ADBA launches guide to anaerobic digestion

The Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association (ADBA) has launched the first edition of its Practical Guide to AD at the 2013 UK AD & Biogas exhibition and conference organised at the NEC Birmingham.

The chief executive of the ADBA, Charlotte Morton, said the new guide covering every stage of the anaerobic digestion process.

“This hands-on guide has been developed by industry experts to boost the development of the expanding AD sector by showcasing best practice and explaining incentives, regulation, health and safety legislation and so much more,” she added. “Supporting a professional and established industry is one of ADBA’s key aims, and the guide should help improve access to finance, support good plant operation and raise efficiency at every stage of an AD project, ultimately maximising profitability.”

The senior adviser for site based regulation at the Environment Agency, Howard Leberman, said he couldn’t stress enough how good AD design and operation were imperative in maximising biogas production and quality of digestate and minimising impact on the environment.

“The ADBA’s Practical Guide to AD, written by industry experts, will serve as a marvellous source of information and I very much welcome its publication,” he said. “The guide provides up-to-date information on planning and permitting, health and safety, digestate standards, feedstock characteristics, design build and commissioning, as well as new topics for developing areas such as biomethane injection and use as a transport fuel.

“ADBA’s guide covers a much broader range of subject areas than our own regulatory technical guide on AD and I’m sure both industry and regulators alike will find this work invaluable.”

ADBA members can download a PDF of the new guide for free, or buy a print version for £100. Non-members will have to pay £100 for the PDSF or £150 for a printed copy. Full details are available at:

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