The series of four webinars that started right before summer is now over, after the demonstration site in Dolina, Italy had its turn to present itself to a wider audience.
While the Italian demonstration site was supposed to welcome all the project partners and interested delegations to the launch of the site itself, the current limitations and circumstances caused by the ongoing pandemic forced the local site operators to present the demonstration site in a webinar instead.
The webinar featured A&T 2000, the local waste management company and the site’s operator, as well as ITS Energy which was overlooking the set up of the site from the very beginning. Alberto Piani of A&T 2000 shared the important background information on the site such as the choice for the location, the amount of waste that would be diverted and treated there and similar. As he explained, the choice for the location was rather easy to make taking into consideration where Dolina is located. Dolina is a remote municipality at the very border with Slovenia, far from all the waste treatment facilities of A&T 2000. This implied high transport costs and added environmental impact caused by it. The new demonstration site which will turn into a permanent treatment facility over time will allow the company to improve their environmental performances. Furthermore, as he added, the fact that the municipality is characterised with scattered housing allowed the company to prove that they meet necessary requirements when it comes to permitting.
Claudio Fontana of ITS Energy later explained the different parts of the installation and its features and highlighted the differences between this demonstration site and the one in Lyon, presented in July. The key differences, which demonstrate the versatility of the DECISIVE concept, are surely the source of biowaste used at the site and the modularity when it comes to the design of the instalation. While the demonstration site in Lyon uses biowaste from the neighbouring hotels and restaurants, the Italian one will be fed by household biowaste. This of course implies big differences in quantities – 50 tonnes per year in Lyon and 200 tonnes per year in Dolina. The DECISIVE concept allows the design of the installation to match the available quantities of biowaste.
Apart from the technical aspects of the installation, Federica Bertolutti of A&T 2000 explained in details the authorisation process and the necessary requirements such an installation needs to meet before being able to be deployed. The webinar ended with conclusions and the expected developments on site in the coming months.
You can access the last webinar as well as all the previous ones here.