Dr. Jean-Philippe Steyer. "Microalgae and anaerobic digestion: could light help the dark fermentation?"

Laboratory of Environmental Biotechnology-INRA. Narbonne (France)

jean-philippe_steyer_web.thumbnail.jpgWednesday 26th, 18:00-19:00h (Room A - Obradoiro)
Director of the "Laboratoire de Biotechnologie de l’Environnement" of INRA, in Narbonne, France working in the field of Environmental Biorefinery where anaerobic digection is a key aspect . His personnal research topics are instrumentation, modeling control and diagnosis of biological processes with special attention being paid to anaerobic wastewater treatment processes and bioenergy production. Over the last 10 years, he also focused on the coupling of anaerobic digestion with microalgae processes. He is co-author of 143 articles in peer reviewed international journals, 1 book and 15 book chapters.

Dr. Robbert Kleerebezem. "AD without Methane?"

Environmental Biotechnology Group. Delft University of Technology. Delft (The Netherlands)

robbert_kleerebezem_web.thumbnail.jpgWednesday 26th, 18:00-19:00h (Room C - Compostela)
Associate Professor at the Biotechnology Department of Delft University of Technology in Delft, The Neterhlands. He holds a PhD in Environmental Technology by Wageningen University. His research focusses on microbial community engineering for resource recovery from waste(water) with emphasis on the production of bioplastics (polyhydroxyalkanoate) using bacteria and lipids using algae. He has also interest on the carbon, nitrogen and sulphur microbial cycles as well as on the thermodynamics and kinetics of microbial processes in natural and man-made ecosystems. He is co-author of over 70 papers in peer reviewed international journals as has supervised numerous PhD projects.

Dr. Arthur Wellinger. "Economical, Technical and Legal aspects of AD"

European Biogas Association. Brussels (Belgium)

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Managing director of Triple E&M, an internationally operating consulting company located in Aadorf, Switzerland.
Arthur Wellinger has been working worldwide for more than 40 years in the whole field of renewable energies with a focus on biomass and waste in industrialized, emerging and developing countries. He is best known for his contributions in the development of AD processes for agricultural wastes and MSW including gas upgrading utilities. He has also merits in editing and policy making. As Technical Coordinator of IEA Bioenergy- an Agreement of the International Energy Agency - he organizes workshops, conferences and round tables on all aspects of biomass including production, utilization and sustainability aspects. As Guest Professor at the University of Technology in Vienna he is still involved in education. He is member of a number of national and international asso¬ciations and expert groups. He is currently president of the European Biogas Association (EBA), Chairman of the European Sustainable Biofuel Forum (ESBF), vice-president of the Swiss AD and composting plant operators’ association (VKS-ASIC) and board member of the Swiss Biomass Association (Biomasse Schweiz).