Monday 18th - Wednesday 20th November 2013, Lancaster Environment Centre

Module 2 in this postgraduate certificate, aimed at new entrants and experienced practioners alike, looks at Feedstocks and Technologies for Energy and Fuel Generation.

It will focus on the cross-sectoral issues which arise during the implementation of energy and fuels projects. The module will be heavily case study based and students will hear at first hand the experiences of practitioners in this field, and will carry out a number of site visits in the locality. Students will learn from practicing financial investors about the risks involved in waste related projects, and gain an insight into the guarantees that must be in place before a project can proceed.

Such guarantees involve elements relating to technology choice, long-term feedstock availability/price stability, fuel/energy markets plus likely changes in Government policy and the implications for any associated financial incentives. A large, local PFI agreement between a waste management company and a waste disposal authority will be studied in detail. Students will learn how the planning system deals with applications for new energy from waste plants, and will gain an insider's knowledge on issues relating to plant location, technology choice, environmental permitting and management of public relations. Students will learn how residuals from energy from waste plants (solids, liquids and gases) are contained, disposed and in some cases, sold. Finally, students will learn about legislation relating to the thermal treatment of animal wastes, and how energy generated from the process can be used to drive the process.

On completion of the module, students will be able to outline the development an Energy from Waste project, from fuel sourcing and technology assessment, through to sales of fuel/power and management of wastes arising. Students will be able to identify the key steps required in the procedure, plus areas where vital decisions will be made. Students should also be able to devise a strategy for dealing with likely objections and problems throughout the procedure. Student will have a comprehensive understanding of who all the key stakeholders in such projects are, plus their individual responsibilities.

Day 1 - Monday 18th November 2013

08:30-09:45 Travel to Stanney Mill, Ellesmere Port
10:00-11:45 Financing of Energy and Fuels from Waste
Ben Herbert and Prith Rajendran, Stopford Projects
11:15-11:30 Coffee Break
11:30-12:30 Developers View of the Hurdles and Pitfalls to Delivering a Renewable Energy Project
Steven Edrich, 2OC
12:30-13:00 Lunch
13:00-14:00 Process safety in Energy from Waste Plants
Debnath Pal, Stopford Projects
14:00-14:30 Travel to site - RefGas, Sandycroft, Deeside, Gasification system
4:30-16:00 Site visit - Presentation followed tour of gasifier
George and Paul Willacy, Refgas
16:00-17:30 Return to Lancaster University


Day 2 - Tuesday 19th November 2013

08:45-09:00 Coffee
09:00-10:00 Feedstocks, Fuels and Finances
Lois Rickets, Stopford Projects
10:00-11:00 Creating diesel from end of life plastic
Phil Holland, Sita
11:00-11:15 Coffee Break
11:15-12:15 Drivers for Development and Deployment of EfW technologies
Rhian Bowen, Stopford Projects
12:15-13:15 Lunch
13:15-14:15 EFFW Financial Drivers
Rhian Bower, Stopford Projects
14:15-15:30 Preliminary Accreditation under the Renewables Obligation
Dr Michael Wilkinson, Stopford Projects
15:30-15:45 Coffee Break
15:45-16:45 Isotopic determination of the biobased energy content of mixed wastes
Graham Muir, Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (SUERC)


Day 3 - Wednesday 20th November 2013

08:45-09:00 Coffee
09:00-10:30 Large-scale PFI agreement between GMWDA and Viridor
David Taylor, GMWDA
10:30-11:15 Using the EA's WRATE model for decision making in EfW projects
Nick Fellows, Fellows Environmental
11:15-11:30 Coffee Break
11:30-12:30 Navigating the planning process for an Energy from Waste plant
Tony Grimshaw, Energos
12:30-13:15 Syngas and gasification of wastes - an operator's experience
Tony Grimshaw, Energos
13:15-14:00 Lunch
14:00-14:45 Travel to Global Renewables, Leyland
14:45-17:00 An MBT process for product recovery, composting & AD biogas generation
Andy Swarbrick, Global Renewables
17:00-17:45 Return to Lancaster