Date TBA, VIRTUAL
Times: 9:30 AM – 16:30 PM
Fee: Online: £330 plus VAT for 1-person, (includes slides presented).
Over 80% of sewage sludge produced in the UK is treated by anaerobic digestion and advanced anaerobic digestion. The biogas produced is a renewable energy source and can be used to generate electricity and heat or converted into biomethane for grid injection, whilst the biosolids produced are generally dewatered and applied to land.
Operators and managers are faced with the challenges of increasing energy production whilst minimising the costs associated with digestate disposal/recycling. There are many factors that influence the financial balance. With a competitive bioresources market delivering upon innovation and efficiency, now more than ever it is vital to understand revenue and cost drivers at the site and business levels.
This course is aimed at operators, optimisers, process scientists and managers in the wastewater/sewage sludge sector.
Each one tonne of dry solids produced from wastewater contains 4-7 MWh of energy, the quantity recovered is a function of the digestion process, asset condition and quality of feedstock. The digestate produced is both a cost to handle and an opportunity to recover nutrients and produce a compliant product.
This course is designed to help attendees understand and act upon the factors that influence biogas production, sludge dewaterability, biosolids compliance, cost and revenue generation.
Learning is delivered through a combination of lectures, case studies and worked examples.
Who should attend?
This course covers the fundamentals of anaerobic digestion whilst drawing upon an array of practical case studies. As such the course has wide appeal being highly relevant to operational teams, process scientists and managers looking to upskill and optimise, technology providers seeking to understand where products fit in the market, researchers and innovators wishing to understand the latest challenges facing the water industry and anyone interested in understanding the market and investment drivers.
Matthew Smyth BSc, MRes, MBA, MCIWEM CSci CWEM
Technical Director, Aqua Enviro
Matt has been in wastewater and sludge for over twenty years and works with water companies, industry and waste producers to develop and implement solutions. He has delivered training courses for fifteen years to thousands in our industry.
In the late 1990’s Matt commissioned a number of digesters. He also worked in a purpose-built laboratory and ran anaerobic digestion reactors fed on sludges that had been pre-treated thermally and biologically. This was the beginning of his journey with (Advanced) Anaerobic Digestion plants where he has been involved in commissioning, takeover and optimisation as well as undertaking the role of Expert Witness. He has helped numerous water companies understand and achieve targets for throughput (tonnes of dry solids) and energy generation. If the numbers and budget enable it, Matt will deliver a bespoke version of this course on your sites.
Matt presents and publishes regularly at industry recognized conferences including Aqua Enviro’s European Biosolids & Organics and European Wastewater Management Conferences. Outside of training Matt contributes to Aqua Enviro’s Technical Team, providing input and steering to projects and to develop our team of process scientists.
His continued exposure to a wide range of investigative, challenging and solution orientated projects is brought into training to ensure that the material presented is current and relevant.
Why invest in Anaerobic Digestion Training?
Ready for the next level of training?
This training dovetails with our Wastewater Treatment and Activated Sludge courses. To understand, evaluate and optimise any site we must be able to interrogate individual plant items and how the performance of each influences adjacent process units and the performance as a whole. Wastewater treatment is quite literally a case of the toe bone being connected to the foot bone, to the heel bone, ankle, leg, knee, thigh, hip and everything else.
Case studies and worked examples at the core of the training
Irrespective of whether you are working on a domestic wastewater treatment site or industrial effluent treatment plant, this joined up approach is valid. Here are some case study examples:
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