Speakers

The REGATEC 2018 speakers are personally invited in order to create a well composed conference centred around the conference topics. However, if you feel that you have an interesting contribution related to bio-, electro- and thermochemical conversion of biomass/waste to biomethane don’t hesitate to contact us.

Please note that for commercial players to be considered as speakers we expect an active support of the conference.

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS

Plenary I – Biomethane potential and status
Status and outlook of biomethane in Europe
Jan Štambaský, PhD, President European Biogas Association.
StambaskyDr. Štambaský received his PhD in chemistry from the University of Glasgow in 2008. He then created his own company, NovaEnergo Ltd, focusing on advanced biochemical approaches to enhance the overall efficiency of the biogas and biomethane production processes. Jan Štambaský is a member of the Czech Biogas Association and was appointed a member of the executive board of EBA in 2009 and became the president of the association in 2014.
The European gas industry’s view on renewable methane
Beate Raabe, Secretary General Eurogas.
Beate100x100Beate Raabe was appointed in 2011 to the post of Secretary General of Eurogas, the association of companies and associations engaged in the wholesale, retail and distribution of gas in Europe. In 1998 she joined the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (OGP), where she became Director EU Affairs and Head of the EU office in 2005. She came to Brussels in 1993, working in EU Affairs at the International Association of Combined Road-Rail Transport (UIRR) and later at the German and Swedish railways (DB and SJ). She started her professional career as a teacher and lecturer of German in the UK, following a master’s degree in technical translation. 
Plenary II – Renewable methane and synergies between different production routes
Electro-methane: integration aspects and cost estimates
Maria Grahn, PhD, Director of Energy Area of Advance, Chalmers University of Technology.
Maria GrahnMaria Grahn took her PhD at the division of Physical Resource Theory, Chalmers, with the thesis “Cost-effective fuel and technology choices in the transportation sector in a future carbon constrained world – results from the Global Energy Transition (GET) model”. Maria Grahn aims to provide long-term and global perspectives on future renewable fuels for transport using energy systems analyses, optimization models and cost-assessments. Currently she has a specific interest in the role of electrofuels (fuels produced from carbon dioxide, water and electricity) trying to understand challenges and possibilities with the technology, including integration aspects in co-production of electro-methane and biogas from anaerobic digestion.
Rearrangements of the mixed microbial community in fed-batch power-to-gas reactors
Kornél L. Kovacs, Prof. Em., University of Szeged
Kornél L. KovacsProfessor Kornél L. Kovács, graduated from the Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Szeged in 1971. His main affiliation was at the Biological Research Center of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences between 1971 and 1996. He became a full professor at the Department of Biotechnology, University of Szeged in 1996. Between 1996 and 2012 he served as department chair. He was also the Dean of Biosciences at this University for 12 years, currently Professor Emeritus. Altogether he spent 4.5 years as visiting scientist in the USA (University of California at Berkeley and University of Georgia) and 1.5 years in France (CEA-CENG Grenoble). His main scientific interest is to understand the complex biological activity of anaerobic microbial communities via metagenomics and metatranscriptomics, to engineer the community for more efficient P-2-G and for utilization of unconventional substrates. He has published more than 280 publications in various scientific journals and is a co-author of 8 patents.
Parallel session 1a – Small scale biogas cleaning and upgrading
A novel electrochemical process for H2S removal from biogas
Marco Linders, Dr., TNO
Marco LindersShort biography.
Parallel session 1b – Syngas cleaning
Advances in syngas cleaning
Ange Nzihou, Prof. École nationale supérieure des Mines d’Albi-Carmaux
Ange NzihouProfessor Ange NZIHOU obtained his PhD degree in Chemical Engineering in 1994 at the National Polytechnic Institute in Toulouse (France). He is Distinguished Professor and Director of the  RAPSODEE research center at IMT-Mines Albi (France). He also holds number of visiting professor positions in USA, China and Irland. He is Editor-in-Chief of the journal “Waste and Biomass Valorization”, and is also Chair of the WasteEng Conference series. He is co-author of more than 120 articles in peer-reviewed international journals in the field of thermochemical conversion of waste and biomass, catalysis and functional materials for energy and pollutants remediation.
Novel low temperature plasma-catalytic process for gas cleaning
Xin Tu, Dr., University of Liverpool
Xin TuDr. Xin Tu received PhD in Physics from CORIA CNRS UMR 6614 (Université de Rouen), France and PhD in Thermal Engineering from Zhejiang University, China in 2007. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium, from 2008 to 2009. In September 2009, he joined the University of Manchester (UK), working as a Research Associate in the School of Chemistry. He was appointed as a Lecturer in technological plasmas in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics at the University of Liverpool in 2012, and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2015 and Reader in 2017.
Parallel session 2a – Power-to-gas – new approaches
Power-to-gas and Biogas – a smart combination for the future energy system
Ramona Schröer, Dr.-Ing., Fraunhofer Institute for Energy Economics and Energy System Technology IEE
Ramona SchröerRamona Schröer is the head of Power to Gas (PtG) activities at the Fraunhofer IEE. As a research engineer, her activities include the technical and organisational management and realization of application oriented R&D PtG projects for industrial customers and public entities. Her main tasks are technical questions, as the analysis and evaluation of PtG concepts and technologies, estimation of development and future applications, and the supporting of technology commercialization. Mrs. Schröer studied environmental engineering and did her doctoral thesis in the field of waste combustion. After that she worked as a project engineer and project leader for biomass power plants and PtG at a German project developer for renewable energies.
High Rate Biomethanation Delivered by Mixed Microbial Cultures – Pathways and Performance
Sandra Esteves, Prof., University of South Wales
Sandra EstevesSandra Esteves is a Professor in Bioprocess Technology for Resource Recovery (Energy and Materials) at the University of South Wales with over 20 years’ experience in biotechnology research, development and deployment. She directs the Wales Centre of Excellence for Anaerobic Digestion, which provides an industrial R&D supporting platform and technical services to the AD industry, policy developers and regulators, and has supported over 100 companies. Fundamental research elements of her work relate to advancing the understanding and intensification of microbial replication and activity, driving ecological synergies and syntrophy, and shifting microbial pathways and metabolisms in anaerobic processes.
Different ways on coupling P2G with anaerobic digestion – the HyCaMeBio project
Vincent Guerré, CEO, Enosis
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Parallel session 2b – Methanation of syngas including Power-to-gas
Latest research on small-scale methanation in combined systems at TUM
Sebastain Fendt, Dipl.-Ing., Technical University of Munich
Sebastian FendtSebastian Fendt is a chemical engineer working as senior scientist, lecturer and project manager at Technical University of Munich (TUM). Since 2015, he leads a research group at TUM, Institute for Energy Systems, focussed on the energetic utilization of biomass and biogenic waste materials. He is active in the field of fundamental as well as applied research with a focus on technological developments in biomass combustion, gasification and thermal pre-treatment. His special interest is on the small-scale SNG production with renewable power integration. He manages research projects on national as well as international level in cooperation with partners from research and industry.
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Johanna Kihlman, Dr., VTT Technical Research Centre of Finalnd Ltd.
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Power-to-gas through high temperature electrolysis and CO2 methanation
Camel Makhloufi, Dr., Engie Lab CRIGEN
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Parallel session 3a – Innovative concepts
AE-AMINE : An innovative chemical scrubbing technology for energy efficient biomethane production
Sander Reijerkerk, Dr., AROL ENERGY SAS
Sander ReijerkerkSander Reijerkerk is the Head of Engineering at AROL ENERGY. He obtained his PhD in Membrane Science & Technology in 2010 at the University of Twente (The Netherlands) where he focused on material & process development for the removal of CO2 from flue- and process gasses. Specialized in renewable energies he then spent two years at the CEA Grenoble (France) working on membrane development for hydrogen fuel cells before switching to biogas and joining AROL ENERGY. He currently oversees and manages all technical aspects of Arol Energy’s activities in the field of biogas purification including the implementation of its R&D and product development strategy. This comprises biomethane production using membrane separation and chemical scrubbing technologies as well as biogas pretreatment in challenging environments such as landfills.
Parallel session 3b – Gasification projects in pilot, demo and commercial scale
Low emission & fuel flexible gasification system
Jens Dall Bentzen, CEO, Dall Energy
Jens Dall BentzenWith a background as a research scientist within thermal gasification, Mr. Dall Bentzen has continued working with research and development of new biomass technologies. In 2007 Mr. Dall Bentzen founded Dall Energy. 
WoodRoll® – Green syngas for demanding process industry
Magnus Nelsson Folkelid, Business Manager, Cortus Energy AB
Magnus Nelsson FolkelidShort biography.
Production of BioSNG from waste:the GoGreenGas case in the UK
Massimiliano Materazzi, PhD, CEng, University College London
Masmilliano MaterazziMassimiliano Materazzi (PhD, CEng), is a Senior Research Associate and lecturer of Chemical Process Engineering and Fluid-Particle Systems at University College London (UK). From 2011, he has been working as R&D adviser and engineering consultant for national and international industries in the Waste-to-Energy sector. His research and professional activity is mainly oriented to all aspects of waste conversion technologies, with particular attention given to thermal treatments (combustion, gasification and pyrolysis) of different fuel and wastes, design and operation criteria of fluidized bed reactors for industrial application, (including nuclear and renewable energy) and reaction engineering for BioHydrogen and BioSNG synthesis. In February 2018 he obtained a prestigious research grant from the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng UK) with the objective of advancing thermal technologies for production of second generation biofuels from waste feedstock.
Plenary III – Liquefied biogas
First farm-based biogas to bio-LNG plant – The Greenville Energy Project
Simon Clodic, Sales Director, Cryo Pur
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Micro-scale biogas liquefaction – The Samsø case, the technology and market aspects
Knud Tybirk, PhD, Biogas 2020 Project manager, Samsø Municipality, Technical Department, and CEO of Samsø Biogas IVS.
Knud TybirkKnud Tybirk is a biologist and has broad experience from environmental research (air pollution, agroecosystem biodiversity), as rural development consultant in Danish Agricultural Advisory Service, as Biomass manager at Agro Business Park (biogas and biomass innovation joining research and business) and the last 2 years on establishing the value chain from Field to Ferry – biogas for the Samsø Ferry. Knud has moved to the small but innovative Island of Samsø to go all in for the biogas value chain establishment via Interreg ØKS project Biogas 2020 .