Introduction to Biogas
Feedstocks, Conversion Processes, Applications & Markets
14 May 2012, Warsaw, Poland
Note: The course can be attended as a stand-alone session but also provides an excellent way to introduce yourself to or refresh your knowledge of biogas energy before attending the "Biogas Poland" conference on the following days.
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 benefit 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:
- Business Development & Strategy
- Financial Planning & Project Evaluation
- Investment & Insurance
- Policy Liaison and Planning
- Legal and Commercial Biomass & Waste Feedstock Supply
- Banking & Finance
- Biogas Development
- Regulation and Policymaking
- Energy Utility & Distribution
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.
About your trainer
Dr John Massey is Green Power Academy’s Training Director and lead renewable energy trainer. With a first-class academic background in natural and earth sciences and further qualification in economics and sustainability, he has close to twenty years’ experience of market and business analysis in a variety of technology sectors.
In addition to guidance of Green Power Academy’s strategic direction and continuous development of new courses in the renewable energy sector, Dr Massey is Course Director of the Green Power MiniMBA, and trainer across the range of renewable technologies, including bioenergy, solar, wind and geothermal. With a clear business focus, he is expert at demystifying the technological aspects of the renewable industries and placing each in their commercial and economic market context.
About Green Power Academy
Green Power Academy exists to provide the quality, impartial, informative and enjoyable training needed to increase and distribute knowledge and skills to green energy industry professionals. Whether you are new to the industry, have recently changed jobs or simply wish to refresh your knowledge, our training should become a key part of your personal or company professional development programme.
“Comprehensive overview in a short period of time”
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 science 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, plants 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, upgrading and optimisation (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)