Uses for Sewage-Sludge-Derived Biochars

24 May 2023, The IET Birmingham (Austin Court), UK / Online

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This one-day, hybrid event will gather practitioners, researchers and regulators to explore:

  • Technologies for biochar production from sewage sludges
  • Quality of sewage-sludge-derived biochars
  • Potential uses for sewage-sludge-derived biochars
  • Challenges associated with the use of sewage-sludge-derived biochars
  • Experiences from early adopters

The majority of treated sewage sludges (‘biosolids’) are applied to agricultural land in the UK, where they provide proven nutrient and organic matter benefits. However, biosolids are also known to contain residues of chemicals such as PFAS (poly and perf-fluorinated alkyl substances), as well as microplastics and microfibres. The presence of these substances is prompting the industry to explore other uses for biosolids, and advanced thermal conversion (or ‘ATC’) techniques are attracting renewed attention.

ATC techniques such as pyrolysis and gasification heat the substrate under pressure and can produce a number of outputs – including biochar. Depending on its quality, this biochar can be used in a variety of applications, from energy production to construction to land application. Since the material and its use in these applications is novel to the UK market there is currently a great deal of uncertainty around their commercial viability. This uncertainty is driven particularly by the prevailing waste regulatory framework, which incurs more or less cost depending on the sources and quality of biochar, and its intended use.

Join our fantastic line-up of speakers on 24th May to discuss this hot topic.

Sponsorship & Exhibition

Sponsorship benefits includes: pre-event branding on our website and emails (to 7,000+ industry contacts), social media promotion, exhibition space with additional branding in the meeting room, inclusive delegate spaces and much more.

To find out more about sponsorship and exhibition opportunities please contact Frances Woodhead – or book a stand via the drop-down menu below.


IET: Austin Court, 80 Cambridge Street, Birmingham, B1 2NP

Event Format

The event will be delivered in hybrid format, meaning you can join us live in Birmingham or virtually through our event platform. Virtual attendees will be able to participate in live Q&A and have full access to event recordings.

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Cost per person
£595 (ex. 20% VAT)

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