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Abertay to host Anaerobic Digestion Workshop for Scottish businesses

2 September 2013

A workshop about how Scottish businesses can make money by converting their organic waste materials into a source of renewable energy will be held at the University of Abertay Dundee on Wednesday, September 4.

The event will focus on anaerobic digestion, and is intended to help Scottish companies find ways to reduce their carbon emissions and comply with government legislation.

Dr Joe Akunna – Abertay University’s internationally recognised expert in anaerobic digestion – will explain the science behind the concept and why food and agricultural waste are a good source of renewable energy.

Companies including Scottish and Southern Energy will give details about how to instigate large-scale onsite energy generation, and there will also be information about opportunities for the water and food industries.

In addition, the day will be an excellent networking opportunity, with the chance for local businesses to speak to those already using anaerobic digestion, and directly to those who can offer advice on how their business can make the transition.

Speaking ahead of the event, Dr Joe Akunna from Abertay University said:

“Anaerobic digestion offers an opportunity for businesses to reduce their carbon emissions, at the same time as disposing of waste efficiently, and producing a source of renewable energy.

“As a result, companies can gain a competitive edge by generating new revenue streams, reducing costs, meeting environmental goals and cost-effectively complying with legislation.

“For example, a company that produces a lot of food-waste might be interested in finding out how they can convert that food-waste into energy. Doing this would not only enable them to produce biogas which they could sell on to be converted into biofuel, but would also enable them to produce fertiliser which they could then sell on as a commercial enterprise.

“There are many different industries in which anaerobic digestion can be applied – in farming, brewing, and even fish-processing plants and abattoirs – and we’re delighted that Wednesday’s event has proved so popular, with all the 70 available places being fully-booked.”


09.30 Arrival and refreshments

10.00 Welcome Jenni McDonnell, ESKTN & Colin Robertson, SBP

10.15 The science behind anaerobic digestion, Joseph Akunna, Abertay University

10.35 Commercial deployment of AD: the Global perspective, Jorin Mamen, BiofuelNet

11.00 Coffee

11.30 Large scale onsite energy generation, Pat Howe, Scottish & Southern Energy

11.50 Opportunities for the Water Industry, Paul Banfield, Veolia Water Outsourcing & Gordon Reid, Scottish Water

12.10 Opportunities for the Food Industry, Richard Gueterbock, Clearfleau

12.30 Networking Lunch

13.30 Community energy, Moray Finch, Mull and Iona Island Community Trust

13.50 AD Funding Opportunity, Alison McKinnie, Zerowaste Scotland

14.10 The Scottish Biofuel Programme, Colin Robertson

14.30 Roundtable Discussions, An opportunity to discuss the future for AD in Scotland

15.15 Feedback to Group

15:30 Closing remarks, Colin Robertson, Scottish Biofuel Programme


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Notes to Editors:

This Scottish Biofuel Programme event has been organised in partnership with the UK Government’s Environmental Sustainability Knowledge Transfer Network (ESKTN).

The Scottish Biofuel Programme is a partnership between Abertay University, Edinburgh Napier University, the Scottish Association for Marine Science, the University of Edinburgh, and Scottish Agricultural College.

It is a one-stop-shop for any business looking to find out more about the different techniques that are available for converting waste materials into biofuels.

Each partner organisation has a different area of expertise, helping small and medium sized enterprises in Scotland develop low carbon technologies, products and services.

The Scottish Biofuel Programme receives co-funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Scottish Enterprise, and the Scottish Government. It also receives additional match-funding from the five partner institutions.

Grants are awarded on a competitive basis to allow businesses to exploit existing and future research, and to carry out feasibility studies.

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