The REGATEC 2017 speakers are personally invited in order to create a well composed conference centred around the conference topics.


Biomethane development in Italy
Dr. Lorenzo Maggioni, Consorzio Italiano Biogas e Gassificazione
Lorenzo Maggioni, PhD, is since 2011 Head of Research and Development of Consortium Italian Biogas, where he currently leads the EU projects BIOSURF (BIOmethane as SUstainable and Renewable Fuel), ISAAC (Increasing Social Awareness and ACceptance of biogas and biomethane) and SABANA (Sustainable Algae Biorefinery for Agriculture and Aquaculture). In the last years he, also, participated in national and regional projects and also, as a speaker, in several conferences and workshops on the topic of biomethane and LBM. He is a board member of NGVA Europe.

The role of renewable gas for the European natural gas industry
Mr. Tim Cayford, Eurogas
Tim Cayford is Policy Adviser for Eurogas and manager of the Working Group dealing with the Renewable Energy Directive, Energy Efficiency Directive, and Energy Performance Building Directive. His advising focuses on the future role of gas in a sustainable energy system. His doctorate studies provide expertise in the relevance of gas in a smart energy system, as well as the functionality of gaseous energy not only as a partner to renewable energy, but as a part of renewable energy. Moreover, his work on community energy systems equips him with some understanding of the future potential in the emergence of bottom-up energy systems, which need to be coordinated with the current networks and businesses that supply our energy needs today, in such a way as to ensure reliability, affordability, and sustainability. Mr. Cayford is also a manager of the joint Smart Gas Grid Task Force (Eurogas, GERG, Marcogaz). As an independent adviser, he also advises other associations such as the European Gas Research Group (GERG), and works with energy related technology companies.

Renewable methane in the US – a growing opportunity
Mr. Christopher Voell, US Environmental Protection Agency
Over his 30-year environmental career, Chris has been a champion for biogas energy, improved waste management practices and methane mitigation. In his role as the Director of AgSTAR, Chris works with the U.S. livestock industry, state and federal agencies and biogas industry stakeholders in advancing the deployment of manure digesters and biogas systems. Chris also currently serves as Agriculture and Wastewater Lead for the Global Methane Initiative (GMI), advancing anaerobic digestion of organic feedstocks globally for methane mitigation and energy production. During his career at USEPA, Chris helped lead the Landfill Methane Outreach Program – advocating for renewable energy production from landfill gas. Chris served as Director of Technical Services for the Solid Waste Association of North America for 13 years – advancing the state of practice of waste management in the United States. He has worked in the private sector for SCS Engineers, Cornerstone Environmental Group, BioCNG, and Aria Energy. Chris served on the Board of Directors of the American Biogas Council (ABC), and in cooperation with the livestock industry, ABC, US Department of Agriculture, US Department of Energy and other stakeholders continues to work toward widespread deployment of digester systems. Chris has a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources Management from the University of Maryland and a Associates of Arts & Sciences degree in Forestry from Paul Smith’s College. Chris is married with three children and lives in Frederick, Maryland, USA.

Integrating anaerobic digestion and gasification to biomethane
Dr. Serge Guiot, National Research Council of Canada
Serge R. Guiot, a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from University of Liège, Belgium, is principal research scientist at the National Research Council of Canada (NRC). He is currently heading the Anaerobic Technologies and Bioprocess Control Team within the Energy, Mining & Environment Portfolio (EME) of NRC in Montreal. He is also adjunct professor at the University of Montreal. His research interests include enhanced anaerobic digestion of wastes and algae and biomethanation of syngas. He has ten patents to his credit and has published over 170 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He has been awarded in 2013 the Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition for his reputable scientific work at NRC.

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).

Integrated upgrading & liquefaction process for the production of Bio-LNG
MSc. Simon Clodic, Cryo Pur
Simon is Sales Director at Cryo Pur, a French equipment supplier offering patented solutions for the production of Bio-LNG (liquefied biomethane) and liquid Bio-CO2 from biogas. Simon holds a MSc of Business Administration from EDHEC Business School and a MSc of Environmental Science from Mines ParisTech. Simon is also the Secretary of France Biomethane, a French Think Tank aiming at developing biomethane knowledge and use.

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 intrinsic 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.

Measurement and Concentrations of Siloxanes and other Volatile Organic Compounds in Biogas Plants
Dr. Ute Merrittig-Bruns, Fraunhofer UMSICHT
Ute Merrettig-Bruns is microbiologist and holds a PhD in Biotechnology. She works since 1992 at Fraunhofer UMSICHT and is head of the research group Biotechnology for Environment and Energy. She has experience in biogas research projects for more than 20 years. Main research fields are aerobic and anaerobic biodegradation processes of organic materials and waste and biotechnological production of organic acids from renewable resources.

The Malmberg Upgrading  based on real experience of Italian grid injection
Dr. Gianandrea Ragno, Malmberg
Mr. Ragno is graduated at the Alma Mater Bologna (University of Natural Science) and has a specialization in Environmental Management at Bocconi University, Milano. He has held a variety of positions in the Biogas field since joining more than 10 years ago this branch.

From wastewater to biofuel: a novel up-grading technology integrated in WWTPs
Dr. Raul Cano, FCC Aqualia
Raul Cano, PhD, is researcher in the Department of Innovation and Technology of FCC Aqualia since 2014. He works in several Spanish and European projects (Smart Green Gas, Renovagas, H2020 Incover, FP7 All-gas) related with biogas and biomethane production in waste water treatment plants to generate renewable biofuels. He graduated as Chemical Engineering in 2009 and obtained his Master degree in Environmental Technology in 2011 in the University of Valladolid. Then, he received his Doctoral degree in 2014 in the same institution studying anaerobic digestion pretreatments of different solid wastes. Nowadays, he works in the first biomethane pilot plant from Aqualia in the WWTP of Jerez de la Frontera (Cádiz, Spain), performing demonstration tests in CNG cars with the biofuel produced from wastewater.

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  Centre 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
Prof. Dimosthenis Trimis is head of the Engler-Bunte-Institute and full professor for combustion technology at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. He graduated in 1990 from the Technical University of Athens in Mechanical Engineering and received his PhD from the University of Erlangen in 1995 in Chemical Engineering. In 2006 he took over as full professor the chair of Gas and Heat Technology at the Technical University of Freiberg. 2013 he changed to his current position . His major research interests are combustion processes in porous media, combustion diagnostics, model flames, hydrogen and fuel cell systems and numerical modelling. Among other assignments, he is coordinator of the European project HELMETH on Power to Gas through thermally integrated steam electrolysis with methanation.

BioCat Project – from Laboratory to Industrial Scale
Dr. Doris Hafenbradl, Electrochaea GmbH
Doris Hafenbradl 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, where she was responsible for the company’s discovery services activities. 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. She dedicated her doctoral research in microbiology to the study of hyperthermophilic archaea in the laboratory of Prof. Dr. Karl Stetter at the Archaea Centre at the University of Regensburg.

PtG as upgrading facility for biogas – A Project update
M.Eng. Jonas Klückers, MicrobEnergy GmbH
Jonas Klückers is currently working for MicrobEnergy GmbH (Viessmann Group) as a member of the project development team for the innovative energy storage solution “Power to Gas”. He holds a Master Degree in Renewable Energy Engineering and has been promoting Viessmann’s Power to Gas activities since 2014. Within the MicrobEnergy GmbH he is responsible for the development of Power to Gas projects as well as for the certification of the methane produced with this process.

Biomethanation in a trickle-bed – a true alternative
MSc. Lydia Rachbauer, Bioenergy 2020+ GmbH
Lydia Rachbauer is a Researcher at the Austrian competence center Bioenergy 2020+ GmbH in the area of Bioconversion & Biogas Systems. During her PhD at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, she is working on biological biogas desulfurization and upgrading within the Power-to-Gas concept as well as the fermentative production of biofuels and chemicals from CO2 via gas fermentation.

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.

Upscaling of integrated WoodRoll® testplant to industrial standard
MSc. Marko Amovic, Cortus Energy AB
Marko Amovic is process manager at Cortus Energy AB and responsible for operators of Cortus test plant as well as the engineering team. He has worked at Cortus Energy as a Process Engineer for 6+ years and taken part in the development of the company from being 3 employees to >20 today. Marko is a technically driven engineer with a Master Degree in Energy Engineering who enjoys working with technical products and process related challenges.

Small scale wood-power-plants in practice – development and experience!
MSc. Thomas Bleul, Spanner Re2 GmbH
Thomas Bleul studied Mechanical Engineering (Dipl. Ing.) with focus on cost accounting and marketing at the University of Applied Sciences in Landshut, Germany. His diploma thesis is called “Introducing of the value analysis system for a consisting product in a small business.” Today he is the CEO of the Spanner Re² GmbH, the regenerative sector of the Spanner Group with approx. 100 employees and a sale of around 10 Mio. Euro per year.

Solutions for credible cross-border trading of biomethane/Experiences and solved challenges with cross border biomethane trade
Dr. Peter Hawighorst Meo Carbon Solutions GmbH/Alex Gautschi, Biogasregister International AG

Biomethane trading in Europe including practical experiences of a Hungarian case
Mr. Gabor Sonkoly, Landwärme GmbH
Gabor Sonkoly is the Head of Business Development Europe at Landwärme GmbH, based in Munich, Germany. Prior to Landwärme, Sonkoly worked as a business consultant on projects with German and Eastern European energy concerns in Berlin as well as in Hungarian ministries focusing on national and European regulatory issues. After graduating as a lawyer in Szeged, Hungary, he studied EU law in Milan, Italy. In addition to his position at Landwärme, Mister Sonkoly is teaching history and law of the EU as an external lecturer at the Beuth University of Applied Sciences in Berlin, and is also attending a master’s program in European and International Energy Law at the Technical University of Berlin.

Biogas to Bio-LNG as transport fuel
MSc. Yannick Rouaud, Air Liquide Advanced Technologies
Yannick ROUAUD Dipl MSc. is leading the biogas to bio-LNG sales of equipment. After 26 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 biogas to bio-LNG project in Lidköping-Sweden, liquefying 13 tons per day of bio-LNG. Since there he is taking 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.

FPT strategy on Natural Gas engines
Mr. Federico Gaiazzi, FPT Industrial

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