SWANA

2017 Conference Program

NAWTEC 25 — Growing Up and Growing Strong

Minneapolis, MN


2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Registration Open

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Meet & Greet

Sponsored by Energy Recovery Council.

7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Registration Open in Denmark Commons

7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Facility Tour (requires separate registration)

Tour Option #1:
Hennepin Energy Recovery Center
Minneapolis, MN
(CHECK-IN TIME: 8:00 a.m.)

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Tour Option #2:
Olmsted County Waste-to-Energy Facility
Rochester, MN
(CHECK-IN TIME: 7:00 a.m.)

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1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Opening Plenary
Welcome and Overview

Ted Michaels, President, Energy Recovery Council

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Keynote Address 1: Waste-to-Energy in Minnesota

Victoria Reinhardt, Vice-Chair, Ramsey County, Minnesota Board of Commissioners

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Keynote Address 2: The First 100 Days of the Trump Administration and Beyond—What it Means for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Waste Management

Lisa Jacobson, President, Business Council on Sustainable Energy

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3:00 pm. – 3:30 p.m.

Break

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Keynote Panel: The Future of Resource Recovery

Tim Cesarek, Senior Vice President, Business Development, Enerkem
Dr. Marco Castaldi, Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering, City College of New York/CUNY
Christopher Hessler, Founding Partner, AJW, Inc.

An expert panel of professionals in the fields of resource recovery, sustainable waste management and renewable energy will share their insights on changes in sustainable waste management that will influence the course of resource recovery for the next decade and beyond. This panel will explore key present day events that are shaping the future and discuss how the resource recovery industry will adapt to future market realities. Attendees will learn how resource recovery will be tied to the future of energy, how government policies will affect the adoption of sustainable waste management practices, and how the market will ultimately value the resource recovery sector.

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4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

SWANA Waste-to-Energy Technical Division Meeting

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Trade Show and Reception in the Exhibit Hall

7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Registration Open

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Session 1A: New Opportunities to Beneficially Reuse WTE Ash

Jeremy O’Brien, Director of Applied Research, SWANA
Jim Warner, CEO, LCSWMA
Brent DuBois, CEO, Lab USA
Dr. Roland Weippert, CEO, LAB Geodur Switzerland

This session will focus on the new opportunities to manage residuals from the energy from waste process. While beneficial use of ash has long shown potential, exciting new projects are underway which seek to alter the historic paradigm of reusing ash and other residuals.

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Session 1B: Designing the WTE Facility of the Future

Artie Cole, Vice President, Maintenance and Technical Services, Wheelabrator Technologies, Inc.
Steve Goff, Vice President of Research & Development, Covanta Energy
Paul Hauck, Senior Environmental Engineer, CDM Smith

This session provides an integrated look from a technical perspective into how best practices can be incorporated in the “WTE Facility of the Future”. Every new project will learn from the successes and challenges of each past project and speakers will present technical aspects of how to successfully build incorporate the best thinking into a new facility by maximizing synergies.

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10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Break in the Exhibit Hall

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Session 2A: Enhancing Value through Front-End Mixed Waste Processing

Peter A. Olmscheid, Executive Director, Pope Douglas Solid Waste Management
Matt Clark, Vice President, Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc.
Ted Pierpont, Sales Manager, Bulk Handling Systems

Processing waste prior to energy recovery allows operators to recover valuable materials from the waste stream, as well as prepare the fuel for optimal energy recovery. The session will examine technologies and processes that are available to communities for front-end processing, as well the economics of pursuing these approaches.

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Session 2B: Key Initiatives in Energy Recovery Research & Development

Mark Holt, Senior Engineer, Great River Energy
Frank Roethel, Research Professor, Stony Brook University
Scott Poeppel, Vice President, American Cladding Technologies

The development of WTE technologies and improvements has been impacted by applied and forward looking research during the past 25 years. Although WTE operations are mature and have proven performance and reliability records, efforts continue to ensure the industry is continually adapting and improving. The presentations in this session will provide a snapshot of current research being done to position the industry for success for the next 25 years.

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12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch in the Exhibit Hall

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Session 3A: Innovation Solutions in Managing Organics

Christine McKiernan, Vice President of Technology and Development, BIOFerm
Jandra Lubovich, Managing Director, Public Finance Investment Banking
Ricardo Hamdan, Sales Manager, Hitachi Zosen Inova

This session will consider a range of economically feasible technologies and practices designed to manage a community’s source separated organic waste stream.

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Session 3B: Structuring Offtake Initiatives for Maximum Value

Paolo Carollo, Vice President of Operations North America, Entsorga USA Inc.
Steven White, President and Chairman, Detroit Renewable Energy
David M. Beavens, Operating Partner, Detroit Renewable Energy
Robert Lems, Managing Director of DMT Clear Gas Solutions, DMT
Mark Zaban, Professional Engineer, Hennepin County Department of Environment and Energy

Markets and technologies drive the demand and availability of different offtake products from energy-from-waste facilities, such as electricity, steam, syngas, fuels, or chemicals. This session will focus on the way facilities are working to provide the highest-value offtake commodities to benefit from various marketplace dynamics and public policies.

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3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Break in the Exhibit Hall

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 pm.

Session 4A: Advances in Waste Conversion Technologies

David McConnell, Vice President, Enerkem
Mike Gillespie, Sustainable Waste Power Systems, Inc.
Demetra Tsiamis, Associate Director, EEC|CCNY

As communities continue to pursue different technologies that can handle a multitude of feedstocks while producing a variety of offtake products, this session will highlight projects that are setting the trends and delivering innovative new waste conversion technologies.

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Session 4B: Best Practices in WTE Operations

Mark C. Maritato, Environmental, Health & Safety Specialist, Ecomaine
Didier Fontaine, Deputy General Manager, CNIM Environmental Division
Rob Dunnette, Project Manager, Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc.
Athanasios (Thanos) C. Bourtsalas, Manager, Earth Engineering Department of Columbia University
Jimmy Ettori, Plant Manager, Brive, WTE Facility, France

Many factors go into running a successful energy recovery operation. This session will examine key areas, such as operator training, emissions control and implementing the commitment to health and safety.

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5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

General Session

Introduction by Rick Rud, Covanta

Ron Schara, Host, Minnesota Bound, and Owner, Ron Schara Productions

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5:30 p.m.

Reception hosted by Minnesota Resource Recovery Association

7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Registration Open

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Session 5A: Minnesota Policy Success

John Linc Stine, Commissioner, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Tim Steinbeck, President, Great River Energy Newport Services, LLC
Zack Hansen, Environmental Health Director, St. Paul-Ramsey County Public Health
Kirk Koudelka, Assistant Commissioner, Land Policy and Strategic Initiatives

This panel will feature Minnesota state regulatory officials and WTE officials, who will discuss how and why Minnesota has been successful at developing WTE facilities.

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Session 5B: How to Optimize the Production and Utilization of Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF)

Paula A. Calabrese, Chief Strategy Officer & Co-Founder, Accordant Energy, LLC
Glenn Hauck, Manager, Elk River Energy Recovery Station
Leon Lenertz, Senior Operations Manager, Xcel Energy

Significant interest and experience exist in the market in making fuel from waste, but it also comes with challenges of handling and preparing the fuel, as well as ensuring that there are sufficient markets for the material. This session will examine how to optimize both the production and utilization of RDF for maximum efficiency in the energy recovery and solid waste marketplace.

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10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Break in the Exhibit Hall

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Session 6A: The Benefits and Challenges of Developing Small Facilities

Jean Lucas, Executive Vice President, Eco Waste Solutions
John Helmers, P. E., Director, Olmsted County Department of Environmental Resources

Many large communities already use waste-to-energy, but thousands of small communities can (and a smaller number do) rely on small facilities to ensure their waste is not buried. This session will explore how development of economically feasible small facilities can change the landscape for recovering energy from waste.

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Session 6B: Maintaining Mature Facilities

Amy Miller, Engineer, Onondaga County Resource Recovery Facility
William Embree, Manager, Operations Management Division, Pinellas County
Ralf Koralewska, Project Engineer, MARTIN

The majority of the WTE facilities currently operating in the United States were constructed in the 1980’s and 1990’s. Much of the equipment and plant infrastructure at these facilities was initially contemplated to have a useful life of 20 to 30 years, or less. Now in the year 2017, many of these facilities are in need of additional capital infusions to ensure continued reliable, safe, and environmentally sound operation. This session will highlight some of the specific plant components that undergo major refurbishment or complete replacement throughout the plant’s useful life cycle and other facility enhancements and cost saving measures that could be considered to improve revenue streams and decrease operations and maintenance costs.

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1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (CHECK-IN TIME: 1:00 p.m.)

Facility Tour (requires separate registration)

Tour Option #1:
Hennepin Energy Recovery Center
Minneapolis, MN

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Tour Option #2:
Ramsey/Washington County Recycling & Energy Center
Newport, MN

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Hotel Info

Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown
35 South 7th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 339-4900

The deadline to make reservations in our room block has passed. Please contact the hotel directly for hotel rates and reservations. Thank you!