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Job Vacancy with one of our Member Companies

Vacancy details

Employer

Anaero Technology Ltd

Job title

Anaerobic Digestion Scientist

Closing date

15/01/2015

Salary range

GBP18,000-22,000

Job description

Anaerobic Digestion Scientist

In order to develop our new line of services to the AD industry we are seeing to recruit a suitably qualified graduate, ideally with anaerobic digestion experience, to join our small team to be based in our new premises in Cambridge. The candidate is expected to be qualified to at least degree level in a scientific discipline and have good analytical and communication skills, including report writing and project management. Experience in anaerobic digestion is an additional requirement for the successful candidate.

Duties will include:

    • Work on variety of projects with effective time management.
    • Preparation of equipment and sampling feedstock.
    • Operating and monitoring the anaerobic research digesters.
    • Analysis of data
    • Preparation of technical reports
    • Identify new business opportunities
    • Liaison and developing working relationships with clients to promote future business

Person requirements

-Competent and enthusiastic individual.

-Able to communicate effectively and develop professional relationships with customers and internal staff.

-Able to manage multiple projects simultaneously maintaining the quality of research.

-Previous knowledge and experience of anaerobic digestion, wastewater treatment.

Company information

Anaero Technology Ltd is a research and development start-up funded in 2013. The company has focused on design and development of research equipment for the anaerobic digestion and fermentation industry. It has now identified an opportunity on the provision of research and analytical services in the anaerobic digestion field to academia and industry. The company has recently acquired premises in Cambridge where up to 120 research digesters are being installed. These digesters, together with analytical equipment will be the core of the research services and will be operated and monitored by the successful candidate.

Accepted degree subjects

Biotechnology

Environmental engineering

Chemistry

Wastewater engineering

Location

Cambridge

Working hours

Full-time

Contract

Permanent

Start Date

15/02/2015

Contact

robin.proctor@anaero.co.uk

Posted : 24th October 2014

Recording of the Cranfield University AD Pilot Plant Official Opening

If you missed yesterday's (16th October) official opening of the Cranfield University AD Pilot Plant, which is part of the Bio-Thermal RED project, a recording is now available.

The recording includes a keynote speech by Charlotte Morton (Chief Executive of the AD & Bioresources Association) and presentations by Professor Sir Peter Gregson (Chief Executive and Vice Chancellor at Cranfield University), Peter Eglinton (Managing Director at Shanks Waste Management) and Professor Feargal Brennan (Director of Energy at Cranfield University).
The recording is available HERE.
Posted : 17th October 2014

Cranfield University Anaerobic Digestion Pilot Plant Official Opening 16th October: Invitation

Registration is now open for the official opening of the Cranfield University AD pilot plant, which will be held on the 16th of October. Registration is free, and can be made online at:http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/anaerobicdigesteropening

The event will include a keynote speech, a tour of the new Anaerobic Digester Pilot Plant, an overview of energy research at Cranfield University and the opportunity to network with representatives of companies who are involved in the field.

14:30 Registration and coffee in Vincent Building (Building 52a)
15:00 Welcome by Professor Sir Peter Gregson, Chief Executive and Vice Chancellor Cranfield University
15:15 Keynote Speech
15:45 Overview of Cranfield Energy Research Facilities and current projects by Professor Feargal Brennan
16:00 Tour of new Anaerobic Digester Pilot Plant
16:30 Viewing of Posters and Exhibitions, plus networking with canapes and wine
18:00 Close

For further details please contact Dr Cecilia Fenech on c.fenech@cranfield.ac.uk.

Posted : 29th September 2014

Masters' Research Exhibition 10th September: Food, Health, Toxicology, Environment, Water, Offshore & Energy

Cranfield University is hosting an end-of-year exhibition to showcase the research of over 200 Masters’ students across a range of Masters’ degrees.

Industry, government agencies, charitable organisations and colleagues from across the University are invited to attend and participate in an afternoon of topical exhibitions and discussion.

The event will showcase research across our Food, Health, Toxicology, Environment, Water, Offshore and Energy related Masters’ programme many funded and supported by a wide spectrum of organisations including UK water utilities, major engineering and environmental consultancies.

Research will be presented across a wide range of topics including business, offshore, energy, ecology, economics, environmental pollution, geographical information, land and soil management, water management, water and wastewater treatment and waste and resources management.

For a list of environmental Masters’ courses showcased at this event, please visit www.cranfield.ac.uk/sas/enviromasters

Where and who to contact?

The event is being held in the Sports Hall, Cranfield University from 3-5pm on Wednesday 10 September 2014.

Please register your attendance at www.cranfield.ac.uk/sas/register-emre

For further information, please contact:

Dawn Freeman

E: d.t.freeman@cranfield.ac.uk

T: +44 (0)1234 750111 ext 2977

Posted : 18th August 2014

Identifying Best Practice for Silage Making for AD

Work is currently underway, to identify current knowledge of silage making in the UK and help determine best practice for silage making for AD. As part of this work, a survey has been created to obtain a better understanding of how silage making affects the quality of different crop silages and their subsequent biogas yields when used in anaerobic digestion.

The survey should take no more than 10 minutes, and we would appreciate it if you can fill it in and send to others who may be able to support this work by completing the survey as well.

https://cranfielduniversity.eu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eaJB2A75791AiAB

The outcome of this work will be made freely available following the work’s completion. Therefore, please do not hesitate to contact Lelia Ortega (l.ortegarodriguez@cranfield.ac.uk), Dr Raffaella Villa (r.villa@cranfield.ac.uk) or Dr Cecilia Fenech (c.fenech@cranfield.ac.uk) if you have any queries regarding this work.

We thank you in advance for your support.

Posted : 8th July 2014

The Bio-Thermal RED AD Pilot Plant Commissioning and the Cranfield University Group Project Component

Over the past 2 months a group of 7 MSc students, from the Environmental Engineering, Environmental Risk Management and the Waste and Resource Management programmes have been working tirelessly to support the Bio-Thermal RED pilot-scale AD plant commissioning at Cranfield University as part of the group project component of their MSc course work. Yesterday (7th May 2014), saw the culmination of their work with a presentation to their colleagues, staff at Cranfield University and company representatives as part of the Cranfield University Group Project Exhibition day. Steve Bullock, Process Design Manager at Shanks Waste Management, who donated the AD pilot plant to Cranfield University, was also present.

The event allowed the students to showcase their involvement in setting up and commissioning the AD plant. The team were very focussed in their work, and managed to make significant progress in the plant's commissioning. They worked exceptionally well to bring together the various components of this highly complex project, which required an understanding of the anaerobic digestion process, risk management, local and national guidance and regulations as well as technical analysis, whilst balancing time and budgetary constraints. Their work included updating the installation design, reviewing existing equipment, developing the plant's mass balance, completing a comprehensive risk assesment for the operation and maintenance of the AD plant and developing the plant's operating philosophy.

A summary of the work carried out and the students involved in this project can be found HERE.

The people involved in the group project. L-R Kevin Green, Dr Cecilia Fenech, Lila-Sandrine Diarra, Lelia Ortega Rodriguez, Dr Raffaella Villa, Kejeh Nwennenda, Andoni Choya, Romain Sterza, Marta Eloza, Haisu Zhao.

Posted : 8th May 2014

Cranfield University Environment, Water, Agriculture and Food Group Project Exhibition Day

On the 7th May 2014 the School of Applied Sciences at Cranfield University is hosting an Exhibition Day to showcase the group projects of over 150 Masters’ students across the environmental Masters’ courses we offer.

Group projects are a major learning experience for Cranfield students, providing the opportunity for students to apply their skills in a real-world situation.

Industry, government agencies, charitable organisations and colleagues from across the University are invited to attend and participate in an afternoon of topical presentations, exhibitions and discussion.

The event will showcase the Group Projects across our water, environment, agriculture and food programmes, funded and supported by a wide spectrum of organisations including UK water utilities, farming and agribusinesses, NGOs, the extractive industry, geospatial companies, major engineering energy producers, the hospitality sector and environmental consultancies.

Projects will be presented across a wide range of topics including ecology, economics, environmental pollution, geographical information, land and soil management, sustainability and sustainable practices, water management, catchment management, water and wastewater treatment, sanitation and hygiene and resources management.

The programme may be accessed HERE

Registration and further details are available HERE

For further information, please contact: Jessica Greenwood E: j.greenwood@cranfield.ac.uk T: +44 (0)1234 750111 ext 2814

Posted : 23rd April 2014

DSEAR Expert Search

As part of the commissioning of the Bio-Thermal RED Anaerobic Digester Plant, we are currently looking for individuals/organisations that can carry out an assessment in accordance with the DSEAR (Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002) for the plant. Please contact the Bio-Thermal RED team on c.fenech@cranfield.ac.uk for further information by 28th April 2014.

Posted : 22nd April 2014

The Second Bio-Thermal RED Workshop: Nutrient Recovery and Digestate Management

The second Bio-Thermal RED Workshop was held on the 27th of March at Cranfield University. The Workshop, on 'Nutrient Recovery and Digestate Management' was well attended by a number of SMEs from the East of England coming from a variety of backgrounds, including consultants, operators and farmers already involved or interested to get involved in the area of anaerobic digestion.

During the course of the day, the participants had the opportunity to learn from a number of presenters. The morning saw two external experts provide information about the policy and regulatory scenario in the field of anaerobic digestate. Dr David Tomkins (WRAP) started off the day with a discussion the current UK scenario, which was followed by Dr Kiara Zennaro (REA) who discussed the implications of new regulations (PAS110 & ADQP) for operators and end-users. Both presenters also participated in discussions throughout the days, both during the formal presentations and the informal networking sessions.

A number of Cranfield University then presented on wide-ranging topics related to digestate quality and management. These included discussions on the economics of digestate, dewatering and liquor management, micro-nutrients in anaerobic digestion and alternative uses of digestate.

The next workshop in the series is planned for the 25th of June, 2014 and will consider 'Biogas Treatment and Upgrading'. Registration is now open(www.cranfield.ac.uk/sas/biothermal). Further details will be available very soon. You may register for the newsletter on the Bio-Thermal RED website homepage to be informed of any upcoming events.

Dr David Tompkins (WRAP) discussing with the workshop participants.

Posted : 31st March 2014

Visit to AnDigestion facilities at Waterbeach, Cambridge

A team from Cranfield University visited the AnDigestion AD facilities at Waterbeach, Cambridge on Thursday 27th, February. This consisted of part of the Bio-Thermal RED team and a number of MSc students from the Environmental Engineering, Environmental Risk Management and the Waste and Resource Management programmes. These students have just started to support the Bio-Thermal RED pilot-scale AD plant commissioning at Cranfield University as part of the group project component of their MSc course work.

The team were met by Edgar Blanco and Ray Middleton. The visit started by a walk around the demonstration AD plant. This was followed by a visit to the lab-scale AD facilities that have been set up on site to facilitate research and development on AD processes. These included a number of automated AD bench-scale bioreactors and biomethane potential (BMP) reactors, which allow for lab-scale experimental AD reactors to be more representative of large scale AD plants. This was illustrated using data from reactors operated in automatic semi-continuous mode compare with reactors fed manually once a day. Throughout the visit, the team had the opportunity to get an understanding of the considerations in managing AD demonstration and experimental facilities, and the factors that are of importance in developing such facilities in order to produce quality research.

Posted : 4th March 2014

First Bio-Thermal RED Workshop a Success

The first of the Bio-Thermal RED Workshops for 2014 was successfully held on the 29th of January at Cranfield University. Participants on the day stated that:

“More people should attend. This course is excellent”

“Really useful and interesting”.

The workshop, on ‘Finance and Planning for Anaerobic Digestion’, introduced the various considerations for successful AD implementation. It was run by the Bio-Thermal RED team, with presentations given by Anne Laleman from Alpha-Financials, Dr Raffaella Villa and Dr Cecilia Fenech from Cranfield University and Saffron Myhill-Hunt from the Low-Carbon Innovation Fund.

During the course of the morning participants were introduced to the considerations in business planning for AD plants, including business plan de-risking; available funding options for renewable-energy activities in the UK, including debt, equity and government funding; and funding available specifically to SMEs in the East of England. In the afternoon, a detailed case study for AD financing and planning and a finance planning exercise were presented. The workshop also included a visit to the soon-to-be commissioned food-waste AD plant at Cranfield University, which also forms part of the Bio-Thermal RED project.

Workshop participants included farmers intended to construct and AD plant to engineering consultants, community interest companies and manufacturing firms. Therefore, the workshop provided a means for a number of stakeholders involved in the finance and planning cycle to network and discuss this stage of successful AD implementation.

The next workshop in the series will be held on the 27th of March, 2014 and will consider nutrient recovery and management and registrations are now open.

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Posted : 4th February 2014

Visit to Shanks Westcott Park Food Waste AD Plant

On Friday the 17th of January, 2014 part of the Bio-Thermal RED team visited the Shanks Westcott Park food-waste AD plant near Aylesbury. The visit follows a meeting with the Shanks’ technical team at the Cranfield University campus last December. Shanks, an industrial partner of Cranfield University, donated the pilot-scale AD as part of the portfolio of processes offered through the ERDF Bio-Thermal RED project. The Shanks technical team will be again at Cranfield in the next couple of months to commission the donated AD plant, which will treat food waste from some of the campus facilities. Part of the Bio-Thermal RED project, the plant will help to increase the energy-from-waste facilities available for research within the School of Applied Sciences.

The Cranfield team was hosted by Ray Nattrass, Head of Process Design and Engineering at Shanks. The visit included a site tour of the 48,000 tonnes-a-year capacity plant, which treats food and organic waste from the retail, catering and local sectors. The plant produces biogas to generate around 2MW of renewable energy through food-waste processing.

The visit enabled staff at Cranfield University to witness first-hand the operation of a large-scale food-waste AD plant and meet with the Shanks technical team that will be involved in the upcoming commissioning.

Posted : 22nd January 2014

Bioenergy Hub Created at Cranfield University: Bio-Thermal RED

As part of a regional drive to encourage the growth of businesses involved in renewable energy in the East of England, Cranfield University has developed a bioenergy knowledge and networking hub.

The knowledge hub has been created to help bioenergy and renewable energy organisations in the region identify new opportunities and develop innovative products, while at the same time future-proof their business. The hub, developed through the ‘Bio-Thermal RED’ (Renewable Energy Demonstrator) project, will facilitate innovation in design, integration, operation and maintenance of Anaerobic Digestion (AD) and thermal processes.

Through the knowledge hub, businesses will have access to demonstration facilities for biological and thermal technologies, based at Cranfield University. The unique test facilities are able to de-risk key technologies and will be available to support businesses in integrating new products, processes or services.

Businesses are also able to benefit from consultancy and training services by recognised practitioners and Cranfield researchers with an established track record in this field. A key initiative of the hub is a series of FREE workshops for small businesses in the region. The workshops will offer expertise and advice on integrating AD and thermal process renewable energy technologies into their businesses.ge hub, businesses will have access to demonstration facilities for biological and thermal technologies, based at Cranfield University. The unique test facilities are able to de-risk key technologies and will be available to support businesses in integrating new products, processes or services.

The first workshop in January 2014 will cover some of the fundamental principles of finance and planning associated with integrating anaerobic digestion and thermal processes. Follow up workshops throughout the year will cover topics including nutrient removal and management, biogas upgrading and thermal technology integration.

Posted : 25th November 2013

The Bio-Thermal RED project at Cranfield University's Green Week

Dr Cecilia Fenech presented the new food waste Anaerobic Digestion plant that will be commissioned as part of the Bio-Thermal RED project during Cranfield University's Green Week on Wednesday 13th November. She outlined details of the benefits of having an AD plant on campus, how the campus can support this and the current AD scenario in the UK and elsewhere.

A video of the presentation given can be found HERE.

Posted : 25th November 2013