Curated Session: Energy Recovery

2017 European Union Emission Directive for Waste to Energy Facilities (BREF) (1 CEU)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
15:15 – 16:15
Room 315

Moderator: Jørgen Haukohl, Project Director, Ramboll, Denmark

The European Union is in the process of updating the waste-to-energy standards. The new requirements will be mandatory for new plants beginning around 2020 and for existing plants when existing permits are up for renewal.

The actual standards are being regulated in the “Industrial Emission Directive” IED 2010/75/EU. It has been supplemented by BREF-notes, which contains technical information on “Best Practice” and detailed emission and operations values. The BREF was based on collected operational information from existing plants and was supplemented by “state of the art” data for new plants.

In May of 2017, the European Commission published a draft version for the “next BREF”. Comments are called for in September 2017 and the final BREF is expected by 2020. The next BREF-emission values will be mandatory.

The discussion will be based on a short presentation of the main news in the BREF. This will be followed by a discussion between experts representing plant owners, technology providers and operators.


Ole Hedegaard Madsen, Technology Director, Babcock & Wilcox Vølund, Denmark

Ole Madsen

Ole Hedegaard Madsen has more than 20 years of experience in the waste-to-energy sector working as a senior manager for Babcock & Wilcox Vølund. Formerly, he worked seven years in the Danish natural gas sector for DONG as manager for the combustion department. He started his career as research assistant and project manager at the Technical University of Denmark, including a science exchange program at Sandia National Laboratories, California, USA. At Babcock & Wilcox Vølund, he is responsible for basic power plant design and optimization, technical proposals, research and development, technology management, and sales and business development. He has a Master’s degree in mechanical engineering (energy and combustion) from the Technical University of Denmark. He has been studying management and organization, business marketing and English at Copenhagen Business School. During his career, he has authored and presented more than 50 publications and conference articles. He is a member of The International Solid Waste Association, Working Group on Energy Recovery, and WGER. Mr. Madsen is a member of The Danish Society of Engineers; Fuel and Power Engineering Society and the Board in DI Bioenergy in the Confederation of Danish Industry, DI.

Johnny Stuen, Technical Director, Waste to Energy Agency, City of Oslo, Norway

Johnny Stuen

Johnny Stuen is technical director at the Waste-to-Energy Agency in the City of Oslo. He is responsible for technical strategy and development for the treatment side of waste management in the City of Oslo, investment projects in new and existing plants for waste treatment in Oslo. He holds a Master’s degree in process technology, and have worked in several industrial companies producing chemicals, insulation and foodstuff before he joined the Waste-to-Energy Agency in 2007 as a director of production, later changing to technical director. Mr. Stuen works mostly with sorting facilities, biological treatment and biogas and waste-to-energy including carbon capture from WtE. Mr. Stuen has lead the national working group on energy recovery in Norway, and is since 2010 member in the ISWA working group for energy recovery, and since spring 2017 he is chairing the same group.

Larry Hiner, Interim General Manager, Palm Beach Resource Recovery Corporation, Babcock and Wilcox, Florida

Larry Hiner

Larry A. Hiner is the interim general manager for Babcock & Wilcox’s (B&W) Palm Beach Resource Recovery Corporation Operations & Maintenance (O&M) contract at the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County, Florida’s waste-to-energy facilities. Mr. Hiner has more than 30 years of experience in the power industry. In his current role, Mr. Hiner manages O&M contracts for the operations of a 2×1000 U.S. ton per day RDF facility (commissioned in 1989 and refurbished in 2009) and a new 3×1000 U.S. ton per day mass burn facility (commissioned in 2015). He also serves as the director of business development of renewable energy projects in the Americas and Caribbean. His prior experience includes serving on B&W’s boiler product lines, design engineer in the industrial boiler group, manager of industrial projects, and as a member of the Advance Technology Team. Mr. Hiner joined the company as a field service engineer in 1987. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Akron, has authored and coauthored many technical papers and holds several patents.