1B – Anaerobic Digestion: Compliance and Optimization

Course Agenda — Taking place in-person

April 23, 2024
Course Description

Anaerobic digestion is becoming increasingly common as a way to manage food and organic waste, produce energy from biogas, and generate revenue. To fully realize these benefits, operators and facilities must ensure anaerobic digesters are optimized to maximize their efficiency, as well as remaining safe and compliant with regulations and rules.

This all-new CANECT course will guide attendees through anaerobic digestion project development and permitting, regulatory compliance, optimization and training, safety and risk management, and much more. Presentations will deal with real-world case studies and the lessons learned by organizations using anaerobic digestion.

Whether your organization is looking to develop an anaerobic digestion project, or already has digester operations, attend this course to learn how to keep your facility in compliance while maximizing efficiency and benefits.

Course Chair

David Ellis, MASc., P.Eng., CEO and President, Azura Associates

Guest Speakers
  • Kevin Poirier, P.Eng., CSR-P., Director and Principal Consultant, SCV Consulting Ltd.
  • Additional speakers to be announced

Course begins 9 AM

Introduction to Anaerobic Digestion (AD), Biogas, and RNG
  • Brief history of AD
    • Types of anaerobic digesters: Municipal, industrial, on-farm, and food waste digesters
  • Nomenclature and jargon
  • What’s the purpose behind waste-to-energy?
  • Overview of Azura’s North American Digester Database
  • Provincial/Federal clean fuel policies
    • Green fuels explained: Biogas, RNG, Landfill Gas (LFG), Combined Heat and Power (CHP), and Hydrogen
    • Voluntary vs. Compliance Carbon Markets

Overview of AD Project Development and Permitting Processes
  • Overview of AD project development and permitting processes
    • Social License and Indigenous Engagement
    • Planning and siting considerations
    • Project management checklist
    • Feasibility assessment tools
  • ECAs required for AD sites
  • Permitting in Ontario vs. rest of Canada

Regulatory Compliance
  • Role of the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP, formerly MOE) and Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) in AD
    • Nutrient Management Act (NMA – OMAFRA)
    • O.Reg 347 Waste Management (MECP)
  • Feedstock and digestate compliance
  • Maintaining compliance with Air and Water ECAs

Digester Operations, Optimization, and Training
  • Operator training
  • Odour and emissions management
  • Digestate and residuals management

Case Studies (Including Industrial, Municipal, and On-Farm Digesters)

Safety Fundamentals & Lessons Learned
  • Gas Code
  • Key safety equipment
  • Operational Best Practices:
    • Onsite equipment
    • Dangers of H2S, foaming, and storage lagoons

Risk Management and Contaminants of Concern
  • Infrastructure risk
  • Process risk
  • Climate risk
  • Feedstock risk
  • Regulatory risk
  • Contaminants of concern in digestate

Question and Answer Period

Course ends 4:30 PM

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