Speakers

The REGATEC 2017 speakers will be personally invited in order to create a well composed conference centred around the conference topics. However, don’t hesitate to contact the organizers if you feel that you have a scientific or technical contribution of relevance within the fields of

  • Anaerobic digestion, gas cleaning and upgrading
  • Cryogenic upgrading and/or liquefaction
  • Biomass gasification, syngas cleaning, methanation and CHP
  • Power-to-gas

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS

Renewable methane development in China
Prof. Xiujin Li, Bejing University of Chemical Technology
Xiujin Li, Professor and Chair, Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT). Professor Li got his Ph.D degree from China Agricultural University and worked in University of California at Davis as a post-doctor researcher. He has been working in BUCT since 2000 as associate professor and full professor. His main research interest is solid waste treatment and reutilization with emphasis on anaerobic digestion for converting various biomass wastes into biogas and biomethane. He has participated as principle investigator over dozens of research projects. He was granted the second-place Science and Technology Progress Award (STPA) by the Ministry of Agriculture of China and the third-place STPA from Chinese government. He was also awarded as “Outstanding Environmental Scientist” in 2008 by Chinese Society of Environmental Sciences. He has published over 200 papers and was granted over 20 patents. He currently serves as executive director of China Biogas Associtation(CBA), and vice director of Subcommittee of Solid Waste Management with China Environmental Science Association.

Biogas & syngas: Synergies between anaerobic digestion and gasification
Dr. Michael Niederbacher, BTS Biogas Srl/GmbH
Michael Niederbacher, Chief Executive Officer & Chairman of BTS Biogas, is graduated at the BOKU (University of Natural Resources and Life Science) in Vienna. As agriculturalist he has devoted the last 15 years of his life to the world of biogas. Thanks to his work and experiences in all matters concerning biogas he is today one of the leading biogas experts in Europe. Since one of his biggest concern is pushing the biogas world to a higher level, he was cofounder first of the Klimaenergy fair in Bozen, then of the Consorzio Italiano Biogas (CIB) in march 2009 and finally of the European Biogas Association (EBA). One of his goals is to substitute at least one nuclear power plant by biogas plants. He is member of the CIB Board and Technical Committee, and Member of the EBA’s Company Advisory Council (CAC).

Efficient on-site liquefaction of bio-LNG using Stirling Cryogenerators
BSc. Francesco Dioguardi, DH Industries BV
Francesco Dioguardi has over 30 years of experience in cryogenics systems and the use of Stirling Cryogenerators. Trained as mechanical engineer he started as Service Engineer for 20 K Stirling Cryogenerators. This experience gave profound knowledge of Stirling Cryogenerators, cryogenic systems and the needs of customers and their applications. Over 20 years he has been in the field of design, sales and manufacturing of cryogenic systems for a wide range of customers and applications ranging from artificial insemination to superconductivity, scientific research devices and (re-) liquefaction of cryogenic gases. He is heavily involved in the product and market development of StirLNG systems for the LNG market, both for bio-LNG and off-shore.

High methane conversion efficiency by low temperature steam reforming of bio-feedstock
Dr. Valerie Dupont, Leeds University
Valerie Dupont, PhD, is leader of the Low Carbon Energy research group at The University of Leeds. She has specialised in advanced steam reforming processes for the production of hydrogen from natural gases, as well as from sustainable volatile and semi-volatile feedstocks. Her research has focussed on energy efficient methods such as chemical looping to provide the heat requirement of steam reforming via redox cycles of Nickel metallic catalyst, thus avoiding emissions caused by external firing, and sorption enhanced steam reforming using high temperature CO2 sorbents to achieve high H2 purity inside the reformer, and permit process intensification. More recently her work has extended to the low temperature catalytic steam reforming process for the direct catalytic methanation of renewable feedstocks. Her research encompasses process optimisation via modelling and bench scale reactor experiments, novel materials synthesis and testing, and feedstocks characterisation.

Advanced syngas cleaning and increased bioSNG efficiency
Prof. Henrik Thunman, Chalmers University of Technology
Professor Henrik Thunman is Professor and Head of Division at the Division Technology, Chalmers University of Technology and Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. He received his Doctoral degree in 2001 and was appointed Professor in 2009. Henrik Thurman’s research is focused on combustion and gasification processes, including innovative processes for reforming of gasification product gases. Since 2005 he has been responsible for the scientific part of the GoBiGas project, which to this date has have a budget of more than 20 million Euros.

ECN System for Methanation (ESME)
Dr. Guadalupe Aranda Almansa, Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN)
G. Aranda Almansa is an industrial engineer and holds a PhD on biomass gasification. She works since 2013 as bioenergy researcher at the Biomass and Energy Efficiency unit of the Energy research Center of the Netherlands (ECN). Her research fields include thermochemical conversion of biomass and waste (in particular gasification), producer gas upgrading, and production of fuels and chemicals from producer gas.

Methanation of air captured CO2
Dr. Pekka Simell, VTT Technical Research Institute of Finland Ltd.
Pekka Simell, Catalyst Technologies Research team leader at VTT Ltd. and Adjunct Professor at the LUT School of Energy Systems. Has 33 years’ experience in syngas manufacturing and catalytic operations, recent activities include also the development and testing of PtX process concepts.

HELMETH – a high efficiency Power-to-gas concept
Prof. Dimosthenis Trimis, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Small scale gasification-based CHP in Italy
Prof. David Chiaramonti, University of Florence
David Chiaramonti, PhD, teaches Bioenergy Conversion Technologies at the University of Florence. He is member of CREAR and chairman of the Renewable Energy COnsortium for R&D (RE-CORD), University of Florence. Recent activities cover aviation biofuel, catalytic pyrolysis and gasification of biomass in pilot/demo reactors, hydrothermal liquefaction and carbonisation, methanation, and algae cultivation systems and downstream processing. He is author of more than 180 publications on International Journals and Conferences, and participated to more than 25 EU R&D and dissemination projects.


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