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Sustainability in Energy, and Environmental Lecture Series: Lecture 01

Date and time: July 02, 2019 (Tuesday), 3.00pm

Venue: ChE Seminar Room, OAB

Attendance: All welcome

A Parametric Study of Hydrothermal Carbonization of Waste Biomass

Bangladesh generates tremendous amount of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) daily, with Dhaka generating at least 5340 metric tons per day. Per capita MSW generation is directly dependent upon population and socio-economic status, individuals belonging to the high socio-economic status tends to generate more MSW than those in low socio-economic status. At present, for the majority, Bangladesh practices open and sanitary landfilling of MSW. Bangladesh is a relatively small country with a scarcity of land for landfilling. This situation is expected to exacerbate unless measures are taken to utilize the MSW instead of landfilling. Various MSW valorization pathways exists for converting MSW into value-added products or for generating energy. The pathways include anaerobic digestion, composting, incineration, hydrothermal treatment, pyrolysis, and gasification. Among the valorization pathways, hydrothermal treatment, particularly hydrothermal carbonization, is considered to be most promising for handling MSW due its flexibility of handling high moisture containing feedstock. A parametric study at different reaction conditions was carried out in order to optimize the hydrothermal carbonization process. The altered reaction parameters were temperature, residence time, and solid loading (water percentage). The optimum reaction condition for hydrothermal carbonization was found to be at 275 °C, with a residence time of 20 minutes and a water loading of 90%. At these conditions, biocoal with the highest amount of combustible material and the highest solid yield was obtained.

About the Speaker

Mr. Kazi Aurnob has completed his BSc in Chemical Engineering from The University of Minnesota. During his undergraduate, he has worked as a research assistant to develop product for American Peat Technology, LLC. He was on the Dean’s list for outstanding academic record during his final year and is also a member of Omega Chi Epsilon. Mr. Kazi Aurnob is now pursuing his MSc in Chemical Engineering at BUET. He is working as part of the research project InConSolE in order to identify optimum hydrothermal carbonization conditions to maximize biocoal yield from municipal solid waste. This project is funded by Bangladesh Energy and Power Research Council.

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Recruitment Notice for Project Economist

The Project

InConSolE is a research project funded by the Bangladesh Energy and Power Research Council (BEPRC). The project combines state of the art technologies for generating electricity from solid waste in the most efficient way with minimum impact on the environment. To achieve these goals, the project is proposed to conduct an in-depth study to evaluate the concept by carrying out bench-scale to pilot-scale trials complemented with techno-economic assessment to quantify the possibility of large scale implementation through commercialization.

The Position

We are looking for ONE full time Project Economist (PE). The PE will be job responsible for general accounting tasks, including reconciling and maintaining balance sheet accounts and general ledger operations, preparing journal entries, preparing monthly closing and financial reports, preparing account/bank reconciliations. The PE shall also produce periodic financial reports and other financial documents for the management. He/She will also ensure proper and complete documentation and filing for easy retrieval of all accounting related documents and perform other duties as assigned by the InConSolE Management. A successful candidate will serve this role for no more than 30 months. The salary and the housing allowance for the current position are as set out below:

  • Salary BDT 3,36,000 (per annum)
  • Housing allowance BDT 1,56,000 (per annum, tax free)


Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Finance; ability to prepare and maintain the full set of accounts; Proficient in Microsoft Excel and other MS Office applications.

How to Apply?

Applicants should send a resume and a cover letter outlining how they meet the specific requirements of the position to by March 16, 2019.
While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted. The tentative date of the assessment is March 23, 2019.

A PDF version of this call be found here.