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Anaerobic digestion process regimes for energy recovery from waste

With increased focus on climate change mitigation, the re-use of waste as a resource and new technological approaches which lower capital costs, anaerobic digestion has in recent years received increased attention among governments. This project will seek to determine the suitability of organic industrial waste streams from the UK and China for energy recovery using containerised, modular anaerobic digestion technology. Through a combination of desk and laboratory based studies, a detailed understanding of waste arisings and composition will be achieved and new anaerobic digestion process regimes developed, enabling the highly efficient recovery of energy from industrial waste streams.

Stopford Projects Limited

Stopford Projects is a multidisciplinary engineering, environmental and project management consultancy, specialising in the delivery of projects in the petrochemical, renewable energy and environmental sectors globally. Stopford offers expert services throughout the lifecycle of projects spanning R&D, due diligence and regulatory review through to detailed design, construction and commissioning.

Researcher: Michael Fagbohungbe

Michael Fagbohungbe has a Masters in Renewable Energy and Resource Management with a background in Microbiology. His interests lie in evaluating the potential of optimizing small scale anaerobic digesters to increase energy recovery and improve digestate quality using different types of feedstocks, different sources of microbial inocula, co-digestion, and physico-chemical pre-treatment of feedstock.

Project supervision

  • Stopford Energy and Environment Ltd
  • Lancaster University

Mon 02 April 2012