BBSRC AD Network Newsletter - Jan 16

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Successful AD Network
AnMBR Workshop


On January 16 at the University of Southampton, more than 50 AD Network members heard about the latest developments and uses of Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactors (AnMBR) from UK and international scientists and practitioners. Shown above are speakers (F to B, L-R) Professor Jules van Lier (TU Delft), Professor David Stuckey (Imperial College London), Professor Charles Banks (University of Southampton), Mr Derek Rodman (Clearfleau), Professor Bruce Jefferson (Cranfield University) and Dr Barry Heffernan (Biothane). A lively question and answer discussion concluded this interesting day. For more photographs of the day, please see our website.

This event was proposed and chaired by Santiago Pacheco-Ruiz, one of our PhD students and organised through the AD Network. If you have an idea for an AD Network workshop, contact us and we'll be happy to help.

Featured Diary Dates

10-11 February 2016 - Energy Now Show - Visit the website for more information and free registration.
6-7 April 2016 - R&I Conference, Biorenewables Development Centre, York: See our main news or visit the website to register or respond to the call for papers.
4-5 July 2016 - Early Career Researcher event, Birmingham. Email us to express your interest in attending.

For more information on these and all our calendar dates, visit the calendar feature on our website.


IB Catalyst Round 5 Postponed
The announcement of programme dates for IB Catalyst Round 5 has been postponed awaiting the detailed results of the Comprehensive Spending Review. We will disseminate further news as it becomes available. 


Research & Innovation Forum

6-7 April 2015

Tickets available now
Call for Papers closes 29 January 16

The ADBA R&I Forum will again be held in conjunction with the Anaerobic Digestion Network and the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN). This year it is kindly hosted by the Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC) in York.
For academics, this is a tremendous opportunity to put your research in front of industry, and is equally good for industry to investigate cost-saving potential from research.

For more information, to register and to put out a call for papers, visit
AD Network BIV Produces
New Anaerobic Digestion Modelling Tool

Work done by the University of Southampton with IEA Task 37 (UK) Ltd has produced a new program-based modelling tool for anyone interested in modelling an AD system. At its simplest, it can be used to calculate potential biogas (and electrical) output for a system, but it is complex enough to calculate wider energy use and production across a whole system. The model includes a wide variety of potential AD feedstocks, but users are also able to enter their own values. It is also possible to compare scenarios and to export all the information as a .CSV in order to further manipulate the outputs. 

A really useful tool and it's FREE! Download it from the Bioenergy and Organic Resources Research Group website.

Academics, can you help?

Mark Scaife is a principal scientist at Mara Renewables Corporation ( who in partnership with Algal Omega 3 are producing omega-3 fatty acids via microalgal fermentation, in Liverpool. This produces large volumes of waste water rich in sulphates, phosphates and protein.
They are looking for academics who would be keen to apply their knowledge to jointly develop a solution to this waste water challenge, ideally through a BIV bid, in the first instance. Interested parties can contact Mark at
Looking for exciting and varied work?
Apply to the NNFCC - Deadline 29 Jan 16

The NNFCC has earned a reputation as a leading international consultancy with expertise on the conversion of biomass to bioenergy, biofuels and bio-based products. They are currently looking for a Consultant who will undertake policy, technology and market research and analysis and assist in the preparation of client reports.For more information, see
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