Fundamentals Of Biomass Combustion And Utilisation


About The Course

The combustion of biomass is arguably the oldest known and most widely used controllable energy source on earth.

In recent years, the fluctuations in the costs of fossil fuels; measures to restrict global greenhouse gas emissions; and the development of improved equipment have made biomass combustion an alternative, economical, efficient, and practical energy source.

Biomass Combustion refers to both dedicated combustion and/or co-firing of biomass for the production of usable energy and includes the market introduction and optimisation of biomass combustion technologies.

Concerns about climate change and energy security of supply are changing the energy sector at a rapid pace. Energy scenarios in many countries now involve renewable energy sources at much higher degrees of penetration than in previous years.

Energy planning in many countries relies on the increasing use of biomass resources for direct combustion/co-firing in the production of heat and/or electricity generation.

Several factors determine the best use of the biomass resources which are available. These can include the types of biomass materials, the supply chain and logistical issues, and the combustion or other conversion technologies employed.

More advanced processing of biomass materials can also produce syngas, liquid biofuels and a wide range of chemical products.

These issues will be examined during this course.

Learning Outcomes

This course will provide a comprehensive overview of energy from biomass combustion. The focus will mainly be on biomass for electricity and heat production.

This course will review fuel supply options and key emissions implications.

The use of biomass for energy production has several associated technical, environmental and socio-economic challenges. Some of these, particularly the technical challenges, will be comprehensively examined during this course.

Who Should Attend

This course is targeted at persons needing to increase their understanding of biomass as a fuel source. It will be of particular interest to the following groups:

  • Project Financiers and Power Project Developers;
  • Other Energy Professionals, Researchers and Government Policy-makers wanting to obtain a technical perspective on biomass fuel sources;
  • Process, Project and Consultant Engineers interested in enhancing their knowledge on current and future technologies;
  • Environmental managers involved with biomass and related fuels.

Course Faculty - Dr Andrew W. Cox

Since May 1995 Dr Cox has been an independent energy and environmental consultant. He specialises in consultancy work in the coal and energy sectors in the United Kingdom and throughout the world.  Recent consultancy work has involved project and background studies covering climate change issues, economic appraisals and evaluations of coal to liquids technologies, surface coal mining projects, and a global market survey of virtual reality training systems in the mining sector.

Dr Cox was Editor of the monthly newsletter UK Coal Review from 1991 to 1999. The newsletter examined all aspects of the UK coal sector – including: coal production in underground and surface mines; UK power station sector; coal imports and transportation; corporate and related policy developments.  In 2000 Dr Cox co-authored a book Digging Up Trouble [with Huw Beynon and Ray Hudson, published by Rivers Oram Press] – which examined the environmental, social, economic and political issues surrounding the UK opencast coal sector.

Since the late-1980s Dr Cox has written or contributed to a wide range of energy and environmental publications – with recent papers and articles dealing with clean coal technologies, the development of coal to liquid technologies, carbon capture and storage, and second generation biofuels.

Recent articles, papers and reports have covered a wide range of topics – including:

  • International Clean Coal Projects;
  • Reviews of the Indian and Chinese Coal Sectors,
  • Drax Power Station; Coalbed Methane;
  • Coal Liquefaction Technologies and Project Developments;
  • Future of Global Oil Supplies;
  • Climate Change Policies; Sustainability and Carbon Neutral Cities,
  • Offshore Renewable Energy Systems;
  • Energy efficiency developments – including equipment and technology developments – Low Energy Housing, Energy Efficiency in Data Centres and other buildings.

His academic qualifications include:

  • Doctorate in Chemical & Process Engineering from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK,

Thesis title: “Future Strategies for Coal in the United Kingdom”

  • MSc Degree Course: Environmental Technology (Energy Policy Option)

Imperial College, University of London

  • BSc (Hons) Degree Course: Human Environmental Science

King’s College, University of London

Dr Cox is also a Visiting Lecturer at Imperial College London.

Topics Covered

 Review of Biomass Resources


 Sustainable Biomass


Supply Chain


Economics and Risk Management


Properties of Biomass Fuels

This training course has a limited attendance for up to 20 participants only. Sessions commence at 9am on all days, with short intervals at 10.30am and 3.30pm respectively. Refreshments will be provided in the short intervals. Lunch will be provided at 12:30pm for 1 hour. Sessions will end at 5pm on all days.

Unique Features with powerEDGE Training

• Pre-Course Questionnaire to help us focus on your learning objectives
• Detailed Course & Reference Manual for Continuous Learning and Sharing
• Practical Exercises & Case Examples to better understand the principles
• Limited class size to ensure One-to-One Interactivity
• Assessment at the end of the course to help you develop a Personal Action Plan