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 abbatoirs – 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
11.30 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