R&D Hub



R&D Hub at UK AD & Biogas 2014

KTN_Logo 100 The R&D Hub was a brand new show feature at UK AD & Biogas 2014. Here we showcased the R&D happening across the UK, highlighted the value of R&D to AD businesses and took a look at the exciting prospects for higher value products that could complement the AD process. 

Our new R&D Hub offered the opportunity to:

  • explore AD research and development
  • consult clinics on finding funding and commercialisation
  • hear short presentations and view poster exhibitions
  • make new contacts at our twice daily networking events

R&D Hub programme

Day one – 2 July

  Topic Speaker
9.30 - 10.00 Nitrification of sludge liquor using expanded bed biofilm reactor technology Dr Mike Dempsey, Head of Faculty Research Degrees, Manchester Metropolitan University
10.00 - 10.30 Industrial scale AD of brewery waste: a Marmite Unilever case study Dr Tanja Radu, Research Associate, Loughborough University
10.30 - 11.00 How the Wales Centre of Excellence for AD supports development of new products and processes Dr Sandra Esteves, Director of the Wales Centre of Excellence for AD, University of South Wales
11.00 - 11.30 The dewatering need for digestate - how innovative SMEs can deliver novel solutions Matt Smyth, Operations Director, Aqua Enviro
11.30 - 13.00 AD and digestate research: dedicated networking Participants will be confirmed shortly
13.00 - 14.00 LUNCH  
14.00 - 14.30 How the CPI accelerates innovation in the UK's AD sector Steve Broome, Head of Business and Projects - AD, Centre for Process Innovation (CPI)
14.30 - 15.00 Bio-Thermal RED supporting SMEs in AD Dr Cecilia Fenech, Senior Research Fellow, Cranfield University
15.00 - 15.30 What’s the real value of food waste? – thinking about chemical potential as well as energy potential Kris Wadrop, Chief Executive, Solvert
15.30 - 16.00 How HMRC will pay for your R&D Daniel Berger, Director, Innovation Plus
16.00 - 17.30 AD and process control research: dedicated networking Participants will be confirmed shortly


Day two – 3 July

  Topic Speaker
9.30 - 10.00 Using digestate with thermal catalytic reforming – an add-on for AD Plants Thorsten Hornung, MBA Sulzbach-Rosenberg Division, Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology UMSICHT
10.00 - 10.30 What is the NIBB AD Network? tbc
10.30 - 11.00 The role of the BBSRC in funding collaborative research Feodora Rayner, Strategy and Policy Officer, BBSRC
11.00 - 11.30 New titration equations for tVFA giving over 85% improvement on current Nordmann FOS and Ripley IA equations Ben Jobling Purser, Commissioning Engineer, FLI Energy
11.30 - 13.00 Dedicated R&D networking Participants will be confirmed shortly
13.00 - 13.30 LUNCH  
13.30 - 14.00 Integrating AD and microalgae David Border, David Border Consultancy
14.00 - 14.30 Optimising biomethane fuel production through codigestion macroalgae and food waste Miriam Hansen, Postgraduate Researcher, University of Edinburgh
14.30 - 16.00 Algae and AD dedicated networking Confirmed participants: Dr Sandra Esteves, University of South Wales; Dr Jagroop Pandhal, University of Sheffield, Dr Alla Silkina, Swansea University; Dr Gary Caldwell, Newcastle University; Dr Raffaella Villa, Cranfield University; Prof Mike Theodorou, Haper Adams University