Senior Anaerobic Digestion Engineer joins Alps Ecoscience

Alps Ecoscience (Alps Eco) is pleased to welcome Dr Helen Theaker into our team as a Senior Anaerobic Digestion (AD) Engineer. Helen joined, in January 2022, after completing a PhD in micro-scale Anaerobic Digestion at the University of Sheffield. She has worked in AD for the last 10 years as a Project Engineer and a Commissioning Engineer and she has specialist interest in small-scale AD and composting.

Anaerobic Digestion Engineer

Helen is a great fit for the Alps Eco company culture. She is curious, personable, and resilient. Offering practical solutions to the operational challenges of biogas production. Helen’s mix of research experience and AD engineering capability adds to Alps Eco’s depth of advisory capacity. Further enhancing our ability to advise clients on the entirety of their biogas production cycle. Helen also shares our teams love of the outdoors and an appreciation of a decent waterproof jacket. Outside of work, Helen enjoys walking in the Peak District, is a keen proponent of active travel (cycling and walking) and plays in a wind band.

Advising on the entire Biogas Production Lifecycle

After her first few weeks of visiting biogas plants across the UK and Ireland. Helen will apply her skill as a technical writer to creating client case studies and summarising our pilot plant research. We look forward to sharing these later in the year. Helen will take a leading role within Alps Ecoscience’s technical team, supporting our Biologists on their daily client work and developing our Advanced AD innovation programme. As well as evaluating engineering solutions for ammonia and phosphate removal. To increase methane gas production and digestate compliance with the incoming farming rules for water.

Biogas production lifecycle diagram

Huge potential for AD in Carbon Reduction

Helen Theaker joins Alps Ecoscience at an exciting time for the Anaerobic Digestion industry. Following COP26 the interest in AD’s low carbon technology has boomed. During 2021, Alps Eco experienced its highest rate of growth. The biological optimisation consultancy and managed services launched in January 2021 resonated with customers. Helping them maintain digester stability and enhance plant performance during a period of feedstock volatility and market uncertainty.

Post COP26 and the ADBA 2021 conference a multitude of industries are evaluating AD’s potential to contribute to their Net Zero strategy. Carbon reduction potential includes energy generation from sewage effluent and food waste. Cutting CO2 out of the waste management cycle by producing green vehicle fuel. And removing phosphates from digestate to protect water courses and replace artificial fertiliser. There’s blue sky thinking too with AD as a potential generator of feedstock for future fuels like Hydrogen and a source of green C02 for sequestration. Alps Ecoscience will continue to promote AD as part of a more sustainable future and a means of “Changing the World Together”.

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