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AWARDS SHORTLIST 2022

Congratulations to all finalist companies and individuals!

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We look forward to revealing the winners on 15 June 2022, live at the Vox Conference Birmingham, UK. 

1. The Health and Safety Award

Sponsored by SGN Commercial Services

Shropshire Energy UK Ltd

Energen Biogas – Bio Capital Group

The Bio Capital plant, Energen Biogas Ltd has an annual throughput of c.120,000 tonnes per annum of packaged and liquid food waste and has an installed capacity of 5.6MW. 

Continuous improvement of Health and Safety is at the core of site operations. With 2021 seeing improvement in reporting due to a new reporting software system, and targets met with toolbox talks and decreasing incidents. Their focus is now set on achieving accreditations such as ISO45001 and the ADCS. 

2. Women in Biogas

Sponsored by Air Liquide

The judges in this category have decided to include all entrants into the final in recognition of the high quality as well as volume of submissions to this new award – which also aims to pay tribute to the contribution made by women to the AD and biogas industry across multiple areas of work.

Tina Hawke, Cadent Gas
Tina has done an enormous amount of unseen work in standardising, facilitating and enabling gas to grid Biomethane projects in the UK.  She has supported and piloted numerous projects with her team,  structured and improved the enquiry process for availability within Cadent and lead the ENA group looking at standardisation across the networks for Gas to Grid projects. 

Rokiah Yaman, Director, LEAP Micro AD
Rokiah Yaman has put into practice the many ways that micro-scale anaerobic digestion (AD) in an urban environment can benefit communities, young students and researchers, as well as disadvantaged individuals. She has driven forward a number of London closed-loop community recycling initiatives centred around AD, with the addition of food growing using raised beds/vertical systems, as well as hydroponics. She is an excellent project leader: she has a gruelling work ethic, is prepared to have a go at anything (no matter how mucky), is always patient, calm and kind, and is very persistent – making great things happen.

Aine Anderson, Student, Queen’s University Belfast
My PhD identifies feedstock for AD and maps this data to better understand the opportunity for the increased production of biomethane in NI. This involves mapping agricultural feedstock (housed livestock manure and underutilised silage) to identify areas that could support the development of new AD plants. Biomethane generated from AD will be able to be injected onto the NI gas grid from this year (2022), so it is a crucial time to map and better understand this opportunity. I compare current gas demand on different gas network sections with how much biomethane could be produced from the agricultural biomass in the area. I also evaluate distances between farms, AD plants and the gas grid to identify sites for new research and/or funding for new developments. In the CASE project I work on, I quantify at a gas network section scale what proportion of the gas demand could be met by biomethane. My overall aim is to support the transition from natural gas to biomethane in NI, and my lobbying to date has got the attention of the NI Department of Economy, and the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs. My main lobbying point is to emphasise that opportunity mapping is key to future AD developments and the increased production of biogas in NI.

Alexi Dragonetti, AD Portfolio Manager, Agrivert
Since 2016, Alexi has worked in AD operational management.  Alexi has been Agrivert’s Operations Manager for the past two years following three years at Thames Water.  She is responsible for a portfolio of five third-party owned crop fed plants – most of which she inherited with significant underperformance issues and capital upgrade requirements due to original design oversights and shortcuts.  Evaluating technical issues, determining a plan and convincing the owners to invest, Alexi has led a procurement and implementation plan to overhaul the plants, improve performance and remotivate the site teams.  Alexi has overseen a particularly technically challenging and difficult turnaround not expected of someone of her age or experience.

Lucy Lewis, Technical Manager, Marches Biogas
Lucy has spent her entire career working and developing the AD industry as we know it today. She began her career in AD in 2004 when she joined Greenfinch where she went on to develop the laboratory and research facilities, as well as become involved in the commissioning and operation of the UK’s first food waste digester.  In 2015 she moved to Marches Biogas where she was tasked with managing the commissioning of multiple digesters in sequence and to tight deadlines. One of the reasons Ludlow is so respected as an area of AD excellence is partly due to the people such as Lucy, who has worked for the last 15 years at the lead of AD development in the UK. Lucy is deserving of this accolade as a leader in engineering excellence from two distinct directions, firstly as a leader in Marches Biogas but also as an AD operator in her own right. Lucy manages an agricultural plant on behalf of her family’s farm, dealing with crop and animal manures ensuring every part of feedstock is converted into biogas. 

Darlene Gering, Managing Director, Octaform
In less than two years since joining Octaform and growing the enterprise alongside the CEO, Darlene has been instrumental in taking the company from being a stay-in-place concrete forming solution to becoming a premium biodigester tank technology company. She also conceived, formed, and chairs the Women in Biogas group within the World Biogas Association – a forum for women around the world to support each other, broaden their networks and have a stronger voice in the biogas sector.

Lucy Owen, Environmental Manager, Marches Biogas
Lucy has spent her entire career working and developing the AD industry as we know it today. She has spent her entire career with Marches Biogas joining in 2012 and is now an integral member of the senior management team.  At Marches Lucy undertakes the essential role of Environmental Compliance Manager, ensuring compliance of the company with ISO 14001 and was integral in its initial award in 2020. Lucy has developed her role over time and now spends most of her time assisting a variety of clients helping them work towards ISO standards as well as advising them with all their environmental consents. In addition to this Lucy leads the training service for clients across a number of areas from environmental advice to management compliance. 

Karen Sund, Gas Specialist, Sund Energy (and Biogass Oslofjord)
After working globally with natural gas, and climate issues related to gas, I have much useful experience (such as small scale LNG) and methodology to promote biogas for both economic and climate reasons.

Lucy Culleton, Senior Research Scientist, National Physical Laboratory (NPL)
Lucy Culleton has worked with many companies (large and small) to solve their unique biogas measurement challenges. She has coordinated and lead work packages within several international collaborative research projects and has led training at may workshops on best practice in biogas and biomethane measurement, allowing end users to improve their skills.  She has independently designed new methods for the preparation of primary reference standards for impurities within biogas that were previously very challenging to achieve (e.g. siloxanes with have a very low limit threshold). Her work within standardisation has ensured that measurements can be made with confidence and accuracy, enhancing the quality infrastructure for biogas and biomethane usage in the UK and worldwide.

Lia de Jong, Consultant, Independent Commercial Agent
I signed Lia de Jong up for the women in biogas awards. She started working in the biogas sector almost 3 years ago as an independent commercial agent. I worked together with her and signed her up because of some remarkable successes she had in France – Geurt Aalderink, Manager Engineering, Bright Biomethane. 

Linn Helland, Country Manager, Ramboll Energy Norway

 

Victoria Peat, Chief Operating Officer, BioteCH4
Victoria joined the group in June 2017 employed as Compliance Manager for Local Generation with responsibility for Human Resources, safety, and compliance for the business. As the business and group grew there became an increasing need for Victoria to take the lead across HR too. Victoria is now in a group role for BioteCH4 and responsible for planning, directing, and overseeing the group’s operational policies, processes, and goals. Her overall aim is to drive sustainable growth for the business. 

Sol Ucciani, Development Manager, Vanguard Renewables
Through her work, Sol seeks to change the way the world views waste and how each of us powers our lives. Her work is directly contributing to the reduction of on-farm and food generated emissions by as much as 95%. She works alongside farms to enhance regenerative agriculture practices, improve soil health, protect watersheds, and support animal welfare. Where some see a problem, Sol sees an opportunity to transform what was considered waste into renewable energy to create value for people and the planet. Her ambition, intelligence, and accomplishments have made her a standout in the American biogas industry as she continues to disrupt traditional dairy farming with this waste to worth value proposition for food producers. 

Sophie Randall, Director, W4G Ltd
Sophie is a remarkable AD professional, both highly knowledgeable and experienced. Over the years she has been in the industry, she has focused on not only diverting waste streams from landfill, and the treatment & optimisation of difficult waste streams, but has worked on numerous AD plants across the UK & Ireland, helping to overcome issues, and problem solving and pushing the plant’s to achieve their maximum output, whether from struggling assets or even moth-balled. She is implemented research into practical onsite methods and instructions which has righted problems such as inhibition and foaming and works closely with the teams onsite and shares her experience and knowledge and provides continued support for her projects, as well as our own site. She is truly a credit to the industry and very much deserving of this award.

Deborah Delaney, General Manager, Bio Capital Group
With over 20 years’ experience in the waste industry, Deborah Delaney, Bio Capital Ltd is a force to be reckoned with in negotiation, design and the building of AD facilities. Deborah’s heart is in the AD industry, and it shows in the dedication to her work and her ability to take on all new challenges and projects that come her way.  

Yadira Bajon Fernandez, Senior Lecturer in Bioresources Science and Engineering, Cranfield University
Yadira leads the bioresources research at Cranfield Water Science Institute, where she impacts the biogas sector by combining her two passions: supporting new people on the sector and delivering innovative solutions for sludge and waste treatment. Yadira thrives on applied research, working collaboratively with bioresources treatment companies to increase value recovery and adapt technologies and flowsheets to meet new regulatory standards and visions like NetZero. She is also committed to the wider implications of her profession as a biogas practitioner, particularly H&S and mentoring starters. Yadira is member of the H&S Advisory Board of a UK water utility, to inform best safe operational practices in UK sludge treatment centres. On her academic role at Cranfield she has motivated many professionals to join the biogas sector and is an appointed external lecturer at the University of South Africa, with a focus on supporting the country’s sludge sustainable treatment and to mentor women in conservative backgrounds seeking engineering careers.

Dr Adrienne Houston, Director, Eurovacuum Product Ltd
With the drive to Net Zero, Dr Adrienne Houston, Company Director of Eurovacuum Products Ltd, has recognised the need for a new innovative evaporator technique that can treat large amount of liquid digestate. Her objectives are to help end users to reduce the amount of liquid digestate, recover ammonia as ammonium sulphate and to concentrate the nutritive substances.

Sarah Platt, Founder & Director, Enviro Advice Ltd
A woman breaking the mould wherever I can and striving to make a difference to how women may currently be perceived in the Biogas and AD industry. Not only as an operator but also a consultant TCM. Continuing to provide advice to ensure a high level of compliance, I wish to be a gatekeeper to a greener source of energy especially connected to agriculture. As operator I strive daily to ensure the AD operates at its most optimum, reduce down time and seek out innovation to utilise throughout this activity.

Amy Thomas, Project Manager Bio Resources, Severn Trent
I have been working as Project Manager on two projects replacing digester roofs. The old roofs were floating and in need of repair as they were fractured in several places. The project has replaced these with a fixed design, incorporating a new foam suppression system using a radar level sensor and hydrostatic instrument to prevent high levels of foamy sludge in the roof space.

Ariel Neves, Co-founder and CTO, Kiapembe Energy
Ariel Neves is the Co-founder and CTO of Kiapembe Energy, a startup committed to being the pioneer in AD technology in Angola. She holds an MSc in Advanced Chemical Engineering and is pursuing an MSc in Renewable Energy Engineering at the University of Aberdeen. Together with her team, Ariel participated in the worldwide known green business competition ClimateLaunchPad (CLP), raising the company’s visibility and becoming the top 3 national winners and top 18 regionally. Ariel aims to become a leader in the energy transition sector and inspire others to embrace renewables as a path to sustainability.

Dr Ashira Roopnarain, Senior Researcher, Agricultural Research Council of South Africa Natural Resources and Engineering (ARC-NRE)
Dr Ashira Roopnarain is presently a senior researcher and head of the Microbiology and Environmental Biotechnology Research Group (MEBRG), at the Agricultural Research Council – Natural Resources and Engineering. During her postdoctoral fellowship Dr Roopnarain contributed significantly towards the establishment of the first biogas laboratory at the ARC-NRE. This responsibility entailed visiting laboratories at the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO) and using the knowledge and expertise gained to establish the laboratory requirements in a South African perspective. She was involved in the procurement of relevant instrumentation, guidance on infrastructural modifications of the lab and coordinated all training ventures. She is presently managing the laboratory. Since its opening in 2015, the laboratory has been used extensively for student teaching and training. Dr Roopnarain has been directly involved in the mentorship of all students working on projects in the laboratory. Three MSc degrees and one PhD have been awarded to promising female researchers who have worked on renewable energy related projects under her mentorship using the facilities in the biogas laboratory. Presently, she is mentoring another PhD candidate and a postdoctoral fellow who are working on renewable energy related projects with the facilities in the lab. The laboratory also provisions services to the public making it a local asset.

Yuwei Song, International Sales Manager, SUMA Rührtechnik GmbH
I am proud of my company, which manufacturing agitators for biogas branch, my heritage China and equally proud of working in Germany for the area Asia, which I will have the opportunity to help inspire of people who I have contact with to know biogas and build biogas plant as an industry like in Europe. This opportunity is of course a once-in-a-time opportunity for me and promote what I love throughout the world.  Through biogas, I hope to let people to know the bio-waste is not exactly what common people think it is, it can be more. We can generate energy and the by-product we can use it as fertilizer. To promote this common understanding in our industry, to share the better technology, to protect the environment together. 

Dr Vanita Prasad, Chief Technology Officer, REVY Environmental Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
Dr. Vanita Prasad is an Environmental Biotechnologist with close to 30 yrs. of experience in related field. She hold patents for innovations in the field of Waste management and Renewable energy. Under her entrepreneurial journey, she has floated – REVY Environmental Solution Pvt. Ltd., a startup company focusing on improvisation of Conventional Biomethanantion process. As “Doctor of Microbes” that she has been named for the work she has been doing to improve the microbiological stability of the biological reactors especially in the area Anaerobic Digestion, her work has earned credentials for treating various hard effluents like petroleum, chemical, dye etc. and she has also developed tailor made Bio-cultures for Aerobic and Anaerobic waste processing units. She has been tirelessly providing innovative solutions in field of Waste Management by improvising conventional Biomethanation process and now working on recovering the Bio-Hydrogen from wastes so that energy impact of biogas systems can further be improved.

Sandra Hernández

Fatimazahra Beraich, Owner, BIODOME.SARL
BIODOME.SARL is the first Moroccan company specialized in the construction of biogas and composting facilities, based on R&D since its launch. With over 3000 end users, BIODOME makes biogas technology more affordable to the local and African population. 

Bettina Müller, Head of After Sales, BTS Biogas Srl
Bettina Müller, Head of After Sales at BTS Biogas, is responsible for managing services including mechanical service, automation, biological assistance and laboratory for anaerobic digestion plants, both at Italian and international level. She has become a key figure at BTS Biogas, making her brilliant contribution in terms of Research and Innovation, she entered a partnership with the University of Padua to develop a research project, called Più-Biogas App, which aims to increase biogas yield by at least 10%.

Iria Nicolas Hermida, Principal Process Engineer, SLR Consulting
I have been involved in the commissioning and operation of AD plants in the UK since 2014. Rather than the traditional feedstocks, my anaerobic digestion experience has been mainly linked to the treatment of the organics derived from Municipal Solid Waste (MSW). This has been a challenge in many ways, as other treatments are usually preferred due to operational simplicity, costs, social and logistic reasons, but mainly, lack of reinforcement by the legal and political framework. The main drive to work “against the tide” and prove that AD is a feasible option has always been vocation and personal belief. Success comes as the sum of small (but many) efforts and I think I have contributed to prove wrong those who said it could not be done. With the introduction of the Environmental Act 2021, I am optimistic about the future of AD in MSW treatment and I like to think that I have contributed to make others believe that this path was possible.

Sandra Sassow, CEO & Co-Founder, SEAB ENERGY
Sandra Sassow co-founded SEaB Power Ltd, working towards a future that capitalizes on waste to create renewable energy. As CEO, she is in charge of the business strategy and is an award-winning leader; collecting the Spotlight on Women in STEM at the Women in Business Awards and was shortlisted ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ at the Investor Allstars Awards. Sandra’s SEaB won the Future City Technology of the Year and the Renewable Energy Project of the Year, both by BusinessGreen. Sandra is Business Director of Future Solent, member of Federation of Small Businesses, Goldman Sachs 1000 Small Business Program, and Entrepreneur in Residence at Portsmouth University and mentor of Southampton Science Park Catalyst Program. Sandra holds a BSc in Biology (from Duke) and MS in Computer Science. 

Alison Cartwright, Project Manager, CNG Services
Alison has worked for over 10 years within the biomethane industry. She is a chartered mechanical engineer and has experience that includes design, build and operation of new AD and biomethane plants.  Her involvement outside the gas industry has brought knowledge and processes from established companies and her operational background brings a different slant to projects looking at the longer-term maintenance and operational issues.  She is currently working on an innovative project in Cheshire with a cluster of AD plants feeding into an upgrading hub and using heat pumps for the first time instead of a biogas CHP, bringing carbon and financial benefits to an established dairy farmer and large landowner.  She is also involved in an exciting discovery project – injecting green hydrogen into the NTS. 

Dr Helen Theaker, Senior Anaerobic Digestion Engineer, Alps Ecoscience UK
Dr Helen Theaker is a role model for women wishing to join the Biogas industry. Her career speaks to her resilience and personal drive. Her mix of research experience and engineering capability adds to her depth of advisory capacity, equally happy in a biogas plant, lecture theatre or a laboratory. Helen demonstrates quiet confidence in overcoming objections and offering practical solutions to the operational challenges of biogas production. Always looking to further her understanding of AD but also help others to learn and develop their knowledge.

Tracey Giddings, Fernbrook Bio
Tracey Giddings has been part of the operational team at Fernbrook Bio since 2014. In that time the plant has seen 7 site managers and 3 different owners. During this time Tracey has remained the loyal constant that kept the plant going. Tracey started as a cleaner and soon moved to the weighbridge where she has worked since, not only managing the inputs and output of the plant but also bringing new waste contracts, liaising with the Environment Agency and ensuring that the H&S of the plant is adhered to, looking after contractors and a number of other tasks. During this time Tracey has completed Wamitab qualifications including Waste Management Operative, Weighbridge Operations and Level 4 Operator Competence. She has also completed Health and Safety training specific for biogas and IOSH. Tracey is paramount to the positive running of the site and she makes every other member of the team shine by making sure that everything is in place. 

Jessica Alce, Innovation Business Lead, Severn Trent Green Power
Jessica joined Severn Trent Green Power in 2018 and made an instant impact. Utilising her engineering knowledge, Jess has helped the business overcome significant engineering issues that had plagued the commissioning of our world’s first food waste autoclave facility.  Her passion and expertise has helped take the business to another level, making her an excellent candidate for the Woman in Biogas award. 

Christine McKiernan, Director Engineering & Construction, Bioenergy Devco
Christine McKiernan has more than 30 years of experience in the renewable energy and waste recovery industry. As Managing Director of BTS North America, Christine manages the technology provider’s operations and oversees services provided to Bioenergy Devco’s Maryland Food Center facility and Bioenergy Innovation Center, including engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracting, as well as technology and maintenance. Prior to joining Bioenergy Devco she led project development efforts for organics recovery projects in the US for SUEZ North America and served as vice president of technology and development for BIOFermTM Energy Systems, leading a multinational team in waste to energy process development. Christine’s experience includes the design, construction and operation of anaerobic, aerobic, waste and gas treatment projects serving clients in industrial and municipal markets handling wastes as varied as manures, biosolids, MSW, and a wide range of food processing residues. 

Iris M. Torres da Silva-Breel, Project Manager, HoSt Group
In her current role as project manager within service and maintenance activities of the organisation, Iris Torres da Silva-Breel of the HoSt Group has a leading role in engineering in the field of safety, health, and environment at biogas projects to ensure improving and maintaining the safety of and at biogas projects and during biogas production at the projects of HoSt built worldwide.

Sophie Swan, Operations Manager, Adapt Biogas
Sophie Swan is the Operations Manager for Adapt Biogas. Her passion for improving the Anaerobic Digestion industry is unrivalled and she uses this as her strength, going out of her way to learn all aspects of anaerobic digestion from building to operating AD plants and everything in between. Sophie is keen to contribute to the wider circular economy and as part of this, her current project portfolio includes CO2 capture, a virtual injection pipeline, fuelling stations and understanding incentive schemes to benefit the Adapt Biogas portfolio. Sophie has recently been solely responsible for Murrow AD plant being certified under the Anaerobic Digestion Certification Scheme.

Elnaz Bahadori, Project Leader & International Business Developer, Renergon International AG
Humans emphasize on fossil fuels consumptions in the technological era, has been fuelled many wars directly or indirectly and results lots of environmental damage. We believe biogas sector is a perfect example of waste management, circular economy & clean energy production from a broad range of organic waste streams. Our company Renergon is one of best examples in biogas production via solids anaerobic digestion from the municipal, industrial, commercial, and agricultural markets. Our aim is to Focus on a clean and liveable environment through renewable energy (electricity, heat, biomethane) and fuel (CNG), as well as healthy soils through compost, organic fertilizer, and biochar. As a woman working in biogas sector, I will try to use all my experience to work in parallel with men for achieving these goals for greener planet. We believe in gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow.

Erin Bradley, Head of Business Development, Shell
Erin Bradley is a thought leader in the energy sector and has played a key role in leading Shell into the biomethane sector. Through her leadership, Shell has shifted its focus and created an entire new business department. Her ability to build strong relationships, new business models, and partnerships that benefit stakeholders across the value chain, has made her an invaluable member of the team at Shell and a highly respected leader in the industry. Today she leads the team responsible for organic and inorganic business development and projects for non-dairy renewable natural gas opportunities in North America, which includes developing feedstock supply chains and digestate offtake opportunities while developing a funnel of projects including food waste, landfill gas, MSW, co-digestion, and non-dairy manure. Most impactfully, she is working to develop the RNG market through her advocacy work.

3. AD Hero of the Year

Sponsored by Future Biogas

Yadira Bajon Fernandez, Senior Lecturer in Bioresources Science and Engineering, Cranfield University
Yadira leads the bioresources research at Cranfield Water Science Institute, where she impacts the biogas sector by combining her two passions: supporting new people on the sector and delivering innovative solutions for sludge and waste treatment. Yadira thrives on applied research, working collaboratively with bioresources treatment companies to remove the black box that frequently surrounds AD operation. Her interest lies in how bioresources treatment technologies and more holistically treatment flowsheets should be adapted according to regulatory frameworks and business strategies, like the NetZero ambition. Yadira’s thinking has informed commissioning, operation and design of full-scale sludge and waste treatment centres, and resulted in >25 peer-reviewed publications targeting asset resilience and optimisation.  

Lucy Culleton – Senior Research Scientist, National Physical Laboratory
Lucy Culleton has worked with many companies (large and small) to solve their unique biogas measurement challenges. She has coordinated and lead work packages within several international collaborative research projects and has led training at may workshops on best practice in biogas and biomethane measurement, allowing end users to improve their skills.  She has independently designed new methods for the preparation of primary reference standards for impurities within biogas that were previously very challenging to achieve (e.g. siloxanes with have a very low limit threshold). Her work within standardisation has ensured that measurements can be made with confidence and accuracy, enhancing the quality infrastructure for biogas and biomethane usage in the UK and worldwide.

Sophie Randall, Director, Waste4Generation
Sophie is not only a highly knowledgeable, experienced & highly competent AD professional, but she has dedicated her time and expertise to developing processes to optimise AD, diverting waste from landfill, treatment of FOGs (and fatbergs) and focus on providing solutions for difficult to treat waste streams, providing sustainable solutions as well as focusing on digester health. She applies her research and intellect to on-site problems & issues and has worked tirelessly across numerous plants in the UK & Ireland to bring plants back to life, and their biology back into full health, and striving to the plant’s maximum outputs, where her influence is still seen across the plant’s she has worked on and worked with to this day. She is a stand-out in the industry for her dedication, compassion and her expertise and is truly deserving of the award of AD Hero. 

FatimaZahra Beraich, Owner, BIODOME.SARL
BIODOME.SARL is the first Moroccan company specialized in the construction of biogas and composting facilities, based on R&D since its launch. With over 3000 end users, BIODOME makes biogas technology more affordable to the local and African population.

4. AD Rising Star

Charlotte Catt, Laboratory Analyst, BioteCH4

Timothy Hamill, Bio Capital Group
Becoming Plant Manager at 24 years of age with a series of internal successes and achievements including completing an MBA, Timothy Hamill is undoubtedly a rising star within the industry. Granville Eco Park and Bio Capital are excited to follow his growth and impact in the coming years.                                                                                                                                                           

Wade McRoberts, Director of Business Development, Alps Ecoscience 

5. Best Anaerobic Digestion/Biogas Support

Sponsored by Blended Products

DiBiCoo | Biogas and Gasification Matchmaking Platform
Emerging and developing countries need clean and affordable energy, but technology and know-how are not always available. The international Horizon 2020 project Digital Global Biogas Cooperation (DiBiCoo) has therefore recently published an open source online platform to find ideal partners in less time and without costs so that local biomass sources can be utilised for the production of renewable energy. The biogasplatform.eu acts as a database of biogas and gasification related stakeholders with an additional feature for matchmaking and business application publishing. The platform enables markets worldwide to import sustainable biogas and biomethane technologies from Europe. Find out more in this explainer video: https://youtu.be/QSV_WaTVpLw 

PRODEVAL: Between Services and Innovation
PRODEVAL, a key player in the development of the Biogas and BioNGV sector in Europe and worlwide, currently has more than 230 Biogas upgrading facilities in operation.  
With an annual production capacity of 150 facilities, our aim is to increase our presence in order to work on a large scale against global warming and greenhouse gas emissions. 
Today, we know that our facilities avoid the emission of 50.45 tons of CO2 per hour and bring flexibility and security to our customers.Our daily mission is continuous innovation, supporting our customers and the biogas/AD sector. PRODEVAL offers complementary solutions to Biogas upgrading into Biomethane and the production/distribution of BioNGV by combining a strong service dimension: CO2 liquefaction, Biomethane liquefaction and on-site electrical self-consumption. All these solutions allow us to reach each day a little more the goal of the energy mix, while registering us as a sustainable actor in the energy transition. 

PPAYA
PPAYA offers an innovative continuous auction and management platform, which is designed to maximise the value of your PPA and reduce the administrative burden which so often slows down the whole process. PPAYA is incredibly proud to support anaerobic digestion. We have made the process simple, saving our clients time to get on with their day jobs, safe in the knowledge that they aren’t missing out on the very best deal.

Biogas Training Track offered by the GEF Biogas Brazil Program 
The Biogas Training Track is a 270-hour learning journey in Portuguese, 100% online and free of charge, offered by the GEF Biogas Brazil project, led by the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovations (MCTI), implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and executed by the International Center for Renewable Energy – Biogas (CIBiogás). Its goals were to train multipliers to spread knowledge about biogas with responsibility and commitment, as well as to promote networking among professionals in the sector. It was held from April 2021 to March 2022 and received more than 5,000 registrations from students based in 13 countries around Latin America, Africa, and Europe. Through this action, it contributed to increase the exploration of the Brazilian biogas potential and recognized that knowledge is the first step to structure the AD & Biogas industry.

6. AD Circular Solutions

Air Liquide Biogas UK
Air Liquide have a unique position in the UK Biomethane/ AD sector working across Technology supply; investment into facilities covering AD, Gas Upgrading, Delivery for Industrial Heat needs and for Transport, as well as being a leader in CO2 capture from AD. They have played a leading role in food waste to transport and industrial heat, including ISCC implementation and piloting RTFC mechanisms from Gas & are continuing to work on circular economy opportunities for full cycle of organic waste back to low carbon products with added value from AD processing.

CCm Technologies
CCm Technologies can advance the circular economy of the Food Supply Industry by transforming low-value waste into a sustainable, high nutrient content fertiliser. Potato waste, that comes from PepsiCo’s manufacture of Crips is utilised in CCm’s fertiliser process, which reduces the amount of chemical inputs needed to make a high nutrient content fertiliser. This fertiliser is then spread to crops, which are produced for future crips manufacture and the waste from these crops are utilised in subsequent fertiliser productions. Overall, this reduces the use of virgin minerals and GHG emissions, the fertiliser applied improves soil health and enables a more circular economy. CCm can generate carbon credits from the fertiliser process and the data is tracked to improve their process, to maximise resource efficiency and carbon savings. The fertiliser produced provides a new revenue stream for AD plants, rather than a cost of digestate disposal.

Project Biogas Ladyzhyn of MHP (Ukraine) -12 Mw
The project “Biogas Ladyzhyn” of Ukrainian agri-industrial company MHP. This complex is one of the biggest biogas plant with chicken manure as main feedstock in the World. At the end of 2019 the first stage of the Biogas Ladyzhyn complex was commissioned with an energy capacity of 12 MW. Location: Ukraine, Vinnytsia region.  Biogas Ladyzhyn Complex is very good examples of circular economy approach in Ukrainian agriculture and food industry. The plant converts organic waste (main is chicken manure) from the biggest in Europe poultry (Vinnytsia poultry farm of MHP) to green electricity, green heat and organic fertilizers. 100% produced heat are consumed by poultry farm. Organic fertilizers after biogas production are another important products that used by MHP and allow to increase the yield and restore the fertility and quality of soils. MHP – leading international agricultural-industrial company with main office in Ukraine, specializing in production of chicken meat, growing grains and other agricultural activity (production of sausages and ready-to-eat meat products).  The goal of MHP is achievement of carbon-neutrality till 2030. 

Granville Eco Park – Bio Capital Group
Granville – Smart Loop. The Bio Capital plant, Granville Eco Park Ltd, have established themselves as the largest Anaerobic Digestion (AD) facility of its kind in N.Ireland and are currently market leaders in Ireland within the sector.‘Smart Loop’ is their term for the circular solutions that we enable in N.Ireland. We created a ‘Smart Loop Movement’; SMART standing for ‘Sustainable Movement Actively Reshaping Tomorrow’. Our Mission is to be an active Circular Economy movement in our society by providing sustainable, ethical and world class service to our customers whilst building the resilience of local businesses.

The Bennamann Biocycle
Bennamann has developed a suite of commercially viable technologies that capture fugitive methane emitted from farm livestock manure slurry and process (upgraded) it into ‘better-than-zero-carbon’ biomethane, which can be stored, aggregated and distributed locally in compressed gas or liquid fuel form, for use in vehicles, heating systems and our proprietary electric vehicle (EV) charging units. Our closed loop process enables small-scale farms to turn an agricultural waste into a high value energy product, minimises the use of virgin materials, and additionally delivers a range of off-take by-products including bio-fertilizer (in the form of a biologically enhanced digestate) and bio-CO2, establishing a sustainable circular economy solution model for livestock farming based agriculture.

HomeBiogas
HomeBiogas is engaged in developing, manufacturing, distributing and selling commercial-scale biogas systems that offer a comprehensive solution for waste management, renewable energy creation, clean cooking, fertilizer production, and sanitation for businesses. In 2022 HomeBiogas will be distributing a new product, aimed at industrial kitchens such as hotels, restaurants etc. . The commercial systems convert up to 1 ton of waste per day on-site, while producing clean energy for use. All while only taking up the space of a few parking spots.

McCulla Ireland
McCulla (Ireland) Ltd is a transport and storage company based in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, which now has its own energy division, Alternity Biogas Energy (ABE).  This includes an anaerobic digester plant that enables the company to produce all of its own energy, including electricity for its cold stores and bio-methane gas to fuel its fleet of trucks.  The AD plant is powered by food waste collected from customers, therefore providing a full circular solution waste-to-energy transport and storage model. 

7. The Net Zero Award

Sponsored by Eco2 Ltd

CEMVITA FACTORY: Net Zero Renewable Natural Gas
Cemvita’s technology consists of a series of bioreactors: one bioreactor converts CO2 from any source of raw flue gas, without pretreatment; to biomass; and a second bioreactor utilizes the harvested biomass for AD into biogas. The caviar is in Cemvita’s technological capacity to enhance biomass productivity through metabolic engineering processes which translate to faster CO2 fixation capabilities and increased feedstock yields. Additionally, the process significantly reduces (or eliminates) the unwanted CO2 that is typically co-produced in conventional AD leading to >95% methane. The whole process is modular and capable of being installed and operated on newer or already existing industrial plants where CO2 emissions are detrimental to sustainable economic growth.

Severn Trent Green Power
Severn Trent Green Power (STGP) produce around 10,000 tonnes per year of AD screenings which are a mostly fibrous material generated as a by-product of the company’s  commitment to the highest possible plastics removal efficiency. The screenings are currently disposed of via an ERF route, however STGP have been working on an exciting project with Coal Products Limited and the University of Nottingham to successfully convert these screenings into a low carbon bio-coal fuel.  The project has now been awarded £4.9m by BEIS for phase 2 where the screenings will be further processed to produce a biochar using an integrated hydrothermal carbonisation (HTC) and High temperature torrefaction  (HTT) plant process. As Biochar sequesters carbon in to the soil this project further emphasises the central role AD has to play in reaching net zero.

8. AD Pacesetter: Micro AD

Cold & High AD
Cold & High Anaerobic Digestion (CHAD) is a group of AD specialists and researchers in various interlinked disciplines: coming together to develop micro-AD. The group is initially focused on Alaskan tribal communities where off-grid villages have major health, hygiene and environmental challenges and limited or no access to sanitation or waste management. The CHAD team is designing solutions for organic-waste treatment using innovative AD systems which can be applied worldwide in other cold, high altitude and latitude situations.

EcoNomad Solutions Ltd: BioNomad
BioNomad is an innovative, simple, modular and scalable waste-to-energy platform based on the principles of anaerobic digestion, designed by EcoNomad Solutions, a British start-up and 2021 FoodTech 500 finalist with strong links to the UK academic community, i.e. UCL and Rothamsted Research. The system can be easily installed in small livestock farms (from 10 cows or equivalent), micro-dairies, animal sanctuaries or anywhere where manure, slurry or any other carbon source with methanogenic potential is regularly collected. Comparing to alternatives on the market, the solution is easy to install and maintain, very affordable, designed to operate on sites with small volumes of feedstock and adapted to work in colder climates. Payback for farmers is expected to be in around 3-5 years, depending on system size and other site-specific characteristics.

SEaB Power Ltd.

HomeBiogas
HomeBiogas is engaged in developing, manufacturing, distributing and selling commercial-scale biogas systems that offer a comprehensive solution for waste management, renewable energy creation, clean cooking, fertilizer production, and sanitation for businesses. In 2022 HomeBiogas will be distributing a new product, aimed at industrial kitchens such as hotels, restaurants etc. . The commercial systems convert up to 1 ton of waste per day on-site, while producing clean energy for use. All while only taking up the space of a few parking spots.

9. AD Pacesetter: Below 1Mwe

Antec Biogas, Liholmen, Norway – the world’s northernmost AD plant

East Coast Natural Gas

10. AD Pacesetter: Above 1Mwe

Cambridge Biopower GMT & DMT
Cambridge Biopower Limited is a 4.8MW on-farm gas to grid AD plant. It was the first on-farm gas to grid AD project in the UK, injecting biomethane to the Grid by means of a virtual gas pipeline. GMT introduced the concept to the farmer Marc Heading of A&AG Heading Limited (generational farmers in Cambridgeshire) and designed and built the plant. DMT was instrumental in ensuring the gas upgrade and delivery systems were sufficient to meet the entry requirements at SGN’s Portsdown Hill facility and as a result, not a single load has been rejected since the first load was delivered 18 months ago. The feedstocks consist of extruded, lower grade straw, pig manure, maize and sugar beet.  What is Particularly significant is that, all the feedstocks are produced on the farm, ensuring that the project is never reliant upon any third party or exposed to external commercial interests. It has proved to be a hugely successful project delivering an alternative income stream which has enabled the farm to invest, diversify and prosper. 

Recovery of Plastics From Depackaging Process, Swancote Energy Limited
A partnership between Swancote Energy and specialist designer and manufacturer of sensor-based sorting technologies for the recycling and waste management industry, TOMRA Recycling, has resulted in the first application of optical sorting technology in an AD facility.  Swancote Energy has invested in equipment from TOMRA Recycling to recover plastic packaging from commercial food waste and sell it on to food grade PET recyclers and HDPE + PP recyclers.  

TOROS MERAM RENEWABLE ENERGY INC: Toros Meram Biorefinery
Toros Meram Bio-Refinery is the first of its’ kind, integrated energy and fertiliser manufacturing plant in Turkey, comprising a 6 MWe Biogas Plant, a 15,000 ton/year Liquid Organomineral Fertiliser Plant, a 75,000 ton/year Granular Organomineral Fertiliser Plant and all other supporting facilities. The location of the plant is ideal as it is within close proximity to animal & crop farms as well as food factories, which provide most of the feedstock. Before it was built, most of the waste, which is now the feedstock for the bio-refinery, was improperly spread to the fields, discharged to the rivers or sent to landfill, with resulting large environmental and health problems. 

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