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European Bioenergy Expo asks whether biogas is environmental aware energy sourcing strategy

New study tour from EBEC organisers looks at gaining a positive from landfill…

With the increasing threat posed by the UK’s reliance on foreign energy supplies, the need for local, sustainable sources is of critical importance to the UK. Delegates at a unique event in June will be asking whether biogas upgrading from landfill sites holds one of the keys to a more balanced and environmentally-aware sourcing strategy…

Industry professionals will learn more about the potential of biogas upgrading in a ground-breaking one day seminar and study tour, to be held in Guildford, followed by a site visit to the Gasrec biogas upgrade installation at Albury Landfill Site on 16th June, 2010. The site in Albury upgrades landfill gas and produces approximately 5,000 tonnes of liquid biomethane per annum – that’s enough energy for 150 transit vans running twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, throughout the year. The seminar and site visit is one of a series co-ordinated by the organisers of EBEC – the European Bioenergy Expo & Conference to be held in October.

Biomethane can be used as a transport fuel or injected directly into the National Gas Grid. With UK gas production dwindling and foreign supplies of gas and other energy sources prone to instability, biogas from landfill, sewage plants and anaerobic digestion (AD) facilities offers huge potential to change the energy landscape. Indeed, some industry observers estimate that biogas could supply up to 50 per cent of the UK’s domestic gas consumption.

The seminar brings together some of the industry’s leading players and will tackle issues such as the political landscape, technical challenges and market barriers affecting the potential take-up of biogas. Speakers include representatives from Gasrec, the Renewable Energy Association, Iveco, Sita and the National Grid.

Richard Price, director of EBEC comments: "UK energy supply is set to be one of the key drivers across the political and economic landscape over the next generation – it’s that critical.

"Upgrading landfill gas into a high quality biomethane suitable for injection into the national grid or for use as a liquid transport fuel is a welcome and useful contribution to our renewable energy requirements.

He concluded: "We’ve organised a series of seminars that aim to be both informative and practical, showcasing innovative bioenergy technology in action in the field."

The one day seminar costs £125 to attend. The seminar programme will take place at the Mandolay Hotel in Guildford between 9.30am and 3.00pm with site visits taking place during the day. A shuttle bus between the seminar venue and the Albury landfill site, just ten minutes away, will be provided.

To find out more about the seminar and to register, visit www.biofuelsmedia.com and follow the links for Conferences / Learning. The event is one in a series of study tours, showcasing bioenergy innovation.

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