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Energy and Fuels from Waste - Module 2

Mon 18 - Wed 20 November 2013
Lancaster Environment Centre

This module looks at Management of Energy and Fuel Generation Projects

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

08:30-09:00Registration & Coffee
09:00-10:00The Renewable Obligation Order 2009 (ROO2009) - Part 1
Sean Hayward, Stopford Energy & Environment
10:00-11:00Introduction to the scope for energy from waste in the UK and NW
Adam Strafford, Envirolink
11:00-11:15Coffee Break
11:15-12:15The Renewable Obligation Order 2009 (ROO2009) - Part 2
Sean Hayward, Stopford Energy & Environment
13:00-14:15Travel to PDM Group, Widnes
14:15-15:15The treatment of animals wastes for the generation of process-heat & power
Terry Smith, PDM Group
15:15-16:30Guided tour of PDM's facility, Widnes
Terry Smith, PDM Group
16:30-18:00Return to Lancaster University

Day 2

08:45-10:00Financing of energy from waste projects
Prith Rajendran/Ben Herbert, Stopford Projects
10:00-11:00Creating diesel from end of life plastic
Phil Holland, Sita
11:00-11:15Coffee Break
11:15-12:15Managing solid by-products from an Energy from Waste plant
Andy Jones, Future Industrial Services Ltd
13:15-14:15Process safety in Energy from Waste plants
Debnath Pal, Stopford Energy & Environment
14:15-15:30EFFW Policy & Financial Drivers
Sean Hayward, Stopford Energy & Environment
15:30-15:45Coffee Break
15:45-16:45Isotopic determination of the biobased energy content of mixed wastes
Graham Muir, Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (SUERC)

Day 3

08:45-10:25Large-scale PFI agreement between GMWDA and Viridor
Paul Dunn & David Taylor, GMWDA
10:25-11:15Using the EA's WRATE model for decision making in EfW projects
Nick Fellows, Fellows Environmental
11:15-11:30Coffee Break
11:30-12:20Navigating the planning process for an Energy from Waste plant
Tony Grimshaw, Energos
12:20-13:10Syngas and gasification of wastes - an operator's experience
Tony Grimshaw, Energos
14:00-14:45Travel to Global Renewables, Leyland
14:45-17:00An MBT process for product recovery, composting & AD biogas generation
Andy Swarbrick, Global Renewables
17:00-17:45Return to Lancaster