BTL & Bio-Based Chemicals
06-07 Oct, 2010 - Rotterdam
Inntel Hotels Rotterdam Centre
About our Event Speakers
We pride ourselves in presenting to you accomplished leaders, authors and advocates with strong track records of achievement and vision in a wide array of backgrounds, professional fields and life experiences. We believe you will benefit from their years of knowledge and experience and also from the latest thinking and innovative processes driving individuals and organizations forward.
Dr.Stefan Tostmann

Dr Stefan Tostmann

Dr Tostmann is presently the Head of Unit, Energy Technologies and Research Co-ordination, 2009. He studied law in Germany & France in 1980- 1985 and obtained his PhD from the  Free University of Berlin, 1998

He has led activities to focus EU Energy Research Work Programme on less projects with more impact, in line with EU SET-Plan priorities from 2008 to 2009

He has also led activities formulating and executing offshore wind part of European Energy Recovery Programme in 2009 and is currently working on industry-oriented international activities within the SET-Plan (Strategic Energy Technologies Plan)

Dr.Stefan Tostmann, Head of Unit -Energy Technologies and Research Co-ordination
European Commission
Strategic Energy Technology Plan: A Boost to Technological Progress in the Bio-Energy Industry
Day 1 [Wed 06, October], at 09:10 AM
Dr.Caroline Midgley
Caroline Midgley, PhD, is Team Leader with the Biofuels and Biomass Research Team at LMC International, a firm providing economic, marketing, and consulting services for a broad range of industries related to agricultural commodities and their downstream derivatives. Supported by LMC's grains, oilseeds, sugar and starch teams, Dr. Midgley is responsible for LMC's biofuels and biomass work. This work includes investment appraisal projects for new plants, assessing the impact of changes in domestic biofuel/biomass policies, analysis of raw material and by-product markets and an analysis of the impact of technological developments within the biofuels/biomass sector. Prior to working for LMC International she was a commodity analyst for ED & F Man Sugar Limited.

Dr.Caroline Midgley, Director of Bio-based Chemicals Research
LMC International Ltd
Satisfying Europe’s Growing Bio-Based Needs
Day 1 [Wed 06, October], at 10:10 AM
Mdm.Juliette Imbach


Juliette Imbach

Graduated from Ecole Normale Supérieure of Chemistry in Paris, she did a PhD in Solid Chemistry. Later, she worked for a consulting company specialized in innovation for 6 years where she developed the energy business unit. In 2007, she integrated a techno economic service in the CEA, a French government-funded technological research organisation specialized in New Technology Energy and nuclear. She is now in charge of the biomass supply and the economic field related to the BtL project called Syndiese.

Mdm.Juliette Imbach, Operations Manager for Biofuels
Commissariat à l Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives / CEA /Siege
First BTL Project using external hydrogen to boost biofuels yields– Bure Saudron Project
Day 1 [Wed 06, October], at 11:55 AM
Dr.Jani Lehto


Jani Lehto

Mr. Jani Lehto has Doctor's degree in Power Plants and Combustion Technologies. Dr. Lehtohas worked for Metso since 2000 and he has experience both on bubbling and circulating fluidized bed boilers.

Currently Dr. Lehto is working for Metso Corporation in the Power business unit as a Project Manager. Dr. Lehto is responsible for building world’s first integrated bio-oil pilot plant to Tampere. His duties also include coordination of Metso's pyrolysis research activities as well as participation in Metso's research and development projects on pulp mill biorefineries.

Dr.Jani Lehto, Project Manager, Pyrolysis
Metso Power Oy
Producing Biomass Based Bio-Oil in Tampere, Finland – Technological Development & Promising Applications
Day 1 [Wed 06, October], at 02:30 PM
Mr.Mike Heijstee


Mike Heijstee

Mike studied Business Administration at the university of Groningen and the university of Nijenrode. In 1998 he joined the Boer & Croon Strategy and Management Group where he worked as interim-manager.

In 2002 he worked at KLM, the Royal Dutch Airlines, as manager operations.

From 2004 to present he became Chief Executive of SANE, the Sustainable Aviation Network Europe.

Mr.Mike Heijstee, Chief Executive
Sustainable Aviation Network Europe (SANE)
Sustainable Aviation & Progress on Bio-Jet Fuels
Day 1 [Wed 06, October], at 11:05 AM
Mr.Spencer Swayze


Spencer Swayze

Spencer Swayze is Senior Manager of Business Development for Ceres Inc. He joined Ceres in 2006 to build the company’s dedicated energy crop business for biofuel and biochemical applications. Prior to Ceres, Spencer was an Associate at PTV Sciences in Austin, TX.  Spencer holds an MBA from The McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University.

Mr.Spencer Swayze, Director of Business Development
Ceres Inc
Fine Tuning Feedstocks to Optimise Greater Thermochemical Conversion Efficiency
Day 1 [Wed 06, October], at 10:40 AM
Dr.David Sudolsky


David SudolskyDavid Sudolsky, Anellotech Co-Founder and President & CEO is a highly experienced entrepreneur. He was a business officer or CEO of five biotechnology, specialty pharmaceutical and bioprocessing start-ups, one of which (Dura Pharmaceuticals) was sold for $1.8 billion. Over the course of his career David has raised venture capital, public equity, and secured substantial grants from DARPA and other governmental agencies. He has recruited management teams, built R&D organizations and facilities, and launched new products. He has hands-on chemical engineering experience doing process design and refinery process start ups with Union Carbide, and did business management consulting with Booz, Allen & Hamilton. David has a BS in chemical engineering and an MBA in marketing and finance from Columbia University.

Dr.David Sudolsky, Founder, President & CEO
Anellotech Inc
New Catalytic Fluid Bed Process for Converting Biomass into Chemicals in One Step
Day 2 [Thu 07, October], at 09:40 AM
Mr.Stephen Piccot



Dr Stephen PiccotStephen Piccot serves as Director of Advanced Energy and Transportation Technologies for Southern Research Institute and has overall responsibility for the Institutes operations in North Carolina.  He has  30 years of experience executing and leading environmental, energy and transportation technology research, development, and demonstration efforts.  Mr. Piccot founded the Clean Energy Development Center in Durham, North Carolina – an advanced energy laboratory that designs, builds, operates pilot-scale industrial prototypes of advanced technologies that produce a range of bioproducts. 

He has developed national measurement standards, field-demonstrated advanced energy and vehicle technologies, and developed energy demand and emissions forecast models.  He has advised several organizations on technology issues including the World Bank, the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the U.S. EPA, The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce, and the Center for the Advancement of Energy Markets.  

Mr.Stephen Piccot, Director Environment and Energy
Southern Research Institute
Lessons Learned from the Operation of Multiple Bioenergy Platforms at Southern Research’s Clean Energy Development Center in the USA
Day 1 [Wed 06, October], at 02:00 PM
Ir.Michiel Carbo


Michiel Carbo


Michiel Carbo (1978) graduated from the Technical University of Eindhoven with a Master’s degree in studied Building Services, and attended the postgraduate course ‘Process and Equipment Design’ at the Chemical Engineering department of Delft University of Technology. He has been with the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) for 6.5 years, and conducted research on CO2 capture technologies as well as biomass gasification, gas cleaning and fuel synthesis. At present he coordinates all Bio Energy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) R&D activities at ECN.

Ir.Michiel Carbo, Research Engineer - biosyngas, bioSNG and BECCS
Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN)
Bio Energy with CO2 Capture and Storage (BECCS): Conversion Routes for Negative CO2 Emissions
Day 2 [Thu 07, October], at 09:10 AM
Dr.Sean Simpson


Sean Simpson


Sean Simpson, Chief Scientific Officer and Co-Founder, LanzaTech
Sean holds a PhD from York University and a Masters degree from Nottingham University, UK.  Prior to founding LanzaTech in 2005, Sean had several years experience in bio-products development working with Hoffmann La-Roche in Basel, Switzerland, the Japan International Research Centre for Agricultural Sciences, and Genesis R&D in Auckland, New Zealand.



Dr.Sean Simpson, Co-Founder/ Chief Scientific Officer
LanzaTech NZ
Creating Something from Nothing - Adding Value to Steel Mill Gases
Day 1 [Wed 06, October], at 04:30 PM
Mr.Eelco Dekker


Eelco Dekker


As Chief Marketing Officer, Eelco focuses on marketing bio-methanol as an attractive, sustainable and environmentally friendly alternative for a variety of fuel and other applications. Eelco is also involved in the introduction of a bio-fuel certificatesystem that captures relevant sustainability data and can be traded internationally.

Mr.Eelco Dekker, Chief Marketing Officer
Conversion of Crude Glycerine to Bio-Methanol
Day 2 [Thu 07, October], at 11:10 AM
Mr.Ingvar Landalv


Ingvar Landalv

Ingvar Landälv is born 1950 and is a Swedish citizen. He graduated in 1975 with a MSc in Physics & Chemistry. He has more than 30 years experience of process R&D, design, engineering, construction and operation of gasification based process plants based on oil, coal and biomass as feedstock. He holds a number of patents in the area of energy integration in gasification based processes.

Since 1997 he has been full time engaged in the development and commercialization of the Chemrec black liquor gasification technology serving as Chief Technology Officer. In this capacity he has taken the initiative to convert the pulp mills to biorefineries thus making the mills producers of syngas based fuels / chemicals besides there base product paper pulp.

Mr.Ingvar Landalv, Chief Technology Officer
Chemrec AB
BioDME production via black liqour gasification route & technology scaleup
Day 1 [Wed 06, October], at 04:00 PM
Ms.Jo Howes ***


Jo Howes




Jo Howes is a Managing Consultant with E4tech, a sustainable energy consultancy based in the UK and Switzerland. She led E4tech’s recent project for the UK Committee on Climate Change on the potential for biofuels in aviation to 2050, published in December 2009, and was part of the UK delegation to the ICAO Conference on Aviation and Alternative Fuels. She has worked on a very wide range of policy and commercial client projects, covering biomass and biofuels, novel technologies, estimates of future technology and market potential, and innovation systems. She has a background in materials science and hydrogen energy research,  and holds degrees in Materials Science and Metallurgy from the University of Cambridge and in Environmental Technology with Energy Policy from Imperial College.

Ms.Jo Howes ***, Managing Consultant
E4tech Ltd
Evaluation of BTL as the most viable route to jet biofuels
Day 1 [Wed 06, October], at 11:30 AM
Ms.Kerstin Efraimsson


Kerstin Erfraimsson


Kerstin is the process designer for Preem responsible for the process design of the Green Hydrotreater


Ms.Kerstin Efraimsson, Process Design
Preem Petroleum AB

Day 1 [Wed 06, October], at 03:30 PM