5-6 July, NEC, Birmingham

Purple Seminar

Our Main Sponsor

Day One - 5 July
Launch of ADBA's Best Practice Scheme Pilot

11.00 – 11.55

The AD industry has grown dramatically over recent years but operational and environmental performance can be improved. Hear how ADBA’s Best Practice Scheme will help improve the performance of the industry, to the benefit of all.


  • Chair: Jess Allan, Environment and Regulation Manager, ADBA
  • Kate Lister, Head of Compliance, Biogen, tbc
  • Carl Gurney, Renewable Energy Director, Jelf Group
  • Dr Amaya Arias-Garcia, Technical Director, GOALS Project Management and Engineering Support

Innovation in biomethane production: latest technologies and market opportunities

12.00 – 12.55

Biomethane plays a unique role decarbonising gas grids, without requiring any technology changes for gas consumers. This panel highlights the technological advances that could improve the competitiveness of biomethane production in future.


  • Chair: Oliver Quast, Head of Market Intelligence, BEIS


What digitalisation means to the AD industry

Whilst all of us have probably heard the phrases Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data or Industry 4.0, few will know what this actually means for the AD industry sector.  George Giles from Siemens will explore how the AD industry could be impacted by this evolution in technology.  A thought provoking argument on the advantages and challenges our industry faces as it moves to a more digitalised world.

Speaker: George Giles, Head of Environmental Power, Siemens UK


Enzyme technology to drive profits in biogas production

To continue the growth and improvement of the biogas industry, DuPont Industrial Biosciences will demonstrate their continued commitment on utilizing enzyme technologies to enhance biogas processes. Additionally, they will discuss their involvement in the DEMETER project illustrating their collaborative efforts with other members in the biogas community.

Speaker: Sandra Hinz, Senior Scientist, DuPont Industrial Biosciences


Bio-Organic Catalysts improving biological stability and efficiency of biogas production

BOC’s bio-catalysts have shown, in numerous municipal and industrial anaerobic digestion systems in the United States, that they accelerate the anaerobic digestion processes into more optimized conversion efficiency. This results in total overall enhancement of complete biomass vitality and microbiological population densities involved in the anaerobic processes required for optimal bio-methane yields. Renew-Sources applies BOC in German Biogas plants and will present recent experiences.

Speaker: Dr Christian Böese, European Market Development – Bio-Organic Catalyst


Other speakers include:

  • Ruta Baltause, Official, DG Energy European Commission, tbc

UK regulatory update

13.00 – 13.55

What will our regulatory landscape be like post Brexit?


  • Chair: Jess Allan, Environment and Regulation Manager, ADBA
  • Joined by representatives from Defra, SEPA and the Environment Agency
  • Tina Benfield, Technical Manager, Chartered Institute of Wastes Management (CIWM)

Smart cities of the future

14.00 – 14.55

With two thirds of the world due to live in cities by 2050, cities must become smarter if they are to be liveable, sustainable and successful. They must become smarter, and AD is an essential aspect of managing the organic waste produced by cities.

  • Chair: A representative of C40, tbc
  • James Goodman, Director of Futures, Forum For The Future, tbc
  • Jerome Frost OBE, Director Leader of Consulting, UK, Middle East and Africa, Global Planning & Cities Leader, Arup, tbc
  • Shaun Kingsbury, CEO, UK Green Investment Bank

The role of biomethane in decarbonising transport

15.00 – 15.55

Using biomethane in vehicles delivers huge carbon savings and is the only realistic option to make progress in heavy goods vehicles, buses and tractors by 2030. With the transport sector making up 14% of emissions worldwide this presents significant growth opportunities for AD.


  • Chair: Thom Koller, Policy Officer, ADBA
  • Will Llewellyn, Director, Red Kite Management
  • Jonathan Hood, Senior Policy Advisor at UK Department for Transport, DfT
  • A representative from Reading Buses
  • David Hurren, CEO, Air Liquide Advanced Business and Technologies

Sustainability criteria, how are they working?

16.00 – 16.55

Since BEIS introduced sustainability criteria to UK financial incentive schemes, the UK AD industry has come a long way in measuring all the inputs to the process and calculating its emissions. How is industry managing with these challenging targets?


  • Chair: Ollie More, Head of Policy, ADBA
  • Nicholas Johnn, Environmental Consultant, Aardvark Certification
  • Paul Adams, Director, Synertree
  • Andrew Morrall, Technical Manager, Ofgem, tbc
  • Lois Griffin, Project Development Manager, Future Biogas

End of Day One
Day Two - 6 July
What are the barriers to AD reaching its full global potential?

10.00 – 10.55

What barriers are there for increasing the uptake of AD in each sector: agriculture, commercial & industrial and wastewater treatment, around the world?  What policy and regulatory support is needed to overcome these? The potential global market of the AD sector is estimated to be £1 trillion, but where is the industry going? And where are the best AD growth and investment opportunities?


  • Chair: Chris Huhne, Strategic Adviser, ADBA


Private Investment Driving (albeit on 4 cylinders) the US Market

Speaker: Chris Voell, Lead, Agriculture & Wastewater, AgSTAR & Global Methane Initiative, USEPA Climate Change Division, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)


  • Support for Industry from the UK Bioenergy Research Community

Prof. Thornley will outline the key UK research council investments in bioenergy and explain how AD technology and project developers can engage with these.  Current research relevant to AD will be described, including key research institutes and facilities and information on current and forthcoming opportunities to work with academic researchers to improve the performance and sustainability of AD systems.

Speaker: Professor Patricia Thornley, Director of EPSRC UK Supergen Bioenergy Hub University of Manchester


  • Fahad Al Kharusi, Head of Business Development Department, BEAH Oman

Biomethane – essential to decarbonising heavy goods vehicles

11.00 – 11.55

In the short to medium term biomethane presents the only practical means of decarbonisation in heavy goods vehicles. Use of biomethane as a transport fuel also provides air quality benefits essential for reducing pollution. Join us at this session to find out what the latest HGVs are and what vehicles we can expect to see in the fleets of tomorrow.


  • Chair: Chris Voell, Lead, Agriculture & Wastewater, AgSTAR & Global Methane Initiative, USEPA Climate Change Division, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

The future of UK energy and the role of AD


We know that we need to quickly move towards a world of green, renewable energy if we are to combat climate change. How can the different renewable technologies work together to provide reliable supply, and what impact will this have on the energy transmission and distribution networks? How can biogas supply best help?


  • Chair: Emeritus Professor Keith Barnham, Distinguished Research Fellow, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Department of Physics, Imperial College
  • Dan Osgood, Director for Heat & Business Energy, Department for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), tbc
  • Chris Goodall, Author of ‘Ten Technologies to Save the Planet’, Writer, Carbon Commentary
  • David Wright, Director, Electricity Transmission and Group Chief Electricity Engineer, National Grid, tbc
  • Ian Marshall, Green Gas Development Manager, Wales and West Utilities

Is it getting easier to flow biomethane-to-grid?

13.00 - 13.55

An assessment of the legal, technical and regulatory requirements for flowing biomethane directly into the gas pipe-line system.


  • Chair: Dr Alan Whitehead MP, Shadow Energy and Climate Change Minister, Southampton Test


  • Bringing in the Biomethane Harvest.

The presentation will focus on Biomethane blending and virtual pipeline technology and how developments in this area could enable Biomethane deployment to smaller scale AD facilities and the benefits this could generate to rural and farming communities.

Speaker: Alan Midwinter, Senior Business Development Manager, Scotia Gas Networks (SGN)


  • Pre-accreditation, Regulations and what Financial Close looks like (tbc)

What pre-accreditation and regulations will look like and how developers can prepare; what financial close looks like; what connection offer you need, and what happens if you deviate from funder, planning or point of injection.

Speaker: David Hurren, CEO, Air Liquide Advanced Business and Technologies


  • Transport of Biogas for Off-Grid Biogas Producers via Mobile Pipeline®

The presentation will be about showing the developments of our Mobile Pipeline® business during the recent years. A Mobile Pipeline® is a simple distribution circle similar to the one of liquid fuels: fill, deliver, defuel, return and refill. What initially started with multi cylinder steel trailers borrowed from the industrial gas suppliers, has developed to high tech products built with carbon fiber moving nearly four times more gas. Since 2010, Mobile Pipeline® has been a growing to a profitable business for Hexagon and xperion but more importantly it has improved the life of people located hundreds of miles away from pipeline access by making clean and affordable natural gas available anywhere.

Speaker: A representative of Hexagon Composites / xperion Energy & Environment


Other speakers include:

  • Ian McCluskey, Head of Technical Services, Institute of Gas Engineers,

How to extract more value from biomethane

14.00 - 14.55

Biogas and biomethane already attract government support and are sold on the wholesale markets. But can more value be extracted? The panel will introduce some of the innovations that are moving the industry forward.


  • Chair: Ollie More, Head of Policy, ADBA


  • Grid-scale carbon and energy storage with biological methanation

Electrochaea has developed a commercially viable and disruptive solution for utility-scale energy storage, grid balancing, and carbon reuse.

Their proprietary process converts low-cost and stranded electricity and carbon dioxide into pipeline-grade renewable gas for direct injection into the existing natural gas grid, a conversion process known as “power-to-gas”.

Speaker: Markus Forstmeier, VP Business Development, Electrochaea


  • Green Gas Certification

Speaker: George Trowbridge, Green Gas Trading (GGT)

Other speakers include:

  • Wilson Power Solutions, tbc and Dale Glover, Managing Director, East solutions

Accessing current and new alternative feedstocks for AD


There are 10 million tonnes of food waste and 90 million tonnes of manures produced in the UK each year. Yet, AD only uses 2.4 million tonnes of food waste and approximately 2 million tonnes of manures. Other feedstocks such as grasses on roadside verges add more opportunity. Why is the UK not making the most of this and what more can be done to get the right feedstocks into AD?


  • Challenging feedstock

Speaker: Matteo Giraldo, Biogas – Biomethane Biologist, BTS Biogas Srl/GmbH


  • Novel feedstock & pretreatment techniques for AD

Speaker: Maryam Kabir, Senior Anaerobic Digestion Specialist, Aqua Enviro


Other speakers include:

  • Iain Pickles, Head of Sales, Biogen UK
  • Dr Nick Cheffins, Managing Director, Peakhill Associates

End of day two

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