SAE Media Group is proud to announce its 4th Annual Gasification Conference.

With rising energy demand and concerns over security of energy supply are the driving force behind the increasing interest in coal gasification.  SAE Media Group’s 4th annual Gasification conference will bring together leading industry experts to share information and discuss the challenges facing the industry.

Covering a wide range of industry driven topics such as the latest UCG and IGCC developments, Gasification 2011 will also be uncovering some newer trends including biomass gasification and niche technologies within the field. Featuring speakers from key projects around the world and providing in-depth analysis of the issues facing the sector, this comprehensive conference provides essential information for the coal and power industries.


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Gain essential insight into the progress that’s been made within the industry

Evaluate the latest UCG and IGCC developments

Appreciate the potential that lies in biomass gasification and the opportunities and challenges it presents

Learn about vital financial and investment considerations when it comes to raising capital in an uncertain financial market

Understand the possibilities of developing niche markets with gasification technologies

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Alex Forbes

Alex Forbes, Managing Director, Forbes Communications

9:10 European Gasification Opportunities and Threats

Stuart James

Stuart James, Gas Turbines and Condition Monitoring, E.ON New Build & Technology

•    Current industry and project status
•     Potential for proposed projects
•     Drivers and innovations in technology developments
•     The challenges to clean coal

9:50 R&D Plan Results and Experience in the Puertollano IGCC

Pedro  Casero

Pedro Casero , Researcher, Elcogas

• Puertollano IGCC power plant operational status
• Emissions in NGCC and IGCC modes
• Elcogas R&D investment plan
• Singular and strategic project PSE-CO2

10:30 Gasification in China

Andrew Minchener

Andrew Minchener, Principal Associate, IEA Clean Coal Centre

• Chinese Government energy policies and issues
• Coal gasification for  oil, gas and chemicals
• IGCC initiatives for power generation
• Market impacts and related issues
• Towards sustainability within the coal sector

11:10 Morning Coffee

11:30 Commercialisation of UCG and Implication of the Global Warming Debate

Len Walker

Len Walker, Managing Director, Cougar Energy

• Cougar’s commercial progress
• Conventional wisdom on “man-made global warming”
• UCG as a pathway to supply of low carbon fuels and chemical

12:10 Underground Coal Gasification - Transitioning from Trial to Commercial Production at Bloodwood Creek, Australia

Cliff Mallett

Cliff Mallett, Executive Director, Carbon Energy Limited

• The outcomes of the Carbon Energy’s UCG demonstration 2008-2010
• Staged development for the Bloodwood Creek UCG site
• A Licence to Operate – social and regulatory hurdles for a new industry
• Commercial realities in a competitive world

12:50 Syngas to Hydrogen & Carbon Capture without Energy Penalty

Brian Sweeney

Brian Sweeney, Business Development Europe, Calix Carbon Capture (Europe_

·         Syngas is the intermediate product, clean up is a must

·         Calix has a single process, the Endex Reactor

·         Produces hydrogen, and separates CO2, from syngas

·         Why pre-combustion; why solid sorbent; why no penalty?

·         For Gas turbine or Fuel cell? Solid fuels or natural gas?

·         Endex, How does it work? What can it do? How much does it cost?

·         What is the development path?

13:10 Networking Lunch

14:10 The Progress of UGC to GTL

Paul Farnworth

Paul Farnworth, General Manager, Linc Energy

• Combining GTL and UGC technology
• Optimising the coal resource
• Liquid fuels from UCG gas
• Inside the Chinchilla Demonstration Facility

14:50 Recent Developments in CO2 Compression Technology for CCS and EOR

Rolf Habel

Rolf Habel, Head of Marketing -OM- Division Oil & Gas , MAN Diesel & Turbo

• Different applications for CO2 compression technology: EOR, CCS, IGCC and more
• Overview of various CO2 compression technologies
• Recent developments, innovations in CO2 compression technology

15:30 Afternoon Tea

15:50 Key Drivers and Considerations in Project Financing

Micheal Degernes

Micheal Degernes, Portfolio Manager, Aberdeen Asset Management Inc.

• Essential factors for financers
• Assessing viability of Gasification projects
• Economic challenges to development
• How innovation will drive investment

16:30 Greener Growth and CCS

Jonathan Grant

Jonathan Grant, Sustainability and Climate Change , PricewaterhouseCoopers

• Carbon emissions and the 2050 report
• Impact for gasification techniques and technologies
• Effect of carbon caps
• Scenario analysis

17:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Andrew Cox

Andrew Cox, Manager, Energy Intelligence & Marketing Research, Energy Intelligence & Marketing Ltd

9:10 Gasification from Waste

Tony Grimshaw

Tony Grimshaw, Project Director, Energos

• Environmentally and socially responsibility in gas generation and consumption
• Retaining its commercial viability
• Sustainable, energy efficient technologies
• Biogas to generate electricity from landfill gases

9:50 Gasplasma® - Waste and Renewable Power Innovation

Simon Merriweather

Simon Merriweather, Chief Executive Officer, Advanced Plasma Power

• Current market for plasma gasification
• Gasplasma®–process and technology
• Environmental benefits
• What are the specific applications?

10:30 Gasification Systems for Biomass and Municipal Solid Waste

Tony Fordham

Tony Fordham, Managing Director, ITI Energy

• Intensified integrated gasification technology
• Syngas composition
• Gasifer emissions
• Potential for power production

11:10 Morning Coffee

11:40 International Developments in CCS

Bill Senior

Bill Senior, Carbon Capture and Storage Consultant , Senior CCS Consulting

• Policy and Regulation
• Technology overview status and applications
• Challenges and Risks
• Implications for business

12:20 Gasification Power Projects with CCS

Peter Whitton

Peter Whitton, Vice Chair, The Carbon Capture & Storage Association

• What profit is there in CCS?
• Issues in storage
• European energy market

13:00 Networking Lunch

14:00 CCS Legal Programmes and Developments

Richard Macrory

Richard Macrory, Director, UCL Carbon Capture Legal Programme

• Background to CCLP
• CCLP Review 2010-2011
• International perspectives
• CCS developments and conclusion

14:40 Renewables Obligation 2011

Gaynor Hartnell

Gaynor Hartnell, Chief Executive, Renewable Power Association

• Current status of legislation & where we would like it to be
• RO eligibility - criteria & challenges
• Energy from waste projects
• The C14 Project – advantages for biogas projects

15:20 Afternoon Tea

15:50 Planning and Environmental Issues in UK Gasification Projects

Hilary Stone

Hilary Stone, Honorary Research Fellow, Imperial College

• Elements of town and country planning
• Strategic planning consent
• Environmental impact assessment
• Environmental permitting regulations


• Perception vs. Reality
• Energy vs. Environment
• What needs to be achieved?
• How to improve:
      Public awareness and understanding

Tony Fordham

Tony Fordham, Managing Director, ITI Energy

Hilary Stone

Hilary Stone, Honorary Research Fellow, Imperial College

Simon Merriweather

Simon Merriweather, Chief Executive Officer, Advanced Plasma Power

Richard Macrory

Richard Macrory, Director, UCL Carbon Capture Legal Programme

Tony Grimshaw

Tony Grimshaw, Project Director, Energos

17:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two


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Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

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There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

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The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SAE Media Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


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