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Pretreatments of Feedstock for Enhanced Biogas Production

Sam Hinton, Technical Manager, ADBA (Chair)
Melanie Hecht, Biogas Process Manager, Schaumann Bioenergy
Owen Yeatman, Director & Co-founder, CaviMax
James Tucker, Industrial Business Development Manager, Huber

10:45 – 11: 30

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This session will look at ways to optimise feedstock to increase yields and reduce processing times, while delivering better-quality gas and digestate.

Novel Uses for Digestate

Amaya Arias-Garcia, Engineering Design Manager, SUEZ
David Tompkins, Aqua Enviro

11:45 – 12: 30

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Amaya will present the results of a study into removing digestate from farms and utilising elsewhere.

Alternative Strategies for Odour Management

Thomas Minter, Director, Malaby Biogas (Chair)
Nick Sauer, Adviser, Odour Team, Environment Agency (England)
Robert Sneath, Director, Silsoe Odours
Colin Froud, Managing Director, CSO Group

12:45 – 13: 45

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If the AD industry is to prosper it needs to win over public support and that demands the issue of odour is taken seriously. Find out about the latest technological solutions and how to develop a robust odour management plan.

Getting the Nutritional and Biological Health Right

Wade McRoberts, Director of Business Development, ALPS-Ecoscience UK (Chair)
Angela Cronje, Technical Consultant, Roots Organics Ltd
Dimitris Theodoridis, Operations Manager, Omex
Melanie Hecht, Biogas Process Manager, Schaumann Bioenergy

14:00 -15:00

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This panel will look at how to match the right biology to the right feedstock and other ways to improve process performance in the digestion tank.

Panel Session: Asset Management

David Woolgar, DW Consulting (Chair)
Carl Gurney, Renewable Energy Director, Jelf Insurance Brokers
Wilbert Smeets, Technical Director, SESA
David Squirrell, Senior Field Engineer, ExxonMobil
Daniel Purvis, Senior Investment Manager, Ingenious Capital Management


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How to keep your anaerobic digestion plant in good working order to optimise outputs and minimise downtime. This panel of operational experts will deliver a blueprint to extend the life of your assets, from the pumps and pipes through to the tanks, and reduce the risk of a health, safety or environmental incident.


How to Prevent and Cure Gritting

David Woolgar, Woolgar consulting (Chair)
James Tucker, Industrial Business Development Manager, Huber
Chris Morris, Technical Director, FreEnergy

10:30 – 11: 30

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Grit build up in anaerobic digesters is always a potential problem, especially when handling food wastes. This panel assesses the latest technology and operational best practice to reduce that risk.

Managing Fugitive Methane Emissions – Current Perspectives on Methane Emissions from the Anaerobic Digestion Process

Naser Odeh, Ricardo E&E
Robert Stewart, Air Quality Team, Ricardo E&E

11:45 – 12: 30

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Fugitive emissions are a costly waste and undermine the green credentials of anaerobic digestion. It has a negative impact on how the industry is viewed by both the government and public. This panel will assess the scale of the issue and measures to resolve it.

Presentation: A New Era in Gas Engine Lubrication?

David Squirrell, Senior UK Field Engineer, ExxonMobil

12:45 – 13: 15

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The Importance of Process Data Monitoring

Thomas Minter, Malaby Biogas (Chair) 
Dr Daniel Lee, Head of Technology, Gas Data
Angela Cronje, Technical Consultant, Roots Organics Ltd

13:30 – 14: 15

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Biogas monitoring is an integral part of Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plant operation to ensure plant efficiency and staff safety.

What to do if an Environmental Incident Occurs

Jess Allen, WYG (Chair)
Mark Reed, Group Manager, London Fire Brigade
Helen Tapley-Taylor, Operations Director, Jelf Insurance Brokers
Gavin Dearsley, Director, Alan Boswell Risk Management
Ben Derrington, Head of Business Risk and Regulation, Ashfords

14:30 – 15: 30

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While prevention is better than cure, find out how to respond if faced with an operational failure resulting in a health, safety or environmental incident.

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