Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Biogas Produces 4 Times More Electricty Than Solar PV -UK AD & Biogas Conference Invitation

We decided to post all of this news announcement. Even if you don't have tyhe opportunity to visit this conference there are some intersting facts, such as that the "AD industry is already producing over four times more renewable electricity than solar PV, with a huge potential to deliver an 800% increase by 2020."


Despite being a nascent sector, the AD industry is already producing over four times more renewable electricity than solar PV, with a huge potential to deliver an 800% increase by 2020. This incredible potential is reflected in the level of growth that ADBA’s annual exhibition and conference, UK AD & Biogas, has experienced in the three years of its existence – 74 to 200 stands, an increase of 170%.

AD is reaching out to all sectors which can benefit from AD to show where it can be the missing link, to help thousands of businesses grow. This is why the UK AD & Biogas conference focuses specifically on demonstrating the benefits and business case for AD to local authorities, farming, and the food and drink industry. The show includes free advice for farmers on site, through ADBA’s farmers’ consultancy service, and free wider project advice from finance and legal specialists.

Key Points of Media Interest:

- Launch of CentreForum’s Independent AD Report ‘Hit the Gas: How to get the anaerobic digestion sector moving’

- Launch of Defra’s AD Strategy and Action Plan Progress Report, which will detail progress on the actions set out in the AD Strategy and Action Plan in the past year and reconfirm the government’s support for the industry.

- Launch of ADBA’s Beginners Guides targeted to explain the benefits of AD to businesses, farmers and the general public.

- Launch of ADBA’s new branding.

This has been focused on engaging sectors that in the past AD has found hard to penetrate, and mirrors the format of this year’s conference which is dedicated to showcasing how AD can fit with local authorities, the food and drink industry, and farming. UK’s first AD & Biogas Industry Awards, 4 July celebrating the innovation achievements of the industry.

Members of the media who wish to attend the conference can do so for free using code PREC3000. More information – including the conference programme – is available here.

Key Speakers of Interest include:

Clare Hawley, Deputy Director of Energy from Waste and Food Waste, Defra, Launch of AD Strategy and Action Plan Progress ReportHenry Robinson, Deputy Chairman, CLA, The Strength of Purpose Grown Crops in ADDr Harald von Canstein, Head of Biotechnology, E.ON, Sustainability and Carbon SavingsJohn Woodruff, Chairman, NAWDO, Aspiration and Reality: The Challenges Facing Local Authorities.James Miles-Hobbs, Director, Rural Development Associates, Farm Advisor of the Year 2011, Business Plan Walk Through Guide

Show Details

The Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association (ADBA) is holding its third annual tradeshow, UK AD & Biogas 2012 - ‘AD: Your Missing Link’ at the NEC Birmingham on 4-5 July 2012 Hall 3A.

The UK’s only dedicated AD and biogas tradeshow includes a two-day exhibition and conference showcasing over 200 exhibitors, 22 free seminars and workshops, a free professional clinics feature area and the first UK AD & Biogas Industry Awards.

Conference details

The two-day conference will address issues affecting the food & drink industry and local authorities on day one July 4, in Getting Value from your Food Waste and issues affecting the farming sector discussed on day two, July 5, in The Business Case for On-Farm AD. More information – including the conference programme – is available here.

Awards details

AD & Biogas Industry Awards 4 July, at NEC Concourse Suites 1-2, Birmingham. Further details on awards categories and nominees can be found here. Members of the press interested in attending the awards dinner should contact Iona Smith T 020 7633 4526 E iona.s@letsrecycle.com.

Five facts you need to know about ADBA

ADBA stands for The Anaerobic and Biogas  Association.The Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas  Association was founded in September 2009.Since its launch ADBA has acquired around 300 members, including AD plant operators, suppliers, local authorities, farmers including the NFU, utility and energy companies such as E.ON and United Utilities, food producers such as Waitrose and Branston, fleet operators such as Coca Cola and Howard Tenens.

ADBA’s chairman is Lord Redesdale, former Liberal Democrat energy spokesman.

ADBA’s aim is to help enable or facilitate the development of a mature AD industry in the UK and to represent all businesses involved in the anaerobic digestion and biogas industries, to remove the barriers they face and to support its members to grow their businesses and the industry to help the UK meet its renewable energy, climate change and landfill targets, as well as the preservation of critical natural resources.

Key facts you need to know about anaerobic digestion and biogas

Anaerobic digestion (AD) is a natural process which converts organic matter such as household food and garden waste, farm slurry, waste from food processing plants and supermarkets, and sewage sludge, into biogas.The AD industry has the potential to be worth £2-3bn in the UK alone and employ 35,000 people.

The AD industry has the potential to generate around 40TWh of energy, equivalent to over 10% of the UK’s domestic gas demand. Biogas (which is approximately 60% biomethane, 40% CO2) can be utilised to generate electricity and heat, or, upgraded to biomethane, either used as a transport fuel or fed directly into the UK’s gas grids.According to the Carbon Trust the generation of biomethane would save twice as much carbon dioxide as producing electricity by 2020.

AD is the only renewable that can be scaled up fast enough to enable the UK to reach its 2020 renewable energy target. Overseas potential is significant and the UK could be a world leader – with the right support now. AD reduces greenhouse gas emissions by treating organic wastes which would otherwise emit methane (landfill, slurries) and reducing our use of energy intensive commercial fertilisers and fossil fuels.

AD preserves critical natural resources such as nitrates and phosphorus. Phosphorous is a finite resource for which there is no known alternative. It is critical for plant growth and world resources are already running out.  Nitrates are one of the key components of fertilisers.

AD significantly improves Britain’s energy security – we will soon be importing over 70% of our gas.Unlike other renewables, biomethane is generated constantly and can be stored in the gas gridBiomethane is one of the few renewable fuels for Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) which cannot run on electricity.

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