RWM Letsrecycle Digital Spotlight April: Energy from Waste

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RWM Letsrecycle Digital Spotlight April: Energy from Waste


Join us for our 2022 Energy from Waste Digital Spotlight, to hear all the updates with selected speakers from across the sector on industry progress, innovations and challenges being faced.

The conversation around energy from waste is important to a wide range of people within the waste sector to understand and hear updates for a variety of reasons, therefore not one to miss this month.

Energy from Waste and Bio Energy is a solution capable of diverting materials that can’t be recycled away from landfill, as well as one that offers practical ideas to help meet modern-resource needs.

Watch on-demand to hear from our experts



Meet your speakers!

Frank Ligthart - Vice President, Strategy Business Development, Waste to Value at Sumitomo SHI FW  




Rising Demand for Decentralised Energy from Waste in the UK

Join Frank to learn about:

Why is wasteWOIMA® a fit for the mature UK market?  

wasteWOIMA® is a decentralized waste treatment concept based on a standardized, modular power plant design for small-scale waste-to-energy. This concept provides benefits to local communities and project developers in the UK, where it is increasingly difficult to obtain planning consent and secure long term waste contracts for large, centralized incinerators. Building an increasingly distributed infrastructure allows treatment of waste where it is generated.

Key takeaways from Franks session:

Discover the Benefits of Decentralising waste treatment infrastructure: 

-Environmental benefits: reduction of transport costs, emissions, plant footprint and large waste amounts necessary for large incinerators. 

-Societal benefits: generation of local jobs, easy integration of local waste-to-energy into future district heating, and increased efficiency of energy recovery. 

-De-risks Project Developments: reduction of investments, capital, capex, and waste supply needs while increasing building times and streamlining permitting processes. 

-wasteWOIMA® benefits: modularity enables fast project development, execution, future scaling or relocating, and flexibility of waste streams as waste prevention and recycling processes increase.  

A bit about Frank

Frank Ligthart is Vice President at Sumitomo SHI FW (SFW) and responsible for strategy and business development for SFW’s solution portfolio, including renewable combustion, waste-to-energy, waste-to-value, and energy storage.

He is a mechanical engineer with more than twenty years of experience of biomass- and waste-to-energy in various business development and management roles. He is currently leading the go-to-market strategy for the small-scale wasteWOIMA waste-to-energy solution in partnership with WOIMA. 

Data Management for the Optimisation of the Waste and Renewables Industry

Join David to learn about:

Delving into the comparison between on premise and cloud databases, and looking at how performance and efficiency can be improved in industries through modern data management techniques.

We will be looking at 2 case studies as to how good data management was key to the success and what outcomes there were. 
Key takeaways from the session:

  • Knowledge between on premise and cloud databases 

  • Why Data management is important 

  • How using low-cost solutions can save businesses valuable man hours in the long-term business goals 

  • Live examples, of a transformation from on premise to cloud and how performance and efficiency was increased. Also, how implementing a good data management system is key from the start 

  • Right input of Data = Amazing Results 

A bit about David:

David Payne is the Chief Technical Officer of Zebra EM.

He is an incorporated engineer through the Institute of Engineering and Technology, has a BSc Hons in Renewable Energy Systems from the University of South Wales. He is also the Head of Engineering at Qube Renewables, who provide and support innovative small scale anaerobic digestion systems around the world.

David is a technical consultant for Aardvark EM, who are a consultancy firm in the Energy, Waste and Carbon Business Sectors. He is a former Engineer at Sony UKTEC and former sailor in the Royal Naval Reserves where he has travelled from Cyprus to Antarctica. 

Using Waste to Replace Natural Gas – How to Avoid Waste Incineration

Join Alan to learn about:

This session will assess alternatives for the disposal of residual municipal waste which are environmentally better than incineration, yet generate more low carbon and zero carbon energy.

The session will put forward a distributed waste disposal solution to provide either a fixed price natural gas replacement for energy intensive industries or a low carbon fuel for off-grid energy users.  

Key takeaways from Alan's session:

  • Options available for energy intensive industries to decarbonise 

  • Options for local authorities on lower cost and environmentally better methods for disposal of residual waste 

  • Identification of distributed energy solutions which are better for local economies and provide more jobs 

A bit about Alan:

Alan Douglas is the Commercial Director for KEW Technology, responsible for the development and delivery of industrial decarbonisation energy projects using KEW’s modular pressurised gasification technology. He has over 25 years’ experience in project development, project delivery, project financing, risk analysis and transaction structuring.  

For the past 15 years, Alan has focussed on the renewables sector advising developers, structuring and executing transactions and raising both equity and debt across a diverse range of projects spanning a wide range of waste to energy and waste treatment technologies, wind farms, solar plants and landfill gas companies. Alan has successfully concluded renewables transactions in the UK and many European countries.  

Prior to focussing on the renewables sector, Alan was a project finance investment banker investing in and advising on many international projects covering a range of large infrastructure and energy transactions.  

Daisuke Kobayashi - International Sales Manager at SANKYO OILLESS Industry GmbH



Cost and time-saving measures of maintenance works at EfW plants

Join Daisuke to learn about:

We will be focusing on the business structure of EfW plants in Europe. SANKYO OILLESS will share measures of cost reduction over the maintenance works, and the time-saving solutions to shorten the stoppage time of the EfW plant operation by choosing proper bearings in the combustion chamber. This solution has been proven for 10 years in Japan, where the highest number of EfW plants are in operation.

Key takeaways from this session:

  • Learn the external environment of EfW plants business both in Europe and Japan.

  • Understand the difference between ball bearing and slide bearing in the combustion chamber.

  • Learn how to realise cost reduction and time-saving at maintenance work at EfW plants.

A bit about Daisuke:

After 5 years of experience in HQs in Japan, Daisuke has been empowering the European sales & marketing teams to accomplish 3-way benefits (customers, society and SANKYO) for 12 years in Europe. 

The industries Daisuke has experience in include automotive, steel, offshore, and bespoke machinery, as well as Energy from Waste (EfW) plants. He is currently running the EfW plant project in Europe as the project manager in order to share over 10 years of proven technologies from Japan with EfW plants in Europe.