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Faculty of Engineering

Energy from Biomass Combustion
3 day course (Monday - Wednesday)
January 2017 (dates to be confirmed)

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Course details

The 2017 course details will be available approximately 3 months prior to the course. You can however download the current (2016) course details for information from the left hand column.

The course has been developed to create a 3 day programme that will give delegates a comprehensive overview of energy from biomass combustion.

Biomass is a key element in government plans to increase renewable energy sources and reduce greenhouse gases. It is unique as a renewable fuel since it can contribute to all three energy sectors – electricity, heat and transport fuels. This course focuses mainly on biomass for electricity and heat. In the UK, imported white wood pellets are a major fuel, but energy crops, such as short rotation willow coppice and Miscanthus, as well as forestry residues, agricultural residue and waste woods, all find use in the production of electricity and heat. Bioenergy has environmental and economic impacts. This course looks at fuel supply options and the emissions implications. The use of biomass for energy production has several associated technical, environmental and socioeconomic challenges. Some of these, particularly the technical challenges, will be addressed in this course.

The topics will also provide a sound understanding of the fundamentals and practicalities of:-

  • - Basics of solid biomass combustion
    - Dedicated Biomass Installations
    - Solid biomass for electricity generation
    - Biogas and landfill gas for process heat and power generation
    - Sustainability and Safety for Biomass
    - Storage of Biomass
  • and regulations for biomass plant

Who should attend

This course will be of particular interest to:

  • - Process engineers and chemists new to the bioenergy field
    - Regional developers wanting to obtain a technical perspective on bioenergy
    - Energy and environmental managers interested in utilising bioenergy
    - Process heat system designers interested in biomass as a heat source


This course has been developed in conjunction with SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub. The SUPERGEN team at Leeds is based within the Energy Research Institute (ERI) which is the largest academic research establishment in the UK focused on energy and resources research and development.

The Energy Institute has approved Leeds University – Faculty of Engineering as an Approved Training Provider.

SUPERGEN Bioenergy HubEnergy Institute


The course venue will be the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Leeds. The University campus is ten minutes by foot from Leeds city centre.

Car parking for visitors is unavailable at the University.

The nearest public car park is Woodhouse Lane (multi storey) at LS1 3HQ. The car park is open 24 hours. Charges apply (£6.00 up to twelve hours). Please click here for information and location details. Please note this car park is a fifteen minute walk to/from our building and delegates should allow ample time to park and register for the course.

There is also limited on-street parking in the vicinity of the University.

How to Book

Booking for this course should be completed through our secure Online Store via debit or credit card.

2017 Fees £TBC

To complete your booking please click the 'Online Booking' link in the left hand column and follow the instructions.

You will receive an automatic confirmation email within 24 hours of your booking.

For online booking queries and for all other enquiries please contact:
CPD, Conference & Events Coordinator
CPD, Conference & Events Unit
Faculty of Engineering,
School of Civil Engineering, G.04
University of Leeds,
Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK
t: +44 (0)113 343 8104