This short course will provide you with an understanding of the waste anaerobic digestion process and design, a technical overview of the processing and recovery of energy from organic materials, and the organic fraction of municipal solid waste by anaerobic digestion.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • DurationOne day
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£290 Concessions available

What you will learn

On successful completion of this short course you will be able to:

  • Understand the biochemistry of anaerobic digestion
  • Scope and evaluate the requirements of anaerobic digestion of waste
  • Critically evaluate factors that influence anaerobic digestion and approaches to optimise anaerobic digestion process
  • Describe the key requirements of quality protocols
  • Identify and evaluate energy requirements of anaerobic digestion process.

You will learn the importance of controlling and understanding variables such as:

  • VFA (Volatile Fatty Acid)
  • Ripley ratio
  • Carbon to Nitrogen ratio
  • pH
  • Gas flow rate
  • Temperature
  • Acidity
  • Mixing.

Core content

  • Fundamentals of anaerobic digestion
  • Anaerobic digestion operation and design
  • Controlling parameters
  • PAS110 and quality protocols
  • Pre-treatment of waste - why and how?
  • Tutorial anaerobic digestion process
  • Anaerobic digestion gas - optimisation and clean up
  • Energy requirement
  • Anaerobic digestion case studies.

Who should attend

Knowledge gained through this course will improve the confidence of plant operatives and will enable them to contribute more to improvements in optimising methane yields and profitability.


Dr Raffaella Villa

Becky Arnold, Biogen


(20% discount for Cranfield alumni, 10% discount for colleagues of alumni)
£275 - Professional/trade association discount
£265 - Multiple bookings*
* Minimum of five delegates

Accommodation options and prices

This is a non-residential course. If you would like to book accommodation on campus, please contact Mitchell Hall or Cranfield Management Development Centre directly. Further information regarding our accommodation on campus can be found here.

Alternatively you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world. 

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

Read our Professional development (CPD) booking conditions.