Speakers

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

SPEAKER LINE UP

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
Stefan Rauh, German Biogas Association
Stefan RauhDr. Stefan Rauh studied agricultural sciences at the Technical University of Munich at the Weihenstephan Science Center.  He did his doctorate on the subject “Competition for biomass – deriving the excellence of land use for the production of food or energy biomass”. At the end of 2009, immediately after completing his doctorate, he switched to the German Biogas Association. Since then, he has been head of the agriculture department and has also been managing director since June 2013.
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.
Renewable methane, synergies, trading and monitoring
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.
Developing cross-border transfer of renewable gas certificates in Europe to facilitate the biomethane market uptake 
Matthias Edel, ERGaR
Matthias EdelSince March 2021 Matthias Edel is Secretary General of the European Renewable Gas Registry aisbl. In 2019, Matthias Edel founded the consultancy firm Erneuergas. From 2011 to 2019, he worked for the German Energy Agency (dena). As team Leader Bioenergy, he was responsible for all bioenergy activities, leading national and international projects, campaigns and initiatives in the renewable energy sector. He was coordinator of the “biogaspartner” platform. Also, he was project director of the Biogasregister Deutschland, a registry for the issuance and documentation of renewable gas certificates. He started his professional career as a scientific research associate for the German Biomass Research Centre (DBFZ) in Leipzig. Matthias Edel studied economics and geography at the University of Mannheim and the University of Heidelberg.
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.
Biomethane – project development and bioeconomy
Biomethane as a fuel  – implications for project development and profitability
Helmut Kern, Arcanum Energy Systems GmbH & Co. KG
Helmut KernDr. Helmut Kern, born 1962, studied agronomy at the University of Bonn straight after completing his national service and apprenticeship. His dissertation focused the effects of the liberalisation of commodity markets on behalf of the EU (trade model) by quantitative analysis. After working in international marketing at Henkel KGaA in Düsseldorf, he held management positions with brand manufacturers of capital goods. He then moved to the German/Portuguese group Sonae/Glunz AG, where he was responsible for international sales & marketing and technical product management. As Managing Director of a trade fair company also active in Southern and Eastern Europe, he found his way into the energy industry, where he built up sales for a Swiss company in Germany. Today he is Managing Director of ARCANUM Energy Systems GmbH & Co. KG.
Hydrogen assisted biomass to methane – a regional bioeconomy case
Lorie Hamelin, Toulouse Biotechnology Institute
Lorie HamlinLorie Hamelin, laureate of the 2017 French presidential climate call “Make our planet great again” (Project Cambioscop), heads a research team at the Federal University of Toulouse. Her research focuses on the environmental- and cost- performance of strategies to transit towards a low fossil carbon economy, at national and regional scales. Counting with 13y of research experience in Canada, Denmark, Poland and France, she developed early methods for life cycle assessments of biogas & overall manure management systems (PhD 2013), headed 2 WPs of EU projects related to biogas and is advisor to the Swedish Biogas Research Centre.
G-mobility and liquefied biogas
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.
How to produce liquefaction-ready biomethane with membranes only, zero methane slip and no heat demand 
Jerom van Roosmalen, Nordsol Projects BV
Jerom van RoosmalenJerom is driven to make bio-LNG mainstream. He is the initiator behind the unique Nordsol technology and built the first prototypes single-handedly in his own workshop. As the founder of Osomo in 2009 (later Nordsol), he competently turns core beliefs into practical solutions. Jerom holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering (MSc)
Methanation and syngas fermentation
COx methanation : catalyst 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.
Converting wood to biogas via syngas – the SYNFERON project
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.
Experiences of fermentation of real syngas to methane
Jürgen Karl, Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
Jürgen KarlProf. 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 Prof Karl focuses mainly on bioenergy and the synthesis of Second Generation Fuels by means of thermochemical and biological methanation.
Pilot, demo and commercial scale biogas and P2G plants
World’s largest Power-to-gas plant based on biological methanation 
Jonas Klückers, microbEnergy GmbH
Jonas KlückersShort CV
Biological methanation for a green gas grid – experiences of the STORE&GO demo in Solothurn 
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.
Experiences of the first full scale Hyperthermics facility
Erlend Haugsbø, Hyperthermics AS
Erlend HaugsbøErlend Haugsbø has worked in various positions in the Norwegian oil and gas industry, including the shipbuilding industry for the last 25 years. The last 5 years he has worked with the biogas sector as CEO, COO, owner and board-member of Hyperthermics. He holds an Executive Master of Management from BI Norwegian Business School, Master of science from NTNU, Norwegian University of Science and Technology and Bachelor degrees in Ship Design.
Pilot, demo and commercial scale gasification and P2G plants
First experiences of a commercially operated WoodRoll® installation
Rolf Ljunggren, Cortus Energy AB
Rolf LjunggrenRolf 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 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.
SNG production via gasification and catalytic methanation: Latest developments at TU Wien 
Alexander Bartik, Technical University of Vienna
Alexander BartikAlexander Bartik studied Chemical Engineering at TU Wien and the University of Waterloo (Canada), before he joined Prof. Hofbauer’s research team at TU Wien. His PhD thesis focuses on the production of Bio-SNG through the thermochemical conversion of biogenic feedstocks and consecutive catalytic methanation processes. Besides experimental investigations and the design of test plants, his research interests also include thermodynamic modelling and flow sheet modelling, and he has experience with thermochemical energy storage systems and the production and processing of polymers.
Q Power: boosting synthetic fuel production
Anni Alitalo, Q Power
Anni AlitaloDr. Anni Alitalo is the R&D Director of Q Power. Alitalo is highly experienced in product development, research and management, and has over 5 years of experience developing the Q Power offerings. She has good knowledge on bioprocess development. She has been in charge of developing the solid-state bioreactor, and experience on working with mixed cultures, bioprocess and operational development as well as scale-up and production-scale development. Before entering the business, she worked more than 10-years at LUKE, Natural Resources Institute Finland. She holds a PhD from the University of Helsinki. She very much enjoys working with a multi-skilled team using multidisciplinary approaches to uniquely combine different fields of science to produce sustainable solutions.