Module 1 in this postgraduate certificate, aimed at new entrants and experienced practitioners alike, looks at Feedstocks and Technologies for Energy and Fuel Generation.

It will give students a thorough understanding of relevant UK and EU regulations underpinning waste management, renewable energy generation and biofuels, a comprehensive knowledge of available technologies for fuel production, an awareness of alternative and renewable fuels, encompassing forestry materials and waste, an understanding of the economic and environmental benefits of diverting waste from landfill and an understanding of the physical and chemical properties of alternative fuels and their suitability for use in different waste to energy applications.

It will also give students an advanced working knowledge of non-thermal technologies (including anaerobic digestion, cellulosic biofuels and RDF/SRF production) and thermal waste to energy technologies (including incineration, gasification and combined heat and power (CHP)) plus an advanced understanding of advanced thermal technologies (pyrolysis and plasma arc gasification).

Students will learn about recent and novel techniques for converting heat to power, and about emerging technologies for the generation of fuels and energy from waste. The module will also provide students with an appreciation of the environmental considerations when selecting the suitability of different waste to energy technologies.

On completion of the module, students will be able to numerically and qualitatively assess different waste feedstocks, and to make informed decisions on appropriate technologies for their conversion to fuels and energy. Specifically, students will gain the ability to make decisions based upon the size, cost and scalability of technologies, the nature of the available feedstock, the predicted energy output, operational efficiencies, and economic opportunities/limitations.

Day 1

08:30-09:00 Registration & Coffee
09:00-09:15 Welcome, overview and course requirements
09:15-09:45 Introduction to EFFW
Ben HerbertStopford Energy & Environment
09:45-10:45 Overview of technologies used for generating energy and fuels from waste
Derek PedleyEnvironmental Sustainability KTN (ES-KTN)
10:45-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-12:15 UK Biomass as a Fuel
Warren Roberts, Stobart Biomass
12:15-12:45 Lunch
12:45-13:45 Travel to Viridor Thermal Recovery Facility, Bolton
13:45-14:45 Viridor (Greater Manchester) Ltd, Bolton Thermal Recovery Facility
Steve Entwistle, Viridor
14:45-15:45 Guided tour of Viridor's Thermal Recovery Facility, Bolton
Steve Entwistle, Viridor
15:45-16:15 Q&A Session, Viridor, Bolton 
Steve Entwistle, Viridor
16:15-17:15 Return to Lancaster University


Day 2

08:30-08:45 Coffee
08:45-09:45 Heat and power theory Gavin CollsStopford Projects
09:45-10:45 Technologies and equipment for energy from waste 
Gavin CollsStopford Projects
10:45-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-12:00 Advanced thermal treatments for fuel and energy recovery
Gavin CollsStopford Projects
12:00-12:45 Lunch
12:45-14:00 Travel to Longley Lane, Greater Manchester
14:00-14:45 Operation of an MBT facility, Greater Manchester
Catherine Young, Viridor
14:45-15:45 Guided tour of Viridor's Longley Lane MBT plant, Great Manchester
Catherine Young, Viridor
15:45-16:15 Q&A Session
Catherine Young, Viridor
16:15-17:30 Return to Lancaster University


Day 3

08:30-08:45 Coffee
08:45-09:45 Non-thermal techniques for treating biomass waste
TBC, Stopford Projects
09:45-11:00 Small Scale Anaerobic Digestion
Sandra Sassow, SEaB Energy
11:00-11:15 Coffee Break
11:15-12:15 Anaerobic digestion of sewage sludge
Andy Wall, United Utilities
12:15-13:15 Lunch
13:15-14:15 Microwave applications in energy from waste
Ahmed Al-Shamma'a, Liverpool John Moores University
14:15-15:00 Travel to United Utilities WWtW, Stodday
15:00-16:30 Guided tour of United Utilities WWtW, Stodday
Dave Postlethwaite, United Utilities
16:30-17:00 Return to Lancaster University

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