Experience and selected projects in commercial microbiology
2017 – to present: Kilbride Biotech Ltd.
Technical advisor on the use of microalgae to use carbon dioxide from flue gases to limit its effect on climate change and to produce high-value products.
2015 - to present : Cracknore Kilbride Ltd
Technical advisor on anaerobic digestion (AD) and the use of biogas to grow microalgae for carbon mitigation, and to manufacture high-value products such as pharmaceuticals, nutrachemicals, and polyhydroxyalkanoates (biodegradable plastics).
2012 to 2017: Tamar Energy Ltd
Technical Advisor to this company that has obtained £95 million venture capital funding to build and operate large-scale anaerobic digestion facilities in the UK. David Border Consultancy has provided experience in processing organic wastes by a range of physical and biological processes, in assessing the suitability of specific technologies, valorisation of digestate, and in developing value-added products for agricultural and horticultural markets.
2012 to 2015: Tamar Organics Ltd
Technical advisor to this company that has 6 large-scale windrow and in vessel (IVC) composting facilities.
2011 to 2012: UK Waste and Resources Action programme (WRAP)
Provided advice to this UK Government organisation on the commercial-scale production of horticultural and agricultural composts, made from a wide range of organic wastes, using IVC systems.
2011 to 2012: Helius Energy
A market assessment for the sustainable use of fly & bottom ash residues from a large biomass power station.
2011 to 2012: International Composting Corporation (ICC)
Development of a re-circulated air supply and temperature control system for a rotating drum composting facility.
2007 to 2009: NTDP New Technologies Demonstrator Programme (Defra)
A £1.3 million project funded by Defra (UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) to demonstrate the efficiency of the batch tunnel composting technology, to optimise the composting process, and to determine the effect of the composting process upon the local environment. Technical Director.
2009 -2010: UK Home Office (2)
The design, construction and operation of a bench-top in-vessel composting unit for the treatment of human pathogen contaminated crops
2008 : UK Home Office (1)
The development of processes for the treatment of human pathogen-contaminated crops, including in-vessel composting, lime stabilisation, ohmic heating and microwaves
2003 - 2005: Bouldin & Lawson Inc.
DBCC provided composting experience and advice on the microbiology of the composting process in order to enable the effective composting of the sterilised organic product of the steam hydrolysis process.
2002 to 2011: Head of Composting - ADAS UK (Envar) Ltd
Responsible for technical support for composting and anaerobic digestion. Specific responsibilities included the selection of AD technologies, bid support, and in-vessel composting. Projects included:
2002 - 2011: Composting Research Ltd
A long-term project (£3.4 million funding from Landfill Tax Credits) run by Composting Research Ltd., and carried out with ADAS UK
2002 - 2004: Defra (UK Department for Environment Food and Rural Communities)
Contained Composting in the Waste Industry project. A one-year project (£162,000 funding from Landfill Tax Credits) to determine the technical and cost efficiency of using a batch tunnel composting system to process the main UK organic wastes.
2002 - 2005: SWICEB
DBCC provided technical support on the composting process and the control of bioaerosols for a number of projects
DBCC advised on the specification, design and operation of a batch IVC system for the composting of local authority green and food waste.
2001: Thames Water International
DBCC carried out technology reviews of, and site visits to, a number of batch and continuous IVC systems in the USA that could be used by Thames Waste Management in the treatment of waste water sludge.
2000 - 2003: Waste Recycling Group (WRG)
Responsible for the technical support of all of the company’s large-scale composting operations for the processing of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) fines, green waste, commercial organic wastes, and the manufacture of compost products.
Earlier clients and projects
Hensby Composts Ltd 2000
H. E. Humphries Ltd. 2000
Lincwaste Ltd. 2000
Composting Association 2000
UK Environment Agency 1998 –2000
Suffolk Waste Services Ltd 1999
AEA Technology 1998 to 2000
Hart District Council 1996
West Lancashire District Council 1996
Selby District Council 1997
UK Department of Trade and Industry 1995 -1999
Biffa Waste Services Ltd. 1999
UK Environment Agency 1998 - 2000
Thames Waste Management Ltd. 1999
North West Water 1999
UK Waste Management Ltd. 1998 – 1999
UK Environment Agency 1998
H. E. Humphries Ltd. 1998 – 1999
Northumbrian Environmental Management 1998
Hinton Organics Ltd. 1998
Charles Haswell & Partners Ltd. 1998
UK Department of the Environment 1995 - 1997
Northumbrian Environmental Management 1997
Norseman Plastics UK Ltd. 1997
Northumberland County Council 1997
Plastopan Ltd. 1997
Phizer plc 1997
Cleanaway Ltd. 1996
Cambridge City Council 1996
Levington Agriculture Ltd. 1996
Leicester City Council 1996
Rochford District Council 1997
Cadbury Schweppes Ltd. 1995-99
London Borough of Hackney 1996
Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council 1996
Haymes Farm Produce Ltd. 1995
Anglian Water Services 1995
Oxfordshire County Council 1995
UK Department of the Environment 1993-1994
Amycel Inc. 1995
Cadbury Schweppes Ltd. 1994
Thames Water International 1994
Meat & Livestock Commission 1993-1994
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