ADBA R&D Forum 2015 Event Guide

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Contents Visitor information Welcome Programme day one Programme day two Floorplan Membership Speakers Exhibitors UK AD & Biogas 2015

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Visitor Information

University of Southampton Laboratory Tour – Wednesday 15 April 2015 This tour provides you with the opportunity to view some of the Bioenergy and Organic Resources Research Group (BORRG) labs at the University of Southampton, which include more than 250 anaerobic digesters operational at scales between 1-100 litres, as well as comprehensive analytical facilities.


The tour will take place in small groups. If you have requested a tour, you will find a coloured dot on your badge which corresponds to one of the tour times below: • 8.30am Red • 8.45am Yellow • 9.00am Green • 9.15am Blue • 9.30am Orange • 9.45am Purple Please meet an ADBA/Adnet member of staff at the registration desk in building 2a ten minutes before your allocated time and they will show you to the labs.

Health and Safety

Due to the wide variety of potentially hazardous or pathogenic materials that a lab might handle, it is very important that visitors do not touch anything in the labs and ensure that they follow standard Health and Safety precautions, as well as any particular instructions from the tour guides. Tour guides will brief visitors on action to take in the event of a fire. Disinfect hands on leaving the building using the facilities provided as identified by visit leader.

Photography and confidentiality

Please be aware that photography/video recording is not allowed in the labs. More details on this will be given prior to the tour. Failure to agree with the terms will result in non-admittance to the facility.



The Forum will be taking place in building 2a at Highfield Campus (marked on map). You will find an R&D exhibition outside the lecture hall and tea and coffee will also be served in this building. Lunch will be served in the Hartley Suite in building 38, to which you will be directed. Those staying in residential accommodation on campus will be staying in Glen Eyre Halls (15 minute walk to the lecture theatre).

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Taxi Information

West Quay Cars: 02380 999999 Radio Taxi: 02380 666666

For those staying in residential accommodation on campus, parking is available at Glen Eyre Halls. For other delegates, parking is available at Avenue Campus Car Park (10 minute walk to lecture theatre). 2


This tour will operate under a no smoking policy.

Accommodation Parking

Everything in this facility is confidential to the University of Southampton and to its clients and partners, and by entering the facility you agree to keep secret whatever you see, hear, or read. You must not take any photographs, videos or sound recordings, and must not disclose any information that you gain in this facility to any person without the prior written agreement of the University of Southampton. By entering this facility you agree to be personally bound by a legally enforceable duty of confidence to the University of Southampton and to follow the rules in this notice, and if you do not so agree, you must not enter this facility.

ADBA staff emergency contact number Vera Litvin: +44 7940 981848


ADBA R&D FORUM The UK anaerobic digestion (AD) industry has the potential to produce 40TWh of biogas each year, equivalent to over 10 per cent of domestic gas demand – but with new technology and processes developing, in time we may be able to double or even quadruple that potential by taking advantage of the UK’s world-leading academic knowledge base. That’s why the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) has joined in partnership with the Anaerobic Digestion Network (one of the Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy 13 collaborative networks) and the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) to host the fifth AD R&D Forum. This forum has been designed to support communication and foster collaboration between the AD industry, academia and government, matching academic research with industry needs and commercialising new AD technologies and techniques. With falling government funding, the AD sector has never been under more pressure to improve operational performance, manage environmental practice and to find ways of maximising the energy and fertiliser outputs of the process. Novel, higher-value products such as biochemicals could diversify revenue streams, and allow the sector to take advantage of new markets. The R&D Forum is the best way to explore

how developing technology could support AD plants of all scales to deliver reduced costs and increased output; maximising profitability and enhancing contributions to energy and climate change objectives. The programme over the next two days is very much focused on how the future of the AD marketplace will affect the industry’s research needs. The event will seek to shine light on common challenges such as how to optimise operational performance; how to extract profit from digestate; how to commercialise small-scale AD; and how to exploit innovative new feedstocks. In the future new developments could fundamentally change the drivers for an AD business, so it is important to understand how it might do this and over what timescale. Thank you to our event partners who have helped in delivering today’s event, and to all our exhibitors. We hope you find the R&D Forum useful, informative and insightful, and we look forward to hearing about the progress that has been made since the last Forum.

Charlotte Morton Chief Executive

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Programme PROGRAMME DAY ONE Time Description 10.00 - 10.30

Registration and networking

10.30 - 11.30

Welcome and introduction Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive, ADBA Professor Charles Banks, Department of Engineering and Environment, University of Southampton Chris Goodall, Author and Editor of Carbon Commentary, part of the Guardian Environment Network Questions and comments from the floor

11.30 - 13.00

Session 1: Beyond biogas – moving towards a bio-refinery As government funding for the energy outputs of AD falls, the development of new income streams for AD operators is becoming increasingly important. This session will look at how AD plants can develop as part of a network of biorefineries producing methane, chemicals, plastics and potentially graphene as part of a future UK bioeconomy. Chair: Professor Charles Banks, Department of Engineering and Environment, University of Southampton Fiberight case study – the importance of anaerobic digestion in the sugar-platform bio-refinery from municipal solid waste Dr Dhivya Puri, Research and Development Engineer, Fiberight Ltd Navigating the AD innovation ‘valley of death’ Steven Broome, Head of Business and Projects – AD, Centre for Process Innovation Bioresource recovery from wastes and low grade biomass to organic acids and biopolymers Professor Sandra Esteves, Director, Wales Centre of Excellence for Anaerobic Digestion, University of South Wales Questions and comments from the floor

13.00 - 14.00


14.00 - 15.30

Session 2: Innovative feedstocks Session two will discuss some of the leading projects aimed at discovering new feedstocks which could increase the potential for AD to deliver renewable energy and climate change objectives. The panel will analyse the potential size, yield and commercial viability of each as well as some of the challenges facing current feedstock supplies for plants across the UK. Chair: Richard Gueterbock, Marketing Director, Clearfleau IFBB – widening the range of feedstock to improve the operating viability of anaerobic digester installations Colin Keyse, Project Manager of Organic Conversions, CWM Harry Utilising conservation biomass for bioenergy Sally Mills, Reserves Bioenergy Project Manager, RSPB Testing the biomethane potential of miscanthus Carly Whittaker, Agriculture Systems Specialist, Rothamsted Research Algae and AD: a key area of study for the EnAlgae project Dr Robert Lovitt, Reader in Biochemical Engineering, Swansea University Questions and comments from the floor

15.30 - 16.00


16.00 - 17.15

Session 3: Funding future AD research - challenges and priorities The government has challenged the AD industry to innovate in order to thrive in a world of falling government subsidy. Funding for innovation in the sector is therefore of vital importance to both academic institutions and private enterprises. This session will look at how to best apply for grants via Horizon 2020, Innovate UK and the BBSRC, as well as discuss what will happen beyond 2020, how future funding streams may be accessed, and which areas need further investment to ensure the potential for AD R&D is met. Chair: Ollie More, Market Analyst, ADBA Ian Holmes, Horizon 2020 National Contact Point, Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Blue Growth and the Bioeconomy, Innovate UK Alexandra Amey, Associate Head of Business Interaction – Biorenewables & Health, BBSRC Aniruddha Sharma, Chief Executive Officer, Carbon Clean Solutions Questions and comments from the floor 17.15 - 17.30


Conclusions and closing remarks

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Programme PROGRAMME DAY two Time Description 09.00 - 10.30

Southampton University lab visit and networking groups

10.30 - 12.00

Session 1: Can you get £100 per tonne from digestate? A recent WRAP report indicated that many AD plants are still not maximising the income and farming benefits that digestate can bring. This session will look at how to maximise the profitability of digestate and identify what it would take to get £100 per tonne for digestate. Chair: Dr David Styles, Lecturer, Life Cycle Assessment, Bangor University The potential of AD fibre for horticulture: options for the use of digestate fibres in the wholesale and retail market sectors Dr Nick Cheffins, Managing Director, Peakhill Associates Contrasting digestate applications John Williams, Principal Soil Scientist, Soils and Nutrients Team, ADAS UK Developing a suite of novel land conditioners and plant fertilizers from the waste streams of biomass energy generation Lois Ricketts, Senior Research Consultant, Stopford Energy & Environment Digestate management with the TCR-process – an add-on for AD plants Andreas Weger, Environmental Engineer, Fraunhofer UMSICHT Questions and comments from the floor 12.00 - 12.45

Session 2: R&D in the food and drink industry Food and drink manufacturers often have a ready supply of organic waste available on site that is also costly to dispose of. What further R&D would increase the outputs from this waste material to power manufacturing operations, at the same time as reducing discharge to the sewer network? Discussion will centre on technologies which have the potential to improve small scale anaerobic digestion, followed by a case study on maximising the potential for brewery waste. Chair: Angela Bywater, Network Manager, BBSRC NIBB Anaerobic digestion of brewery waste Dr Tanja Radu, Research Associate, School of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University Novel tubular technology for improved small scale anaerobic digestion Dr Michelle Morrison, Principal AD Scientist & Group Leader, Centre for Process Innovation Questions and comments from the floor 12.45 - 13.45


13.45 - 14.45 Session 3: New technologies to improve operational performance As well as a leading academic research base, the UK now has a large bank of commercial experience in AD – we have leaders in the field thinking up new technologies which could transform the value and quantity of outputs from AD plants. This session will tackle the question of how these technologies are commercialised, with case studies of successful technology commercialisation projects and expert input on the support structures which currently exist and how they can be further developed. Chair: Dr Phil Hobbs, Director and Founder, New Generation Biogas Bridging the gap between Academia and Industry David Vaughan, Senior Technologist, Biorenewables Development Centre Bio-Thermal RED: supporting SMEs in anaerobic digestion Dr Raffaella Villa, Senior Lecturer in Biopress Technology, Bioenergy and Resource Management Centre, School of Energy, Environment and Agrifood (SEEA), Cranfield University Exploration of the financial viability of small scale AD plants for manure management Angela Bywater, Network Manager, BBSRC NIBB Questions and comments from the floor 14.45 - 15.15


15.15 - 16.15 Session 4: Sustainability and public perceptions Growing crops for AD in a way that supports farming, greenhouse gas reductions and the local environment is a key area of interest for the industry, academia, the public, and government. This session brings together leading researchers in AD currently looking at effective ways to measure and address these challenges. With the introduction of sustainability criteria to the Renewable Heat Incentive later this year, this is a crucial time to consider the implications and ensure that the data collection requirement needed to meet new rules and avoid losing RHI payments is met. Stakeholder and public perceptions on land use change for anaerobic digestion Dr Mirjam Roeder, Research Associate, Tyndall Centre, University of Manchester LCAD eco balance: optimising the environmental performance of anaerobic digestion Dr David Styles, Lecturer, Life Cycle Assessment, Bangor University Methane emission measurements from Swedish and UK biogas facilities Dr Paul Adams, Research Officer, EPSRC’s Supergen Bioenergy Hub, University of Bath Questions and comments from the floor 16.15 - 17.00 Session 5: Feature case study Thames Water discuss the innovative features and cutting edge research they are conducting and how their work can help increase efficiency and productivity across the AD sector. Sustainable AD operations - optimising existing & future AD assets Peter Winter, Principal Research Engineer, Sludge & Energy Innovation, Thames Water 17.00 - 17.15 Conclusions and closing remarks

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1 New Generation Biogas 2 Anaero Technology Ltd 3 Geotech

4 Huber Technology 5 FM Bioenergy 6 MSE Hiller & MSE Systems

7 Gas Data 8 KTN

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Speaker Profiles Dr Paul Adams

Dr Nick Cheffins

Research Officer, EPSRC’s Supergen Bioenergy Hub – University of Bath

Managing Director – Peakhill Associates Ltd

Dr Paul Adams is a specialist in the assessment of greenhouse gas emissions from biogas and biomethane facilities. He graduated with a PhD from the University of Bath in 2011 focusing on the use of life cycle assessment in analysing different bioenergy systems. Paul works as a post-doc researcher in the Supergen Bioenergy Hub and project manages the work package assessing different biomethane options. He also works for Synertree working with several AD facilities to comply with biomass sustainability criteria. Paul is collaborating with SP Technical from Sweden on a research project assessing methane losses from biogas facilities.

After 23 years of working in the agricultural college and university sectors Dr Nick Cheffins formed Peakhill Associates Ltd in 2002, working as an independent consultant with significant economic development experience particularly in horticultural, environmental and sustainability projects. Current activities include work on the potential for using AD fibre as a peat replacement growing media and the development of new biomass supply chains with specific focus on low input high diversity biomass for use in anaerobic digestion and the production of biomass fuels.

Professor Sandra Esteves

Director, Wales Centre of Excellence for Anaerobic Digestion – University of South Wales

Alexandra Amey

Associate Head of Business Interaction – Biorenewables & Health – BBSRC As the Associate Head of Business Interaction at BBSRC, Alex is responsible for driving forward collaboration between BBSRC and its research community within the biorenewables, pharma and biotech industry sectors. Alex has particular responsibility for Industrial Biotechnology developing an understanding of the needs of the numerous industry sectors that use IB technologies. Working with colleagues across BBSRC Alex develops BBSRC’s strategy for Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy and is responsible for the delivery of activities that support industrially-relevant research. These include the Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst, working with Innovate UK and EPSRC, the Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (BBSRC NIBB), the Bioprocessing and Biorefining Clubs BRIC and IBTI.

Sandra Esteves is a Professor in Bioprocess Technology for Resource Recovery at the Sustainable Environment Research Centre, University of South wales (formerly University of Glamorgan). Sandra has a BSc (Hons) Energy and Environmental Technology and a PhD in the Monitoring and Control of Anaerobic and Aerobic Treatment Processes. Sandra has delivered R&D in anaerobic processes for the last 20 years funded by EPSRC, Welsh Government, EU-FP (4, 6, 7), IEE, Carbon Trust, NERC, ERDF and numerous companies for over £9M. Current interests extend to a wide remit namely the integration of anaerobic bioprocesses in biorefining as well as with a number of other industrial processes and energy systems.

Chris Goodall

Author and Editor of Carbon Commentary, part of the Guardian Environment Network

Professor Charles Banks

Chris Goodall is a writer, investor and consultant in clean technologies.

Department of Engineering and Environment – University of Southampton Professor Banks is head of the Bioenergy and Biomass Resources Research Group which is internationally recognised for its work on anaerobic digestion. He has led and participated in a number of EU projects including: CROPGEN; VALORGAS, All-Gas and AmbiGAS aimed at second generation biofuel production. He is currently project coordinator for the UK Research Council’s Network in Anaerobic Digestion (ADnet) as well as running nationally support research projects in his area of specialist interest. Professional interests include: innovative technology for environmental protection and resource management; renewable energy from biomass, wastes and wastewater; and waste management and resource recovery.

Richard Gueterbock

Marketing Director – Clearfleau Richard is a Director and founder shareholder of Clearfleau, one of the leading and most innovative British anaerobic digestion companies, supplying the emerging market for on-site industrial plants – converting production residues into valuable renewable energy. Clearfleau has AD plants in the food, beverage and biofuel sectors and is the market leader in the UK for the on-site industrial market. Richard has championed the potential for smaller scale on-site anaerobic digestion solutions for industry, farm and community sites, and initiated Clearfleau’s focus on digestion of food and beverage processing residues.

Steve Broome

Head of Business and Projects, AD – Centre for Process Innovation Steven is responsible for generating and over-seeing delivery of new projects at CPI – with a focus on AD and algae biotechnology innovation. CPI is a key partner in the UK’s national ‘Catapult’ for High Value Manufacturing – working to de-risk the steps between invention and commercialisation through access to lab and pilot scale testing infrastructure – alongside teams of scientists and engineers.

Angela Bywater

Network Manager – BBSRC NIBB After a career in IT project management, Angela has spent more than a decade in AD, with involvement in a number of projects and publications for the Welsh government, the Royal Agricultural Society of England, the International Energy Agency and others. She is part time joint Network Manager for the BBSRC funded Anaerobic Digestion Network based at the University of Southampton and Director of Methanogen UK Ltd who build small and micro-AD systems.

Dr Phil Hobbs

Founder/Director – New Generation Biogas Phil was formerly the Leader of Bioenergy at Rothamsted Research, North Wyke. He has written over 70 published peer-reviewed papers in the field of AD and ancillary disciplines of microbial ecology, waste treatment, odour control and waste processes. He is a leading international expert in biogas research and has a broad-ranging research portfolio, having secured over £1.25m in funding during the last four years, supporting projects relating to optimising bioenergy productivity; the development of advanced and real time analytical approaches; microbial and biochemical profiling of soils; and composting and fermentation systems.

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Speaker Profiles Ian Holmes

Horizon 2020 National Contact Point, Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Blue Growth and the Bioeconomy – Innovate UK Ian Holmes is part of the Innovate UK, NCP Team, supporting the “Societal Challenge Two” area of Horizon 2020. He has been involved with innovation support and knowledge transfer for over a decade. Ian has advised applicants and evaluated proposals for various funding bodies. Ian was part of the Resource Efficiency KTN team and has also managed and written a number of bids for UK funding as well as FP7 and Life+ applications. He evaluated bids for UK Agencies and the European Commission Eco-Innovation Programme.

Dr Michelle Morrison

Principal AD Scientist & Group Leader – Centre for Process Innovation Michelle has a background in biogeochemistry, gaining her PhD from Newcastle University in 2005, in the field of passive remediation of mine waters using compost-based treatment systems. There is a significant cross-over in knowledge between biogeochemical processes which occur in compost-based wetlands and those which take place in anaerobic digesters. Hence, following a period of seven years in Environmental Consultancy, working for Wardell Armstrong LLP, Michelle took up a position with CPI at Wilton in 2012, as an AD Scientist. Michelle now heads up the AD Group at CPI. The group’s projects have included work with energy crops, food waste, agricultural wastes, distillery wastes, sewage sludge and seaweed.

Colin Keyse

Charlotte Morton

Project Manager of Organic Conversions – CWM Harry Manager Biocycle: Organic Conversions, Cwm Harry Land Trust. Based in Bethesda, North Wales in Cwm Harry’s small R&D unit, Colin is currently managing CHLT’s involvement in the COMBINE Interreg IVb project. The unit is developing a number of micro and small scale processes to convert a range of biomass to energy and nutrient concentrates using AD, aerobic IVC with heat recovery and IFBB. The focus is on developing robust, affordable community-scale solutions for farm clusters, SME’s and community partnerships, with a zero-waste and low redundancy approach, supporting a business model designed to create sustainable local economic benefit.

Chief Executive – ADBA A law graduate from LSE, Charlotte practised commercial, shipping and aircraft finance law for ten years before studying for her MBA at London Business School. She then set up WhizzGo, which became the UK’s largest pay by the hour car club business. Asked by the founder chairman to help set up the business side of ADBA in 2009, she saw the potential of an industry which can deliver huge value to the UK, and has been working hard to ensure ADBA supports the industry ever since. She is also on the board of Green Gas Trading Limited, which runs the Biomethane Certification Scheme.

Dr Robert Lovitt

Dr Dhivya Puri

Reader in Biochemical Engineering – Swansea University Robert Lovitt is a Reader in Biochemical Engineering at Swansea University. He has published 105 refereed papers and he has a broad interest in microbial process technology, membrane bioreactors (MBR) and membrane separations, metal recovery and the use of AFM to investigate process engineering problems. Recently, the focus of his work has been on the fundamental and practical problems associated with large scale production of biomass and chemicals from algae and anaerobic bacteria. He has been a participant in several European Union funded microalgae projects which have concentrated on the design and operation photobioreactors and the use of membrane technology in algae bioremediation processes and biorefineries.

Research and Development Engineer – Fiberight Ltd Dr Dhivya Puri is a Research and Development Engineer for Fiberight Ltd and has eight years’ experience working in R&D. Dhivya obtained her MEng (Chemical) and BSc (Genetics) at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Since then she has worked in range of areas including; biomaterials, the sugar industry and anaerobic digestion. In 2014 Dhivya completed her PhD for Fiberight Ltd, at the University of Southampton with a project which investigated process improvements for the production of platform sugars from MSW.

Dr Tanja Radu

Sally Mills

Research Associate, School of Civil and Building Engineering – Loughborough University

Reserves Bioenergy Project Manager – RSPB Sally is responsible for running the Wetland Biomass to Bioenergy Project with the Department of Energy and Climate Change, through which the RSPB is looking at the conversion of biomass resulting from habitat management works into energy. This project involves working with contractors in the development of new innovative end-to-end conversion systems; liaising with DECC over project delivery and carbon efficiencies and ensuring the experience and knowledge gained from the project are used to maximise the benefit to the future delivery of land management and nature conservation. In conjunction with the DECC work, Sally is running a DEFRA Pilot Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) Project, which is looking at the delivery of the biomass to bioenergy approach as a PES scheme.

Dr Tanja Radu studied Environmental Engineering at Belgrade University, Serbia and she obtained her BSc in 2000. She then started her postgraduate studies at Auburn University, USA and obtained PhD degree in 2007. Following her studies, she joined the National Centre for Sensor Research at Dublin City University, Ireland as a postdoctoral researcher. She remained there for 4 years, working on several environmental projects, both national and international. She joined Loughborough University as Research Associate in May 2012 where she is a member of the Water Engineering group. Her work at Loughborough includes studying anaerobic digestion process and finding solutions for energy shortage of rural communities in India.

Lois Ricketts

Senior Research Consultant – Stopford Energy & Environment

Ollie More

Market Analyst – ADBA Ollie joined ADBA as Market Analyst in January last year after working for five years at Ofgem and DECC on bioenergy policy and implementation of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and Renewables Obligation (RO). At ADBA he measures the progress of the AD industry and assesses the costs of the technology at different scales and different feedstocks, as well as advising members on market developments. He is also working on R&D, with the goals of ensuring that research undertaken by the academic base is disseminated to the industry and that government bodies recognise the importance of funding research in the AD sector.


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Lois is a Senior Consultant with Stopford Energy & Environment in the Research and Environment team. Lois’ work focuses on waste recovery processes, and incorporates characterisation, evaluation and development of treatment processes, and early stage feasibility studies for waste treatment plants. She has considerable project experience working with various waste streams including MSW and commercial waste through to niche wastes such as paint sludge, sewage screenings, and energy conversion by-products. Lois’ background is in Environmental Sciences; she enjoys the technical aspects of the projects she works on and she has been a Member of the CIWM since 2013.

Speaker Profiles Dr Mirjam Roeder

Dr Raffaella Villa

Research Associate, Tyndall Centre – University of Manchester

Senior Lecturer in Biopress Technology, Bioenergy and Resource Management Centre, SEEA – Cranfield University

Mirjam Roeder is a researcher at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at The University of Manchester. Her research interests focus on climate change impacts, adaptation and mitigation options in the fields of agriculture, bioenergy and food systems, implications of land use change, as well as food/livelihood security and sustainability. Currently she is working on the projects Carbon Uncertainties In Bioenergy Supply Chains and Energy From Rice Straw of the EPSRC funded SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub. The latter is in collaboration with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines.

Dr Raffaella Villa, senior lecturer in Bioprocess Technology, has 20 years’ experience in university research. Since 2012 she has been heading the Cranfield Centre for Anaerobic Science. She has worked on AD projects both with municipal sludge digestion and waste digestion and she has gained extensive knowledge in the area. Dr Villa is PI for the ERDF funding that will support the finalisation of a pilot AD plant on the Cranfield campus. The plant will support SMEs in the East of England region on renewable energy projects. Once the EDRF funding has ceased, the pilot plant will provide a solid platform for training and consultancy work as well as near-market research.

Aniruddha Sharma

Andreas Weger

CEO – Carbon Clean Solutions Ltd An engineer by practice, Aniruddha Sharma is responsible for all day-to-day operations and leads Carbon Clean Solutions Limited’s as CEO. While pursuing his Masters Degree in Statistics at the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur, Aniruddha co-founded Carbon Clean Solutions in 2009. Selected as one of the Top 50 Brightest Young Climate Leaders, he was a part of the youth delegation to COP15 and COP/MOP5 (Kyoto Protocol), held in Copenhagen, Denmark, in the fall of 2009. He has also been selected as one of the top 27 entrepreneurs working on accelerated commercialization of Technology & Innovation by Accelerator India.

Dr David Styles

Dr David Styles, Lecturer, Life Cycle Assessment – Bangor University David Styles is a lecturer in life cycle assessment (LCA) at Bangor University where he delivers a BBSRC-funded Advanced Training Partnership distance-learning MSc on sustainable food production. David has over ten years of research experience in LCA and techno-economic assessment of agricultural and industrial systems, including bioenergy production (Trinity College Dublin, 2005-6; Bangor University, 2012-present), industrial manufacturing (Irish Environmental Protection Agency, 2006-2009) and food supply chains (European Commission Joint Research Centre, 2010-2012). David’s current research involves application of farm models and LCA to explore the wider environmental impacts of bioenergy production, considering agronomic and indirect effects.

David Vaughan

Senior Technologist – Biorenewables Development Centre David Vaughan has been working for the Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC) since its launch in 2012 and has been instrumental in setting up and expanding the BDC’s new anaerobic digestion (AD) facility. With a background in plant biology David has worked for the University of York for 19 years in numerous research areas including microbiology, molecular biology, biomass analysis and biofuel production. This background brings a multidisciplinary approach to AD research and development and demonstration within the BDC. On a day-to-day basis, David interacts closely with clients to ensure the research conducted at the BDC is targeted to industry needs.

Environmental Engineer – Fraunhofer UMSICHT Andreas Weger has been a Research Assistant at Fraunhofer UMSICHT – Institute branch Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Department Biological Process Engineering since June 2005. His specialist fields include: energy from biomass and waste, anaerobic process technologies (biogas, bioethanol, biohydrogen) and pre-treatment of biomass.

John Williams

Principal Soil Scientist, Soils and Nutrients Team – ADAS UK John is a Principal Soil Scientist with ADAS. His work has focussed on research aimed at developing strategies to maximise the nutrient value of organic material applications by reducing nutrient losses to the air and water environments. John is FACTS qualified and has been involved in technology transfer through training, seminars, demonstration and publications. He is a Chartered Scientist and a Member of the Institute of Professional Soil Scientists.

Peter Winter

Principal Research Engineer, Sludge & Energy Innovation – Thames Water Peter is Chartered Engineer in Thames Water Innovation with 19 years’ experience in the water industry. He has been leading R&D projects evaluating technical solutions to challenges faced by the water industry, to meet regulatory standards and to provide innovation to the business. Peter is a nationally recognised expert in anaerobic digestion with sound knowledge of sludge treatment processes and odour abatement. He also has experience in key disciplines such as carbon and H&S. In addition, Peter has a MSc in Environmental Decision Making from the Open University and some experience in water supply in developing countries.

Carly Whittaker

Agriculture Systems Specialist – Rothamsted Research Carly’s main research interests surround life cycle assessment (LCA) of biomass supply chains for heat, power and biofuel production. She has gained a great deal of experience in performing LCAs on agricultural crops, perennial energy crops and forest products. At Rothamsted Research she is examining the dry matter, energy and quality losses that occur throughout biomass supply chains and is examining the potential for miscanthus to be preserved in silage for use in anaerobic digestion. Her main skills include LCA, the agronomy of arable and energy crops, carbon accounting methodologies, biomass supply chain logistics and experimental design.

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Exhibitor Profiles Anaero Technology Ltd Stand 2

Huber Technology Stand 4

E: W: T: 01223 778210

E: W: T: 01249 765000

Anaero Technology has developed equipment that speeds up and improves the quality of research on fermentation and AD, both in batch and continuous feed mode. Our equipment includes lab digesters with fully automated feeding, and BMP sets of high consistency and ease of operation.

Huber Technology is a supplier of wastewater treatment equipment and offers a wide range of products for enhancing the AD process. The company’s pre-treatment technology can be used for screening, washing oversized material and removing grit and glass while its post digestion equipment is suitable for plastics removal, dewatering, digestate cleaning, and disposal treatment. Visit our stand to learn more about the company’s ability to enhance the AD process.

FM BioEnergy Stand 5 W: T: 08717 043317

The Knowledge Transfer Network Stand 8

FM BioEnergy provides a range of services to help AD operators gain more control of their process and increase biological efficiency. Working in partnership with the German market leaders, Schaumann BioEnergy, we provide our clients with essential advice, products and services in order to improve clients return on investment.

E: W: T: 07557 961086

Gas Data Stand 7

Established by Innovate UK to build better links between science, creativity and business, the Knowledge Transfer Network has specialist teams covering all significant sectors of the economy, from defence and aerospace to the creative industries, the built environment to biotechnology and robotics. Our expertise in connecting sectors, disciplines and skills with the right collaborations and business approach is what helps unlock the tremendous hidden value in people and companies.

E: W: T: 02476 303311 With 20 years’ experience in the design and manufacture of portable and fixed gas analysis instrumentation, Gas Data plays a key role in the control of biogas and landfill gas. Our equipment is used on the UK’s leading biogas production sites and has helped end users increase efficiencies and revenue plus reduce downtime.

Geotech Stand 3

MSE Hiller & MSE Systems Stand 6 E: / W: / T: 01246 861166

E: W: T: 01926 338111

MSE supply digestate dewatering and digestate treatment systems to the AD and biogas industries. Capacities from 1 to 200 m3/hr can be dealt with and the wastewater can often be recycled or re used. Hiller dewatering centrifuges, Smicon MAS screen filters and depackaging systems, Micro Filtration MF, Reverse Osmosis RO and Mitsubishi Membrane Bio Reactor Systems MBR are all available for a modern and cost effective approach to AD digestate treatment.

Geotech is a UK based manufacturer and global supplier of gas analysis and environmental monitoring equipment. Our established portfolio includes a range of ATEX certified portable landfill gas and biogas analysers, such as the GA5000 and BIOGAS 5000, renowned for their reliability and robust gas analysis technology. Our fixed gas analyser, the GA3000 PLUS monitors pre and post desulphurization on AD plants.

Several test and demonstration units are available for process verification and proof of concept. Rental and hire mobile plants can also be supplied for temporary sludge dewatering and digester emptying/cleaning. The Smicon range of depackaging machines offers the possibility of producing clean organic steams (plastic and oversize particle filtering) and cleaned plastics for disposal.

New Generation Biogas Ltd Stand 1 E: W: T: 01803 869833


NGB is the developer and manufacturer of the Archemax® High Throughput Anaerobic Digester. This advanced, modular, multi-stage Thermophilic system is designed specifically for on farm use and enables the profitable processing of all agricultural residues, with all energy outputs being available for on-site use.

adba R&D Forum | 14-15 Apr 2015

UK AD & Biogas 2014 was the best show I’ve ever been to in the UK Jørgen Fink, Country Manager, Xergi

the UK’s only dedicated anaerobic digestion, biogas and bioresources trade show Showcasing the latest AD technology and services, and attracting 3,000 visitors from key sectors including farming, food and drink, local authorities, waste management, transport, utilities and more, this is the event for anyone involved in AD.

What’s on offer? • Two day high-level conference sponsored by • 22 seminar sessions sponsored by • Our second R&D Hub – highlighting the value of R&D to AD businesses • One-to-one advice clinics • Biomethane vehicle area featuring working examples of vehicles using biomethane technology • UK AD & Biogas Industry Awards 2015 • Site visit (30 June) to Severn Trent Green Power Coleshill providing attendees with an informative insight into a brand new and innovative working AD plant. Book your place now.

“An excellent exhibition with the leading companies involved in AD and biogas in the UK, and also abroad; a great opportunity to learn about the latest trends in the developing science and technology in this field.” Izabela Kasak, Works Technician Process Optimiser, Anglian Water Services

Register for free now at Exhibition space

There is now just 20% of stand space remaining, so make sure to book now to avoid disappointment.

Why exhibit? • Promote your business, technology and services • Reach the most targeted audience directly interested in AD and biogas • Enjoy two full days of networking • Share information and best practice and debate key industry issues • Get a free listing on ADBA’s website and in the event guide If you are interested in exhibiting at UK AD & Biogas 2015 or would like more information, please contact Jamil (E / T 020 3176 4414) or Rachel (E / T 020 3176 5418). Organised by

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