Anaerobic Digestion

Course Overview

This module provides a practical introduction to anaerobic digestion (AD) covering the process principle, the process operation and its applications for pollution control as well as a mean for renewable energy production from bio-wastes. It considers the feed materials, the underlying chemistry and microbiology of the AD process, factors affecting process performance including process variables, pre-treatments, inhibition and process upsets.

The function and operation of the main equipment are discussed in relation to the performance of the AD process. Options for biogas utilisation, including biogas clean-up and upgrade, are considered along with combined heat and power (CHP) selection for power generation. Factors affecting the use of digested residues in agriculture are covered in the context of the UK regulations and practices.

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The cost of the module is £440.00 + VAT = £528.00. Business Partner rates available.

Please note that booking should be made through 'My CIWEM' using one of the booking links above. Your place is confirmed once you have clicked ‘proceed & submit’ in the cart and received a confirmation email. Please contact learning@ciwem.org with any booking enquiries.

To discuss your suitability for the course or to register your interest, please contact learning@ciwem.org or call +44 (0)20 7831 3110.

Key Learning Outcomes

  • Feed sources for AD such as sewage sludge, agricultural wastes and other organic wastes, including food waste and garden waste.
  • Co-digestion
  • Anaerobic digesters – principles of operation, the plant and equipment used for AD and methods for optimising and monitoring the process
  • Biogas utilisation including options for gas uses, biogas cleanup and upgrade, and CHP selection.
  • The use of digested residuals in agriculture including nutrients and nutrient availability, the Safe Sludge Matrix and risk management with HACCP.

Course Duration

This module has a learning time equivalent to 2 – 3 hours per week for 5 weeks. Delegates will have ten weeks to complete the course including approximately five weeks to read through course content and five more weeks to complete their final assignment. In total delegates will have three months access to the Online Course portal. Please note this is a guideline and learning times will vary person to person.

If you have any questions please email our team at learning@ciwem.org or call 020 7831 3110.

CIWEM reserve the right to cancel any start date if there are insufficient registrants. View our payment terms and conditions.

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