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:

  • Sectors of AviationHeavy Duty VehiclesMaritime and Passenger Cars,
  • production industries specialized in: Thermochemical (Gasification, Pyrolysis), Biochemical, Lipid-based and Algae Biofuels, Biomethane, Power to X, as well as Future concepts & Recycled Carbon Fuels.

The Forum Leaders are supported by a team of Members and the Affiliate Members , a group of more than 50 specialized industry experts in 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 competent experts representing Associations, NGOs, Think Tanks, Consultancies and Research Institutions pertinent to the areas of ART Fuels production and consumption participate in the Forum’s activities by contributing to the discussions with their expertized point of view. The Forum benefits also from international cooperation partners directly with representations from Brazil, Canada, China, India and USA

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.

GASIFICATION

L. Waldheim

Lisa Hanke

Heleen Koopal

Susanna Pflüger

Pietro Caloprisco

Han Greijn

Uwe Dietrich

Daphne Lorne

Marc Londo

Ingvar Landälv

Laurent Bournay

Dáša Mamrillová

Andrew Murfin

Jori Sihvonen

PYROLYSIS

R. Venendaal

Joakim Autio

Ortwin Costenoble

Angel Alberdi

Tijs Lammens

Rui Amorim

Suren Rangaraju

Uwe Dietrich

Luc Pelkmans

Tim Vink

Jori Sihvonen

Ahn Edgar

BIOCHEMICAL

D. Giordano

Mallik Navalgund

Didier Masy

Andrew Murfin

Paolo Corvo

Bernard Chaud

Dáša Mamrillová

Walter Mirabella

Rainer Janssen

Victor Bernabeu

Ortwin Costenoble

Ylwa Alwarsdotter

René van Ree

Jori Sihvonen

Nour Amrani

Eric de Coninck

Tom Gameson

Lipid Based Biofuels and Algae Biofuels

I. Lastikka

Liping Kang

Ruben Alblas

Juan Manuel Carasol Volpi

Sandra Combet

Marko Janhunen

Frank Rogalla

Manuel Tárraga

Mikael Ohlstrom

Michael Fiedler-Panajotopoulos

Dickon Posnett

George Kyriakopoulos

André Paula Santos

Tage Fredriksson

Jacopo Giuntoli

Dominik Rutz

Andrew Murfin

Paolo Corvo

Dáša Mamrillová

Angel Alberdi

Chris Malins

Filipa Rio

Daphne Lorne

Suren Rangaraju

Laurent Bournay

Tim Vink

René van Ree

Jori Sihvonen

Ahn Edgar

BIOMETHANE

A. Wellinger

Arthur Wellinger

Rob Vierhout

Kerckow Birger

Marc Londo

James Cogan

Niels Henriksen

Andrea Gerini

Luc Pelkmans

Mallik Navalgund

Frank Rogalla

Susanna Pflüger

Tage Fredriksson

Dominik Rutz

Andrew Murfin

Jori Sihvonen

Daniel Klein

Uwe Fritsche

Martina Conton

Mieke Decorte

Heleen Koopal

Jean-Michel Lavoie

POWER to X

E. Dekker

Luc Pelkmans

Christian Bergins

Benedikt Stefánsson

Ingvar Landälv

Sten Wranik

Ausilio Bauen

Marina Braun-Unkhoff

Maria Joao Duarte

Philippe Boulanger

Alba Soler

Ana Serdoner

Arthur Wellinger

Ruben Alblas

Daniel Klein

Kerckow Birger

Per Stefenson

Heleen Koopal

Niels Henriksen

Rainer Janssen

Han Greijn

Victor Bernabeu

Rui Amorim

Walter Mirabella

Pete Harrison

Uwe Dietrich

Daphne Lorne

Tim Vink

Pietro Caloprisco

René van Ree

Jori Sihvonen

Jean Michel Lavoie

Eric de Coninck

Nikolas Kraus

Uwe Fritsche

FUTURE CONCEPTS & Recycled Carbon Fuels

J. Holmgren

Chris Malins

Christian Bergins

Juan Manuel Carasol Volpi

Lisa Hanke

Benedikt Stefánsson

Bernard Chaud

George Kyriakopoulos

André Paula Santos

Sten Wranik

Ausilio Bauen

Marina Braun-Unkhoff

Maria Joao Duarte

Philippe Boulanger

Alba Soler

Daniel Klein

Mikael Ohlstrom

Ingvar Landälv

Dáša Mamrillová

Heleen Koopal

Angel Alberdi

Han Greijn

Victor Bernabeu

Dominik Rutz

Walter Mirabella

Uwe Dietrich

René van Ree

Jori Sihvonen

Nikolas Kraus

Uwe Fritsche

AVIATION

M. van Dijk

Maarten van Dijk

Steven Le Moing

Philippe Marchand

Tim Vink

Inmaculada Gómez Jiménez

Marta Yugo

Rob Vierhout

Sandra Combet

Ylwa Alwarsdotter

Tijs Lammens

Kerckow Birger

Bernard Chaud

George Kyriakopoulos

André Paula Santos

Rainer Janssen

Ausilio Bauen

Marina Braun-Unkhoff

Rui Amorim

Andrew Murfin

Pete Harrison

Laurent Bournay

Daphne Lorne

Uwe Dietrich

René van Ree

Nikolas Kraus

Stéphane THION

HEAVY DUTY VEHICLES

A. Röj

Mika Aho

Ylwa Alwarsdotter

Hans Hellsmark

Mikael Ohlstrom

Nils-Olof Nylund

Dickon Posnett

Andrea Gerini

Paul Greening

Pietro Caloprisco

Marta Yugo

Liping Kang

Benedikt Stefánsson

Niels Henriksen

Philippe Boulanger

Kerckow Birger

Ingvar Landälv

George Kyriakopoulos

Angel Alberdi

André Paula Santos

Ausilio Bauen

Marina Braun-Unkhoff

Victor Bernabeu

Andrew Murfin

Pete Harrison

Laurent Bournay

Uwe Dietrich

René van Ree

Jori Sihvonen

Daniel Klein

Patrik Klintbom

Nikolas Kraus

MARITIME

Eric van den Heuvel

Esther Zwiers

Per Stefenson

Pete Harrison

Bart Hellings

Damien Valdenaire

Mark Preston Aragonès

Ortwin Costenoble

Michael Fiedler-Panajotopoulos

Lisa Hanke

Pietro Caloprisco

Tijs Lammens

Benedikt Stefánsson

Heleen Koopal

Philippe Boulanger

Rui Amorim

Laurent Bournay

Uwe Dietrich

René van Ree

Jori Sihvonen

Nikolas Kraus

Marina Braun-Unkhoff

PASSENGER CARS

Nils-Olof Nylund

Heather Hamje

Paul Greening

Filipa Rio

Geraldine Kutas

Laurent Bournay

Liping Kang

Mika Aho

Tim Vink

James Cogan

Walter Mirabella

Pete Harrison

Hans Hellsmark

Rob Vierhout

Ylwa Alwarsdotter

Andrea Gerini

Ortwin Costenoble

Bernard Chaud

Pietro Caloprisco

Dáša Mamrillová

André Paula Santos

Victor Bernabeu

Daphne Lorne

Kerckow Birger

Angel Alberdi

Jori Sihvonen

Nour Amrani

Nikolas Kraus

Tom Gameson

Anders Roj

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

ENI Versalis

Dario Giordano
Leader in the area of Biochemical Technologies
ENI Versalis

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).

Freya Burton

LanzaTech

Freya Burton
Leader in the area of Future Concepts on Biofuels
LanzaTech

With a background in biology, Freya started her career in Future Fuels as one of the first employees of LanzaTech, working directly with LanzaTech’s gas fermentation process in the laboratory. She has firsthand experience of scaling and commercializing a new technology, from the R&D stage, through the challenges of fundraising and navigating the legislative environment to deploying new technologies to scale in globally. Today she leads the Government Relations and External Relations teams at LanzaTech and plays a key part in advocacy groups around the world focused on Circular Economy, Carbon Capture and Utilization, the Bioeconomy and Low Carbon Fuels. She interacts across multiple sectors supporting the commercialization of new low carbon technologies, including contributing to reports on scale up and impact and providing insights on what common issues impact the deployment of new technologies. Freya has an MA from Cambridge University.

Darrin Morgan

SkyNRG

Darrin Morgan
Leader in the area of Aviation
SkyNRG

Darrin Morgan serves as Head of Growth and Investment for SkyNRG—helping the company expand in a sustainable, financially secure manner. He joined SkyNRG in 2018 from The Boeing Company, were he was Director of Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) for 12 years. At Boeing, he was one of the primary aviation industry architects of the emerging SAF technology and industry landscape. He was the driving force behind HEFA certification, has initiated and led multiple country roadmapping exercises for sustainable aviation fuel (e.g. USA, Mexico, Brazil, Australia, South Africa) and has been involved in, or founded, many of the globally significant aviation fuel efforts to-date. Prior to this, he led the selection and evaluation of new energy projects at Puget Sound Energy, the largest electric-power and gas supplier in the Pacific Northwest USA, which included use of renewable fuels in combustion gas turbines for power-generation and this path led to aviation.

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.

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.

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.

Anders Roj

Advisor Fuels (retired, ex Volvo Group)

Anders Roj
Advisor Fuels (retired, ex Volvo Group)

During his entire professional life, Mr Anders Röj has been active in the field of fuels and lubricants. For the last 30 years he worked as fuel expert within the Volvo Group (retired in 2019), coordinating internal and external fuel related activities and representing his company in numerous industry committees. Key topics have been general fuel quality issues and the relationship between fuels and emissions, as well as biofuels and other alternative fuels. Before joining Volvo in 1989 he spent almost 10 years working on refinery catalysts (with EKA/ Katalistiks BV) and on performance additives for fuels and lubricants (Exxon Chemicals). Anders has been a nominated Swedish expert in the European fuel standardisation (CEN) and he was member of the ACEA Working Group for Fuels and Lubricants for 28 years (chairman 2001-2016). Other long-term industry commitments include CEC, Coordinating Council for Performance Tests (chair 2013-2015), EUCAR Fuels Group and European Biofuels Technology Platform (nowadays ETIP Bioenergy). Anders chaired the BIOFRAC (Biofuels Research Council) activity, as initiated by DG Research and industry in 2004. The BIOFRAC report constituted the foundation of the Biofuels Platform as launched in 2006. Anders has a M.Sc degree in Chemical Engineering from Åbo Akademi Finland (1979) and Lic.Eng from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden (1984).

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