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DAY 1 – 15 JUNE


Welcome – Giulia GeccarelliExternal Affairs Lead, WBA/ADBA

10:30 – 11:15

Biogas: How to build out fast and build out successfully

(Chair) Giulia Geccarelli

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 Geccarelli 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.

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

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.

Mark Howell, Global Product Manager Alternative Fuels, New Holland Agriculture – the gamechanging biomethane tractor.

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) 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).

Tba, Urban Chain – 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.

Tbc, 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.

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) Amaya Arias-Garcia, Innovation and Renewable Gas, Nortegas

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

Tba, LAT Water – using waste heat to recover 50% potable water and produce high value fertiliser products.

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.

Tim Elsome, General Manager, FM Bioenergy – avoiding common challenges (acidification, foaming, viscosity, OLR).

Tba, QED Environmental Systems – monitoring and measuring for improved performance.

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

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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.

16:45 Close

DAY 2 – 16 JUNE


Welcome – Giulia GeccarelliExternal Affairs Lead, WBA/ADBA

10:15 – 10:45

Keynote: Tba

10:50 – 11:20

Keynote: Tba

11:30 – 12:15

Grid entry – increasing flexibility

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. Panel Tba

12:30 – 13:15

Carbon Capture for use or storage

Nick Primmer, Future Biogas – presents the ADBA bio-CO2 report

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

Christopher Carson, Managing Director, Biocarbonics – market insights

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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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