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Biogas is heading towards establishing itself as one of the most forward looking forms of renewable energy in the coming years.


SMi’s inaugural Biogas 2010 will bring together leading industry experts, regulators, financiers and technology providers from all across Europe to help you understand and benefit from the underlying opportunities of Biogas development, especially in the UK. 


Make sure you attend this event and walk away with all the essential knowledge needed to maximise the potential, profitability and sustainability of your business.
 

   

 

  • Update your knowledge on state of the art strategies needed to start and manage your biogas plants
  • Learn about vital financial considerations when it comes to raising capital in an uncertain financial market
  • Participate in the sustainable energy revolution and tap into the revenue generation potential of biogas
  • Learn from fellow operators about successes and mistakes made in building AD plants

 

  • Heads of Waste and Waste Infrastructure
  • Heads of Biogas
  • Heads of Sustainable Gas
  • Technical Directors
  • Heads of Biosolids
  • Chief Operating Officers
  • Chief Financial Officers

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Les Gornall

Les Gornall, Expert in Anaerobic Digestion and Waste Water Treatment, Independent Consultant

9:10 AD IN THE UK: WHERE WE ARE NOW AND WHERE WE NEED TO BE

Nina Sweet

Nina Sweet, Organics Technical Specialist, WRAP

  • An overview of the development of AD in the UK
  • High standards for all aspects of the industry
  • Making the best use of the outputs
     
  • 9:50 COMMERCIAL CHALLENGES OF ANAEROBIC DIGESTION - A PRACTICAL PERSPECTIVE

    Alexander Maddan

    Alexander Maddan, Chief Executive Officer, Agrivert Limited

  • Funding and support
  • Feedstock
  • Connectivity
  • Digestate recycling
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 IT'S ALL ABOUT FEEDSTOCK

    Les Gornall

    Les Gornall, Expert in Anaerobic Digestion and Waste Water Treatment, Independent Consultant

  • Impact of feedstock selection on system design, performance and funding
  • Operational limitations
  • Mitigating the problems of unbalanced feedstock
  • Outputs from Inputs
  • 11:40 DEPLOYING TECHNOLOGY TO OPTIMISE THE PROFITABILITY OF YOUR ANAEROBIC DIGESTER

    Michael Chesshire

    Michael Chesshire, Technology Director, Greenfinch Ltd

  • Anaerobic digestion of food waste in practice
  • Key performance parameters
  • How to improve profitability?
     
  • 12:20 UNLOCKING THE POTENTIAL OF AD FOR THE UK DAIRY INDUSTRY

    Jim Highnam

    Jim Highnam, Managing Director, BV Dairy

  • Liquid dairy waste as a feedstock
  • Feasibility & Finance
  • Achieving regulatory approval
  • The project timeline
  • AD in the UK dairy industry
  • 12:50 Networking Lunch

    13:50 EVALUATING THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF CO-DIGESTION : EXPERIENCE FROM THE WATER INDUSTRY

    Bill Barber

    Bill Barber, Biosolids and Sustainability Technical Expert, United Utilities

  • Anaerobic digestion theory
  • Modelling the impact of waste type and digester configuration on biogas production
  • Assessing the carbon footprint of co-digestion
  • Calculating the hidden costs
  • 14:30 TAKING BIOGAS TO THE NEXT LEVEL: BUILDING AND OPERATING ENERGY-CROP BASED BIOMETHANE PLANTS ON AN INDUSTRIAL SCALE

    Carsten  Herbes

    Carsten Herbes, Head of Research and Development, NAWARO BIOENERGIE

    <ul> <li><span style="font-size: x-small">Evolution of the biogas industry in Europe and Germany</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: x-small">Challenges of biogas production on an industrial scale (valuation of substrates, plant design etc.)</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: x-small">Potentials for further efficiency gains through R&amp;D</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: x-small">The example of NAWARO BioEnergie AG</span></li> </ul>

    15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 USE OF BIOGAS TECHNOLOGIES AND BIOGAS UPGRADING FOR GRID INJECTION

  • Potentials
  • Processes
  • Technologies
  • Execution examples in Germany

     

  • Alfons Schulte-Schulze Berndt

    Alfons Schulte-Schulze Berndt, Managing Director, Carbotech Engineering GmbH

    Eberhart  Wusterhaus Gomez

    Eberhart Wusterhaus Gomez , International Business Biogas, Schmack Biogas

    16:20 RENEWABLE HEAT USING THE GAS GRID

    Dave Tilley

    Dave Tilley, , National Grid Company

  • The heat challenge
  • Unlocking the grid - key challenges
  • National Grid's approach and vision
  • 17:00 FROM CONCEPT TO COMMISSIONING: THE GWE BIOGAS EXPERIENCE

    Tom Megginson

    Tom Megginson, Director, GWE Biogas

  • About the GWE Biogas team
  • How did the project get started
  • What approach was taken at early stages
  • Plant selection
  • Financing
  • Planning Issues
  • Finding feedstocks
  • Determining plant configurations for maximum benefit
  • Controlling the build
  • Dealing with regulators

     

  • 17:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Les Gornall

    Les Gornall, Expert in Anaerobic Digestion and Waste Water Treatment, Independent Consultant

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Les Gornall

    Les Gornall, Expert in Anaerobic Digestion and Waste Water Treatment, Independent Consultant

    9:10 FINANCING BIOGAS PROJECTS

    Peter Webster

    Peter Webster, Director, Utilyx

  • What investors want?
  • Managing technology risk
  • Power Purchase Agreements to manage revenue risk
  • Contracting for fuel supply
  • 9:50 BIOMETHANE TO GRID - A GAS SUPPLIERS PERSPECTIVE

    Martin Orrill

    Martin Orrill, Head of Energy Technology and Innovation, British Gas Plc

  • Renewable Heat incentives – supporting biomethane
  • Where does Biomethane sit in the energy mix
  • Making Biomethane to grid projects a commercial reality
     
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 PRODUCING BIOMETHANE FOR VEHICLE FUEL

    John Baldwin

    John Baldwin, Managing Director, CNG Services Ltd

  • What is biomethane and how is it made?
  • Biomethane injection into the gas grid (BtG)
  • Biomethane fuelled vehicles
  • CO2 and air quality benefits from transportation
  • BtG conclusions
     
  • 11:40 ENERGY FROM BIOGAS AS PART OF A UK FOOD BIOREFINERY AT BRITISH SUGAR

    Paul Lucas

    Paul Lucas, Fermentation Scientist, British Sugar Plc

  • British Sugar Wissington site - a food and feed BioRefinery
  • Biogas from sugar beet: Laboratory and pilot studies
  • Full scale options
  • Financial considerations
  • Future global potential
  • 12:20 LOW-COST TECHNOLOGY FOR ANAEROBIC DIGESTION ON SMALL AND LARGE SCALE

    Tico Cohen

    Tico Cohen, Senior Process Manager, Rhodia Energy Services

  • Reducing investment cost through innovation
  • Small scale plastic bag digesters for manure and household waste digestion for individual households in warm climate regions
  • Gas cooking and lighting for rural families
  • Large to very large low-cost lagoon based digestion plants for industrial waste streams
  • Examples shown with gas production up to 200,000 m3 per day
  • Wide range of industrial wastewaters and semi-solid waste streams
  • 13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 SAS PRE - TREATMENT FOR ANAEROBIC DIGESTION USING THE CELLRUPTOR BIOGAS PRESSURE SWING TECHNOLOGY

    Peter Barratt

    Peter Barratt, IP, Marketing and Sales, Eco Solids International Ltd

  • Introduction to Cellruptor process principles
  • Full scale engineering
  • Biogas yield increase, VS destruction, and other process gains
  • Current commercial plant status
  • 14:40 RENEWABLE ENERGY & BIOGAS FROM AD TREATMENT OF SEWAGE, WASTE WATER & BIOWASTE: FULLY INTEGRATED BIO ENERGY PROJECTS WITH TAILOR MADE POST TREATMENT INCL RECUPERATION OF NUTRIENTS

    Robin Parduyns

    Robin Parduyns, General Manager Business Unit Bioenergy, Waterleau Group

  • Introduction renewable energy from different anaerobic reactors
  • Short overview of different anaerobic reactors
  • Integration with nutrient recovery incl K, struvite treatment & NH4-SO4
  • Case - studies
  • Case studies of sustainable bio-energy
  • Case study of fully integrated solutions
     
  • 15:20 PAS 110 AND QUALITY PROTOCOL - THE NEW STANDARD FOR DIGESTATE

    David Collins

    David Collins, UK Biogas Group Lead, Renewable Energy Association

  • REA Biogas Group
  • Current usage of digestate in UK
  • Regulatory regime
  • Agricultural benefits
  • PAS110 and QP – Certification of Quality Digestate
  • 15:45 Afternoon Tea

    16:10 THE DEVELOPMENT OF DEERDYKES IVC AND AD FACILITY: FLEXIBLE FOR THE FUTURE

  • Background to the Deerdykes Development
  • Technology selection
  • Key challenges
  • Project progress
  • Future developments
     
  • Joe Short

    Joe Short, Technical Manager, Enviros

    Kristine  Leitch

    Kristine Leitch , Project Manager , Scottish Water

    16:45 ALGAE AS A BIOGAS RESOURCE

    Dr Patricia J.  Harvey

    Dr Patricia J. Harvey, Head of Bioenergy Research, University Of Greenwich

  • Why should we be interested in algae?
  • Algae suitability for AD?
  • Algal oil versus algal biogas?
  • Algae cultivation in cool climes?
  • Algal technologies: waste-water clean-up, biogas purification, processing
  • Environmental impacts
  • 17:20 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of the Conference

    Les Gornall

    Les Gornall, Expert in Anaerobic Digestion and Waste Water Treatment, Independent Consultant

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