|Suresh Babu, Ph.D.|Consultant
Dr. Babu has over forty years of alternative energy conversion RD&D experience, focused on biomass gasification, coal gasification, and natural gas utilization. He worked for over thirty three years with the Institute of Gas Technology (IGT)/Gas Technology Institute or GTI, Des Plaines, Illinois. During this period, he held various R&D positions including Asst. Vice-President Research and Deployment. From 2006 to 2013, Dr. Babu has been associated with TERI - New Delhi, India, E4tech (UK) Ltd - London, UK, German Council for Sustainable Development, GTZ, Berlin, Germany, the Swedish Energy Agency, Stockholm, Sweden, Battelle Science & Technology, Malaysia, and Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY with a variety of renewable energy RD&D initiatives and sustainability issues. From 1989, he has served for 20 years the International Energy Agency (IEA) to lead, the Thermal Gasification of Biomass Gasification activity with representation from twelve OECD countries. Dr. Babu has published over seventy papers and he was awarded three patents. He has a BS & MS in Chemical Engineering from India and a PhD from Illinois Inst. of Technology, Chicago, Illinois. He has won several awards, including the David Hall World Prize for Bio-Energy, at the Second World Biomass Conference in Rome, Italy, May 2004 and the Don Klass Award for Excellence in Thermochemical Conversion, at the GTI Thermochemical Conversion Conference in Chicago, IL, USA, in September 2011. He is a Fellow of GTI.
|Robert Baldwin|Principal Scientist, National Bioenergy Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Dr. Robert Baldwin is a Principal Scientist in the National Bioenergy Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado; he has worked at NREL since 2008. Dr. Baldwin holds the degrees Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in chemical engineering from Iowa State University and the PhD degree in chemical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines (CSM). Prior to joining NREL, Bob spent 30 years as a faculty member at CSM including 10 years as Head of the Chemical Engineering Department and retired as Professor Emeritus in 2005. Bob is a member of the project team that founded the Petroleum Institute (PI) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and served as Program Director in Chemical Engineering at the PI from 2002 to August, 2007. From 2011 to 2013, he was seconded from NREL to the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MI) in Abu Dhabi as Professor in the Chemical Engineering Program, and in addition to teaching, helped establish an algal biofuels research program at MI. Dr. Baldwin has extensive experience and expertise in thermochemical conversion of biomass to gaseous and liquid fuels, including catalysis and reaction engineering of biomass conversion processes.
|Akwasi Boateng|Senior Research Chemical Engineer, Agricultural Service (ARS), USDA
Dr. Boateng has over 30 years of experience in academia, industry and research. The last 11 years has been with USDA’s Agricultural Service (ARS) as senior research chemical engineer where he pioneered research in thermochemical conversion of biomass to fuels and chemicals becoming the lead scientist of the pyrolysis CRIS project in the last 5. Prior to joining ARS Dr. Boateng held engineering faculty positions at 2 universities followed by a 10-year tenure in the high-temperature mineral/materials processing industry where he held various positions in process/product development rising to chief process engineer. He authored the industry acclaimed book - Rotary kilns: Transport Phenomena & Transport Processes (Butterworth-Heinemann Publishers) based on these industrial experiences. Dr. Boateng received his PhD from the University of British Columbia; he is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a senior member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He has authored about 100 publications over 80 of which are peer-reviewed. Aside from Congress appropriated funding for his research Dr. Boateng has succeeded in garnering extramural funding, being the principal investigator (PI) or co-PI on 8 competitive grants that have provided over $10M in total funds to his research program and over $90M in overall funding to team projects nationwide over the last 5 years. He has trained and mentored scores of scientists, engineers, students and faculty from around the world at his laboratory and lectured worldwide.
|Tony Bridgwater|Professor of Chemical Engineering, Aston University
Tony Bridgwater is Professor of Chemical Engineering at Aston University in Birmingham UK. He has worked at Aston University for most of his professional career. He is Director of the recently created European Bioenergy Research Institute as well as leading the internationally renowned Bioenergy Research Group, with a world-wide research portfolio focusing on fast pyrolysis as a key technology in thermal biomass conversion for power, heat, biofuels and biorefineries. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and a Fellow of the Institute of Energy.
Of particular note was his technical leadership of the UK’s SUPERGEN Bioenergy Consortium – the UK virtual centre of excellence in biomass and bioenergy research with 14 academic partners and 10 companies - which ran for 8½ years until the end of 2011. In addition he has led and coordinated nine major EC research and development projects in bioenergy and has an active current involvement in six further research and development projects. He has attracted funding from national research funding councils in Canada, Holland, Norway and the USA. He has been responsible for raising over £24 million during his research career. He formed and led the IEA Bioenergy Pyrolysis Task – PyNe - from 1994 to 2008 with parallel European networks on pyrolysis, gasification and combustion which included the EC sponsored ThermoNet and ThermalNet networks.
He has organised and chaired 5 international conferences in the Thermochemical Conversion of Biomass series from 1988 to 2004 all with peer reviewed proceedings. He has also organised 5 European conferences in pyrolysis and gasification of biomass. The latest activity is the organisation and chairman ship of the 20th International conference on Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis in Birmingham in May 2014 which attracted 230 delegates from 37 countries.
He has published extensively with 32 books on bioenergy, over 100 peer reviewed journal papers, and over 250 conference publications and presentations.
He was awarded the following:
UK Environmental Capital Peterborough Clean Energy Award in 2012 to recognise outstanding contributions to the development, implementation and promotion of clean energy technologies;
Green Leader in the West Midlands in 2011 in recognition of individuals who are having a positive environmental impact in helping the West Midlands achieve its vision for a low carbon economy.
The Aston University Chancellor’s medal in July 2010 for “outstanding service to the University”.
The North American Don Klass Award in September 2009 for “Excellence in Thermochemical Biomass Conversion”
The European Johannes Linneborn Prize in 2007 for “Outstanding contributions to bioenergy”
|Robert Brown |Professor of Engineering and Gary and Donna Hoover Chair in Mechanical Engineering, Iowa State University (ISU)
Dr. Robert Brown is Anson Marston Distinguished Professor of Engineering and Gary and Donna Hoover Chair in Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University (ISU). He also holds courtesy academic appointments in the Departments of Chemical and Biological Engineering and Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering. He is the director of ISU’s Bioeconomy Institute. His research focuses on the thermochemical processing of biomass and fossil fuels into energy, fuels, and chemicals.
|Vann Bush|Managing Director of Energy Supply and Conversion, Gas Technology Institute
Vann Bush is Managing Director of GTI R&D programs relating to the conversion of solid fuels into synthesis gas and the cleanup and re-forming of natural and synthesis gas for use in power, chemicals, and liquid fuels production.
|David C. Dayton|Biofuels Program Director and Fellow (Chemistry), RTI International—Energy Technology Division
Dr. David C. Dayton is a RTI Fellow (Chemistry) and the Director of the Biofuels Program in RTI International’s Energy Technology Division with over 20 years of project management and research experience in biomass thermochemical conversion R&D projects involving biomass combustion, gasification, and pyrolysis. His current research focuses on alternative fuels research, particularly catalytic biomass pyrolysis technology development, synthesis gas conversion, cleanup, and conditioning, and experimental programs relating to biomass thermochemical conversion for biofuel production. These R&D activities are focused on expanding integrated biorefinery technology development activities for advanced biofuel production. Prior to joining RTI, Dr. Dayton was the technical leader of the Thermochemical Platform at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory for USDOE/OBP, where he managed biomass thermochemical conversion projects.
He has extensive R&D experience investigating fundamental, high-temperature kinetics of thermochemical conversion processes, specifically pyrolysis (devolatilization) and gasification (partial oxidation), as related to the transformation of trace elements (N, S, Cl, K, etc.) and the formation of tars (high-molecular-weight organics). He also has extensive R&D experience related to the cleanup and conditioning of biomass-derived synthesis gas, specifically the catalytic steam reforming and cracking of biomass gasification tars, to provide a suitable feedstock for the production of renewable liquid fuels and chemicals.
His current R&D interests focus on catalytic biomass pyrolysis technology development for advanced hydrocarbon biofuels production. Through a series of U.S. Department of Energy funded projects a robust deoxygenation catalyst has been developed. The technology is being scaled up from the bench-top to a 1 TPD integrated pyrolysis and upgrading facility that will be used to optimize the bio-crude intermediate physical and chemical properties, validate catalyst and process performance, and determine the most effective upgrading conditions for producing gasoline and diesel range hydrocarbons from biomass.
Dr. Dayton came to RTI in July 2007 following 14 years at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. He was a postdoctoral research associate at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD from 1991-1993. He received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC in 1990 and a B.S. in Chemistry from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA in 1985.
Dr. Dayton has published over 50 technical papers and government reports.
|Mike Demaline|Global Business Manager, Renewables Pulp, Paper & Forestry Products, CRI Catalyst Co. LP.
Mike Demaline is Global Business Manager, Renewables Pulp, Paper & Forestry Products, for CRI Catalyst Co. LP. He is responsible for business and market development activities for CRI’s renewable fuels initiative within the global pulp & paper industry. He has broad technical and commercial experience in international technology licensing and capital projects in areas ranging from automation & control, enterprise systems and renewable fuels technologies.
Mike holds a B.S. in Applied Science with a major in Paper Science & Engineering from Miami University, an MBA – Technology Management from the University of Phoenix, and has more than 25 years of experience in a variety of industrial markets.
|Douglas Elliott|Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Doug Elliott has over 40 years of research and project management experience in the Battelle system at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, with focus on development of fuels and chemicals from biomass and waste. His research has involved such subject areas as biomass liquefaction and hydroprocessing of product oils, catalytic hydrothermal gasification of wet biomass and wastewaters, and chemicals production from renewable sources. He is involved with IEA Bioenergy tasks as the representative for the U.S. and currently as the leader of the Task 34 on Pyrolysis.
|Larry Felix|Institute Engineer, Gas Technology Institute (GTI)
Larry Felix is an Institute Engineer at the Gas Technology Institute (GTI). He has over 40 years of experience in energy-related R&D focusing on the pretreatment of biomass for thermochemical conversion, SO2 removal from coal-derived flue gas, coal and biomass co-combustion, catalysis, hydropyrolysis, pyrolysis, and gasification, and advancing the state of the art for syngas sampling technology. Currently his duties include managing projects related to the densification of lignocellulosic biomass by hydrothermal carbonization and jointly directing GTI’s research in the hydropyrolysis and hydroconversion of biomass to produce fungible fuels (the IH2 process) of which he is a co-inventor. He is also involved in commercializing a novel GTI-invented technology based on twin-screw reactive extrusion for the rapid hydrothermal carbonization of biomass. He holds 14 domestic and 7 international patents.
|Stanley J. Frey|R&D Fellow, Honeywell
Stan began his career with UOP in 1985 after graduating with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In his career with UOP he has been engaged in invention, development, and implementation of petroleum fuel and chemical processes having spent 20 years in Research and Development and 7 years in Field Operating Services. In 2009 Stan moved to the Renewable Energy and Chemicals Development group and became manager in 2010. In 2013 transitioned into a full time Fellow roll, innovating in the area of process integration across the full range of UOP technologies. He is an inventor on 48 US patents.
|Brian M. Jenkins|Professor of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, University of California, Davis
Prof. Jenkins teaches and conducts research in the areas of energy and power, with emphasis on biomass and other renewable resources. Dr. Jenkins has more than thirty years of experience working in the area of biomass thermochemical conversion including combustion, gasification, and pyrolysis. His research also includes analysis and optimization of energy systems. He teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses on energy systems, heat and mass transfer, solar energy, and power and energy conversion, including renewable energy and fuels, combined heat and power systems, economic analysis, and environmental impacts. Prof. Jenkins is a recipient of a U.S. Department of Energy Outstanding Achievement Award for contributions to the development of bioenergy, and the Linneborn Prize for contributions to the development of energy from biomass.
|Pekka Jokela|Manager, Technology Development, UPM Biofuels
Pekka Jokela has Master's degree in Energy Economics and Power Plant Technologies. He has 20 years of experience in novel biomass processing technologies including biomass drying, pyrolysis and gasification. Experience has been gained through evaluation, piloting and demonstration activities globally. His background is in research & development of new technologies, coordinating and managing multiple research projects, consulting of fuel business concepts, feasibility studies, and business development in various national and international energy companies. Mr. Jokela has been working for UPM-Kymmene Corporation since 2007 and is currently working for UPM Biofuels business development as Manager, Technology Development in Finland. Pekka Jokela has recently gained recognition in the biofuel related joint development project studying possibility of using pyrolysis oil for production of transportation fuels.
|Jonathan Male|Director, Bioenergy Technologies Office, DOE, EERE
Dr. Jonathan Male is the Director for the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). In this role, he leads the Office’s work to lower costs, reduce technical risk, and accelerate deployment of bioenergy and renewable chemicals technologies. He oversees research and development across the entire supply chain—from sustainable biomass growth and collection to biomass conversion technologies that include biochemical, catalytic, and thermochemical pathways to produce economically viable biofuels and bioproducts. The office’s portfolio of demonstration activities involving public-private partnerships helps BETO staff to evaluate risks and enable industrial entities to move technologies to commercial scale in the emerging bioenergy industry.
Before joining the U.S. Department of Energy, he was the laboratory relationship manager for biomass at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. There he was responsible for business development and enabling high-quality and timely projects aligned to BETO’s needs. Previously, he worked at the GE Global Research Center in Niskayuna, New York, and developed programs in heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysts. In total, he has more than 17 years of research experience in catalysts, inorganic materials, high throughput experimentation, greenhouse gas emissions reduction technologies, production of chemicals, and biofuels.
He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Chemistry from the University of Greenwich, England, and his Ph.D. in Organometallic Chemistry at Simon Fraser University in Canada.
|Kyriakos Maniatis|Principal Administrator, Directorate General for Energy, European Commission
Kyriakos Maniatis is Principal Administrator, Biofuels, for the Directorate General for Energy of the European Commission. He currently leads European efforts on the deployment of advanced biofuels technologies for road and aviation applications.
|Terry Marker|Bioenergy Initiatives Manager and Principal Investigator of IH2®, Gas Technology Institute (GTI)
Terry Marker is the Principal Investigator for the IH2®, project and is currently employed by the Gas Technology Institute as Bioenergy Initiatives Manager. Terry has 40 years of experience in the petroleum and petrochemical industry with 6 year experience at GTI, 19 years of experience with UOP, 10 years of experience with Amoco, and 5 years of experience with Arco. Terry has worked in biorenewables conversion to fuels for the last 12 years. Over her career Terry has led four teams which successfully commercialized new refinery and petrochemical processes. She was Team Leader of the DOE project, “Opportunities for Biorenewables in Oil Refineries”, which renewed interest in the thermochemical conversion of biomass. Terry recently served as Team Leader of the Ecofining Team at UOP. Ecofining is a new UOP process which converts vegetable oil into diesel and jet fuel through hydrodeoxygenation and has recently been successfully commercialized. Terry has 62 US patents and numerous technical publications and has years of experience in hydroconversion, hydrocracking, pyrolysis, FCC, synfuel production, hydropyrolysis, engineering, process design and economics. Terry has an MS in Chemical Engineering from IIT and a BS in Chemistry from the University of Illinois.
|Liz Moore|Technology Manager and Technical Project Officer, Conversion Program, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)—Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO)
Liz Moore is a Technology Manager and Technical Project Officer in the Conversion Program at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO). In this role, Liz works on all aspects of program and project management from federal budget planning to project implementation efforts on thermochemical conversion technologies to make renewable fuels and chemicals from biomass. Liz joined BETO in 2007 as a support service contractor to the Golden Field Office and was hired by DOE in 2009. In that time, Liz has supported and led multiple Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) seeking projects in thermochemical conversions at the R&D scale and all technologies at the Pilot and Demonstration scales through an approximately $500 million ARRA-funded FOA that was completed in 2009. Liz received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Colorado School of Mines. Prior to joining DOE, Liz worked as an analytical chemist in both the environmental and oil & gas fields.
|Fernando Preto |Natural Resources Canada’s CanmetENERGY Laboratories
Dr. Preto works on developing new and improved technologies to make biomass a sustainable, efficient and clean source of energy. His research is focused on thermochemical or heat-associated chemical processes, namely: combustion, gasification, pyrolysis and torrefaction. These processes vary the time, temperature and pressure of biomass conversion to produce energy and/or gaseous, liquid or solid biofuels.
Fernando’s team is currently addressing technical gaps related to the conversion of forestry residues to Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) via gasification, syngas cleaning and syngas conversion. The biomass-derived “Green” RNG would then be suitable for distribution through the existing natural gas grid infrastructure.
He received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University at Kingston.
|Yrjö Solantausta|Principal Scientist, VTT
Yrjö Solantausta is a Senior Principal Scientist at VTT. He has a PhD from Aston University, UK. He has been developing bioenergy applications and alternative liquid fuels for more than 35 years. Lately his efforts have included fast pyrolysis of biomass.
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|Bram van der Drift|Chemical Engineer, ECN
Bram van der Drift (50) is chemical engineer and started his career in research on combustion. Since 16 years, Bram is working on gasification and gas cleaning within a group of approximately 15 persons. This concerns R&DD on fluidized bed technology and related tar removal as well as Entrained Flow gasification for coal and (pre-treated) biomass/waste. ECN owns and operates many test facilities for gasification and gas cleaning and has a complete system available from biomass to substitute natural gas (SNG). Bram is the NL-representative within IEA/Task 33 on biomass gasification.
Lars Waldheim (M. Sc. Chem. Eng. KTH, Stockholm) is currently an independent consultant in the field of thermal engineering, biorefining and renewable energy. He has extensive experience in the field of gasification working at the national energy R&D center, Studsvik Energiteknik AB. He was one of the founders of TPS Termiska Processer AB in 1992 responsible for the gasification area and later became the company’s CTO.