Energy from Waste Essays

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The economics of renewable heat networks

Nick Churchward, Partner, Burges Salmon

This important essay looks at financing structures for achieving economic viability for heat networks, particularly for those for waste to energy plants. Written by Nick Churchward, an expert in the field, the essay will explore whether models can be found that will reduce the perceived investment challenges of heat networks. Taking into account DECC’s recent document on investment, the continued funding for the RHI, and an available investment budget of £300m, Nick will explore the options for this important part of infrastructure development.
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Waste to Energy-creating a carbon smart future

Dr Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, Lanzatech

January’s essay is written by LanzaTech, CEO, Dr Jennifer Holmgren, who is widely regarded as one of the most influential people in the advanced bio-economy. A recipient of numerous awards, Dr Holmgren is forging partnerships with industry worldwide and is driving rapid development within the wider bio-economy sector.
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What is the state of play in the UK energy generation market?

Lawrence Slade Chief executive, Energy UK

Lawrence Slade, CEO, Energy UK, provides the December Energy from Waste essay, and gives his view of the changing state of play in the UK energy generation market. He sees, with a degree of confidence, a future with greater decentralisation, with more generators in the market, employing more energy technologies.
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Is the time right for the waste to biofuel revolution?

Weine Wiqvist, CEO Avfall Sverige, SWMA, President Municipal Waste Europe

Sweden, resource management and energy recovery – how changing policies are affecting developments and the likely implications from the EU Circular Economy package
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Is the time right for the waste to biofuel revolution?

by Dr Jeremy Tomkinson, CEO, NNFCC

Dr Tomkinson is an internationally regarded expert on the conversion of biomass to bioenergy, biofuels and bio-based products. He is taking part in the Energy from Waste Conference 2016, where the market for wastes to biofuels will be explored in depth. There are clear signs that the utilisation of mixed wastes for advanced, non-food based biofuels is gaining ground, both at a policy level and at a commercial level.
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Taking a long view of the waste industry - we live in interesting times // That Chinese curse

by Keith Riley, Principal, Vismundi Ltd and Partner, BH EnergyGap LLP

Keith Riley is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable members of the waste industry and is the author of the September essay. Previously Managing Director of Veolia, he is now, amongst other positions, Principal, Vismundi Ltd and Partner, BH EnergyGap LLP. This breadth of activity gives him a unique degree of knowledge of the waste to energy sector across differing financial environments, and with different technologies.
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The future of Waste to Energy technology

by Simon Allin, Business Development Director for Babcock & Wilcox Vølund.

Simon discusses how the increasing technical efficiency and performance of established technologies will affect decision-making processes for investing in emerging waste to energy technologies.
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The policy environment for Waste-to-Energy: where it's heading, and what the future holds for our industry

By Dr Ella Stengler, Managing Director, CEWEP

Ella looks at the policy environment for waste and resource management and the role of waste to energy within that. She takes a broad view of the issues, recommending a holistic approach across the sector to achieve both greater energy independence and improved resource management. And don't forget, these issues, and many more, will be addressed at this year's most important event for waste to energy – Energy from Waste 2015, London.
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