Anaerobic Digestion

Starting May 2019

Complementary module delivered by  Bangor University SENRGY Distance Learning

Anaerobic Digestion (AD) of crops and waste is an important technology to improve the sustainability of the food production, energy and waste management. AD can be used to produce renewable energy, while the remaining digestates can act as a bio-fertilizer. The focus of the module is on the use of farm-scale AD to treat wastes, manures and crops. The module covers technical aspects of AD, but focusses on environmental and economic sustainability of different AD deployment options, including: choice of feedstock; alternative uses of biomethane and digestate; and indirect consequences of AD on food production; waste management and energy generation. Pertinent policies, regulations, and planning issues driving and constraining AD are considered. The application of AD in industrialised and industrialising countries will be explored. Learning units include

  • An introduction to AD
  • AD systems in industrialised and industrialising countries
  • Policies, regulations and planning issues shaping AD deployment
  • Environmental and economic performance of different feedstocks
  • Biomethane storage and use options
  • Digestate storage and use
  • Indirect effects of AD systems (process substitution)
  • Life cycle assessment of AD systems
  • Technological developments in AD systems
  • Synthesis and future prospects

Contributions from Dr Dave Styles, Dr Prysor Williams, Prof Dave Chadwick, Jonathan Letcher, Michael Chesshire.

CIWM Membership

Students are entitled to free membership to CIWM for the duration of their course, with support to become Chartered Members (Professional Chartered Waste Manager) through Graduate Membership and Mentored SLD (Structured Learning and Development) after graduation should they wish to pursue this.