ABBS 2019 symposium - Innovation and Technology Towards a Sustainable Bioeconomy

The ABBS symposium, organized annually by The Asia BioHyLinks, is the non-profit regional meeting addressing the variety of topics in the fields of biohydrogen, biorefinery and bioprocess to promote cooperation between universities, research institutions and industry. This year, the symposium whose theme is “Innovation and Technology Towards ad Sustainable Bioeconomy” was held from 13th to 15 of November 2019 at Hanoi University of Science and Technology. The symposium attracted 178 participants who together represent 11 countries (Vietnam, Korea, Thailand, China, Taiwan, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Austria and France).

At the opening ceremony, Professor Dinh Van Phong (HUST) and Prof. Shu-Yii WU (Feng Chia University, Taiwan) delivered messages from the organizing committee in which they warmly welcomed all the participants to attend the symposium and wished that the symposium would be a great success.
Professor Dinh Van Phong - HUST - Vietnam

 Professor Shu-Yii Wu - Feng Chia University - Taiwan 

Speakers in the plenary session acknowledged the importance of novel and renewable energy sources, challenges associated with renewable energy production, proposed technical and economical solutions, and shared their experiences.

In the midst of global climate change and limitation of resources on earth to support the living world, the Green Synergy is proposed by the Feng Chia University group led by Professor Shu-Yii Wu as one of the alternative solutions to promote sustainable growth by integrating heat and hydrogen storage from renewable energies, utilizing biomass resources from agricultural waste.

Assoc. Prof. Klanarong Sriroth from Mitr Phol Group shared experiences from his country of Thailand regarding a bright future for biorefinery. According to him, a combination of sufficient raw materials, good practice and knowledge of science and technology, and infrastructure, as well as government policy could promote a sustainable biorefinery technology in the country. From a neighboring country, Assoc. Prof. Pham Hoang Luong (HUST) remarked on the negative effects of energy sector (production, transmission – distribution, conversion and energy consumption) on climate change. Vietnam has set the goal to reduce energy produced from conventional sources and increase the proportion of electricity from renewable energy sources to 7% in 2020 and 10% in 2030. Although Vietnamese government realized the difficulties associated with the development of renewable energy sources and issued preferential policies for investors, technical challenges are still left to be solved to facilitate the development of renewable energy technology in Vietnam.
 Assoc. Prof. Klanarong Sriroth - Mitr Phol Group - Thailand

Assoc. Prof. Pham Hoang Luong - HUST - Vietnam

Assoc. Prof. Andrew, Chen-Yeon CHU (Fengchia University, Taiwan) presented a case study conducted in Manado City, North Sulawesi, Indonesia, in which a pilot-scale symbiosis and sustainable energy supply station was built to convert agricultural waste and excreta of livestock to power. The project is a model for providing sustainable energy source for rural areas in the ASEAN regions and reduce environmental pollution by agricultural waste, and fulfill the concept of “self-sustained community”.
Assoc. Prof. Andrew, Chen-Yeon CHU - Fengchia University - Taiwan

Professor June Miyake (Osaka University, Japan) and Wolfgang Samhaber (Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria) discussed problems associated with bioenergy production. According to Professor Miyake, the problems with bioenergy production are quantitative limitations, non-continuous production and instability even though it is a promising next-generation technology. In his talk, he acknowledged the advances in artificial intelligence and discussed the application of deep learning in solving problems of bioenergy. From economical perspective, Professor Samhaber addressed various aspects of bioprocessing in terms of equipment, operation and energy costs, highlighting influences and requirements that are useful in assessing the feasibility of new industrial production processes with the focus on estimation methods to make economic consideration of a production project feasible.
Professor June Miyake - Osaka University - Japan
Professor Wolfgang Samhaber - Johannes Kepler University Linz - Austria

The plenary session was followed by four scientific sessions (Biomass resources, biohydrogen, biogas and biofuel; Fermentation and bioprocess; biomass process and refinery for energy and bioproducts; bioenergy sustainability and bioeconomy). A diverse group of participants from 41 universities, research institutions and industry shared their experiences, and engaged in discussions to exchange knowledge in advancing technologies in biomass utilization. Fifty-two talks were delivered and 34 posters were exhibited during the course of the symposium. Sixty extended abstracts were published in advance in the Proceeding of the Symposium (ISBN: 978-604-95-083-9). After the symposium, the selected papers will be invited to be published in International Journal of Hydrogen Energy or International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation.
Poster session
Assoc. Prof. Chu Ky Son and keynote speakers at ABBS 2019 symposium

ABBS symposium 2019 - Hanoi - Vietnam
By: Dam Thuy Hang
Editor: Tuan Le