Repurposing biomass plants - financial and technical implications.
04 March 2020 16:50 - 17:30
With investors looking for optimum returns throughout a plant's lifespan, repurposing from one fuel source to another can make good business sense. This session explores the challenges and what's to be gained from repurposing to waste to energy.
Charlie is a Director in Foresight’s Infrastructure team and leads investments in the waste and biomass sectors. His previous experience includes developing, and investing in, Bioenergy Infrastructure Group, and delivery of a pipeline of project-financed greenfield waste wood CHP facilities. Foresight invests in construction stage and operational waste processing and bioenergy infrastructure assets in the UK, Europe, Australia and North America.
Dr Gerry Riley
Head of Business Development and Policy
Dr. Gerry Riley has over 36 years’ experience in the power sector, focusing on engineering, design, construction and commissioning of fossil-fuel and biomass-fired large industrial and utility boilers, burners and ancillaries.
He is currently leading on RJM’s work in delivering RJM’s unique emissions reduction solutions and combustion efficiency improvements to the biomass and Energy from Waste sector.
Gerry is a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and Executive Member and Division chair for the combustion division of the Fuel and Energy Research Forum.
HighTorrs Ltd; Project Commercial Director, Velocys; speaker and session chair
Martin Hopkins is a chemical engineer and a waste, process and energy expert. He has worked in engineering, project management, operations, development and funding around the world. He now runs a consultancy supporting business and projects in the sector.
He has developed, funded and delivered many large projects through to financial close. He has delivered billions of pounds of projects including Energy from Waste and Mechanical, Biological Treatment projects and Anaerobic Digestion around world
He was previously a director of several EPC contractors, director of one of largest waste companies in the UK, CEO of a 700Kt/year waste processing business and COO of a waste gasification technology company. Additionally, he was project director and owner’s director of refinery, coal gasification and waste projects.
Martin holds BSc, MBA and CEng qualifications and is a member of the Institute of Chemical Engineers.