Speakers

The REGATEC 2019 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 or landfill gas 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 (e.g. sponsorship or exhibition).

SPEAKER LINE UP (may be subject to changes)

Plenary I – Biomethane – policy, potential and status
Gas – a vital part of the renewable energy future
James Watson, Dr, Secretary General Eurogas
James WatsonDr Watson is the Secretary General of Eurogas, a role he has held since January 2019. Eurogas is the association representing the European gas wholesale, retail and distribution sectors.
Prior to taking the helm at Eurogas, Dr Watson was the Chief Executive Officer of SolarPower Europe, the European solar industry association. Before joining SolarPower Europe, Dr Watson worked as the Director of Public Affairs for Weber Shandwick, specialising in energy and trade policy. Before coming to Brussels, Dr Watson worked for the Commonwealth Secretariat on a European Commission project on trade and sustainable development based in Ethiopia. Earlier in his career James worked for various UK government bodies in London and worked as a lecturer in Environmental Law at the University of Manchester.
He holds a Ph.D in International Trade and Environmental Law from the University of Leeds, and is currently a Visiting Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
The biogas and biomethane development in Sweden
Maria Malmkvist, MSc, CEO Swedish Gas Association.
Maria MalmkvistMaria Malmkvist has a MSc degree from the Institute of Technology at Linköping University. In February 2016 she became the CEO of the Swedish Gas Association. She has experience from consultancy work at WSP and she was the head of unit Energy efficiency and the deputy department head at the Swedish Energy Agency.
The biogas and biomethane development in Denmark
Thea Larsen, MSc, CEO Danish Gas Technology Center a/s.
Thea LarsenThea Larsen has a MSc degree from Technical University of Denmark in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. She has been the CEO of Rovsing Dynamics and later GP Rovsing Dynamics. Since October 2013 she is the CEO of Danish Gas Technology Center a/s. She is also the Chairman of the Board of the Danish Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Programme (EUDP).
Plenary II – Renewable methane, synergies between different production routes and natural gas
Synergetic effect of combined physical-chemical and biological processes for energy efficient fungible RNG generation
Ruxandra Albu Cimpoia, Prof., National Research Council Canada
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Biogas, the optimal “low-carb” diet in a world hungry for energy 
Håvard Wollan, MSc, CEO Biokraft AS
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Synergies between LNG and biogas – market aspects 
Matti Oksanen, MSc. Business Development Director Gasum Oy
Matti OksanenMatti Oksanen is Business Development Director within Gasum’s Biogas Business Unit. Main responsibilities are new investments to biogas production and market development of biogas within Nordics. Prior to Gasum Mr Oksanen has been working in the renewable fuels, energy and forest industry mainly in different business development related duties.
A green challenge for Gas Grid
Leonardo Senatori, MSc., Pietro Fiorentini S.p.A.
Leonardo SenatoriLeonardo has a Master (MSc) degree in Energy Engineering at Milan Polytechnic University and a specialization at Montreal Polytechnic (Canada).
After working in the design and risk assessment of petrochemical projects, Leonardo joined Pietro Fiorentini – Italy – as coordinator of the renewable gas project. In his role he is evaluating Green Gas and Power to Gas applications and takes part in standard committees regulating green gas injection in the grid.
Parallel session 1a – Liquefied biogas
Swedish National Cluster Drive LBG
Johan Laurell, MSc. Swedish Gas Association
Johan LaurellJohan Laurell has a M.Sc. degree from Uppsala University. He has been in several leading positions within the waste management and biogas research area. Currently he is responsible for the implementation of Drive LBG a Swedish National Cluster on liquefied biogas.
Unconventional liquefaction technology for operational excellence; Bridging traditional LNG and the future of Bio LNG
Jerom van Roosmalen, MSc. CEO Nordsol BV
Jerome van RoosmalenJerom van Roosmalen is the founding father of Nordsol, previously called Osomo (2009). He is a passioned mechanical engineer, and turns his core beliefs into practical solutions. He is driven to do the unusual and shift boundaries, not by reinventing the wheel, but enhancing existing technologies and processes into an inventive more smarter integrated solution. During developing and patenting the iLNG technology, Jerom has single handedly designed, built and operated several pilot mini scale bioLNG systems to validate the technology, and has published the results at the previous REGATEC congresses.
Biogas to Bio-LNG as transport fuel
Yannick Rouaud, MSc. Air Liquide Advanced Technologies
Yannick RouaudYannick ROUAUD Dipl MSc. Industrial Cryogenics Market & Sales Manager. After 28 years in various position in Air liquide as business developer in industrial sectors such as steel industry, chemistry, oil & gas, he moved to biogas sector in 2010 with the first biogas to bio-LNG plant in Lidköping-Sweden. Since there he took part to the delivery of well-proven machines and installations derived from Air Liquide Advanced Technologies’ long & worldwide experience in upgrading technologies and low temperature.
Parallel 1b – LFG Baltic seminar
Chair: Prof. Ange Nzihou
The LFG Baltic project – Landfill gas in Sweden
Jörgen Held, Dr., CEO Baltic Energy Innovation Centre.
Jörgen HeldJörgen Held took his PhD at the division of Fluid Mechnics, Lund Institute of Technology. He has been a programme manager at the Swedish Energy Agency, the research director of CEDER/CIEMAT, Spain, the CEO of the Swedish Gas Technology Centre. In 2012 he started his own company, Renewable Energy Technology International AB (Renewtec AB) and in 2017 he became the Executive Managing Director of the Baltic Energy Innovation Centre.
The LFG Baltic project – Landfillgas in Lithuania
Andrius Tamosiunas, Dr., Deputy Director Lithuanian Energy Institute
Andrius TamosiunasAndrius Tamošiunas, Dr., is a deputy director at Lithuanian Energy Institute. He has graduated from Vytautas Magnus University with background in Physics (bachelor) and Energy & Environment (Master). PhD defended at Lithuanian Energy Institute in the field of Energy and Power Engineering. As a part-time Senior researcher at the Plasma Processing Laboratory of the Lithuanian Energy Institute, he has been specialising in R&D&I of thermal plasma technologies and their applications for waste-to-energy, synthesis gas production and environmental issues.
The LFG Baltic project – Landfill gas in Poland
Robert Aranowski, Dr., Gdansk University of Technology
Robert AranowskiRobert Aranowski, received his M.Sc. in a specialty of Advanced Inorganic Technology at Chemical Faculty of Gdansk University of Technology in 1997. In 2002 he defended his doctoral degree in a field of Chemical Technology. Since 2003, he has been the lecturer and researcher at Chemical Technology Department of Gdansk University of Technology. The main research interests include anaerobic digestion, biogas upgrading, mathematical simulation, optimization, modelling and design of chemical and biochemical processes, mass and heat transfers at the gas-liquid interface.
Landfill gas development in Ukraine
Hennadiy Zhuk, Dr., The Gas Institute of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
Hennadiy ZhukHennadiy Zhuk graduated Doctor of Science (2004) degree. Since 2009 he joined The Gas Institute of National Science Academy of Ukraine and now holds the position of Deputy Director and Head of Gas Technology Department.
Now one of his main areas of activity is biogas (including landfill gas) production, processing and utilization. He is involved in research of gas separation, refining and using in engine technologies. The technologies were implemented at 6 landfills in Ukraine with total electrical power of over 7 MW.
Parallel session 2a – Gas cleaning and upgrading
A novel gas purification system based on sodium carbonate
Kristian Melin, MSc. Senior Researcher VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd.
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Overview of adsorption based technologies
Patrick Barcia, Dr. Head of R&D department, Sysadvance
Patrick BarciaPatrick da Silva Bárcia is Chemical Engineer, and PhD by University of Porto (FEUP). He is a specialist in the development of adsorption processes with industrial application, having been deeply involved in the intensification of the energy efficiency in gas separation/purification processes. Since 2010 he is leader of the R&D Department at SYSADVANCE, where he was responsible for the development of innovative patented technologies that have created new business areas in the company. Examples are the METHAGEN processes for biogas and landfill gas purification; CARBOGEN for recovery and purification of CO2 from waste gas streams; HELISYS for recovery and purification of helium or hydrogen; O2VSA for the production of O2 with low energy consumption, and DEOXYS for the production of ultrapure N2 by catalytic reaction. He is also the author of 16 scientific publications on adsorptive science & technologies, coordinator of several national and European R&D projects. He was supervisor of more than 10 MSc. and PhD. thesis.
Microscale biomethane production on farm – Concept demonstration and experiences
Henrik Olsson, MSc. RISE Reseach Institutes of Sweden
Henrik OlssonHenrik Olsson has a M.Sc. degree from Uppsala University (Sweden) in energy systems. Working as project manager at RISE Research Institutes of Sweden in the field of biogas production and organic waste management. Areas of interest are process technology, bio-fertilizer, small scale biomethane production and biological process optimization.
Parallel 2b – LFG Baltic seminar
Chair: Prof. Ange Nzihou
Use of new methods for landfill gas monitoring
Nicolas Marino Proietti., MSc. CEO ReSource International
Nicolas ProiettiNicolas Marino Proietti has a MSc degree in Environmental Engineering specialized in residual resources engineering from the Technological University of Denmark (DTU). After starting his career as site Engineer at Reykjavík landfill site, he founded the company ReSource International ltd. which specialized in consulting and monitoring services in environmental matters. The company in addition of offering regular environmental consulting services, is developing innovative solutions in order to develop science and data relevance for the industry. The company has been growing fast in Iceland and now is looking for opportunities to implement similar projects in the Nordic countries especially regarding to landfill gas collection optimization, drone surveying and microplastics monitoring.
Feedback on the first landfill-gas-to-RNG grid injection projects in France
Mathieu Lefebvre., MSc. CEO Waga Energy
Mathieu LefebvreEngineer graduated from Centrale Marseille, Mathieu is co-founder and CEO of Waga Energy. Before he found Waga Energy, Mathieu started the biogas activity for Air Liquide group and built the first anaerobic digestion plants in France. He has been a permanent member of the French government biomethane working group since 2009.
Practical experiences with Landfill Gas desulfurization
Razvan Petrica, MSc. Senior Process Technologist, Paques
Razvan PetricaRazvan Petrica has a master degree (MSc) in Chemical Engineering from University Politehnica of Bucharest. With more than ten years of experience in the chemical and environmental industries, Razvan is now global responsible for the THIOPAQ® biogas desulfurization technology for all activities related to overall product strategy, research and development and he is an expert in implementing projects worldwide.
Plenary III – Pilot, demo and commercial scale biogas and P2G plants
EffiSludge for LIFE: a low cost wastewater treatment 
Francesco Ometto, Dr., R&D manager Scandinavian Biogas Fuels AB
Francesco OmettoFrancesco Ometto is Research and Development Manager at Scandinavian Biogas. Member of the Biogas Research Center (BRC) in Sweden, he has a PhD on applied sciences obtained at Cranfield University (UK) and a MSc in Environmental Engineering from the University of Padova (IT). His expertise within the anaerobic digestion process is focused on innovative substrates pre-treatments and process performance. Since 2014, Francesco is managing EU funded projects working with stakeholders from the biogas sector. At present, Francesco is the responsible of the EU LIFE demonstration project called EffiSludge for LIFE, focused on biogas production within the pulp and paper industry.
Jordberga – grid injection of biomethane. Going from crop based to waste based 
Andreas Berg, Dr., Productions Development Specialist Gasum AB
Andreas BergAndreas Berg has a position as Development Engineer at Gasum. Before the current position Andreas has been working with R&D in the biogas industry for ca 10 years, for example as Head of R&D at Scandinavian Biogas. Areas of interest are microbial processes and bio-fertilizer treatment and valorization.
Biomethane and technical CO2 supply in Denmark – the Korskro case 
Jens Bo Holm Nielsen, Associate Professor, Aalborg University
Jens Bo Holm NielsenJens Bo is the Head of Energy Section – Department of Energy Technology and the Head of Center for Bioenergy and Green Engineering at Aalborg University, Denmark. He has a M.Sc. degree in Agricultural Systems, Crops & Soil Science from KVL, Royal Veterinary & Agricultural University, Copenhagen and a Ph.D. degree from Aalborg University related to Process Analytical Technologies for Biogas Systems. The field of research covers integrated agriculture, environment and energy system solutions with a core competences in bioenergy technologies and biomass resource conversion to biogas or biofuels.
Power-to-Gas with Biological Methanation – an Industrial Application for Energy Storage and CO2 Reuse worldwide 
Doris Hafenbradl, Dr., CTO and Managing Director Electrochaea GmbH
Doris HafenbradlDoris has enjoyed a successful career as scientist and corporate executive in the biotech and pharma industry in the US and Europe. She joined Electrochaea from Axxam, a leading provider of integrated discovery services for the life sciences industry. Prior to Axxam, she held several senior management roles in international, industry-leading pharmaceutical firms including BioFocus, Proteros, GPC Biotech, Axxima Pharmaceuticals, Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation, and Diversa.
Doris dedicated her doctoral research in mircobiology to the study of hyperthermophilic archaea in the laboratory of Prof. Dr. Karl Stetter at the Archaea Centre at the University of Regensburg.
Plenary IV – Pilot, demo and commercial scale gasification plants
RNG development from biomass gasification – the Woodland project 
Robert Cattolica, Prof., University California San Diego
iconRobert Cattolica is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of California San Diego. He is a graduate of the University of California Berkeley in Mechanical Engineering BS (1967), MS (1968), PhD. (1973). He is the Director of UC Research at the Woodland Biomass Research Center in Woodland, CA working on complementary research to the operation of a 1 MWth dual-fluidized bed gasifer. Current research includes: CFD modeling of biomass gasification, gas cleaning, reforming catalysts, mixed alcohol synthesis catalysts, and the development of methanation catalysts.
Experiences of the first industrial scale WoodRoll® installation 
Rolf Ljunggren, MSc., Founder and deputy director Cortus Energy AB
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Electrification of the bioSNG process in industrial scale
Henrik Thunman, Prof. Chalmers University of Technology
Henrik ThunmanHenrik Thunman is a Professor and Head of Division, Department of Space, Earth and Environment, Energy Technology at Chalmers University of Technology.