Final Conference

Portalegre, Portugal, 9-10th November 2023

The “Waste to Hydrogen conference” aims to discuss scientific progresses and the most modern applications of producing hydrogen from waste biomass. Such a view is reflected in the cross-cutting topics and wide range of applications considered one of the pillars of future European energy and transport systems, making a valued contribution to the transformation to a low carbon economy by 2050.

The conference aims to bring together academia, the research world, industry, public sector to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of production of hydrogen from waste technologies. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners, and educators to present recent technical progress, establish new contacts, and to exchange technical, industrial, and business information.

General objectives

Authors and presenters are invited to participate in this event to intensify international cooperation, expand understanding and promote efforts and disciplines in waste treatments and hydrogen technologies. Dissemination of knowledge through the presentation of research results, state-of-the-art, new developments and novel concepts in this area will be the key driver in the preparation of the conference program.

Conference topics

  • Electrochemical and thermochemical processes for H2 production from waste
  • New materials and catalysts
  • Modelling from molecular to system scale
  • Stacks, cells, reactors and component manufacture and testing
  • Diagnostics and process control, system engineering, hybridization
  • Market and deployment, demonstration, and real-world experience
  • Biofuel, e-fuel, PtX technologies etc.
  • New materials, catalysts, and composites
  • Modelling from molecular to system scale
  • Component manufacture and technology testing
  • Diagnostics and process control, system engineering, hybridization
  • Market and deployment, demonstration, and real-world experience
  • Decarbonizing Industry with green H2
  • Decarbonizing steel manufacturing, refineries, chemical processes, high-temperature industrial heat
  • Manufacturing processes and up-scaling
  • Modelling from molecular to system and infrastructural scale
  • Diagnostics and process control, system engineering, hybridization
  • Market and deployment, demonstration, and real-world experience.
  • Valorize the “transversal competences that can facilitate the widespread and impact assessment of the H2 value chain”
  • Roadmaps, strategies, and national plans
  • Sustainability analysis (LCA and Social LCA)
  • Business modelling and financing/investments procedures for hydrogen technologies widespread
  • Education and training
  • Regulation, Codes and Standards (RCS)
  • Safety

Poster Session – Dissemination of European and National projects on hydrogen technologies.

Registration & Call for papers

Important dates
  • Full paper submission: 05/10/2023
  • Acceptance notification: 20/10/2023
  • Registration deadline: 30/10/2023
Presentation guidelines
  • All presentations (oral and poster) must be made in English. 
  • For oral presentations, the template is available here.
  • Each oral presentation will have the duration of 15 minutes, followed by 5 minutes of discussion.
  • The authors must take their presentations directly to the registration desk in pen drives the day they arrive at the conference venue (9th November 2023).
  • Poster presentations should be done in the conference poster template, available here. Poster dimensions are A0 (84,1 x 118,9 cm). The authors must take their posters directly to the registration desk, and the conference staff will put them up. At the end of the conference, authors must take down their posters.
  • The Organizing Committee won’t send or keep any posters that are left on the conference venue.

Conference program

Keynote speakers

Dr. Francisco Gírio is Principal Researcher and Head of Bioenergy Department of LNEG-National Laboratory of Energy and Geology, Lisbon, Portugal since 2009. In his research career participated as researcher in more than 47 research projects on lignocellulose bioconversion being coordinator of 14. He is currently member of the Management Board of Bioenergy Joint Program of the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA-Bioenergy) and member of the Steering Committee of the European Technology and Innovation Platform on Bioenergy (ETIP-Bioenergy). He is also member of the Scientific Council and Board of Trustees of the Spanish Institute IMDEA Energy (Spain) and he is President of SIADEB – Iberoamerican Society for the Development of Biorefineries. He published more than 100 scientific papers and more than 200 papers and lectures in international conferences.

Since 2015 associate professor at Marconi University of Rome: Electro-thermochemical energy systems, Traction systems, Electrotechnics courses, laboratory head and member of the PhD in Physical Sciences and Engineering From 2010 to 2015 research time definite at Marconi. From 2005 to 2009 and from 2002 to 2004 research fellowship and PhD in Energy and environmental technologies (master and PhD thesis on Gasification and Fuel Cells) at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of La Sapienza where from 1995 to 2002 received bachelor’s and master’s degree in mechanical engineering. From 1989 to 1994 graduated from the Tasso Classical High School in Rome. He speaks and writes fluently in Italian, English, French, Spanish. More than 100 peer reviewed international papers, 6 books and many conference presentations. Coordinator of H2020 BLAZE project Biomass Low cost Advanced Zero Emission gasifier-fuel cell 2019-2023 4.3 M€, GICO Gasification Integrated with CO2 capture and conversion 2020-2024 4 M€, partner of LIFE3H 2021-2025 3 M€, H2 Civitaveccchia 2023-2026 7.5 M€. ETIP bioenergy WG2 conversion member: Energies Bioenergy and H2 sections editor member:



The conference will take place between on 9-10 November 2023, at CAMPUS POLITÉCNICO, in the Polytechnic Institute of Portalegre, PORTUGAL.

Escola Superior de Tecnologia e Gestão
Campus Politécnico 10
7300-555 Portalegre

Phone: +351 245 300 200
Fax: +351 245 300 230

Accommodation suggestions

The region offers a wide variety of accommodation options, from hotels, to hostels, local accommodation units (self-catering), or Bed and Breakfast. Most of these are announced on booking websites, like

For a greater proximity from CAMPUS POLITÉCNICO, we suggest that you choose accommodation in:

  • Casa do Arco Portalegre***
  • Casa Dom Manoel***
  • Casa do Doutor***
  • Casa do Pátio***
  • Dona Maria***
  • Estalagem da Liberdade***
  • Hotel José Régio****
  • Mansão Alto Alentejo**
  • Rossio Hotel****
  • Solar das Avencas***
  • Pátio do Marquês***

Please let us know if you need any help or more recommendations.

We also inform you that there is no UBER service in Portalegre, so if you need a transportation service, you can request a taxi through the following numbers:

  • Praça de Táxis do Rossio: 00351 245 202 375
  • Praça de Táxis da Rua de Elvas: 00351 245 201 380
  • Praça de Táxis da Avenida da Liberdade: 00351 245 404 694
  • Praça de Táxis da Avenida Movimento das Forças Armadas: 00351 245 203 842
  • Praça de Táxis de Assentos: 00351 245 208 668

How to get to Portalegre and to the Conference venue

1. Transportation from Lisbon Airport

The most convenient airport is Lisbon International Airport. 

There is also the option of flying to the airports in Porto (300 km North from Portalegre) or Faro (300 km South from Portalegre), or even to Badajoz, in Spain, about 80 km from Portalegre, which connects to Madrid. In case you wish to use any of these airports, travelling to Portalegre would be more difficult.

  • By bus to Portalegre:

Arriving at Lisbon you need to go to Sete Rios – Terminal Rodoviário (main bus terminal, located close to the Jardim Zoológico underground station) From Sete Rios, buses are frequent. The best and cheapest way to get there is to get the underground, red line, from the airport to S. Sebastião station and then change to the blue line to Jardim Zoológico (bound to

Amadora or Colégio Militar/Luz). Then follow the directions to Sete Rios – Terminal Rodoviário (located outside the station). The bus ticket Lisboa-Portalegre costs about 15€. Please visit www.rede- (national bus company website) for timetables and for further information.

  • By car to Portalegre:

By car (if you rent a car, we advise you to pic one with Via Verde system), the quickest way to get to Portalegre is to use the A23 (North) highway or the A6 (South) highway. To follow the A23, leave Lisbon towards Norte/Porto by the A1 highway. After about 100 km, exit onto the A23, towards Castelo Branco/Torres Novas/Abrantes. Exit at exit 15, towards Portalegre/Nisa.

If you choose the A6, you must first follow A12/Sul/ Ponte Vasco da Gama, then exit towards A2, bound to Algarve/Évora until the A6 exit towards Espanha/Évora. Exit at Estremoz and continue the IP2 until Portalegre.

2. From Portalegre to Campus Politécnico

To go from Portalegre to Campus Politécnico there are several bus routes. We suggest bus nº 2

(Carreira 2) since it has an extensive timetable. Please follow the bus service link to check the schedule, or see the picture below.


Organizing Committee (IPPortalegre & ENEA)

Paulo Brito
Catarina Nobre
Roberta Panizio
Ana Carolina Assis
Margarida Santos
Massimiliano della Pietra
Francesca Santoni

Scientific Committee (WASTE2H2 Consortium)

Paulo Brito
Catarina Nobre
Luiz Rodrigues
Luís Loures
Reinhard Rauch
Phillip Graefe
Klas Engvall
Efthymios Kantarelis
Massimiliano della Pietra
Francesca Santoni
Donatella Barisano