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TOTeM 50

Decarbonising combustion in hard-to-abate sectors

TOTeM 50 will take place on 5-6th December, 2023 in Piacenza, Italy.

The International Flame Research Foundation (IFRF) and its Italian Committee are organising a Topic-Oriented Technical Meeting (TOTeM), the 50th TOTeM in the series. The theme of the event is “Decarbonising combustion” with a focus on hard-to-abate sectors like glass, metal, cement and ceramic.

The event will also include a visit of a nearby innovative Carbon Capture facility.

The conference theme was inspired by the glass industry’s need to address its emission problem, as well as the IFRF’s goal of enhancing applied combustion research and increasing cooperation and information exchange throughout the international combustion and energy arena. The glass industry contributes about 5 % of total industrial CO2 emissions in Europe, that is why it is currently concentrating its efforts on the management of various fuels based on availability and cost.

Therefore, the partnership is proposing a shared way to discuss developments in the field of combustion by collaborating with other expert subjects. The conference will analyse themes like emission containment, decarbonization, and more. The topic’s effects in terms of modelling and, as a result, the valuation and application of the various melting solutions will also be discussed.

The event is meant to represent a gathering of hard-to-abate industrial fields, including steel industry, cement industry and others, since we are all facing the same issues, and we need to share our goals and our solutions.

Please check below for all of the important information for those who want to get involved.


Piacenza Campus of Politecnico di Milano
Via Scalabrini 76
29121 Piacenza, Italy

On day 2, the program will include a technical visit to a CO2 capture from cement production demonstrator, operated by Buzzi Unicem and located in Vernasca (PC).

For more information about getting to Piacenza, click here. This document also includes logistics information such as meeting and dinner venue information as well as hotel recommendations.

Registration and ticket prices

IFRF members Non-IFRF members
Industry 200 € 300 €
Academia 150 € 250 €
Students 150 € 150 €

Please click here to register via Eventbrite.

Call for speakers

The speaker call is closed due to full capacity. However, abstract submissions for the poster session are still open. Poster format should be A0 or A1 vertical, printing services are not provided, but stands are available. Submit a PDF of your poster by December 1 for confirmation.

If you are interested please send an abstract of 200-250 words to annick.lachance@hydragroup.it.

Key dates

  • Abstracts submission deadline for speakers: 31st October
  • Registration deadline: In order to facilitate efficient event planning, we kindly request that you register before December 1st. While registration will remain open until we reach our maximum participant capacity, please be aware that lunch, dinner and visit may not be guaranteed for those who register after this date. Unfortunately, we’ve hit our maximum capacity for the visit to the Carbon Capture facility. We won’t be able to accommodate any more participants.
  • Event: 5-6th December


Day 1: Tuesday 5th December

09:00 Registration & Refreshment
09:30 Opening remarks by Annick Lachance Nyiringango (Stara Glass) & Daniele Di Bona (Politecnico di Milano, LEAP Scarl)
09:35 Introductory speech by Massimilliano Fantuzzi (Danieli Centro Combustion, IFRF Italian Committee Chair)
09:45 Speech 1: Sustainable routes towards the carbon neutrality of the thermal process from the perspective of a technology provider.
Massimilliano Fantuzzi
; R&D Director at Danieli Centro Combustion
10:05 Speech 2: Unlocking the CCUS deployment in Southern Europe: challenges and lessons learned from CLEANKER and HERCCULES pioneer projects.
Maurizio Spinelli
; Head of the Low Carbon Technologies Area at LEAP Scarl
10:25 Speech 3: Advances in Industrial gasses solutions for decarbonizing the industries.
Luc Jarry
; Senior Market Director Energy & Mobility at Air Liquide
10:45 Fast presentations
  1. Project “CONDRA” (Combined CO2-separation and energy saving for industrial furnaces by using decentrally generated pure oxygen) – Presented by Fabian Scheck from RWTH Aachen University
  2. Fluidized bed reactors for carbon capture, storage and utilization and for sustainable industrial processes – Presented by Antonio Coppola or Maurizio Troiano from Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II & STEMS-CNR
  3. Low Carbon Industry: Electrification of industrial processes involving high temperatures – Presented by Jetnis Avdijaj from École Polytechnique de Bruxelles
  4. Project “H2AL”. Full-scale demonstration of replicable technologies for hydrogen combustion in Hard-to-Abate Industries: The aluminium use-case – Presented by Marco Lubrano Lavadera from Université Libre de Bruxelles
  5. Decarbonization of the heavy industries – Multiple Hearth Furnace – Presented by Mehdi Riis from Université Libre de Bruxelles
  6. CFD, Industrial-scale-testing and Additive Manufacturing: role and contribution for decarbonising the hard-to-abate sectors – Presented by Gianluca Rossiello from Seamthesis
  7. Reduction of GHG and pollutant emissions in iron ores reduction processes integrating syngas production technologies and electrolytic means – Presented by Francesco Barbetti from NextChem
  8. Project “LIFE SUGAR” & “H2-Glass” – Presented by Elisa Gerali from SGRPRO
11:00 Break & Poster session
11:30 Speech 4: PRIMUS, Innovative Solution for Glass Sector Decarbonizing.
Luca Tosini
; Technical Director at Bormioli Luigi
11:55 Speech 5: How Fives supports decarbonation of hard to abate sectors.
Louis Ricci
; Director of R&D BU Combustion at Fives Group
12:15 Speech 6: Directions and actions for the decarbonization of glass industry.
Ernesto Cattaneo
; Head of Innovation Department at Stara Glass
12:35 Lunch
14:00 Speech 7: Sustainable thermoprocess solutions in metal sector.
Mattia Bissoli
; R&D Engineer at Tenova S.p.A
14:25 Speech 8: How to start the decarbonisation journey a Dragons view.
Neil Simpson
; Consultant at Simpson Combustion and Energy Ltd & Amatek Land
14:45 Speech 9: Hydrogen and its potential to decarbonise the Foundation Industries.
Palma González García
; Combustion Technical Lead at Glass Futures
15:05 Speech 10: Decarbonising hard-to-abate sectors with hydrogen-based fuels: opportunities, challenges and the role of digitalization.
Alessandro Parente
; Professor at Université libre de Bruxelles
15:25 Break & Poster session
15:55 Speech 11: Technical Aspects of Combustion of Natural Gas – Hydrogen Blends.
Johan van der Dennen;
Software development and novel applications at Celsian
16:15 Speech 12: Decarbonization of steel production: Hydrogen or CO2 capture and storage?
Matteo C. Romano
; Full Professor of Energy and Environmental Systems, Dept. Of Energy at PoliMI
16:35 Speech 13: Modelling and implementation of an Oxy-fuel Combustion system in a recuperative furnace while it is in operation and has two years of remaining campaign.
Ivan Vaiani
; Combustion & Material Processing Applications Leader at Nippon Gases
16:55 Open discussion – Moderator: Sébastien Caillat (Fives Stein, IFRF Vice President)
17:20 Day 1 closing talk by Daniele Di Bona (Politecnico di Milano, LEAP Scarl)
17:30 End of the day 1
19:30 Diner at restaurantLa Terrazza del Roma”

Day 2: Wednesday 6th December

09:00 Registration & refreshments
09:10 Welcome day 2 by Annick Lachance Nyiringango (Stara Glass) & Federico Vigano (Politecnico di Milano, LEAP Scarl)
09:20 Speech 14: Hot Gas Filtration in Glass lndustry: A Holistic Approach to Emission Control and Heat Recovery.
Manfred Salinger
; Director of Advanced Ceramic Filtration Solutions at Rath Group
09:40 Speech 15: How to bridge the gap between lab and full industrial scales to decarbonize the energy-intensive sectors.
Giancarlo Sorrentino; Researcher at CNR-STEMS.
10:00 Speech 16: Industrial feasibility of a regenerative combustion system in “working end” furnaces for molten glass.
Irene Luzzo
; Head of Experimental Station for Combustion Studies at RINA
10:20 Break & Poster session
10:50 Speech 17: CO2 capture in the cement industry and the experience of the Cleanker project.
Francesco Magli
, Representative of Innovative Projects CO2 and Energy Areas / Projects and New Facilities” at Buzzi Unicem
11:10 Speaker 18Decarbonization scenarios for ceramic tile sector: an Italian perspective.
Maria Chiara Bignozzi
; Full Professor in Materials Science and Technology at the University of Bologna and Director of Centro Ceramico
11:30 Open discussion – Moderator: Mara de Joannon (CNR)
12:10 Guidelines for afternoon visit (Carbon Capture visit)
12:20 End of TOTeM 50 Speech by Massimiliano Fantuzzi (Danieli Centro Combustion, CI IFRF Chairperson)
12:35 Lunch
14:00 Departure to Carbon Capture Facility Visit in Vernasca
15:00 Carbon Capture Facility Visit
17:00 End of the event

Sponsorship opportunities

IFRF is a research and networking hub of the global industrial combustion community. The IFRF network extends from the Americas through Europe to Central and East Asia, and to Australia, covering the power generation, petroleum refining, iron and steel, cement, glass, and chemical industries as well as combustion equipment manufacturers, fuels and industrial gas producers and distributors, research institutes and universities.

Your organisation will be able to reach a highly targeted group of industrial engineers and academics by sponsoring a conference.

Sponsorship packages

Type Advantages
*Type 1 (2500 €) 3 free tickets to the event
Your logo will appear on the dissemination material
An advertisement space at the event
 *Type 2 (1000 €) 2 free tickets to the event
Your logo will appear on the dissemination material

Organising committee

  • Sauro Pasini (Rjc Soft, IFRF President)
  • Massimiliano Fantuzzi (Danieli Centro Combustion, CI IFRF Chairperson)
  • Ernesto Cattaneo and Annick Lachance Nyiringango (Stara Glass, main contacts)
  • Giancarlo Sorrentino and Mara de Joannon (STEMS-CNR)
  • Sébastien Caillat (Fivesgroup/Fives Stein, IFRF Vice-President)
  • Daniele Di Bona and Federico Vigano (Politecnico di Milano, LEAP Scarl)
  • Milena Marchegiani and Luca Tosini (Bormioli Luigi)

Thank you to our sponsors Nippon Gases, Air Liquide and Politecnico di Milano:

Nippon Gases, part of Nippon Sanso Holdings Corporation, is your strategic partner for industrial gases. We offer technological and innovative solutions of oxycombustion to reduce fossil fuel consumption and improve your carbon footprint.

A world leader in gases, technologies and services for Industry and Health, Air Liquide counts on a deep activity of innovation and development of advanced technologies to support hard-to-abate industries in the glass, metal and cement sectors in their processes aimed at greater energy efficiency and reduction of CO2 emissions.