- Start date: 11 January 2022
- End date: 13 January 2022
- Duration: Three days
- Fees: £TBC
- Venue: Weetwood Hall Estate, Leeds
About the course
Biomass is a key element in government plans to increase renewable energy sources and reduce greenhouse gases. Bioenergy has environmental and economic impacts, and is unique as a renewable fuel since it can contribute to all three energy sectors – electricity, heat and transport fuels.
In the UK, imported white wood pellets are a major fuel, but energy crops, such as short rotation willow coppice and miscanthus as well as forestry residues, agricultural residue and waste woods, all find use in the production of electricity and heat.
What will I learn?
This course will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the status and developments in energy delivery from biomass combustion. The focus will mainly be on biomass for electricity and heat. This course looks at fuel supply options and the emissions and plant performance implications. The use of biomass for energy production has several associated technical, environmental and socioeconomic challenges. Some of these, particularly the technical challenges, will be addressed in this course.
How will I benefit?
The course will give you a sound understanding of the fundamentals and practicalities of:
the basics of solid biomass combustion
dedicated biomass installations
solid biomass for electricity generation
biogas and landfill gas for process heat and power generation
sustainability of biomass supply chains
Who should attend?
This course will be of particular interest to you if you’re:
a process engineer or chemist new to the bioenergy field
a regional developer wanting to obtain a technical perspective on bioenergy
an energy and environmental manager interested in using bioenergy
a process heat system designer interested in biomass as a heat source.
- Prospects and developments in bioenergy
- Life cycle analysis and sustainability
- Sustainable biomass – understanding and meeting the UK, EU and global requirements on sustainability
- Supply chain economics and risk management
- Fundamentals of biomass combustion
- Traded biomass and standards
- Emissions standards and regulations for biomass heat and power
- Domestic biomass and air quality
- Case study: combustion optimisation on an FBC firing waste wood
- Extending fuel specifications and plant limits to increase flexibility
- Biomass boilers – technology and deployment
- Case study: UK Biomass Installation – overcoming the challenges
- Boiler design considerations when converting to biomass firing
- Coal-to-biomass combustion plant conversion
- The problem of metals in biofuels – combustion and ash influences
- Corrosion, slagging and fouling - special issues relating to biomass firing
- Biogas and landfill gas resources, current utilisation and future potentials
- Biomethane – gas to grid
- The highs and lows of renewable energy
Professor Jenny Jones
Director, Centre for Doctoral Training in Bioenergy
Trudy Beeley, RWE
Stephen Chilton, PX Limited
Peter Coleman, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Stewart Davies, Viridor Waste Management
Gary Fuller, Environmental Research Group, Imperial College London
Bernard Gibbs, School of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Leeds
Steve Griffiths, Uniper Technologies Ltd
Neil Harrison, re:heat
Rob Holland, Senior Research Fellow, University of Southampton and Systems Topic Representative for
the SuperGEN Bioenergy hub
Bilaal Hussain, Senior Analyst - Modelling, Energy Systems Catapult (ESC)
Rachel Lee, 350 Strategy Limited
Patrick Mason, Ayup Ltd and Visiting Research Fellow, University of Leeds
Alf Malmgren, RJM International
Declan Owens, Cadent Gas Ltd
David Waldron, previously GE Power
Fred Walter, Fred Walter & Sons Ltd
Susan Weatherstone, Fuel Technology, Uniper Technology Centre
Fees are VAT exempt
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The course will take place at Weetwood Hall Estate, which is situated to the north of Leeds at the junction of the A660 Leeds - Skipton road and the A6120 Outer Ring Road.
Weetwood Hall Estate
What our delegates say
"A great overview of the entire biomass industry for people at all levels"
"Excellent overview of biomass, from supply chain to domestic market to power generation and industrial heating"
"An excellent insight into the world of biomass and biomass combustion. Excellent technical content would recommend to any future delegates".
Harriet Wills – Course Coordinator
CPD Conference and Events Unit
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
University of Leeds,
T: 0113 343 2494
Please note, the CPD team are currently working remotely due to covid-19 and therefore unable to be contacted by phone. If you have any queries please send us an email to the above email address – Many thanks.
This course has been developed in conjunction with SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub and the EPSRC Leeds Centre for Doctoral Training in Bioenergy. The SUPERGEN team at Leeds is based within the Energy Research Institute (ERI), which is the largest academic research establishment in the UK focused on energy and resources research and development.