IL based chemical absorption, Markus ROSCHITZ, Germany

Novel scale cryogenic biogas upgrading process for producing dry ice and liquefied biomethane, Sebastian BAUM, Germany

Liquefied biogas as a matter of a storage and system integration of renewable energy sources, Alexey MOZGOVOY, Germany



POSTER (Foyer BIO 1)

Energetic optimization of dairy plant by recycling of milking waste in methane fermentation, Jacek DACH, Poland

Biogas generation from anaerobic biodigestion of wastewater treatment plant sludge and swine manure combined in different proportions related to carbon removal, Odorico KONRAD, Brazil

Biogas from biowaste and municipal waste - a review, Jude OKOLIE, Nigeria

Phosphate recovery and functional carbon material production through hydrothermal carbonization of digestate, Xueli ZHAO, Germany

Optimized substrate management and the influence of the composition of biogas digestate their fertilizing effect, Florian SIEMEISTER, Germany

Gardeners' perception of Biogas digestate based soil amendments, Johannes DAHLIN, Germany

Discrete choice experiment on biogas digestate-based fertilizer attributes, Johannes DAHLIN, Germany

General optimization of biogas processes, Klaus MEISSNER, Germany

Comparing a global and a local modeling approach for the prediction of the biogas yield of energy crops, Vasilis DANDIKAS, Germany

Standardized software for biogas research, Johanna PEDERSEN, Denmark

Competitive analysis of specific methane yields from continuous and batch processes for anaerobic digestion of bio-based products, Hans OECHSNER, Germany

Time characteristics for on-demand biogas and methane production based on the input of sugar beet silage, Sharif AHMED, Germany

Modelling the production of biogas from the fermentation of greenhouse biowaste using artificial neural network, Piotr BONIECKI, Poland

Optimization of mixing a biogas digester, Leonhard WIEDEMANN, Germany

Optimisation of inter-stage thermophilic aerobic digestion for organic matter removal and methane production from waste water sludge, Johanna PEDERSEN, Denmark

A new indicator bacterium for sanitation and thermophilic digestion: Long term research on a full scale biogas plant for cattle manure, Sandra OFF, Germany

Enhanced biogas production from maize: Screening and inoculum, Brigitte KEMPTER-REGEL, Germany

Concept for the development and implementation of a biogas technology using rice straw as energy source, Celia HAHN, Germany

Two-phase anaerobic digestion of sugar beet for biomethane production - process optimization of preservation and conversion for the improvement of energy yield (ZRCH4), Elzbieta KUMANOWSKA, Germany

The energetic and economic efficiency of biogas plant exploitation connected with vegetable processing plant, Damian JANCZAK, Poland

Cost analysis of energy production from anaerobic digestion in an intensive swine farm, Antonio MOREIRA, Portugal

Modelling a solar-assisted thermophilic biodigester and the treatment of its effluents; a heuristic tool for research and teaching, José Alberto MIRANDA CHAVARRÍA, Costa Rica

Combined H2S and CO2 removal process for upgrading biogas, Keren RAJAVELU, Germany

Techno-economic assessment of partially upgraded biogas and the decentralized utilization for mobility in agriculture, Abdessamad SAIDI, Germany

Upgrading biogas composition via ahydrogenotrophic bioprocess, Germán BUITRÓN, Mexico

Hydrogen sulphide reduction, Monika VITEZOVA, Czech Republic

Decentralized biomethane production using a combination of chemical scrubbing and low-pressure membrane technologies, Jesús María MARTÍN MARROQUÍN, Spain

Innovative biogas plant concepts for an optimal integration of biogas plants into the energy system - A techno-economic analysis, Henning HAHN, Germany

Gas distribution standard for biogas in Bangladesh, Wahidur RAHMAN, Bangladesh

Biogas plant 4.0 - Opportunities and requirements for existing facilities, Laura WEITZE, Germany

How to use revised IPCC carbon calculating method in the carbon emission calculating of sludge treatment and disposal process, Qia GUO, China

Flexible CHP from biogas on waste biomass, Kurt HJORT-GREGERSEN, Denmark

Anaerobic digestion for urban organic solid and water wastes for energy and nutrient reclamation, Oscar MONROY HERMOSILLO, Mexico

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