Energy from Biomass Combustion

Biomass is a key element in government plans to increase renewable energy sources and reduce greenhouse gases. Bioenergy has environmental and economic impacts, and is unique as a renewable fuel since it can contribute to all three energy sectors – electricity, heat and transport fuels. 

In the UK, imported white wood pellets are a major fuel, but energy crops, such as short rotation willow coppice and miscanthus as well as forestry residues, agricultural residue and waste woods, all find use in the production of electricity and heat.

What will I learn?
This course will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the status and developments in energy delivery from biomass combustion. The focus will mainly be on biomass for electricity and heat. This course looks at fuel supply options and the emissions and plant performance implications. The use of biomass for energy production has several associated technical, environmental and socioeconomic challenges. Some of these, particularly the technical challenges, will be addressed in this course.

How will I benefit?
The course will give you a sound understanding of the fundamentals and practicalities of:

  • the basics of solid biomass combustion
  • dedicated biomass installations
  • solid biomass for electricity generation
  • biogas and landfill gas for process heat and power generation
  • sustainability of biomass supply chains 

Day 1: 

  • Basics of solid biomass combustion
  • Solid biomass sustainability
  • Introduction to biomass, bioenergy and combustion

Day 2: 

  • Combustion and emissions
  • UK Biomass Installations - industry perspective
  • Challenges in combustion

Day 3: 

  • Biogas 
  • Biomethane - gas to grid
  • The highs and lows of renewable energy


This course will be of particular interest to you if you’re:

  • a process engineer or chemist new to the bioenergy field
  • a regional developer wanting to obtain a technical perspective on bioenergy
  • an energy and environmental manager interested in using bioenergy
  • a process heat system designer interested in biomass as a heat source.

"A great overview of the entire biomass industry for people at all levels"

"Excellent overview of biomass, from supply chain to domestic market to power generation and industrial heating"

"An excellent insight into the world of biomass and biomass combustion. Excellent technical content would recommend to any future delegates".

Click the programme button above to see all confirmed academic and guest industry speakers on the course.

This course has been developed in conjunction with SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub and the EPSRC Leeds Centre for Doctoral Training in Bioenergy. The SUPERGEN team at Leeds is based within the Energy Research Institute (ERI), which is the largest academic research establishment in the UK focused on energy and resources research and development.


£TBC (full 3 day course)

£TBC for any one day

Fees include:

  • cost of tuition
  • course materials
  • lunches and light refreshments
  • course dinner on Tuesday evening

Faculty of Engineering
University of Leeds

Detailed directions (including the exact location for the course registration and presentation room) will be sent out with the delegate joining instructions.

How to find us

You’re responsible for organising your own evening meals and accommodation, except on Monday when the course dinner is included. A list of hotels close to the University is available and will be provided with your course joining instructions.

Katie Warner
CPD Course Coordinator

CPD Conference and Events Unit
Faculty of Engineering,
University of Leeds,

T: 0113 343 8104 / 2494