UK AD innovators line up


AD innovators were honoured on 1 July at the UK AD & Biogas Industry Awards 2015. There were 60 entries competing in 14 award categories.
Speaking at the event, ADBA Chief Executive Charlotte Morton said: “There has been a lot of ex- ceptional hard work by dedicated professionals over the past five years all aimed at scaling our indus- try. Today the AD industry boasts 400 biogas plants, which together deliver an electrical equivalent ca- pacity (electricity and biomethane) of almost 480 megawatts – equiva- lent to the capacity of one of the nuclear power plants, Wyfla, which is being decommissioned this year.
“We’re honoured to recognise the greatest contributors to those sec- tor triumphs that have developed AD as an established, proven tech- nology.
“Their dedication to enhancing our industry’s reputation and con- tinued growth is a testament to the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit that has helped establish the firm foundation on which AD is now po- sitioned to expand.”
She added: “I was also delighted to present Industry Ambassador
awards to three individuals who have gone above and beyond to champion the industry’s interests.”
The ADBA Industry Ambas- sador award was presented to: Bruce Nelson, Director of Com- pass Renewables; Angie Bywater, Network Manager, BBSRC and AD Network; and Tony Fenton, Joint Managing Director of Edina.
Angie Bywater, Network Manager, BBSRC and AD Network added: “I’m hugely honoured and surprised to receive this award.
“I think there’s a huge market for small-scale AD and on-site AD. What excites me is that tonight we’re celebrating some great British
engineering – and that’s something which needs to be supported.”
In the main award categories, the winners included Anglian Water Services, for Innovation in sewage treatment through AD; and Oxford City Council (with high commen- dation to Olleco), for Innovation in community and commercial food waste collection. ENER-G Com- bined Power picked up the award for Innovation in process efficiency/ optimisation, with high commenda- tion to HRS Heat Exchangers.
Nijhuis H20K won in the category “Making the most of digestate” for its game-changing Ammonia Re- covery system.