Waste Biorefinery

International Technical Conference
14th June 2018, Valencia

Valorization of organic residues and subproducts originated by agri-food or urban activities is evolving towards its integral and sustainable utilization through biorefineries.

Biorefineries are characterized by the efficient transformation of biomass into a wide spectrum of bioproducts and biofuels, less dependent on fossil fuels. Among the new bioproducts, which are increasingly demanded, are:

  • Biomaterials such as bioplastics, biocomposites or nanocelluloses
  • Building blocks, bio-based chemicals (ethanol, succinic acid, levulinic acid, butadiene, etc.)
  • Bio-based chemical products (biopaints, biosurfactants, bioadhesives, etc.)
  • Proteins, lipids, etc.
  • Bioactives´ extracts for their use as additives in food, pharma and cosmetic
  • Biofertilizers
  • Biofuels (biomethane, bioethanol, etc.)

Already existing facilities and new biorefineries, at small or big scale (rural or agricultural), can benefit from current opportunities.

AINIA, associated member of the Bio-Based Industries Consortium, organizes the 5th Biorefineries Seminar, in this occasion with a highly international character, since more than 15 experts from Spain and other countries, where the bioeconomy is a priority, will participate as speakers. On this edition the latest tendencies about the valorization of organic residues of different origin through biorefineries will be addressed.

Waste Biorefinery

  • Programme
  • Speakers
  • Sponsors
  • Additional Information

9:00 – 9:30     Registration

9:30 – 10:00   Biorefineries in the EU strategic framework about bioeconomy

  • Strategic framework EU/Spain. Innovation funding opportunities for companies. Marta de Diego y Mª José Tomás. (CDTi)
  • Biorefineries of organic residues. Andrés Pascual (AINIA)

10:00 – 10:30   Solid urban residues

  • Bioethylene, bioplastics and biofertilizers from the organic fraction of the municipal solid waste. Caterina Coll (IMECAL)

10:30 – 11:30 Lignocellulosic residues

  • Biorefinery of lignocellulosic biomass for the production of levulinic acid. Rudy Parton (GF Biochemicals)
  • Nanocelluloses production from cereal straw and other lignocellulosic residues. Fátima Vargas (AINIA)

11:30 – 12:00  Coffee – Networking

Visit companies and projects exhibition area


12:00 – 12:45   Livestock residues

  • New bioproducts through a biorefinery based on anaerobic digestion. Gracia Silvestre (AINIA)
  • Microalgae and biopolymers from biogas. Raquel Lebrero (Universidad de Valladolid)

12:45 – 13:45   Agri-food industry residues (I)

  • Rubisco protein and other compounds of interest from fresh salads. Paulus Kosters (GreenProtein)
  • Extraction of compounds of interest by applying extraction technologies to different fruit and vegetable residues. Miguel García (ALTEX)

13:45 – 15:15 Lubck – Networking – Stand technology solutions providers

DAM Depuración de Aguas del Mediterráneo

15:15 – 16:15   Agri-food industry residues (II)

  • New biomaterials from coffee residues, fruit subproducts and its bagasses. Philippe Willems (ORINEO).
  • Building blocks and bio-based chemical products. Marcelo Domine (ITQ).

16:15 – 17:00    Aquatic crops biomasses

  • Duckweed as alternative biomass to obtain biofuels and bioproducts. Alfredo Rodrigo (AINIA)
  • Microalgae biorefinery: from wastewater to high value products. Arbib Zouhayr (FCC AQUALIA)

17:00    Technical presentations end. 

17:00 – 18:00 CocktailNetworking with technological solutions providers 

Biorefineries in the EU strategic framework about bioeconomy

Andres Pascual

Head of Environmental, Bioenergy and Industrial Hygiene at AINIA

    Andrés Pascual. Specialize in R&D to take profit from waste throught Biorefinery

    Solid urban residues

    Caterina Coll

    Operations and Innovation Director at IMECAL

      Lignocellulosic residues

      Livestock residues

      Gracia Silvestre

      Bioenergy Project Manager at AINIA

        Raquel Lebrero

        PhD at Universidad de Valladolid

          Agri-food industry residues (I)

          Miguel García

          Head of Supercritical Fluids at ALTEX

            Agri-food industry residues (II)

            Marcelo Domine

            Scientific Researcher at Instituto de Tecnologías Químicas (UPV - CSIC)

              Aquatic crops biomasses

              Alfredo Rodrigo

              Environmental Project Manager at AINIA

                Depuración de Aguas del Mediterráneo (DAM). Company dedicated to the integral service of purification, waste management and construction of infrastructures that contribute to the care of the environment.

                FACSA Purification and regeneration of wastewater to prevent contamination of surface and groundwater and protect the environment. One of the first Spanish companies to promote the reincorporation of treated water to the integral water cycle.

                Bioways Project. Understanding the characteristics and potential of bio-based products and applications

                Biomasa Peninsular. Spanish group specialized in Treatment and Recycling of organic waste and by-products, as well as the production of compost, organic fertilizers and recovered solid bio-fuels.

                Urbaser. International company dedicated to urban services, waste management and water management.

                Metalworking engineering company with more than 50 years of experience in the construction of equipment and specialized works for third parties in the chemical, petrochemical, transport and civil engineering sectors. He has developed a process based on the concept of urban biorefinery for the valorisation of the organic fraction of waste in bioethanol, bioenergy and bioproducts: The Perseo Bioethanol® process

                Specialized consultant in the definition and market orientation of innovative projects. They have extensive experience in managing public financing for innovative developments, which reduces the intrinsic risks involved. Specialists in H2020, R&D European supporting program.

                TETma, Técnicas y Tratamientos Medioambientales. Company specialized in the integral management of the solid urban waste cycle, from the initial collection to the treatment and recovery of them.

                The CLAMBER project was born with the hope of promoting the bioeconomy in Castilla-La Mancha. It consists of two fundamental actions, on the one hand the construction of a biorefinery in the town of Puertollano and, on the other hand, the contracting of R & D services that help the development of applied research for SMEs in the region.

                Specialist in the engineering of industrial bio-processes, which are used to both produce raw materials and consumer products, as well as to value organic by-products. It supplies equipment and engineering services. In addition, it designs and builds bioreactors / fermentors and filtration and clarification systems with membranes.



                AINIA Associates : 200€
                No associates: 260 €
                • 25% discount 2nd registration
                • 50% discount 3rd registration

                Registration includes:

                • Conference attendance
                • Electronic documentation
                • Networking coffee and lunch
                • AINIA´s facilities visit.

                Training activity free of VAT

                Place of celebration


                AINIA, Research Centre
                Parque Tecnológico de Valencia. C/ Benjamín Franklin, nº 5-11.
                46980 Paterna – Valencia
                Tel.:  +34 96 136 60 90


                AINIA Associates : 200€
                No associates: 260 €
                • 25% discount 2nd registration
                • 50% discount 3rd registration

                Registration includes:

                • Seminar attendance
                • Electronic documentation
                • Networking coffee and lunch
                • AINIA´s facilities visit.

                Training Activity free of VAT


                Lugar de celebración

                AINIA, Research Centre
                Parque Tecnológico de Valencia. C/ Benjamín Franklin, nº 5-11.
                46980 Paterna – Valencia
                Tel.:  +34 96 136 60 90

                Supporting Organizations


                Andrés Pascual

                Over 15 years of experience in Bioenergy, Water technologies and Environment.
                Head of Environment, Bioenergy and Industrial Hygiene department.