12Feb / 2015
The British Embassy in Warsaw hosted a Low Carbon R&D seminar last Thursday on the 5th February 2015. The full day event provided an overview of low carbon products and services and promoted on-going R&D projects as well as looking at collaboration opportunities between British and Polish partners. A link with more detail and photographs can be found here:
The seminar was divided into two parts, the first part of the day focused on ACUMEN, where Andrew Brunton of GGS presented an overview of the project. The ACUMEN project (Assessing, Capturing and Utilising Methane from Expired and Non-operational landfills) is a €3 million partnership project investigating new approaches to managing methane from closed and historic landfills. The project is funded by the UK departments of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the EU Life+ programme, with the remaining funding provided by each of the project partners. The project partners are the Environment Agency (co-ordinating partner), Norfolk County Council, Ground-Gas Solutions Ltd, Biogas Technology Ltd in the UK and Politechnika Warszawska in Poland.
The project aims to demonstrate a technically and economically feasible approach to capturing, utilising and mitigating methane from closed and historic landfill sites. A significant portion of the project has involved GGS carrying out a comprehensive monitoring programme to establish an initial baseline assessment of methane emissions at selected sites in the UK. With the application of innovative monitoring technologies and techniques on sites with very limited post-operational gas management in place, the project aims to address the economic and technical uncertainties that impede the wide take up of new technologies with which to manage methane emissions, and therefore reduce the global warming legacy of older landfill sites.
The second part of the seminar was dedicated to low carbon technologies and approaches within different sectors. GGS Managing Director Simon Talbot presented the value of continuous environmental monitoring in respect of landfill gas, onshore petroleum and contaminated land. Simon offered an insight as to how environmental monitoring is being transformed by innovation – making it more reliable, faster, cheaper and with a reduced carbon footprint. Simon’s presentation can be found here: