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Day One - 5 July
What is the best use of biogas?

11.00 – 11.55

What is the best use of biogas for the UK over the short, medium and long term? Transport, heating or CHP?

  • Chair: James Lloyd, Group CEO, BioWatt
  • Why we need to have this debate.
    Shifting, unmanaged government policy on renewable subsidy has resulted in biogas developers following the breadcrumb trail rather than achieving strategic goals.  James will discuss the overarching options, subsidy mechanisms and what developers and funders see as important when making a decision on what is the best use of biogas!
    Speaker: James Lloyd, Group CEO, BioWatt
  • Making the Best use of Biogas
    This presentation will look at Severn Trent’s experience and development in the AD market.
    Speaker: Simon Farris, Renewable Energy Opportunities Manager, Severn Trent  
  • Going the distance with biogas for vehicle fuel. The practicalities of using biogas for transport
    Speaker: Will Llewellyn, Director, Red Kite Management
  • Grant Ashton, CEO, GGT Green Gas Trading

Digestate quality

12.00 – 12.55

Digestate quality is paramount, so how can we ensure a top-quality product is delivered, and how best can it be used?

  • Chair: David Tompkins, Bioresources Development Manager at Aqua Enviro
  • Will McManus, Organics Sector Specialist, WRAP
  • Dr Stephen Wise, Associate Director, Waste Technical Leader, Environment & Infrastructure, Amec Foster Wheeler
  • Avril Banks, Director, Ab-En Ltd (Environment & Energy) and Chair of CIWM Biowaste SIG

How to engage the general public with AD

13.00– 13.55

Does the average person on the street know what AD is? How can we adapt messaging to make AD more accessible? Will a better public and media understanding of AD help to ensure more success in planning permission?

  • Chair: Richard Barker, Adviser and Investment Committee Member, Iona Capital
  • Delivering enhanced risk/return in renewable energy and resource efficiency
    Speaker: Richard Barker, Adviser and Investment Committee Member, Iona Capital
  • Consultation for AD planning approvals
    AD to those in the industry means anaerobic digester but when it comes to the planning process and public consultation, it can often appear more as “Anti-Development”.   The engagement with the public to turn around this view can have a major impact on the speed of the planning authority to make their decision as well as the outcome of the decisions themselves.  So, what can developers do to get ‘the public’ onside, when should it happen and does it really make a difference?
    Speaker: Deborah Cairns, Director, E4environment Ltd
  • AD in the media
     Despite the huge range of benefits that it offers, AD is not yet a familiar concept to the general public, meaning that achieving media coverage outside trade press already in the know is challenging. The most common news stories about AD to filter through to national or local media are of pollution incidents or local opposition to the building of a plant. So how can we change the narrative around AD so that the general public and the media see its benefits?
    Speaker: Chris Noyce, PR & Parliamentary Affairs Executive, ADBA
  • Outreach, AD and the Circular Bio-economy
    The talk is an overview of the University of Southampton’s Bio-economy Roadshow which has researchers, academics and industrial partners who attend a wide variety of public events in order to promote AD and its role in the circular bio-economy. We have activities such as trommel waste sorting/organic extraction, identifying VFA’s, ascertaining digester health, feeding the anaerobic digester, biogas use through a Ruben’s Tube (or making popcorn) and samples of digestates and food – all designed to stimulate discussion and learning for people of all ages
    Speaker: Angela Bywater, BBSRC NIBB AD Network Manager, University of Southampton

Process Upgrading and Purification

14.00 – 14.55

  • Chair: Susnata Samanta, Senior Application Scientist, Cabot Norit Activated Carbon
  • How to improve efficiency and reduce siloxane removal costs
    Speaker: Susnata Samanta, Senior Application Scientist, Cabot Norit Activated Carbon 
  • Daniel Galloway, Process Chemist, Veolia UK
  • OPEX reduction through advanced biogas on-line measurement and additional REVENUE from CO2 recovery
    At Pentair we enthusiastically research and develop novel solutions and optimise existing ways to achieve this. Pentair’s BioSense, an advanced VOC gas analyser minimizes activated carbon consumption through optimized online operation and therefore reduces bio-methane production costs and increases upgrading plant uptime. Additionally, as one the world’s leading CO2 specialists and CO2 plant suppliers, Pentair provides innovative solutions for creating an additional revenue stream from the biogas upgrading process.
    Speaker: Francois Huberts, Sales
    Manager Biogas Systems at Pentair Haffmans

Making finances and incentives work for you

15.00 – 15.55

What will funders be looking for when considering investments in AD? And how is the changing financial incentives landscape impacting on the financing of project? This panel discusses the opportunities and challenges of the finance community and its customers. 

  • Chair: Bruce Nelson, Director Renewable Energy, Compass Business Finance
  • How to best prepare financially for an AD project
    The session will cover what developers need to consider as they prepare to approach the funding industry
    Speaker: Phil Gerrard, Chief Executive, Privilege Finance
  • Finance & Refinance for AD
    What’s available from the banking world for new projects and refinancing operational plants
    Speaker: Ian Allder, Director Specialist Sectors, Lombard North Central Plc
  • Stacking the funding odds in your favour
    Edward Williams, Consultant, F&P 
  • Secondary market of operating AD projects.
    The session will outline the opportunities for owners of operating AD projects to realise value through either refinancing with senior debt or disposing of their interests in projects to an ever increasing market of potential purchasers.
    Speaker: Mark Heuff, Director, Energy and Infrastructure Advisory, Jones Lang LaSalle Limited

Landfill gas

16.00 – 16.55

With the environmental threat it poses to adjoining soil and groundwater, capturing methane gas from landfills is essential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This panel will explore the most efficient ways to recapture methane whilst analysing the scale of the problems and opportunities in this market.

Chair: Prof Joseph Akunna, Chair of Water & Environmental Engineering, Abertay University

  • Assessing methane potential and emission risks of old municipal landfills
    The talk will present a methodology for assessing the methane gas production potential of old landfills where production rates are usually low, but pose environmental risks. Based on a case study, the talk will also discuss options for militating against environmental risks by uncontrollable emissions from these sites.
    Speaker: Prof Joseph Akunna, Chair of Water & Environmental Engineering, Abertay University
  • WAGABOX : Competitive landfill gas upgrading solution
    Millions m3 of landfill gas are wasted every hour worldwide. This pollution represents 5% of greenhouse gases emissions. Waga-Energy turns this pollution to a competitive renewable substitute of natural gas: Biomethane thanks to a technological breakthrough: Membrane separation coupled with Cryogenic Distillation Based on >10 years development with French industrials leaders in gas engineering our solution enables pure biomethane production (compliant with gas grid quality) at a cost competitive with fossil equivalent Landfill gas upgrading performance is guaranteed by WAGA-ENERGY. WAGA-ENERGY develops builds, owns, operates and maintains the WAGABOX
    Speaker: Mathieu Lefebvre, Président Directeur Général, WAGA-ENERGY 
  • Innovative small-scale liquefaction system for upgraded landfill gas and other gases
    The cooling and liquefaction of natural gas, upgraded landfill gas or bio-CH4 is performed after complete removal of undesirable components in pre-treatment units.  It is ensured by a cryogenic system consisting in a Turbo-Brayton refrigerator. The treated natural gas or bio-CH4 is cooled down and then condensed in a plate-fin heat exchanger. The LNG produced is then sent to a cryogenic storage. The Turbo-Brayton high efficiency, even for lower liquefaction capacity, is very convenient for demand fluctuation on markets such as biogas, virtual pipeline or flare gas recovery.
    Speaker: Yannick Rouaud, Sales Manager, Air Liquide advanced technologies
  • ExxonMobil – Lubricant selection to optimise equipment performance in aggressive gas engine applications
    ExxonMobil’s energy sector specialist will offer an insight into enhancing the performance of gas engines operating with landfill gas, showcasing the latest generation of gas engine oils primarily intended for the lubrication of modern engines operating aggressive gases containing contaminants such as hydrogen sulphide, halides or siloxanes. The talk will be followed by a Q&A where there will be an opportunity to chat with technical experts about the challenges and opportunities within the sector.
    Speaker: Conor Wilkinson, energy sector specialist, Exxon Mobil fuels & lubricants


End of Day One
Day Two - 6 July
Integrating AD into the food & drink industry

10.00 – 10.55

Forward thinkers in the food and drink industry have embraced AD, but how much more can the food and drink industry do to improve their environmental performance and produce energy for on-site use?

  • Chair: Richard Gueterbock, Marketing Director, Clearfleau
  • Ryland Cairns, Environment Manager, Muntons
  • Maximising the value of on-site biogas generation
    Andrew Winship, Director, Aker Associates Limited
  • Glenmorangie AD plant in Tain
    Peter Murphy, Director, UK Water Ltd

How to get the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) working for you

11.00 – 11.55

2017 will see some changes to the RTFO, what should we expect, and how can we make the best of it?

  • Chair: Thom Koller, Policy Officer, ADBA
  • Practical experience of developing the use of bio-methane as a transport fuel in Scandinavia.
    Bio-methane has been used as vehicle fuel in Scandinavia since the early 90s.  Ramboll has been working on “bio-methane for transport” projects since then.   This presentation will reflect on the current situation in Scandinavia as well as some engineering and policy challenges that have been encountered.
    Speaker: Michael McCann, Process Engineer, Ramboll Energy Sweden
  • Using certification for RTFO compliance
    Biomethane certificates are the recognised, credible way for gas users to demonstrate their consumption of renewable gas and claim CO2 savings. Certificates also provide another income stream for biomethane plants. This presentation will cover how certification works, how certificates can be used and some of the potential pitfalls that need to be avoided.
    Speaker: George Trowbridge, GGT Green Gas Trading
  • Gas-to-grid vs Gas-for-transport?
    The RHI funding mechanism has ensured the development of some 80+ operating biomethane-to-grid projects in the UK, while the RTFO scheme has only been able to support few biomethane for transport projects. What are the key variables and requirements necessary to make the RTFO route attractive to AD operators?
    Speaker: Tom Lamy, Product & Sourcing Manager – Natural Gas & Biomethane, BOC

Finding practical usage of heat:

12.00 – 12.55

With the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) for biogas heat due to be increased in the UK with new legislation, the panel will discuss how best this can be used both the UK and abroad.

  • Chair: Ollie More, Head of Policy, ADBA
  • Jonathan Graham, Head of Policy, Association for Decentralised Energy ADE
  • Dr Sarika Jain, Research and policy manager, WBA
  • Mike Tooke, Consultant, 2GB Consulting
  • Fabrizio Sibilla, Scientific Advisor, Italian Biogas Council (CIB)

Health and Safety

13.00 – 13.55

Safety is of course paramount to operations and needs to be given the highest priority. How is the industry performing and what more can be done to improve the health and safety performance of AD?

  • Chair: Terence Brownhill, Energy & Waste Consultant
  • Creating a health and safety culture
    Speaker: Ryland Cairns, Environment Manager, Muntons Plc 
  • Biogas safety
    Speaker: David Woolgar, Former Director of Engineering, Biogen 
  • Title tbc
    Prof Maria Loizidou, Head of the Unit of Environmental Science and Technology, National Technical University of Athens 
  • Practical implementation of health & safety within biogas operations
    This session will cover some key health and safety challenges at biogas sites and where the implemented solutions have improved compliance. Drawing on selected case studies the presentation will largely utilise photographic references.
    Speaker: Gavin Dearsley, Risk Management Adviser, Alan Boswell Group

Growing crops for AD

14.00 – 14.55

Which crops should you choose, when growing them for AD? And what are the geographical factors to be taken into account?

  • Chair: Dr. Fabrizio Sibilla, Scientific Advisor, Italian Biogas Council (CIB)
  • Benefits and potential issues of digesting different crop materials”
    There are many reasons for selecting different crops for AD, but digester palatability is often overlooked, to the detriment of the plant’s productivity. Each crop type has its own unique profile of physical and chemical parameters which need to be taken into consideration when committing to a harvest. This session will cover the key process considerations of some of the most commonly grown crops for AD
    Speaker: Adrian Rochefort, Account Manager (FM BioEnergy), ForFarmers
  • All the benefits of the correct cropping solutions for biogas production”
    The benefits to production, agronomy, rotation, soil health and the environment of a range of crops suitable for biogas production will be discussed to enable growers to make the correct cropping choices to meet their needs.
    Speaker: David Rhodes, Technical Manager, DLF Seed 
  • Simon Draper, MGA Agronomist, Maize Growers Association


On site monitoring and analysis

15.00 – 15.55

The list of potential parameters to measure and analyse on an AD plant is huge. How can operators make sense of it all? This panel considers what to focus on and why these are important for the business.

Chair: tbc

  • Naser Odeh, Principal Consultant, Ricardo Energy and Environment
  • Joanna Madej, Product Marketing & Strategy, 30 MHz (UK)
  • Dr Stephen Wise, Associate Director, Waste Technical Leader, Environment & Infrastructure, Amec Foster Wheeler

End of Day Two

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

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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