FORUM

The ART Fuels Forum directly involves major actors, so to cover the whole consumption and production areas of alternative and renewable liquid and gaseous transportation fuels. The established Forum consists of a group of selected experts, the Forum Leaders, coming from:

  • Aviation, Heavy Duty Vehicles, Maritime and Passenger Cars,
  • production industries specialized on: Thermochemical, Biochemical, Hydroprocessing of Lipids, Biomethane, Power to X, Algae to biofuels technologies, as well as Future concepts focusing on syngas fermentation, etc. and
  • main international cooperation actors namely USA, Canada and India.

The Forum Leaders are supported by a team of Advisers and the Task Force Members and Affiliate Members, a group of around 35 specialized experts on various ART Fuels technologies and transport sectors, who participate in the Forum work under the Leaders’ guidance.

Besides the aforementioned Forum Members, a number of Observers, representing in principle associations and NGOs, may participate in the Forum’s activities by contributing to the discussions with their expertized point of view.

Project Officer on behalf of DG ENER/C2 is Dr. Kyriakos Maniatis. Scientific coordinator is Dr. David Chiaramonti, President of RE-CORD and Project Manager is Dr. Theodor Goumas, CEO of EXERGIA S.A.

 

FORUM LEADERS & ADVISERS

René Venendaal

BTG Biomass Technology Group BV

René Venendaal
Leader in the area of Thermochemical Technologies - Pyrolysis
BTG Biomass Technology Group BV

Mr. Venendaal is CEO of BTG Biomass Technology Group BV, based in the Netherlands, and has been professionally active in the field of bioenergy and biofuels since 1991. Mr. Venendaal has been educated as chemical engineer (process technology) at Twente University (Prof. dr. ir. Wim van Swaaij). Parallel to this study, he completed a thesis on technology transfer at the faculty of Business Management, also at Twente University. Mr. Venendaal has an excellent overview of thermochemical processes and is well aware of what is going on in this field worldwide. He is very familiar with all the critical failure and success factors determining whether a technology can be (further) developed, scaled-up and commercialized eventually. He has been involved in many thermochemical technology development and commercialization processes worldwide, either through own spin-off companies or all types of external assignments.

Lars Waldheim

Waldheim Consulting

Lars Waldheim
Leader in the area of Thermochemical Technologies - Gasification
Waldheim Consulting

Mr. Lars Waldheim (M. Sc. in Chemical Engineering) is a self-employed consultant based in Stockholm, Sweden, with clients representing industry, research organizations and agencies both inside and outside Sweden. He has a background in R&D in thermal conversion technologies for biomass and waste for the purpose of production of biofuels as well as for power and heat applications. He is an advisor to the Swedish national research program on gasification and the Swedish representative to the IEA Bioenergy task group on gasification. Prior to establishing himself as a consultant, he was one of the founders of TPS Termiska Processer AB where he managed the technical and commercial development of a proprietary biomass and waste gasification technology, also including the realization of two gasification plants at industrial scale. Prior to the formation of TPS he was a project manager at the national laboratory, Studsvik Energiteknik AB, engaged in gasification R&D at pilot plant including also engineering/application studies for CHP and biofuels.

Dario Giordano

Mossi Ghisolfi Group (M & G Finanziaria s.r.l.)

Dario Giordano
Leader in the area of Biochemical Technologies
Mossi Ghisolfi Group (M & G Finanziaria s.r.l.)

Mr. Dario Giordano  is a Chemical Engineer by education, graduated at Polytechnic Of Turin in 1988. Named inventor in 19 patents on PET and on biomass conversion/biochemical production and author of multiple publications on Biomass conversion to Advanced Biofuels.Dario joined Mossi Ghisolfi  Group in 1990. Within Mossi Ghisolfi Group, he has had several positions: PET Production Technologist in Cobarr S.p.A.; Start-up Manager, Process Engineer and Technology Transfer Manager in Sinco Engineering S.p.A.; R&D Director of M&G Group and  CTO for Biochemtex S.p.a. Currently, he is member of the Mossi Ghisolfi Executive Committee (B.O.D) and Beta Renewables CEO.

Ilmari Lastikka

VTT

Ilmari Lastikka
Leader in the area of Lipid-based Biofuels
VTT

Mr. Ilmari Lastikka is an Expert on EU Climate and Energy Policies linked to renewable energy and biofuels. He has a deep business understanding of oil refining, biofuels and bio refining industries and vast experience on sustainability related issues around fossil and biofuels, food crops and GHG life cycle assessment and sustainability certification. Mr. Lastikka has a long background in working with Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Intergovernmental organization on sustainability issues (IGOs). He is board member in European Biodiesel Board, Immediate Action Committee (IMC) member of FuelsEurope and member of Alliance on Synthetic and Paraffinic Fuel Europe. Among his competences is his proven track record in building cross industry initiatives and alliances. He is also an Expert in Communication and advocacy.

Arthur Wellinger

Triple E&M

Arthur Wellinger
Leader in the area of Biomethane
Triple E&M

Dr. Arthur Wellinger is managing director of Triple E&M, an internationally operating consulting company located in Aadorf, Switzerland. Prior to Triple E&M, he was for 16 years’ founder and director of Nova Energie, a research and consulting company located in Switzerland. He is best known for his contributions in the development of AD processes for agricultural wastes, industrial and municipal waste water and MSW including gas upgrading utilities. He has also merits in coaching of industries and communities, teaching as well as policy making acting on national and European level. He is member of a number of national and international research committees and organizations. He is President of the Swiss Quality Assurance association for compost and digestate and managing Vice President of the Swiss Biomass Association (Biomasse Suisse). Until January 2014 he was founding president of the European Biogas Association (EBA).

Eelco Dekker

Conker

Eelco Dekker
Leader in the area of Power to X
Conker

Mr. Dekker holds a Master of Business Science from Erasmus University, Rotterdam. He worked as a Global Marketing Manager for Ciba Specialty Chemicals where he developed and implemented the flame retardants marketing strategy. Since 2007 he has been working in the biofuels market, and has close experience with the evolution and the structure of the industry, also developing the bio-methanol market. In 2014 he founded Conker, a company aimed at accelerating the development, production and application of advanced sustainable fuels. Together with the Methanol Institute, he has been actively working on the use of methanol as a diesel substitute in heavy vehicles for freight, buses and in the marine sector. Mr. Dekker, in order to ensure the fuel is renewable, he is working closely with various international stakeholders to accelerate the production of Power-to-X technologies, which is also an important strategy to enable Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU).

Francisco García Cuadra

Buggypower S.L.

Francisco García Cuadra
Leader in the area of Algae to Biofuels
Buggypower S.L.

Mr. García Cuadra is BSc. on Chemical Engineering (2006) and MSc. on Industrial Biotechnology (2010) both from the University of Almería (UAL). His professional experience started as maintenance engineer and project manager of a Spanish company devoted to industrial equipment for pharmaceutical industry and biodiesel production. Later he returned to UAL as staff researcher of the marine microalgae biotechnology research group, working on microalgae biomass processing and comprehensive assessment (enzymatic protein hydrolysis, carbohydrate hydrolysis and fermentation, lipids extraction and biodiesel production). In November 2014 he joined Buggypower as Research Manager of the company’s hydrothermal liquefaction process for microalgae-based bio-fuel production, as well as Product Manager of the microalgae-based ingredients and extracts business.

Jennifer Holmgren

LanzaTech

Jennifer Holmgren
Leader in the area of Future Concepts on Biofuels
LanzaTech

Dr. Jennifer Holmgren is CEO of revolutionary carbon recycling company, LanzaTech. Prior to joining LanzaTech, Dr. Holmgren was VP and General Manager of the Renewable Energy and Chemicals business unit at UOP LLC, a Honeywell Company. She was one of the key drivers of UOP’s leadership in aviation biofuels, and under her management, UOP technology became instrumental in producing nearly all of the initial fuels used by commercial airlines and the military for testing and certification of alternative aviation fuel. Today, under Dr. Holmgren’s guidance, LanzaTech is working towards developing a variety of platform chemicals and fuels, including the world’s first alternative jet fuel derived from industrial waste gases. In 2015 Dr. Holmgren and her team at LanzaTech were awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Presidential Green Chemistry Award and she was awarded the BIO Rosalind Franklin Award for Leadership in Industrial Biotechnology. Dr. Holmgren was named as #1 of the most 100 influential leaders in the Bioeconomy by Biofuels Digest for 2016-2017. Dr. Holmgren holds a B.Sc. degree from Harvey Mudd College, a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Maarten van Dijk

SkyNRG

Maarten van Dijk
Leader in the area of Aviation
SkyNRG

Mr. Maarten van Dijk holds a MSc in Chemistry from Utrecht University, where he graduated with majors in renewable energy technologies and in business economics. Currently, Mr. van Dijk is CEO at SkyNRG (since 2015) while he is also chairing SkyNRG’s independent Sustainability Board and is currently in the Board of Directors of the Roundtable of Sustainable Biomaterials. He has been involved in the company since its establishment in 2010 and he has also acted as Head of Business Development and Sustainability, focusing on regional supply-chain development. Before joining SkyNRG, he worked for Spring Associates, dedicated to business development, modelling and due diligence in the clean tech sector. In this function he was involved in the development of the biofuel strategy for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. Mr. van Dijk has a holistic and in depth knowledge of the use of bio-fuels in the aviation sector and he actively contributes in policy and industry debates and working groups on how to stimulate/enable scale up of sustainable jet fuel.

Per Stefenson

Stena Lines

Per Stefenson
Leader in the area of Maritime
Stena Lines

Mr. Per Stefenson graduated at Chalmers Technical University in Gothenburg, Sweden as Naval Architect, M.Sc., in 1981. He works as Marine Standards Advisor at Stena Rederi AB since 2009 with the task to follow standards and regulations development within international organizations such as IMO and EU. He is also coordinating the company´s RTD projects including the efforts to test Methanol and other alternative fuels in the marine sector in order to fulfill existing and future environmental regulations. Per has previous experience as project manager from SSPA (maritime consultants) and the Swedish Maritime Administration where he was Head of Research and Technical Development. Per has also served as Marine Engineer in the Royal Swedish Navy, specialized in naval craft light weight design.

Massimo Ferrera

Centro Ricerche Fiat

Massimo Ferrera
Leader in the area of Passenger Cars
Centro Ricerche Fiat

Dr. Massimo Ferrera has a higher degree in physics. He is currently global coordinator of the center of competence for Alternative Fuel engines in Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and he has been involved in research on fuel/biofuel impact versus regulated and unregulated exhaust engine emissions. He has accumulated over 25-years of experience on CNG engine development and applications from advanced research items up to production support of the FCA Natural Gas vehicles (passenger cars, light duty vehicles, truck and buses). He has been the coordinator of several EU funded projects on alternative fuels from FP3 up to FP7, and currently Horizon 2020 and is and author of various patents on CNG/LPG engines. Dr. Ferrera has been collaborated with policy makers of the EC, International Organizations, Ministries on renewable feedstock and fuels, energy efficiency for transportation and climate change impact. In the context of energy vs. fuels he has prepared various project proposals in the EU and domestic frameworks to demonstrate effectiveness of the technical support to policy and fuel choices. He has delivered several presentations on the impact of alternative/renewable fuels on GHG emission and on policies to mitigate CO2 emissions around the world (China, US, Israel, Iceland, Europe, Latin America) and he is a competent project manager working for FCA internal projects and international projects since 1990.

Jean Michel Lavoie

Université de Sherbrooke

Jean Michel Lavoie
Leader on the cooperation issues with Canada
Université de Sherbrooke

Prof. Jean Michel Lavoie is a Full Professor and the Chairholder of the Industrial Research Chair on Cellulosic Ethanol and Biocommodities (CRIEC-B) at the Univeristé de Sherbrooke. This Chair is one of the largest and most well-funded group dedicated to biofuels in Canada with an average budget of 2-2.5M$ (CAN) per year, with a team of 50+ researchers and students. The Chair is dedicated to produce large scale infrastructure making proof of concept of different processes that his team and their industrial partners designed, such as the scaling up a cellulose process that has a capacity of 100 kL of second generation ethanol per year. At the same time he is also involved as the leader of the Gasification Project as well as of the Integrated Thermochemical Biorefinery Task Force in BioFuelNet, a NCE network funded by the Canadian government and linking all the major researchers in the field of biomass conversion in Canada. He was involved in many collaborative procedures either to link with Europe or with Israel and Brazil. He is a reviewer for many organisms in North America (USDA, NSERC, FRQNT, FCI, etc.) as well as many funding organisms across the world. He has sufficient credibility in Canada and abroad to act as a good cooperation facilitator between Canada and the EU.

Vann Bush

Gas Technology Institute

Vann Bush
Leader on the cooperation issues with the USA
Gas Technology Institute

Mr. Vann Bush has 40 years of experience in energy technology development and demonstration. For the past 12 years he has overseen GTI’s research, development, and demonstration programs for government agencies and industry focused on increasing affordable and environmentally acceptable applications of all hydrocarbon energy resources. This portfolio of R&D programs for low-carbon power and chemicals production includes developing and proving gasification and partial oxidation technologies, pressurized oxy-combustion processes, compact hydrogen generation, and supercritical CO2 power cycle technologies. Recent biomass-focused R&D projects include development of feedstock pretreatment technology, evaluation of substitute natural gas production, development and testing of hydrogen production from syngas using membrane technology, development and testing of engineered catalysts for tar elimination, and advanced integrated conversion systems for gasoline and distillate fuels production.

Ramakrishna YB

Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Government of India

Ramakrishna YB
Leader on the cooperation issues with India
Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Government of India

Mr. Ramakrishna Y B holds a Bachelor in Engineering and a post graduate Diploma in Management from Dale Carnegie USA. He has more than 35 years of professional experience in product development, sales & marketing and strategy management, holding several relevant positions. Currently, he works as an Adviser and Consultant to various ministries of the Government of India (GoI) on technical and policy issues related to Bio-Energy, Biofuels, Biomass and Methanol utilization. He has played key role in the Bio fuel program in the State of Karnataka and his initiatives are replicated in many developing countries like, Kenya, Nepal, Indonesia and parts of Brazil, in the frame of UN organizations. He has been closely coordinating with various ministries of GoI, and relative stakeholders for scaling up of many Bio energy initiatives in India. He participates in several committees while is chairing the National Working Group on Biofuels and the National Steering Committee on Biomass. He is the founder trustee and the president of Samagra Vikas, a not for profit Voluntary organization working for Environment protection, Alternative Energy & Rural development since 1987. He has organized many workshops and seminars on Bio Energy.

Eva Monard

Jones Day

Eva Monard
Adviser on WTO/Competition rules
Jones Day

Ms. Eva Monard is a Brussels based lawyer at Jones Day. She focuses on international and EU trade law, export controls and competition law. Ms. Monard advises clients in administrative proceedings, before the European Commission or other authorities, and represents clients before the EU Courts and WTO panels or the Appellate Body. She advises clients on compliance with competition and trade rules, in relation to specific queries or in in the framework of the setting up or updating of general compliance policies.

Ortwin Costenoble

NEN Energy

Ortwin Costenoble
Adviser representing standardization issues on ΑRT-Fuels
NEN Energy

Mr. Ortwin Costenoble graduated from Delft Technical University as a materials science engineer. He started at NEN, the Netherlands Standardization Institute, in 2000 in the chemistry field. Mr. Costenoble is international secretary for committees and working groups in ISO (one committee) and CEN (three committees), on topics such as (bio)fuels quality and labelling, alternative energy, sustainability criteria for biomass, chain-of-custody, bio-solvents, algae and bio-based products. He is member of related organizations such as ASTM, the European Biofuels Technology Platform and EU Bioeconomy Stakeholders Panel. Besides this he has managed several research (FP7 and Horizon2020), metrology, procurement and certification projects regarding alternative (liquid) fuels, engine testing and inter-laboratory studies. Ortwin participated in and has organized international scientific congresses and training courses in for instance China and Eastern Europe. Topics being standardization, trade, market development, measurement and policy counselling.

Luc Pelkmans

IEA Bioenergy

Luc Pelkmans
Adviser representing IEA Bioenergy
IEA Bioenergy

Mr. Luc Pelkmans is Technical Coordinator of the IEA Bioenergy Technology Collaboration Programme. He promoted as master of science in mechanical engineering at KULeuven (Belgium) in 1994 and performed an additional programme of environmental technologies in 1995. He worked for the Belgian research institute VITO for 21 years, from 1996 until 2017. His early research focused on alternative motor fuels, development of hybrid electric drive trains and emission evaluation of new vehicle technologies in real-world circumstances. From 2008 his focus shifted to policy oriented studies, project implementation and sustainability analysis, mainly towards biofuels and bio-energy, and later also broadening to biobased economy. Luc gained important expertise on biofuels, bioenergy and other applications of biomass on international, European and national level, often also as project coordinator. Since 2008 Luc is involved in IEA Bioenergy, as Belgian representative in Task 40 (Sustainable Bioenergy Markets and Trade) and between 2012 and 2015 as the Belgian ExCo member. In January 2016 Luc took up the function of Technical Coordinator of IEA Bioenergy, on a half time basis, next to the VITO function of project manager biobased economy. Since 2016 he is also managing director of the consultancy firm CAPREA Sustainable Solutions.

Adam Brown

IEA (International Energy Agency)

Adam Brown
Adviser representing IEA Renewables
IEA (International Energy Agency)

Dr. Adam Brown is an independent consultant with more than 36 years of working with government and business on renewable energy and with a special interest in bioenergy. He is well versed in the technical, commercial, policy and regulatory issues surrounding their development and deployment. He has an up-to-date international perspective on issues affecting the sector globally, most recently through his work for the IEA where he has been responsible for assessment and analysis of renewable energy policy best practice as well leading on bioenergy. He was the lead author for an overall review of renewable energy policy effectiveness, covering electricity, heat and transport fuels (Deploying Renewables 2011) and led the production of the IEA Roadmaps on Biofuels for Transport (2011) and Bioenergy for Heat and Power (2012), and a review of renewable energy for heat (Heating without Global Warming) (2014) as well as many other projects. Previously he was the Technical Coordinator for the IEA Bioenergy Agreement. He has extensive project and team management experience gained through leading roles in large scale projects in the UK and internationally. He is an experienced speaker at international conferences and workshops.

Calliope Panoutsou

Imperial College London Bioenergy Group

Calliope Panoutsou
Adviser on biomass resources
Imperial College London Bioenergy Group

Dr. Calliope Panoutsou holds a PhD from Aston University on strategic management in biomass systems and collaborates with EXERGIA in this project. She is a Senior Research Fellow at the Bioenergy Group of the Centre for Environmental Policy (Imperial College London) and the Chair of the European Biofuels Technology Platform (www.biofuelstp.eu) Working Group on Biomass availability and supply. Recent work related to renewable fuels policy and market issues includes market analysis for biofuels in EU and Member States within the Biomass Futures (www.biomassfutures.eu) project and integrated policy design for advanced biofuels within the recently finished (May 2016) Biomass Policies (www.biomasspolicies.eu) project. Other work assignments focus on supply, logistics & economic analyses of biomass value chains, market & policy analyses and assessment of sustainability for bioenergy systems. She has coordinated several EU projects involving multi-disciplinary research on bioenergy. She also acts as expert in EU bioenergy, biofuels and agriculture committees.

Eric Van den Heuvel

studio Gear Up

Eric Van den Heuvel
Adviser on financial issues
studio Gear Up

Mr. Eric van den Heuvel holds a University of Oxford, Saïd Business School (2011) Post-Graduate Diploma on Strategy and Innovation as well as Eindhoven University of Technology (1989) Masters Diploma on Technology Management in International Development and collaborates with EXERGIA in this project. He is a senior expert in the field of sustainable energy and mobility, with a focus on business strategy and innovation on biomass and waste/residues for energy and alternative transport fuels. He has over 25 years of management experience and a track record in building and leading international teams. Early 2015 he founded the independent advisory firm studio Gear Up, supporting organizations in the transition to a low carbon economy, by providing strategic advice, project management services and facilitating stakeholder involvement processes. He applies scenario planning tools to enhance strategic conversation among stakeholders to enable coping with turbulent market and policy environments. He is currently operating as ‘Quarter Maker’ for the establishment of a Platform for advanced sustainable biofuels (for use in road transport, shipping and aviation) in the Netherlands that has helped him to deal with non-technical issues, such as sustainability issues, regulatory settings, public dialogues in the process of new innovative technology developments.

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