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Technical tours

Guided technical tours of real scale plants operating in the production of energy from biomass and waste both by means of thermal and biological processes have been arranged for Thursday 17th November.
Coaches will be provided by the Organizers. All details on departure and expected return times will be available soon.
Places are limited and will be assigned on a first-come first-served basis. Therefore early booking is strongly recommended to be guaranteed a place. For more information and to book please email: info@venicesymposium.it.


The plant of Camposampiero, active since 2005, combines a biological wastewater and a solid waste (food waste, zootechnical wastewater, sewage sludge) treatment plant for the production of energy from renewable sources. Food waste entering the plant undergoes specific pretreatments, which depend on the source of the waste, and it is subsequently digested anaerobically, in order to produce biogas and digested sludge. Starting from the biogas produced, electric and thermal energy is generated through co-generators and boilers. In particular, the plant treats about 49,000 tons/year of waste, producing more than 3 millions kWh/year of electric energy and more than 5 millions kWh/year of thermal energy.
The treatment plant in Bassano, active since 2003, processes food waste and residual non-recyclable waste derived from separate collection in the Vicenza 5 basin, amounting to a total of about 70.000 tons/year. In particular, food waste undergoes mechanical pretreatment and anaerobic digestion. The biogas produced within the three digesters is used for the production of electric energy, enabling the plant to self-sustain its energy consumption and sell excess energy generated. The digested sludge then undergoes composting in order to allow the production of high quality compost. The treatment line of non-recyclable waste consists of different physical-biological processes, aimed at the production of RDF/SRF and biostabilized material, used as landfill cover material.
The thermal treatment plant in Padova, active since 1962, is currently made up of three different incineration lines, which are now able to meet the needs for waste disposal of the Municipalities of the Padova 2 basin (170,000 t/y) and annually produce 86.7 Gwh GWh of electric energy.
The plant mainly treats residual municipal solid waste, non-hazardous special waste and hazardous medical waste.
Treatment of exhausted gases, as well as treatment of the wastewater generated by the different sections of the plant, is carried out in different stages, each of which is aimed at the removal of one or more pollutants.
The technologies and procedures adopted allowed the achievement of extremely positive results both in terms of the amount of waste burnt and energy produced, and of environmental performance.
The plant, active since 1994 is located within the “Geotermia” site, which is also home to Ferrara’s district heating plant. The aim of the project is to be fully self sufficient in terms of urban waste disposal with the closure of all landfill sites. In 1999, the plant was extended to include a co-generation unit for electricity and heat production (transferred to the existing district heatingnetwork). Anticipating the new law transposing EU Directive 2000/76/EC on the incineration of waste, the plant was further improved with a nitrogen oxide abatement system based on the injection of urea into a combustion chamber and an activated carbon injection system. The facility was shut down in 2008, when the current two lines came into operation, after processing some 408,000 tonnes of urban waste and generating 80,000 MWh of electricity and around 300,000 MWh of thermal energy. The disposal capacity of the two new lines is equivalent to 142,000 t/year of waste, in accordance with the guidelines contained in the Provincial Waste Management Plan. The current plant configuration also allows over 70,000 MWh/ year of electricity to be generated (enough electricity to supply about 38,000 households) and a further 70,000 MWh/year of thermal energy (enough to heat over 5000 homes).


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