SHENYANG, CHINA, 20-21 MAY 2010 – China is the world's fastest growing market for Bioenergy technologies. With huge reserves of readily available waste feedstocks, China is in the midst of a fundamental shift in how it powers its rapidly expanding economy. By 2020, China aims to expand the capacity of newly-built bioenergy facilities to 30GW, requiring major investments in advanced foreign technologies. With full support from the central government in Beijing, Shenyang has begun to reposition itself as leader in the production of ecologically advanced technologies and practices, most recently seen by the announced development of an internationally recognized Eco-city. This summit aimed to further help facilitate this transition by encouraging the transfer of necessary technologies.
With support from AEBIOM, EUBIA, the German Biogas Association and in close cooperation with the Shenyang People's Municipal Government, the China Bioenergy Technology and Investment Summit took place on the 20th and 21st of May, 2010 in Shenyang, China. The summit brought together over 90 government officials and industry leaders to provide a unique insight into evolving governmental policies, breakthrough technologies, major project updates and investment strategies for this multi-billion dollar sector.
Influential government speakers included Wang Li, Chief Engineer, Shenyang Municipal Bureau of Environmental Protection who detailed Shenyang's development into a center for renewable technology (Shenyang Model Environmental City) and reviewed renewable energy development in Liaoning province. Yuan Zhenhong, Chief Scientist, Bioenergy Center, Guangzhou Energy Research Institute conveyed the future outlook for Chinese bioenergy technology and Zhao Lixin, Director - Center of Energy and Environment Protection Technology Development, Ministry of Agriculture spoke about the development and utilization of rural bioenergy in China including how the Ministry of Agriculture is assisting growth in this area and improving rural incomes by making market mechanisms for bioenergy feedstock. Industry leader National Bio Energy Co Ltd noted "The conference content was very rich and significant".
Keynote speakers at the event included Mao Jianxiong, Professor, Department of Thermal Engineering, Tsinghua University. He gave a detailed presentation on European co-firing trends and the application of such technology to China's existing coal based energy infrastructure. He also led a discussion panel on bioenergy power generation in China which gave detailed analysis on the problems facing the entire industry. Another influential participant at the summit was Zhuang Huiyong, General Manager of Science and Technology Department, National Bio Energy Co., Ltd. who provided an excellent overview on the existing and future expansion of utility scale bioenergy power projects across China. Also discussed was National Bio Energy's development strategy and the role bioenergy will play in improving China's energy and environmental problems.
Liu Xin, Managing Director, Energy and Environmental Development Research Center examined the potential for landfill gas recovery in China; Prof. Dr.-habil. Bernhard Raninger, Technical Director, Sino - German Optimization of Biomass Utilization Project presented on the challenges and no-goes for CDM projects in wet-biomass utilization in Liaoning including a look at the major problems with CDM in China; and from the China Urban Construction and Design Research Institute, Xu Haiyun showed how the "methane to markets" project was helping to move projects forward and overcome limitations inherent in this program in order to capitalize on China's existing waste profile.
Other topics discussed included biomass/sludge co-firing experiences in the Netherlands and Europe, and bioenergy production and effective material recovery from bio-wastes. On the afternoon of day two was a very informative site tour to Shenyang Laohuchong MSW Landfill Power Generation Plant led by project owner ASJA. A presentation was given detailing how technology transfers through the framework of CDM are feasible for Chinese bioenergy projects. The site tour was led by Alberto Manzone, China Area Manager for ASJA. WesTrac China-Beijing commented that the event was 'excellently organized'.