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DAY 1 – 15 JUNE


Welcome – Giulia CeccarelliExternal Affairs Lead, WBA/ADBA

10:30 – 11:15

Biogas: How to build out fast and build out successfully

(Chair) Giulia Ceccarelli

Robert DiDiodato, VP Business Development, Anessaplanning for success with data modelling.

Carl Gurney, Renewable Energy Director, Marsh Commercial – what the insurance industry want to see in a project.

Lucy Hopwood, Director & Lead Consultant for Bioenergy and Anaerobic Digestion, NNFCC – blueprint for getting community buy in for project delivery.

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A perfect storm of crises is making the case for biogas stronger by the day. Key drivers are energy and food security, the Global Methane Pledge and latest IPCC climate change assessment. AD has a key role to play in meeting these challenges, identified by the UN as one of the fastest and most economic ways to deliver the Paris Agreement. Giulia Ceccarelli will introduce a panel to consider how to build out fast and build out successfully.

11:30 – 11:45

Keynote: Tom Bradshaw, VP, National Farmers Union – Farms of the Future

11:45 – 12:30

Gas Upgrading for Transport Fuel

(Chair) Thomas Minter, Director, Malaby Biogas.

Dr Chris Mann, Co-Founder, Chairman and Chief Technology Officer, Bennamann – Innovative technology and business models for the commercially viable production, distribution and use of net zero-carbon biomethane from organic waste streams, including farm manure slurry and cut grass.

Will Llewellyn, Director, Red Kite Management – On-site compression and upgrade plants; process and viability.

Mark Howell, Global Product Manager Alternative Fuels,New Holland Agriculture – to address the gamechanging biomethane tractor (spec, capability etc and perhaps allude to long term expansion into off-road plant (diggers etc)).

Yannick Rouaud, Industrial Cryogenics Market & Sales Manager, Air Liquide – Bio-LNG for heavy mobility.

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On-site compression and upgrade plants can help to decarbonise freight and farm transport, supplement gas network fuelling stations and build a long-term future for biogas operators who cannot access the gas grid. This panel will consider the potential of on-site compression – what is it, how does it work, what are the opportunities.

12:45 – 13:30

R&I Hub – Biogas Futures

(Chair) Dr Keith Simons, Principal Scientist – Sustainable Fuels, SHV Energy

Anna Alessi, Project & Communications Manager, Biorenewables Development Centre – De-risking R&D in the bioeconomy.

Prof. James Chong – Dept of Biology, York University – Advances in our ability to harness the power of methanogens.

Tony Wimpenny, Director, BohrEnergy – Optimising outputs with IOT (the internet of things).

Somayeh Taheri, CEO, UrbanChain – how blockchain can help optimise biogas income.

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The value of the bioeconomy across Europe alone is reportedly around €2 trillion and the sector is set for dramatic expansion over the next decade. Bioenergy is a key component of that. This expert panel will consider the next frontiers for optimising biogas production.

13:45 – 14:30

Fugitive Methane Emissions

(Chair) Josh Henthorne, Technical Manager, ADBA.

Anders Fredenslund, Senior Researcher, Department of Environmental Engineering, Climate & Monitoring, DTU Orbit (Technical University, Denmark) – Results of a solutions-driven study into methane leakages from biogas plant.

Tim Elsome, General Manager, FM BioEnergy

Ewart Cox, Managing Director, Assentech – the critical importance of pressure release valves.

Steve Benyon, Senior Sales Manager EMEA, Teledyne FLIR – thermal imaging to visualise fugitive emissions.

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Poorly performing AD plants could be identified following the launch of methane satellites and drones that can measure down to 100kg emissions. How to ensure your plant isn’t throwing money away and damaging the sector’s green credentials.

14:45 – 15:45

Digestate Options

(Chair) Leanne Williams, Lead Analyst, Agriculture and Environment, ADBA

Mark Clayton, CTO, Qube Renewables – digestate storage options to mitigate environmental impacts.

Sion Williams, UK Agriculture Sales Manager, Vogelsang – converting 70% of harmful ammonia emissions into nutrient rich ammonium while spreading.

Fiona Donaldson, Senior Policy Officer, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency – Lessons from Scotland, which has set the benchmark for action on plastics contamination.

Dr. Erwin Lepoudre, Sustainability Manager, Green Planet Project (Europe), Kaneka – unveiling a plastic substitute made from fermented vegetable oil, which trials have found to be AD compatible.

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Innovations in process and technology to enhance digestate.

16:00 – 16:45

Biogas: Process Optimisation

(Chair) Josh Henthorne, Technical Manager, ADBA.

Fokion Kaldis, Account Manager, FM Bioenergy – Biological parameters and how to run an efficient digester.

Dean Kavanagh, Managing Director, QED Environmental Systems – monitoring and measuring for improved performance.

Maxence Rollin, Export Developer, Prodeval – optimising biogas upgrading.

Dr Keren Tadmore, Head of Microbiome Department, SGTech – End-to-End solution for sustainable farming, treating livestock waste using a novel patented technology.

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A low methane yield is a sign that something is out of balance within the digester – and the consequences can be costly. This expert panel will consider how to avoid common challenges that might be out of sight but shouldn’t be out of mind.

17:30 Close

DAY 2 – 16 JUNE

10:15 – 11:15

Biogas – Market Development Opportunities

Welcome – Giulia Ceccarelli – External Affairs Lead, WBA/ADBA – welcome to Day 2 and to this overview of global opportunities for the biogas sector.

Deborah Sacks, Waste and Resources Specialist, Department for International Trade (DIT) – developing global biogas markets

Jean-Philippe Burtin, President, Biogaz Vallée – Developments and potential of the biogas sector in France.

Jorge Hilbert, International Consultant, Rural Engineering Institute, Energy & Environmental Consultant Dibicoo Biogas Project, EEC, Biogas Co-chair, Global Methane Initiative – Developments and potential of the biogas sector in Argentina and the Dibicoo project biogas matchmaking tool.

Felipe S. Marques, Director of Technological Development, CIBiogás – Developments and potential of the biogas sector in Brazil.

11:30 – 12:15

Grid entry – increasing flexibility

(Chair) Josh Henthorne, Technical Manager, ADBA.

Alan Midwinter, Head of Renewable Development, SGN Commercial Services – centralised grid injection.

Tina Hawke, Connections Manager, Future Energy, Hydrogen Development and Operations, Cadent – developments in Reverse Compression

Tony Wimpenny, Director, BohrEnergy – advances in gas measurement technology for greater renewable gas injection to grid.

For biomethane producers grid entry can be problematic – either by virtue of location, seasonal demand, cost and compliance. This expert panel considers options for greater grid flexibility to optimise grid entry for biomethane.

12:30 – 13:15

Carbon Capture for use or storage

(Chair) Josh Henthorne, Technical Manager, ADBA

David Hynes, Sales Manager, Pentair – retrofitting CO2 capture units

Reida Benbelkacem, Managing Director, Air Liquide – addressing CO2 recovery from AD into industrial & food grade applications.

Ellen Daniels, CEO, British Compressed Gases Association – standards and permitting and associated codes for CO2 recovery & storage.

Nick Primmer, Policy Analyst, Future Biogas – carbon capture and the need for carbon negative technologies.

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Most CO2 for industrial use is sourced from fertiliser production, which has been impacted by rising gas prices and the war in Ukraine. Indeed, the government has put CO2 users on notice to find alternative supplies. Bio-CO2 can more than meet the needs of industry. This panel of experts considers how to capture CO2 and tap into this new market.


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