Speakers

The REGATEC 2020 speakers are personally invited in order to create a well composed conference centred around the conference topics.

SPEAKER LINE UP

Plenary I – Renewable methane for G-mobility – policy, potential and status
Status and policy for biomethane in Thuringia
Dieter Sell, Thuringian Energy and GreenTech Agency (ThEGA)
Dieter SellDieter Sell studied Biology at the University of Bochum and obtained his doctor’s degree in chemical technology from the University of Dortmund 1991. After that he led a research group at DECHEMA, Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology in Frankfurt (Main) for 15 years. His research work focused on fuel cells, sensor technologies and new process designs.
In his succeeding position as head of DECHEMA`s biotechnology department he was responsible for several areas such as renewable energies, renewable materials and the assessment of new technologies by eco-efficiency analysis. After he completed his post-doctoral thesis on electrochemistry in 2004 at the Leibnitz University of Hanover he was appointed early 2010 as an adjunct professor for technical chemistry. Since 2011 he is CEO of the Thuringian Energy  and GreenTech Agency.
Status and policy for biomethane as vehicle fuel in Germany
Alexey Mozgovoy, German Biogas Association
Alexey MozgovoyAlexey Mozgovoy is Staff Unit for biomethane at the German Biogas Association. He is responsible for the support of the stakeholders in the technical, legal and economic issues regarding biomethane usage in the transportation market. Alexey Mozgovoy has more than 10 years of experience with renewable energy and natural gas supply systems. He is an author of many papers on the topic of Gas Mobility, Biomethane and Bio-LNG and its application as a fuel gas for industry, transportation and network-connected gas supply, which have been published in renowned technical and scientific journals.
Renewable methane and G-mobility from a European perspective
Harm Grobrügge, European Biogas Association
HarmHarm Grobrügge operates his family’s farm in Northern Germany with an on-farm biogas plant installed in 1983. He has been active in the Fachverband Biogas, the German Biogas Associationsince 1985 at various positions: Regional spokesman, Board member, representative with BEE (German Renewable Energy Federation), associate to the Clearingstelle-EEG. Harm Grobrügge is President of EBA since 2019 and was a Vice-President from 2009 to 2019.
Plenary II – Renewable methane, synergies, trading and monitoring
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Ruxandra Albu Cimpoia, National Research Council Canada
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Enhanced SNG production by combining biomass-to-gas and Power-to-gas 
Sebastian Fendt, Technical University of Munich
Sebastian FendtSebastian Fendt studied Chemical Engineering at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) including an internship at Wacker Chemie AG and a semester abroad at UC Berkeley (US). After his studies, he did his PhD at TUM, Chair of Energy Systems on a combined Biomass-to-Gas / Power-to-Gas concept. Since 2015, Sebastian Fendt is head of a research group at the Chair of Energy Systems with the focus on energetic utilization of biomass and renewable fuels. His research interests include the pre-treatment of biomass and residues, the thermo-chemical gasification of solid fuels, the production of chemical energy carriers, as well as Power-to-Gas and Power-to-Fuel concepts.
Vision 2050+. The role of Biomethane in a Decarbonized World 
Zoltan Elek, Landwärme GmbH
Zoltan ElekMister Zoltan Elek (Dipl.-Ing.) is the founder and managing director of Landwärme GmbH, based in Munich, Germany. Landwärme is a biomethane supplier active in Europe. In addition to biomethane trading, the company plans and operates biogas upgrading plants and offers services along the entire biomethane value chain. Prior to Landwärme Zoltan Elek worked for E.ON Engineering, Stadtwerke München, and McKinsey & Company. He holds a degree in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Munich and participated in the MBA program at the University of California, Berkeley.Short CV
Monitoring of biogas upgrading plants to achieve high availability and efficiency
Ulf Richter, Richter ECOS GmbH
Ulf RichterUlf Richter, M.Sc. Process Engieering, has founded Richter ECOS GmbH in 2015. The company provides consulting, engineering and technical services to existing and new biomethane plants and projects. Before working 13 years with biomethane he has worked internationally in process and sales for leading companies within wastewater business, especially industrial such as pulp & paper and food & beverage.
Parallel session 1a – G-mobility and LBG
gmobility in Europe – where are we going?
Robin Hörrmann, NGVA Europe
RobinRobin Hörrmann has been Communication & Events Manager for the Natural & bio Gas Vehicle Association (NGVA Europe) since 2018. Prior to that, Robin gathered over seven years of experience related to EU advocacy in a set of other Brussels associations. He holds a degree in Politics and Public Administration from the University of Konstanz, Germany, as well as a Masters degree in Political Sciences from the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium.
LBG development in Sweden
Johan Laurell, 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.
Biogas to Bio-LNG for G-mobility
Yannick Rouaud, Air Liquide Advanced Technologies
Yannick RouaudYannick 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. Since there he is taking part to the delivery of well-proven machines and installations derived from Air Liquide Advanced Technologies’ worldwide experience in upgrading technologies and low temperature.
Parallel 1b – Methanation
COx methanation : catalysts development and reactor modelling coupling kinetics and deactivation
Anne-Cécile Roger, University of Strasbourg
Anne-Cécile RogerProf. Anne-Cécile ROGER is deputy Director of ICPEES (Institute of Chemistry and Processes for Energy, Environment and Health, Strasbourg, France). She coordinates the team “Energy and Fuels for a Sustainable Environment” since 2009. After a PhD obtained in 1995 on Oxidative Coupling of Methane, she defended her HDR in 2003 “Direct or indirect valorization of natural gas”. After a strong experience in Fischer-Tropsch for almost 10 years, she is, since more than ten years, involved in the development of mixed oxide type catalytic materials for CO2 hydrogenation for Power-to-Gas (methane) and Power-To-Liquids (methanol, DME, higher alcohols) technologies. She is the author of 77 publications, 6 book chapters, 26 proceedings, 3 patents and more than 100 oral communications. She supervised 22 PhD, 9 post-doc and 12 Master students.
Methanation – Review and Hot Topics
Stefan Rönsch, University of Applied Sciences Jena
Stefan RönschProf. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Rönsch holds the professorship for Environmental Economics at the Jena University of Applied Sciences. After his studies at the RWTH Aachen University and the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia in Spain he worked for 12 years at the German Biomass Research Centre (DBFZ) and headed the ‘syngas technology group’. His phd he obtained in 2011 from the Technical University Hamburg-Harburg about the simulation-based assessment of bio-synthetic natural gas production plants.
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Parallel session 2a – Gas cleaning, upgrading and P2G
5500 m³/h biogas upgrader based on physical absorption with polyglycols – design and results (tbc)
Roland Kahn, BMF HAASE GmbH
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Biomethane as a fuel  – implications for project development and proftability
Helmut Kern, Arcanum Energy Systems GmbH & Co. KG
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Hydrogen assisted biomass to methane – a regional bioeconomy case
Lorie Hamelin, Toulouse Biotechnology Institute
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Parallel 2b – Syngas fermentation and Power-to-gas
Biological methanation of syngas – SYNFERON
Niels Bjarne Kamp Rasmussen, Danish Gas Technology Centre
Niels Bjarne RasmussenDr. Niels Bjarne Kampp Rasmussen is employed at Danish Gas Technology Centre (DGC). He is an engineer with expertise on CFD and combustion modelling, advanced combustion technology calculations, heat transfer and thermal radiation, thermodynamic processes, gasification and biogas. Specifically, he has great experience in modelling and calculations of thermodynamic processes. Lately the focus has been on biogas and gasification.
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Jürgen Karl, Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
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Plenary III – Pilot, demo and commercial scale biogas and P2G plants
World’s largest Power-to-gas plant based on biological methanation 
Jonas Klückers, microbEnergy GmbH
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Doris Hafenbradl, Electrochaea GmbH
Doris HafenbradlDr. Hafenbradl, currently CTO of Electrochaea GmbH, 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 microbiology to the study of hyperthermophilic archaea in the laboratory of Prof. Dr. Karl Stetter at the Archaea Centre at the University of Regensburg.
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Erlend Haugsbø, Hyperthermics AS
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Plenary IV – Pilot, demo and commercial scale gasification plants
First experiences of a commercially operated WoodRoll® installation
Rolf Ljunggren, Cortus Energy AB
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