Introduction to Biogas
Feedstocks, Conversion Processes, Applications & Markets
22 November 2011, London, United Kingdom
This concise, 1-day introduction to biogas energy provides an excellent training session for those new to the industry and/or those in need of a refresher on its technology principles and market opportunities. The day will explain, in clear, accessible language:
- the processes that exist to turn biomass (including wastes) into useful gas fuels
- particular focus on anaerobic digestion (AD)
- introducing other advanced and emerging gasification technologies
- the market applications and opportunities for biogas, including gas upgrading, heat and power
- the factors surrounding the business case(s) for biogas
The material has been developed exclusively by Green Power Academy to provide a completely independent, unbiased and hype-free view.
Who will gain most value from this course?
This is not an engineering course, but instead is particularly targeted at those in high-level commercial roles and will attract those from various job functions and industry types including:
Level & Style
The course will explain key concepts and terminology in energy, power and technology, but assumes no prior technical knowledge.
The course runs in a friendly, informal manner, encouraging discussions and questions to ensure that participants get the most out of their time. In order to better understand and illustrate the various topics, some simple calculations and other explanatory exercises may be incorporated.
Approximate Timings (include lunch plus morning and afternoon refreshment breaks):
09:00 - 17:00
About your trainer
Dr John Massey is Green Power Academy's founder, Training Director, in-house renewables expert and lead trainer.
Combining a strong academic science background with over fifteen years commercial experience of industry research, analysis and training across a variety of “new technology “ industries (including conventional and renewable energy, telecoms and IT), Dr Massey is expert in demystifying the terminology and workings of new technologies, and presenting their commercial and business context.
He delivers training globally, to senior executives from a range of organisations from project development to finance and has also developed educational material for both live and distance learning courses.
He holds a 1st Class Honours degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, a PhD in Earth Sciences and a Diploma in Economics, Innovation and Sustainability.
“Very solid introduction from a very knowledgeable instructor”
“Rich in discussion”
“Good balance between theoretical and interactive”
Key Biogas and Energy concepts
- Biomass sources, including variations in their energy contents and suitability for biogas.
- Calculating the energy content, resource potential (and limits) of biogas.
- Understanding the main units of measurement, for resource and economic evaluations
- Biogas applications, markets and case studies
Biogas Processes and Energy Pathways
- Pathways from feedstock to biogas, in particular anaerobic digestion and landfill gas: the basic chemistry of the processes
- Comparing and contrasting biogas with natural gas and with other biomass products (including “syngas” and other products derived through gasification)
- The impact of different conditions on the chemical composition, energy content and utility of biogas products
Biogas Production, Collection and Conversion Technologies and Facilities
- The basics of biogas conversion technologies and supply chains.
- The main features of biogas facilities; from small-scale, distributed to large-scale, grid connected
- Power generation and CHP solutions
- Biogas cleaning and optimisations (biomethane)
- Gas-to-fuel and gas-to-grid applications
Economic and Competitive issues for Biogas Energy
- Feedstock availability and usage competition
- Economic, sustainability and other pros - and cons - of biogas as an energy and/or power fuel (a comparison to its competitors)
- Policy and market interventions (including Feed-in-Tariffs)
- Integrating biogas into existing energy infrastructures, such as the power grid or gas grid and associated markets (supply and demand)
NB. Agenda details are subject to minor change, as and when this improves the value or relevance of the course and its learning outcomes.