AD and energy generation


Biogas produced from anaerobic digestion (AD) can be used for power and/or heat, and as a transport fuel. It can be combusted on-site to meet local electricity or district heating demand, upgraded for injection into the gas grid or upgraded to biomethane to run large vehicles such as lorries, buses and tractors. Countries which do not have these networks can develop renewable-based mini-grids as an alternative.

Energy from renewable sources not only helps to reduce greenhouse gases emissions in the fight against climate change, it also enable countries to achieve greater energy security by becoming less dependent on imports from unstable regions of the world.

In 2016, 23.7% of global electricity came from renewable energy, mostly from wind, solar and biomass sources. Biogas can play a significant part in balancing intermittent supplies such as solar and wind.  Meanwhile, energy used for heating or cooling accounts for about half of the total world final energy consumption.  In high-income economies, the use of biomethane in existing gas networks provides the least expensive means of decarbonising the heat supply.

AD plants across the UK now power the equivalent of a million homes with renewable electricity, and AD has the potential to meet 30% of the UK’s household electricity and gas demand. With the right policy support it could generate 78 TWh per year, making a vital contribution to decarbonising the heat and power sector and reducing the UK’s reliance on imported energy from countries such as Qatar.

Energy generation at UK AD and World Biogas Expo 2018


The conference, seminars and exhibition will enable delegates from the energy sector to find out more about:

AD’s potential as a source of renewable energy in the next 10 years

  • How will falling wind and solar energy prices affect the biogas market?
  • Which gas is most suitable for injection into the grid?

UK government incentives

  • Update on the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) reforms
  • What support will the UK government give to small-scale AD electricity generation?
  • What will the long-term UK policy direction be?
  • Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation

If you have any questions regarding UK AD and World Biogas Expo 2018 please do get in touch.

Gayle Brandon Kirby

Head of Events

+44 (0) 20 3176 5440

Roberta Bontempo

Sales Manager

+44 (0) 20 3176 4414

Desiree De Cecchis

Event Producer

+44 (0) 20 3176 4415

Jinna Sidhu

Marketing Manager

+44(0) 203 735 8117

Chris Noyce

PR & Parliamentary Affairs Executive

0203 176 5441