Workshop on Resource Recovery from Wastewater/Bio-solids
Resources and energy crises have been global challenges for at least three decades and currently there is still lack of efficient ways to ease such tensions. With world population approaching to 7.2 billion in 2014, we are facing urgent demands for sufficient resources and secure energy. Environmental sustainability is the only way to solve those challenging tasks, which is also a UN Millennium Development Goal. Although conventional technologies could remove pollutants from wastewater and bio-solids , high energy/chemical consumption and low resource recoverability make them unqualified to meet the need of sustainability. Obviously, innovative technologies with less energy consumption and resource reclamation are our pursuit, which pushes us to reconsider wastewater and bio-solids as useful materials and potential energy carriers. There are plenty types of resources that can be recovered such as energy (CH4, H2, heat,electricity), metals (Fe, Al, rare earths), nutrients (N, P), and valuable organics (protein, PHA, polymers, fatty acids). Some revolutionary bio-based technologies have appeared and they can efficiently transform wastewater or bio-solids into energy and useful materials. However, there is a lack of channels that could share those advanced technologies, and make industries accept R2W concept for further practical applications. Hence, we need to build a platform to network international R2W professionals, upon which a value chain of beneficial and strictly-managed R2W process can be achieved.
This event will target innovative bio-based technologies and to outline the smart and promising R2W technologies with high acceptability to industries. This workshop also aims to increase public awareness and readiness on R2W technologies and products. It is expected to be a mind-storming workshop with contributions from world renowned experts and R2W professionals.