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February 2016

The 2nd Agro-industrial ‪#‎Biogas‬ Training Seminar and Study Tour at the University of Cape Town!

23/02/2016 @ 8:00 AM - 25/02/2016 @ 5:00 PM UTC+0
UCT Cape Town Western Cape South Africa + Google Map

Our course on biogas and ‪#‎anaerobicdigestion‬ will be held on 23-25 February 2016 together with our partners: UCT University of Cape Town, Greencape and iBERT (PTY) LTD. You can register as farmers, project developers, consultants or investors and will learn about project procedures and approvals, quality features and case studies in the field of electricity generation from biomass waste by speakers from South Africa and from IBBK. Seminar instructors: Michael Köttner, CEO at IBBK Fachgruppe Biogas GmbH, Germany Louise-Mari van…

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October 2016

Short Term Biogas Training Seminar for Biogas Plant Operators

18/10/2016 @ 8:00 AM - 20/10/2016 @ 5:00 PM UTC+0
SARETEC, Sacks Circle
Bellville / Cape Town, Western Cape 7530 South Africa
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Part 1: Welcome to the seminar
 Introduction of the seminar participants and experts
 Expectations from the seminar
 Collection of the first questions

Part 2: General introduction into biogas technology
 Status and prospects of the technology in Europe
 Definitions and biogas composition
 Technology overview and its main components

Part 3: Building and equipment for biogas projects in South Africa
 Status and future of the technology in South Africa
 Comparison between Europe and South Africa
 Low tech versus industrial standard
 Suitability of South African building standards
 Quality and durability of equipment

Part 4: Different technologies and components of biogas plants
 Wet and dry fermentation plants
 Bio-waste digestion
 Agricultural biogas plants
 Treatment of industrial effluents
 Experiences with investment and operation
 Developments and adaptations of the technology

Part 5: Experiences with biogas plant equipment in South Africa
 Pumps, mixers, compressors, pipes
 Measurements: temperature, flow, pressure
 Digester types and installation technology
 Process and feed in technology

Second day

Part 1: Overview of different substrates which can be used into a biogas plants and its advantages and disadvantages
 Input substrates: agricultural slurries, industrial and communal organic residues
 Pre-treatment and pre-storage
 Gas yields from residue material and industrial wastes
 Wastes as a feedstock for biogas plants
 Pollutants and contraries in bio-waste

Part 2: Introductory microbial physiology in biogas reactors
 Introductory microbial metabolism and growth parameters
 Introductory microbial genetics and population dynamics
 Microbial biogas production requirements and products, Including seeding, population development time and acclimatisation
 What do microbes do inside a biodigester?

Part 3: Basic engineering parameters for the operation of a biogas plant with different substrates
 Basic principles of process technology
 Temperature, retention time, organic loading rate
 Operating experiences from 8000 agro-industrial biogas plants
 Conditions for the generation of biogas
 Process failures and trouble shooting

Part 4: Start-up phase and practical measures for monitoring the digestion process
 Initial phase: seeding, heating and start of the feeding
 Daily monitoring and maintenance
 Testing parameters during operation
 Practical devices for on-site monitoring (FOS/TAC, pH, gas analysis)

Third day

Part 1: Safety aspects and standards with biogas plants
 Definitions: explosive zones, distances, materials
 Choosing technical equipment under safety aspects
 Designing failures
 Technical failures
 South African safety standards

Part 2: Biogas management, treatment and upgrading
 Basic biogas cleaning steps
 Desulphurisation technologies
 Upgrading technologies - pros and cons
 Quality of biomethane versus Natural Gas
 Gas safety

Part 3: Proper usage of digestate as organic fertilizer in agriculture
Environmental aspects
 Application and management of digestate
 Digestate processing
 Treatment costs – profitability
 Digestate handling in South Africa
 Preparation of digestate / delivering to third party

Fourth day

Part 1: Trip to exemplary biogas plant(s) in the Western Cape Region (to be confirmed)
 Talk to operator and analyze his practical operation
 Discuss trouble shooting needs
 Practical lab test on site (FOS/TAC tests)

Part 2: Trip to exemplary biogas plant(s) in the Western Cape Region (to be confirmed)
 Talk to operator and analyze his practical operation
 Discuss trouble shooting needs

Programme may be subject to change

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November 2016

26th BIOGAS Convention 2016 Hannover

17/11/2016 @ 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM UTC+0
Messe Hannover Hannover, Germany + Google Map

15.-18. November 2016Tagungsbereich Halle 2, Messegelände Hannover ibert present South Africa Biogas business in Germany 10:00 - 10:15 Moderation und Introduction Clemens Findeisen, German Biogas Association 10:15 - 10:30 BRAZIL: Political framework and current status of the biogas market TBA 10:30 - 10:45 BRAZIL: Reference plant of Cattalini Bioenergia S/A & AAT GmbH Christian Kloser, Director AAT GmbH 10:45 - 11:00 SOUTH AFRICA: Political framework and current status of the biogas market Horst Unterlechner, SABIA 11:00 - 11:15 SOUTH AFRICA: Reference…

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July 2017

2nd – BIOGAS Africa Forum 2017 – Nairobi

20/07/2017 @ 9:00 AM - 22/07/2017 @ 4:00 PM UTC+0
Hotel Intercontinental Nairobi, Kenya, Kenya + Google Map

EXPANDING BIOGAS’S RENEWABLE FOOTPRINT IN AFRICA Back for the 2nd Year, the BIOGAS AFRICA FORUM 2017 is held in partnership with GIZ and seeks to promote the development of the biogas sector in Africa as a solution to their clean energy, clean cooking and waste management needs. Biogas, and its associated treatment technologies and processes, is truly one of the most versatile and useful renewable energy developments with today’s technology and could provide a revolution to the energy and water needs of…

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August 2017

Waste-To-Energy Technologies Summit

23/08/2017 @ 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM UTC+0
Emperors Palace Convention Center, 64 Jones Rd, O.R. Tambo
Kempton Park, 1620 South Africa
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WASTE:  An alternative to energy? Technology process, challenges, solution and the treatment technologies for organic waste and its economics development. Overview The state of South Africa's electricity system was in dire straits losing almost half of its available capacity plunging the country into stage-load-shedding. Experts expect the situation to get worse come winter, despite the government's confidence that the power grid is sufficiently stable. The actual amount of electricity that can be provided to the grid – can vary from day to day. South…

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November 2017

3rd National BIOGAS CONFERENCE 2017

01/11/2017 @ 9:00 AM - 03/11/2017 @ 5:00 PM UTC+0

The 3rd National Biogas Conference offers an opportunity for feedback from the industry, project developers, project owners, academia and other stakeholders to share experiences gathered from the implementation of biogas projects in recent years and through panel discussions unpack how best to move the biogas industry in South Africa forward. You find the program here Biogas Conference Invite and programme

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December 2017

3 day AGRO-Industrial Biogas Training Seminar

11/12/2017 - 13/12/2017
UCT Cape Town Western Cape South Africa + Google Map

The  3 day training seminar focuses on the biogas market in Africa with attention to the local characteristics of substrate selection, plant engineering and biogas utilization. You will get practical knowledge about biogas plant operation, maintenance and the presented case studies will highlight the best methods of biogas production from biomass waste. Together with local partners and experts, the course will be facilitated by experienced instructors from the internationally renowned German training institute, the IBBK. Registration Form Programme Topics  (Programme may…

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February 2018

Invitation to the 1st Limpopo Agro-industrial Biogas Training Seminar

14/02/2018 @ 8:00 AM - 15/02/2018 @ 5:00 PM UTC+0
Khoroni Hotel Thohoyandou, Raza St.
Thohoyandou-F, 0950
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 GEF Project 5704 – “Promoting organic waste-to-energy and other low-carbon technologies in small and medium and micro-scale enterprises (SMMEs): Accelerating biogas market development”   The University of Venda together with partners UNIDO, LEDET, SANEDI and IBERT as a service provider invites farmers, project developers, municipal waste management staff, consultants, engineers, scientists, investors, and the financial sector to participate in the First Limpopo Province “Biogas Waste-to-Energy Project Development” to be held from 14.-15th of February 2018 at the University of Venda/Thulamela Hall…

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May 2018

AGRO – Industrial Biogas Training

14/05/2018 @ 8:00 AM - 16/05/2018 @ 5:00 PM UTC+0
Innovation Hub, Koedoespoort 456-Jr
Pretoria, Gauteng 0186
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The conversion from biomass by products and waste has the potential to make sustainable contribution to the Southern African renewable industry.  The Agro-industrial sectors are key role player in this.  The IBERT Biogas Training Seminar at the Innovation Hub Pretoria, Gauteng has the objective to develop the tools required to making this a reality. We invite farmers, engineers, scientists, project developers, consultants, investors and the financing sector to participate in the biogas training seminar . The course will be facilitated…

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