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ADBA Northern Ireland Forum

21 September, 2022 12:15PM - 7:00PM

Location: Clayton Hotel, Belfast

“Anaerobic Digestion: Potential, Ambition, Delivery”

The ADBA Northern Ireland Forum will present the inside track on the role anaerobic digestion and biogas must play in the province’s ambitious decarbonisation strategy. Recent research by Queen’s University Belfast funded by the Centre for Advanced Sustainable Energy (CASE) concluded that biogas could meet 80% of the province’s natural gas demand.

ADBA’s half-day conference will consider routes to market, revenue streams, nutrient management and emerging policy and regulation, within the framework of NI’s drive to net zero. Participants in this in-person event will receive the latest intelligence on the key drivers behind market development, from government, agri-food and farming sectors and industry. They will learn about technical innovations that could increase revenues and put businesses on a sustainable path to net zero.

If you’re exploring the potential of biogas to decarbonise your processes we encourage you to come along to network with your peers and gain insight into the regenerative power of biogas.

Gordon Lyons

Minister for the Economy

Northern Ireland Assembly

Chris Huhne


Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association

John McLenaghan

Deputy President

Ulster Farmers’ Union

Dr Gary Lyons


Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute

— Programme —


LUNCH RECEPTION courtesy of GMT Biogas networking in exhibition room and buffet lunch

13:45 TALKS –



Chris Huhne, Chair, Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA)


Maximising Northern Ireland’s opportunities for biomethane in the path to net zero energy

Gordon Lyons, Economy Minister, Department for the Economy, Northern Ireland Assembly


The role of biogas in NI’s net zero planning

  • Inter-departmental Biomethane Delivery Group, government net zero targets and nutrient management action plans – Judith Wilson, Green Growth Division, DAERA
  • Collections guidance for business to capture organic wastes from the commercial sector –  Keith Patterson, Sector Specialist – Waste and Recycling, WRAP


Maximising biogas potential

  • Moderator – Leanne Williams, Lead Analyst, ADBA
  • Smart Loop Systems in a circular economy – David McKee, CTO, Bio Capital
  • Optimising CHP energy production from biogas – Sven Buehler, Energy System Engineer, CAT Finning
  • Biomethane potential (title to be confirmed) – David Rooney, Lecturer, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Carbon capture and use: potential for contribution of AD to CO2 demand and the interaction with agri-food industry – Leanne Williams, Lead Analyst, ADBA

COFFEE BREAK courtesy of Action Renewables networking, coffee and tea in exhibition room

Getting gas to grid – leveraging finance

Moderator – Chris Huhne, Chair, ADBA

  • Supporting a Green Gas Sector in NI – Russell Smyth, Sustainability Analyst, KPMG


Farming with AD

Moderator – Leanne Williams, Lead Analyst, ADBA

  • The beneficial role of AD and digestate in farming systems – John McLenaghan, Deputy President, Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU)
  • Environmental challenges and potential solutions for improved digestate nutrient management in Northern Ireland – Dr Gary Lyons, Agri-Environment Expert, Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI)


How ready is NI for a green gas grid?

NI has the “most modern” gas grid? But how prepared is it and what models are being considered by the Network Distribution Operators to deliver the vast potential of green gas?

Moderator – Chris Huhne, Chair, ADBA

  • Biomethane’s role in the NI gas network’s pathway to net zero – Iain Hoy, Energy Transition Manager, Phoenix Natural Gas
  • Building biomethane hub injections: overcoming barriers to grid entry – Alan Midwinter, Head of Biomethane Development, SGN Commercial Services
  • Industry perspective, Niall Martindale, Chief Executive Officer, Firmus Energy


Closing remarks – Chris Huhne, Chair, ADBA

18:00 DRINKS RECEPTION courtesy of Stream BioEnergy networking in exhibition room and drinks

19:00 till late: NETWORKING (cash bar)

— Lead Sponsor —

SGN Commercial Services are part of the SGN group who own and operate the gas distribution networks in the south of England, Scotland and the west of Northern Ireland.
Our Green Gas team are experts in biomethane-to-grid solutions, including injection-hubs, offering a wide-range of specialist services throughout the UK.

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— Supporting Sponsor —

Stream BioEnergy is a biogas company which develops and operates large-scale plants in Ireland and the UK. In Northern Ireland Stream owns and operates a 3MWe biogas plant near Ballymena dedicated to processing poultry manure.  Stream is part of a dedicated biogas platform backed by Pioneer Point Partners LLP which is a sustainable infrastructure investment manager.

Link: Stream BioEnergy – Industrial scale biogas projects in Ireland and the UK

— Exhibitors —

ADBA is the UK Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association. Through lobbying activities, meetings with government officials, working groups, high profile industry events, educational material and more, ADBA aims to facilitate the anaerobic digestion (AD) industry’s growth. We’re helping the UK meet its renewable energy and waste targets and pave the way for a carbon-free future. Come to our exhibition stand to find out about membership, training and certification.

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agriKomp is a leading technology provider building biogas and biomethane plants, with an established NI service, maintenance, and repowering division. We manufacture all major components, including agriPure®CUBE biogas upgrading and a range of CHPs. We offer proven technology with over 20 plants in NI and c.1000 international plants constructed.

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Established in 2016 and based in Northern Ireland, ARB Process Engineering Ltd is a leading specialist in the design, manufacture and installation of new bespoke processing plants and repowering, retrofitting or refurbishment of existing AD Plants.

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Atlas Copco is a world leading provider of industrial productivity solutions. Our oxygen generators are an ideal alternative to delivered packaged gas. Benefits include reliability, controlled costs, and the flexibility to generate your own oxygen as required, and at the exact purity for your anaerobic digestion plant and biogas production.

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‘firmus energy’ is Northern Ireland’s largest gas supplier. It operates over 2,000km of pipeline across 35 cities, towns and villages in Northern Ireland. firmus energy is driving decarbonisation and supporting the Government’s green agenda by converting as many people as possible from oil to gas immediately reducing carbon emissions by 53%. The company is pursuing projects to introduce renewable gas into its network in the form of biomethane and hydrogen blend to fast track the decarbonisation of heat. It is also looking at compressed natural gas (CNG) for commercial vehicles.

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Genesis Agri Ltd sells and distributes nutrient management technology for Livestock Water Recycling, BAUER-FAN GmBH, Mastek Ltd and specialist drying equipment.

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A complete range of agricultural Sample Analysis Services

We offer a full range of analysis of Grain, Biogas Digestate, Feedstock & Fertilizer, Animal Feedstuffs, Soil, Seed and other related agricultural commodities.

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PM POWER is the vision of our Joint Managing Directors Philip Pollock & Colin McKibbin for a customer driven company, with a flexible approach to on-site power generation. With their combined experience in power generation of over 40 years, PM POWER have a vast experience in sales, engineering and service of gas and diesel generating plants and equipment.

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SGN Commercial Services are part of the SGN group who own and operate the gas distribution networks in the south of England, Scotland and the west of Northern Ireland.
Our Green Gas team are experts in biomethane-to-grid solutions, including injection-hubs, offering a wide-range of specialist services throughout the UK.

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Ulster Shredders are the leading manufacture for industrial shredders. Producing a variety of bespoke machines from the U-5 to U-200, They also manufacture and supply spare parts, which are stocked and dispatched globally. Their highly skilled engineers are involved from designing, commissioning equipment, repair & refurbishment, and preventative maintenance.

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— Lunch Reception Sponsor —

GMT Biogas Ltd, established in 2017, is working alongside Lutra Ltd in pioneering a new methodology for anaerobic digestion (AD) project management and design, as well as implementing cutting edge AD technology, in the form of its unique plug flow reactor (PFR) design and gas-to-grid via direct injection and virtual pipeline technology.

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— Coffee Break Sponsor —

Action Renewables is a registered NI Charity, supported with funding from Action Renewables Energy Trading Limited,  a leading provider of renewable energy expertise since 2003. We deliver value, support and expertise to over 7000 renewable energy customers.  Our vision is to create a Northern Ireland which recognises the serious impacts of climate change, and we will take measures to prevent and mitigate against those impacts through the delivery of our charitable objectives here in Northern Ireland, and specific global projects that provide a direct benefit to the communities in which they serve.

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— With Special Thanks —

BH Estates

BH Estates offers services for both developers and operators of renewable energy projects. For existing operators and generators we offer a sellers consortium where we negotiate Power Purchase Agreements on your behalf, achieving premium prices on your behalf. For developers, or those interested in entering the renewable energy industry, we can offer support and knowledge including providing advice on technology, project management, and operational expertise.

We have over a decade of experience of working with wind, solar, biomass and Anaerobic Digestion in Northern Ireland and can support projects in Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland.



Net Zero targets – 2030, 2040, 2050
Methane and ammonia mitigation
Nutrient management
Feedstock availability
Routes to market
Market mechanisms
Offtaker demand
Sustainable farming
ADCS and plant optimisation
Digestate enhancement and refining
Policy and regulatory frameworks
…and more!


Operating AD plants
Policymakers and government officials
Feedstock providers
The AD supply chain
Financiers and insurers
Agri-food industry
Heavy industry
Universities and research institutions
Non-governmental organisations

Included in the ticket price…

presentations from experts on business, policy and technology

 face-to-face networking

 lunch, coffee and tea

 drinks reception

Registration is now closed for this event. If you are interested in joining the waiting list, please contact


“where the shakers and movers in AD can be found and networked”

Iain Steel
Development Director, BioWatt Developments Ltd

“an excellent overview on policy and strategic direction of the AD sector”

Michael Fishwick
Director, Powerhouse Management Ltd

“well attended, with great speakers, content and networking opportunities”

Matt Hale
International Sales and Marketing Director, HRS Heat Exchangers

Questions? Contact Robert Zlokower, Campaigns and Marketing Manager at ADBA, at and +44 (0) 20 3960 0780

Interested in sponsoring or exhibiting? Download the brochure and contact Mark Galbraith, Business Development Director at ADBA, at and +44 (0) 20 3176 4415

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