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Renewable Energy Almanac: Biomass Powered Renewable Energy in Rural Communities


Friday 15 June 2012




Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, South Birmingham (directions)


SGH Martineau

The event itself

This conference will examine the capacity of biomass-powered renewable energy to develop and transform our rural economy and communities.

The panel of speakers will, from their different perspectives, examine the potential of various biomass technologies, and fuel sources such as crop residues, food waste, animal waste, wood chip and wood waste, to provide decentralised, off-grid energy and to serve the changing needs of agriculture, industry and wider society in rural and semi-rural areas.

The sessions are as follows:

  • Chair, Summary and Conclusions, by Paul Mountain, SGH Martineau.


Session One:

  • The potential of biomass for the rural economy – new technologies, new infrastructure, new skills and jobs, by Peter Jones OBE, Ecolateral.
  • Regulatory update for biomass projects, by Neil Budd, SGH Martineau LLP.
  • The technologies on offer – anaerobic digestion (AD), advanced AD, gasification and pyrolysis – their strengths and limitations, by Andrea Gysin, ECOGENR8.
  • Appraising a scheme – project economics and project logistics, by John Leeson, SLR Consulting.


Session Two:

  • Planning and environmental policy – planning permissions, and feedstock as waste, by Iain Johnston, SGH Martineau LLP.
  • Case study – anaerobic digestion in action – research, development and application in the agrarian economy, by Dr Letitia Chico-Santamarta, Harper Adams University College.
  • Property issues – leases, rights, restrictions and consents, by Kathy Toon, SGH Martineau LLP.


The Programme is as follows:

  • 9.30am Registration and Coffee
  • 10am Welcome and Introduction
  • 10.15am Session One Presentations
  • 11.45am Break
  • 12pm Session Two Presentations
  • 1.30pm Summary and Conclusions
  • 1.45pm Buffet Lunch
  • 2.30pm Close


How to attend this event

Please email Sarah Jordan, who will reserve you a place and who will be in touch again prior to the event.

Please note that places are limited.

Contact for further information

For more information, please email Sarah Jordan or phone 0800 763 1422.


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