Wolfson Centre

Bulk Materials Handling And Processing in the Net Zero Economy

Course Dates

4 December 2024

Course Fee

£580 full fee per delegate. /  £507.50 discounted rate

Discounts are available for group bookings and returning delegates.


Registration and payment is available via the on-line shop.

Course Overview

What has bulk solids handling go to do with Net Zero? The course will look at bulk materials handling as part of the solution to net zero, discussing trends and opportunities. Delegates will be invited to share their current methods in use and discuss how the industry can become more aware and active in reducing carbon emissions, using techniques and processes already in operation around the industry.

The process of handling bulk solids generates carbon emissions but it is also a fundamental ENABLING TECHNOLOGY in processes that can reduce carbon emissions through Energy from renewable biomass; Energy from waste; and Recycling and “green” chemical feedstocks.

Course Programme

Bulk solids handling and processing as a key enabler in the move to net zero:

  • Renewable solid fuels and waste recycling
  • Growth minerals for emissions reduction (lithium, copper etc)
  • The renewable power sector and infrastructure
  • Carbon negative processes

Reducing the emissions from bulk solids handling and processing operations:

  • Identifying the main energy consumers
  • Pneumatic conveying and compressed air
  • Grinding and classification
  • Port operations

Why attend?

By the end of this course you will understand more about the impact of Bulk Solids Handling on emissions and the role of Bulk Solids Handling in reducing these emissions.

Is this for me?

Yes. Everyone involved in all aspects of the bulk materials handling industry is responsible for helping reduce carbon emissions to reach the goal of net zero by 2050. If your plant has plans in place, please feel free to come and share with the group. If you don't know where to start in making changes, come along to get some ideas. This course is relevant to everyone.


The course will take place at the University of Greenwich Medway campus in Kent ME4 4TB

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 Vivek Garg, whose interests lie in powder flowability;
Dr Atul Sharma, whose interests lie in pneumatic conveying systems.

We are pleased to announce Mr Ian Hancock, of Bradley Pulverizer, will also be contributing to this course.

Ian has over 35 years’ experience in Engineering and is registered as an IEng Engineer in variety of disciplines including mechanical, electrical and instrumentation as well as being a Fellow of the IMechE and member of the IET.

He has worked for Bradley Pulverizer for over 13 years as Vice President sales and operations, currently specialising in fine powders production and size classification for a wide range of industries from quarrying, power generation, steel manufacturing and fertilizer to specialised small scale milling and classification of unusual materials.

Ian is Chair of the IMechE Bulk Materials Handling Committee and Chair of the IMechE Process Industries Board.

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. These 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.