The REGATEC 2024 speakers will be personally invited in order to create a well composed conference centred around the conference topics. If you feel that you have an interesting contribution related to bio-, electro- and thermochemical conversion of biomass/waste to methane don’t hesitate to contact us. If there is no available speaker slot in the upcoming REGATEC, there might be one in the next edition.
Please note that for commercial players to be considered as speakers we expect an active support of the conference, i.e., as exhibitors and/or sponsors.
The REGATEC 2024 speaker line up will be posted here!
|Renewable methane – status, policy and market insights
Maria Malmkvist, Swedish Gas Association
|Maria 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.
|Biomethane in Europe
Mieke Decorte, European Biogas Association
|Mieke Decorte is the Technical and Project Manager at the European Biogas Association since 2021 while she joined the association in 2018. Mieke manages and coordinates the technical and project work within the EBA and supports EBA’s policy and communication work with technical knowledge and data. Her main responsibilities include coordinating EBA’s involvement in Horizon Europe and other programs and overseeing the EBA’s technical publications such as the EBA Statistical Report and the European biomethane map. Mieke has earned technical and market knowledge on the biogas sector with her work at the Flanders biogas association. She graduated in 2016 as a bioengineer at UGhent with a specialization in environmental technology.
|Biomethane to 2040 what can we expect?
James Watson, Eurogas
|Dr 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
|Perspectives on biomethane trade in Europe
Zoltan Elek, Landwärme GmbH
|Zoltan Elek graduated from the Technical University of Munich after completing a degree in Electrical Engineering, where he majored in Energy Technology. He is also a graduate of the Center for Digital Technology and Management at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, participated in an MBA program, and completed an executive program at Harvard Business School. After working for notable names such as E.ON Engineering, Stadtwerke Munich, and McKinsey & Company, Mr. Elek founded Landwärme in 2007 and is the CEO of the Munich-based renewable energy company Landwärme. In all, Mr. Elek offers a wealth of experience in, and well-founded knowledge of, the biomethane industry and markets in Germany and Europe.
|Methanation and syngas fermentation – Part A
Raquel Iglesias, CIEMAT
|Agricultural Engineer (2001) from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM), in 2003 she obtained a scholarship to complete the Master’s Degree in Environmental Management and Administration from the Biodiversity Foundation of MAPAMA in collaboration with the National University of Distance Education (UNED) and in 2016 she obtained the title of Doctor in the specialty of wastewater treatment and regeneration for agricultural use from the UPM. During the 2017-2018 academic year, she was part of the Fulbright program as a Visiting Research Scientist in the Department of Economics and Water Resources at the University of California at Davis, completing her research activity with internships at the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) in Sacramento. Since March 2019, she has been Head of the Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts Unit at CIEMAT.
|High-capacity multi-feedstock catalytic methanation – experimental validation, up-scale and future projects
Katrin Salbrechter, Montanuniversität Leoben
|Katrin Salbrechter is a PhD candidate at the Chair of Process Technology and Industrial Environmental Protection at Montanuniversität Leoben (Austria). The topic of her doctoral thesis addresses the Power-to-Gas technology and its application to demonstration scale. In addition, she is doing research on thermodynamic basics of methanation processes and a reactor conceptualization for industrial applications.
|BioFARM: a powerful tool to shorten and to make more economical the investments for biomethanation plants
Robert Bauer, MicroPyros BioEnerTec GmbH
|Robert Bauer studied at the Deggendorf Institute of Technology: Bachelor’s degree in Resource and Environmental Management (2016), and Master’s degree in Construction and Environment (2018)
Recently he graduated as a PhD in 2023 from the University of Luxembourg in cooperation with the Deggendorf Institute of Technology on the topic of Utilizing Power-to-Methane in energy communities with energy cell simulation.
Since 2022 he is employed at MicroPyros as a project engineer to apply the energy cell simulation and supervise the execution of the BioFarm research facility.
|Biomethanation in the Electrolyzer
Ivan Ilic, Electrochaea GmbH
|Ivan Ilic studied chemistry in Zagreb and Berlin. During his stay at the Max Planck Institute for Colloids and Interfaces he researched bio-derived materials for energy storage, graduating the doctoral program with the thesis: “Design of sustainable cathodes for Li-ion batteries”. During his postdoctoral stay at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia he developed the first edible rechargeable battery. Currently, he is working at Electrochaea as a senior development scientist, developing the microbial electrolysis cell.
|Methanation and syngas fermentation – Part B
|HZI methanation technologies – a current glimpse into activities and projects
Robert Böhm & Nils Lannefors, Hitachi Zosen Innova
|Robert Böhm began his career in 2014 as a Process Engineer and later as a Business Development Manager at microbEnergy GmbH, where he was entrusted with identifying new business opportunities and partnerships with key stakeholders. During his time at microbEnergy, Robert played a critical role in implementing demo projects, expanding the company’s presence in the renewable energy market, and establishing the company as a leading provider of methanation solutions. In 2022, Robert joined Hitachi Zosen Inova Schmack GmbH as Product & Marketing Manager Power-to-Gas, where he is focused on the development, launch and marketing of the company’s power-to-gas products. He is involved in defining and implementing the company’s product roadmap, conducting market research and analysis, and driving sales growth.
Nils Lannefors holds a M.Sc in mechanical engineering from Lund Institute of Technology and has 25+ years’ experience in various positions in the energy industry at ABB, Alstom and GE Power before he entered HZI in 2019 as regional business development manager for renewable gas projects in the Nordic region. Nils is located in Stockholm, Sweden.
|Conversion of syngas in a trickle bed reactor
Karin Berg, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden
|Karin Berg holds a master’s degree in Energy Systems Engineering from Uppsala University, where she graduated in 2021. Following her studies, she embarked on a career as a research and development engineer at RISE. Her work primarily involves conducting lab experiments related to biological methanation, as well as contributing to projects within CCS/U and small-scale biogas upgrading. Currently, Karin is actively engaged in an EU project called BIOMETHAVERSE. In this project, she is focused on designing and commissioning a demonstration plant for biological methanation using a Trickle Bed Reactor, advancing the technology from TRL 3 to 6.
|DTU’s experiences of syngas fermentation in a trickle bed reactor
Hariklia N. Gavala, Technical University of Denmark
|Hariklia Gavala is Chemist with a PhD in Biochemical Engineering and Environmental Technology (Departments of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, respectively, University of Patras, Greece). She is currently Associate Professor at the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark. Her research focus is in Biorefinery Conversions with emphasis on production of biofuels, bulk chemicals and materials (bioplastics) from biomass including industrial effluents as well as in developing the syngas and CO2 platform towards biotechnological applications. Dr. Gavala has expertise in anaerobic digestion and fermentation processes with axenic cultures and mixed microbial consortia, pre-treatment methods, kinetics and modeling as well as membrane application in biorefineries. Dr. Gavala has obtained two Marie Curie fellowships and in 2010 was nominated for the “EliteForsk-priser” from the Department of Biotechnology, Chemistry and Environmental Engineering of Aalborg University in Denmark.
|Synergies between different renewable methane conversion routes and innovative processes
|Biomethane and e-methane development in Denmark
Annette Münther, Energinet
|Anette Münther has a Msc in chemical process engineering from the Technical University of Denmark. Her work has centered around biomethane for the past 6 years. First at Danish Gas technology Center, researching process and technology optimization for biomethane as well as derivative effects of biomethane on gas quality. After transferring to Energinet (the Danish TSO) in 2022, she has been responsible for planning and adapting the gas grid to the rapidly increasing amounts of biomethane. All the while keeping an eye on how new improvements and developing technologies offer new possibilities and challenges for the gas system.
|A systemic approach for new green value chains
Nicola Bruni Zani, Pietro Fiorentini
|Nicola Bruni Zani studied at Politecnico di Milano: Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering (2020). During 2020 he has been active as Associate Research Fellow at University of Notre Dame (USA).
Since 2021 he is employed in Milan at Pietro Fiorentini, working in business development of company’s renewable solutions. According to Pietro Fiorentini strategy, his work embraces new ways of producing sustainable gases for boosting energy transition. He focuses mainly on Biomethane and Power-to-gas technologies, with special attention in finding the best applications for the production and utilization of these renewable energy carriers, in view of a future multivector energy system that integrates natural gas infrastructure with biomass resources and renewable electricity production.
|Biological methanation at a large industrial biogas plant in Denmark
Thorkil Dahlgreen, Biogasclean A/S
|Thorkil Dahlgreen is founder of Biogasclean with headquarters in Denmark and subsidiaries in USA, Canada, Brazil and Thailand. Thorkil has solid experience from building-up and developing start-ups. Thorkil was in 1985 founder and CEO of DANWIN, one of the pioneering companies in the Danish windmill industry. He was besides Chairman of the Association of Danish Windmill Manufacturers from 1989 to 1991. From 1991 to 1999 Thorkil worked with international sales of large turn-key power stations for Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractors, BWSC. In 1999 he was founder and CEO of ECO-DAN. The company developed a unique system for automatic precision guidance of tractors, combines and implements. ECO-DAN was acquired by CLAAS. Thorkil founded Biogasclean in 2008 and was until the end of 2022 the company’s CEO; today he holds the position as CCO.
|Biological methanation – economic feasibility and the next step by the anaerobic bio-reactive wall process (ABRW)
Marko Burkhardt, GICON® GmbH and Brandenburg University of Technology
|Dr. Marko Burkhardt is technical manager of the research department of GICON® GmbH in Cottbus/Germany. His scientific work is located in process development and application of anaerobic digestion. Dr. Burkhardt has more than 18 years experince in education and research in anaerobic processes technology. He managed several projects of material and energy recovery from biomass and waste at the Institute of Environmental Technology at the Department of Circular Economy at the Technical University of Brandenburg. To obtain his PhD in 2012 he developed an innovative process design for biomethanation, which has been patented. Since 2018 he owns the postdoctoral lecture qualification in biochemistry and bioengineering technology.
|Upgrading and liquefaction
João Pinto-Machado, SYSADVANCE
Alexander Ryhl, Ammongas A/S
|With a background as Global Business Engineer from the Technical University of Denmark, Alexander originally set out to work with product design and development of different products. In 2016 he started in Ammongas where he could use his previously acquired knowledge to develop, sell, and build biogas upgrading plants, including the upgrading plant in Avedøre, supplying biomethane to the Copenhagen gas grid. Now as Head of Sales in Ammongas, he is responsible for expanding their environmental solutions throughout the world.
|Updates on Biokraft’s biogas upgrading and liquefaction plants
Örjan Bohinen & Ragnar Stare, Biokraft International AB
|Symposium on biomass gasification – Part A
|Life cycle emissions – woody biomass to bioLNG
Joule Bergerson, University of Calgary
|Dr. Bergerson received her Ph.D. in a joint program of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. She has a Master of Engineering Degree in Chemical Engineering with a collaborative program in Environmental Engineering from the University of Toronto and an undergraduate degree in chemistry and environmental science from the University of Western Ontario. Prior to this, Dr. Bergerson was a project manager and senior technical systems analyst at the Royal Bank of Canada between 1998 and 2001. Dr. Bergerson has been an assistant professor at the University of Calgary since September 2008.
|Electricity assisted biomass gasification
Jürgen Karl, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
|Prof. Jürgen Karl holds the Chair of Energy Process Engineering at the Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nürnberg in Germany, which is part of the newly founded Energy Campus of Nuremberg (EnCN). In 2007, he founded the start-up company agnion Inc. which developed the Heatpipe Reformer, an innovative indirectly heated steam gasification technology. As coordinator of several European R&D projects including the CarbonNeutralLNG project, Prof Karl focuses mainly on bioenergy and the synthesis of Second Generation Fuels by means of thermochemical and biological methanation..
|Advances in sorption enhanced reforming
Thomas Hannl, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences
|Dr. Thomas Karl Hannl is Senior Researcher at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna and at the research institution BEST – Bioenergy and Sustainable Technologies GmbH. He received his doctoral degree in the field of energy engineering with a focus on phosphorus recovery from sewage sludge ashes from Luleå University of Technology, Sweden. His current research work focuses on fluidized bed technology, thermodynamic modeling for fuel ash characterization, and the development of thermochemical BtX-processes up to demo-scale validation.
|The FlexSNG project
Sanna Tuomi, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd.
|Symposium on Biomass Gasification – Part B
Rolf Ljunggren, Cortus Energy AB
|Rolf Ljunggren, M.Sc. from KTH in Stockholm, SE, is the founder of Cortus Energy AB and the inventor of the WoodRoll® biomass gasification technology. His background is mainly in Swedish Industrial gas group AGA (now Linde) for thirteen years in metallurgy applications and On-Site gas solution. In Cortus he is behind the initial testing of the WoodRoll® process concept at KTH, first ½ MW test plant in Köping, SE, and now the first commercial plant of 6 MW syngas at Höganäs AB, SE. Further he is behind the testing of SNG production from WoodRoll® with catalytic processing in 2015 and 2018 as well as syngas digestion in 2021.
Christer Gustavsson, BioShare AB