Biogas #HANDS ON

June 22 – 24, 2021
Online Event
Language: English

International Online Biogas Training on:

  • Practical Plant Planning
  • Digester Biology
  • Biogas upgrading
  • Digestate upgrading
This 4 day in-depth course will provide you with practical hands on knowledge. You will learn to master today’s plant operation challenges with skill.

In February 2019 the in-person version of this training was accompanied by the Irish Farmers Journal – see the video below:

Credit: Thomas Hubert / Irish Farmers Journal
So if you are
  • A biogas plant operator or staff
  • A farmer planning to operate an AD facility
  • Working as a government official that is engaged with AD and renewable energies
  • Involved in an academic institution that does research on biogas and AD
  • An investor, curious about the possibilities of investing into biogas or AD facilities
this Biogas Online Training is ideal for you.

Participation Fee


*VAT of 19 % will be applied for registrations without a valid EU VAT ID and for all participants attending from outside the EU.

Discount for students and more than 2 participants from one company or organization available upon request.
(Please note: While this event has a special focus on UK’s and Irelands biogas and biomethane market, most technical concepts are relevant to biogas professionals from all over the world. Attendees from around the globe regularly join us for these events, including Asian and North American participants. It’s by no means exclusive to the UK or Ireland only.)
Farmers and biogas plant operators in the UK and Ireland have been subject to a lot of uncertainty lately.

Brexit has halted many investments.

But with many regulatory issues now clearing up, it is as important as ever to stay on top of things as a biogas plant operator.

Just recently, GNI (Gas Networks Ireland) announced 17 large scale projects across the country that will digest biomass, producing biogas to be fed into the local natural gas grid. In fact, GNI aims to have 20 % of the gas in the natural gas grid coming from AD installations by 2030 and a massive 50 % by 2050.

This ambitious goal is planned to be reached with substrates coming mainly from excess silage and slurry, traditional farming by-products.

Looking at these numbers, it becomes obvious that a lot of investments will be made into this industry to provide this amount of natural gas from AD installations.

This is where we see a lot of potential for farmers, biogas plant operators, researchers from public and private facilities as well as governmental institutions.

As a farmer, have you ever wondered if it makes sense for you to invest a sizable chunk of money into an AD facility to create more revenue?

As a researcher, have you studied AD extensively but never looked at it from a practical perspective?

Do you work in a governmental institution that focuses on regulatory guidelines for renewable energies – but have always turned a “blind eye” towards AD?

Thankfully, we are here to give you clearance on all your questions.

The 4-day in-depth biogas and AD training is designed specifically around your needs, whether you are a beginner or advanced

Based on 20 years of practical experience in the biogas field as well as 15 years doing trainings and courses, we strongly focus on very practical knowledge that our training participants can apply…

…as soon as the day after the training!

In this training, we focus on four core elements that have proven to be the most interesting and valuable for our participants.

Programme designed to fit your needs!

Day 1: Practical plant planning and operation

  • Overview over the biogas industry – global and local perspectives for this decade
  • Operating and engineering parameters
  • Selecting the right equipment for your situation

Day 2: Digester biology

  • Choosing the right substrate and combining it for the optimal digestion input
  • Process control and optimization
  • Digesting N-rich feedstocks and optimizing plant performance with local feedstocks 

Day 3: Biogas upgrading to biomethane

  • Biomethane as a renewable fuel for heat, electricity and transport
  • Biogas upgrading and utlisation
  • Green generation – Gas to Grid
  • Biogas liquefaction

Day 4: Treating, upgrading, applying & marketing your digestate

  • Digestate standards & application
  • Storing & managing your digestate
  • Processing and marketing opportunities
This programme is tailored towards farmers, investors and plant operators facing specific technical or biological challenges.
You’ll also discover strategies you can use as an experienced biogas plant operator looking for new revenue sources and innovative and proven methods to make most of your most valuable products: biogas and digestate.

To ensure the quality and depth of the training, we only have a limited number of seats available.

This guarantees a very close and personal experience with the lecturers, enabling you to take away real hands-on skills.

Participation Fee: 1290 €*

*VAT of 19 % will be applied for registrations without a valid EU VAT ID and for all participants attending from outside the EU.

This event is tailored to the specific requirements UK’s and Ireland’s biogas industry with multiple local lecturers and experts bringing you up to date.
Benefit from IBBK’s 20 years of experience in the field of AD and renewable energies from the engineering and biology perspective.
You will be provided with insights into plant planning, new substrates, biological challenges and procedures for the successful future of your biogas plant operation.
Small groups will guarantee you ample time to network with your fellow participants and get in a lot of Q&A with the instructors. All instructors are long time experts and their practical background provides in-depth knowledge.

Now – we know that 990 € or even 1290 € are hefty sums to invest in a training…


  • How much would it be worth to you to finally get clear instructions on how to run the plant properly?
  • How much would you be willing to pay, knowing you have made the right decision regarding your multi-million investment?
  • Wouldn’t it be worth to finally get clear answers to all the questions that you have based on theoretical knowledge?
  • Wouldn’t you want to know where the biogas industry is headed in Ireland and the UK?
In this course, we will explore together what makes sense (and what doesn’t).
We regularly charge a daily fee of up to 1500 € for special consultation. During this event, you get to pick our expert’s brains for much less.
You only pay 990 €* as an early bird (registration and payment until October 18th) or 1290 €* (after October 18th).
We recommend to make the investment in yourself as soon as possible to ensure you get the best price and reserve your seat.
This is the second UK event in 2019 for IBBK and last time in February 2019, it was fully booked. We even had to decline some registrations due to the limitations of the biogas lab at CREST.
So if you’re on the fence now, it’s better to register sooner than later as there might not be many seats left anymore.

*VAT of 19 % will be applied for registrations without a valid EU VAT ID and for all participants attending from outside the EU.

Naveed Reza during his CHP-unit presentation (Photo credit: ​​Thomas Hubert / Irish Farmers Journal)

What to expect from this training?

The lab session is dedicated to practical digester biology, providing you with in-depth expertise about the specific biological processes in your plant.
Our instructors will explain the outset of a new or revised plant and the challenges of digesting Nitrogen-rich and fibrous feedstock.
You will learn about process control and optimisation measures, covering the inhibitors and additives.
Additionally an interactive session in the laboratory will familiarize you with the testing procedures during operation, useful devices for plant monitoring as well as prudent methods for record keeping.  All exercises are related to practice.
Enroll to secure your spot (limited number of seats available).

Group work during an international IBBK biogas training

Group picture of the UK biogas training from February 2019 (Photo credit: ​​Thomas Hubert / Irish Farmers Journal)

Biogas plant operators often struggle with how to be profitable and market their products beyond subsidies or governmental incentives.
German plant operators are currently facing this challenge and have to start acting now. Germany’s pioneer status has resulted in a lot of issues that had to be addressed among the first in Europe.
As the “canary in the coal mine” that Germany currently is, we want you to bypass our issues and fast forward straight to the next steps.
With the help of Irish and UK experts, you will be able to focus on what we consider the future for biogas plants: produce energy in the form of electricity, gas and heat as well as high value fertiliser and market it yourself.
Feed-in tariffs on electricity can only take you so far which is why we will dedicate a whole section on much more interesting and future oriented subjects: biogas upgrading to biomethane and digestate marketing.
See for yourself how much potential these two future markets hold, create business ideas around it and build a clear perspective for your future as a plant operator, scientist or consulting expert in renewable energies.
All of this, and more, will be covered during days 3 and 4.

Programme Topics

(Preliminary programme, subject to change)

November 19th:

Practical Plant Planning
  • Overview of the Biogas technology and its future development
  • Choosing the right substrate and combining it for the optimal digestion input
  • Introduction into design, planning and process engineering
  • Calculation exercises for feasibility and process control
  • Biological process control and process optimisation
  • How to digest fibrous and N-rich feedstocks
  • How to optimize plant performance – using feedstocks from Ireland

November 20th:

Lab Session
  • Necessary laboratory tests
  • Practical interpretation of operating modes using examples from practice
  • Record keeping
  • Testing parameters during operation
  • Practical devices for plant monitoring

November 21st:

Biogas Upgrading, Biomethane Injection
  • The potential of biomethane as a renewable fuel for heat, electricity and transport
  • Biogas upgrading and different pathways of biogas utilisation
  • Green Generation – Gas to Grid
  • Biogas liquefaction – Cryo Pur

November 22nd:

Digestate Upgrading and Marketing
  • Digestate standard and managing digestate to land for agricultural benefit
  • Lessons learned – innovative digestate upgrading and marketing
  • Overview of new digestate spreading and treatment technologies

Event Venue:

Skills Centre – CREST Building
Killyhevlin Industrial Estate, Black Stick Road
Enniskillen BT74 4
Northern Ireland UK
  • 4 days of hands on training
  • Laboratory session
  • Seminar documentation with slides of the training lectures (download access)
  • Lunch, beverages and snacks during all training days
  • Certificate of participation
  • Travel to the course
  • Accommodation
  • Further meals or beverages
Are you ready to make the investment in yourself, your plant and your knowledge?
Profit from the collective decades of AD, biogas and biomethane knowledge of 10 experts from Ireland, the UK and Germany and enroll as an early bird today.
  • Practical plant planning
  • Digester biology
  • In-depth feedstock analysis
  • Lab session
  • Biogas utilisation & upgrading to biomethane
  • Biomethane grid injection
  • Digestate upgrading & marketing

Ready to sign up right now? It's only 1290 €*

*VAT of 19 % will be applied for registrations without a valid EU VAT ID and for all participants attending from outside the EU.

Got any further questions?

We are happy to help if something is still unclear to you. Just shoot us a short email to or, for an even faster inquiry, call us under +49 7954 926203 (you can tap this number on your smartphone to call us directly).

See what others had to say about this training:

„Very enjoyable course and a good team of lecturers. I also met some good people with whom I hope to stay in touch with.
Enniskillen, UK, June 2016

„Brilliant course – second time in attendance but very worthwhile.“
Dundee, UK, January 2014

„This course covered more than I expected, it was worth every penny.“
St. Ives, UK, January 2017

„It was a great course, I am extremely glad I came as I have learnt that I can put back into my work. I expect our plants to run more efficiently and I‘m now able to fix problems before they happen.“
St. Ives, UK, January 2017

„All the discussions and comments from the participants made the seminar more interesting and provided more details and a practical approach. The size of the group was perfect. I learned a lot.“
Stuttgart, April 2014

“I’m operating a biogas plant since 20 years, I should have done this a long time ago, we could have done things a lot better.”
Mark D.; Stuttgart, September 2017

“I would definitely recommend this course to my colleagues.”
Jose Carlos N.; Stuttgart, September 2017

“A very good course, well delivered.”
John W.; Dundee, UK, June 2017)

The location of the Training course BIOGAS#HANDS ON is at:

Skills Centre – CREST Building
Killyhevlin Industrial Estate, Black Stick Road
Enniskillen BT74 4
Northern Ireland, UK

You can download the programme preview for this training here (subject to change).

IBBK Biogas Training FAQ

Q: What is Biogas #HANDS ON?
A: Biogas #HANDS ON is IBBK’s deep biogas training course that covers all aspects of biogas production from energy crops, industrial waste, household or kitchen wastes and every other organic waste in between. Besides the presentations, the program is usually enriched by visiting local biogas plants that show the introduced concepts in real life.

Q: How long does the training take?
A: This training takes a total of 4 days, Tuesday until Friday.

Q: How much does the training cost?
A: Participation in this training costs 990 € for early birds (until October 18th) and  1290 € for regular registration (after October 18th). No VAT will be charged for companies with a valid EU VAT ID. There is a special discount available for students and more than one participant per organisation.  If this applies to you, please get in touch with us here:

Q: Is accommodation included in my participation fee?
A: No, accommodation is not included in your participation fee. Please follow THIS LINK to find an overview of the local hotels in Enniskillen.

Q: How can I find accommodation in the area?
A: Please click THIS LINK to access the official website of Enniskillen, where you will find an overview of local accommodation options. Alternatively, we also recommend looking under

Q: Where is the training venue?
A: The training takes place at CREST, Enniskillen, the Centre for Renewable Energy & Sustainable Technology of the South West College. The address is:
Killyhevlin Industrial Estate, Black Stick Road
Enniskillen BT74 4
Northern Ireland, UK

Q: How can I get to Enniskillen?
A: Enniskillen is strategically positioned within 104 miles of Dublin airport and 84 miles of Belfast international airport and is serviced with a public transport network. 

Directions to Enniskillen by car:
From Belfast (80 miles) take the M1 motorway west for 35 miles to Dungannon, then by dual carriageway to Ballygawley Roundabout. At the Roundabout take the second exit and go straight through Augher, Clogher, Fivemiletown and then Enniskillen.

From Dublin (100 miles) follow the signposts for Cavan (M3/N3). Travel through Virginia and Derrylin to Enniskillen.

To Enniskillen by public transportation visit:

For international participants: There is a public bus line between Dublin Airport and Enniskillen which goes every 2 hours. Check for the schedule.

Q: At what time does the training start on Tuesday (first day) and when does it end on Friday (last day)?
A: The training starts on Tuesday with the registration at 8:30 am and ends on Friday at around 4 pm with the handout of the certificates.

Q: Will I get a certificate for my attendance?
A: Yes, you will get a signed certificate on the last day of this event. It includes your name, an overview of what you learnt during this training, the date and duration as well as two signatures. One of the representative of IBBK, the other one of the representative of CREST / South West College.

Q: Will I get the presentations of this training?
A: Yes, you will get all presentations of this training via a download link after the end of the training. This online folder also contains bonus material such as pictures taken during the training as well as a wealth of additional biogas and bioenergy related literature.

Q: Which meals are included in the participation fee?
A: On each day of the training, lunch menu as well as snacks, fruits, baked goods and drinks during coffee breaks are included in your participation fee.

Ready to enroll? It's just 1290 €*

*VAT of 19 % will be applied for registrations without a valid EU VAT ID and for all participants attending from outside the EU.

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