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New collaboration for N.I. Biogas industry

11 February 2015

SWC Biogas The two academic partners have combined their services to better cater for the needs of the Northern Ireland Biogas industry. Having worked with industry to identify specific areas of need, the partnership received funding from the Department for Employment and Learning’s Connected fund through Colleges NI. The academic partnership has begun developing and delivering technical services for the three industry partners on the project, two of which are plant operators and the third being involved in plant design, construction and operation.

The industry/academia partnership sees the development of this type of service for the first time in Northern Ireland with the aim of addressing technical issues impacting on the operation of each of the partner’s businesses. To do this, the joint research capabilities offered by the academic partners are being applied to specific issues identified by the industry partners. The projects being undertaken cover operational issues such as the identification of site specific factors inhibiting gas production, technical compliance and analysis of feedstock characteristics influencing plant design.

Speaking about the development of the programme, Aaron Black from the lead partner South West College said “This is a project we have been working on developing with our partners and it is good to see our plans coming to reality. The industry partners on the project each have technical issues needing addressed which can be investigated using the joint facilities of the academic partners. This partnership will see real solutions to real problems and will help the biogas industry in Northern Ireland continue to develop.”

The first phase of the programme commenced in October 2014 and will run until March 2015. To become involved in future activities please contact the South West College InnoTech Centre. www.theinnotechcentre.com

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