Energy from Biomass Combustion

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.


Day one 

  • Sustainable biomass – understanding and meeting the UK, EU and global requirements on sustainability
  • The 2022 Biomass Strategy
  • Life cycle analysis and sustainability 
  • Supply chain economics and risk management 
  • Fundamentals of biomass combustion 
  • Traded biomass and standards
  • Emissions standards and regulations for biomass heat and power

Day two

  • Types of solid biomass furnaces and boilers: stoker, pellet and batch burning
  • 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
  • Boiler design considerations when converting to biomass firing
  • Coal-to-biomass combustion plant conversion 

Day three

  • 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
  • The highs and lows of renewable energy 



Course director:

Professor Jenny Jones
Director, Centre for Doctoral Training in Bioenergy

2022 Guest speakers:

Trudy Beeley, RJM International
Peter Coleman, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
Gary Fuller, Imperial College London
Bernard Gibbs, University of Leeds
Steve Griffiths, Uniper Technologies Ltd
Neil Harrison, re:heat
Rob Holland, University of Southampton
Patrick Mason, AYUP Ltd
David Waldron, Consultant
Susan Weatherstone, Uniper

Fee information

2022 fees

Full three days: £960
Any two days: £725
Any one day: £425

Fees are VAT exempt and are NOT inclusive of any accommodation at the course venue. Please see the accommodation tab for details on booking any accommodation if required.

Course fees include:

  • cost of tuition

  • paperless course materials

  • lunches

  • light refreshments

View our terms and conditions

Venue details

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
Otley Road
West Yorkshire
LS16 5PS



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.

If you require accommodation, and wish to stay at the course venue Weetwood Hall Estate please contact Emma Barker or Stevie Standerline E: / T: 0113 230 6000 quoting ‘CPD’ and the ‘Energy from Biomass Combustion’ course.

Bedrooms are subject to availability and the following rates (including VAT) apply with a ‘48 hours prior to arrival with no cancellation fee’ policy: Friday – Sunday, bed and breakfast £85 per night, Monday – Thursday, bed and breakfast £89 per night, for sole occupancy in a superior double room. Please book your accommodation as soon as possible to avoid disappointment with availability. A list of alternative hotels is available on request. Delegates are responsible for their own evening meals.

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".

Contact us

Jasper Minton-Taylor – Course Coordinator
CPD Conference and Events Unit
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences 
University of Leeds,

T: 0113 343 5746

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.