Wolfson Centre

Biomass Operations and Handling Technology

This course is available as an in company course either online or at your premises. Please contact us for details

Course overview

This course has been designed to help delegates identify and resolve common problems when handling the various Biomass materials.

The course will cover the basics of:

  • Biomass macro-economics, subsidies and potential;
  • Material types, flow properties and handling equipment requirements;
  • Self-heating, fire, explosion and safety;
  • Dust and degradation, pneumatic conveying and wear;

as well as give an insight into

  • Explosion protection and ATEX regulations;
  • Engineering of equipment for storage and discharge;
  • Ship unloading;
  • Dust control and management;
  • Possible future trends in biomass


This course has an emphasis on practical aspects of technology to give a comprehensive introduction to materials handling before moving on to the more detailed aspects.

Case studies

Case studies are used to illustrate the presentations where applicable, and substantial discussion periods are included to permit the analysis of specific problems experienced by attendees.

Is this for me?

Engineers, maintenance personnel, managers and procurement executives with responsibility for obtaining and operating equipment for handling of biomass in, for example, solid-fuel-fired power stations, ports, waste to energy plants, Biofuel refineries etc. Manufacturers of said equipment could also benefit by attending.

Course team

The course leader is Mike Bradley, Professor of Bulk and Particulate Technologies and Director of The Wolfson Centre. He has worked internationally on design and troubleshooting of bulk solids handling as a commercial consultant and research expert for over twenty years.

Contributions may also be made from the rest of the Team, including
Dr Baldeep Kaur, whose interests lie in characterisation and transportation of bulk materials;
Dr Atul Sharma, whose interests lie in pneumatic conveying systems.

Please note that The Wolfson Centre reserves the right to substitute leaders of equal quality should this be dictated by circumstances beyond their control.

In-Company course

This course can be delivered as an In-Company course over one or two days. Day 2 covers the more detailed aspects of the operation.

In Company courses are proving to be a popular option for companies who have a number of personnel who would benefit from education in the subject area, for 3 main reasons:

  1. Cost: It is more economic for us to bring the course to you, than for you to send several staff out to us;
  2. Relevance: We can tailor the course programme to suit the operations you have in your plant, hence reducing the amount of material which is not directly relevant;
  3. Convenience: We can run the course when it suits you, even over several separate days rather than in a block if it is better for you.

If you are interested in discussing your requirements, please contact us.