World Methanol Day 2

25-26 September 2023 . Hilton Vienna Danube Waterfront . Vienna, Austria

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World Methanol Day 2

Tuesday, 26 September
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Session 5: Considerations for Renewable Methanol

Mike Nash, Vice President, Syngas Chemicals, Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS 
Mike Nash, Vice President, Syngas Chemicals, Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS 
Tobias Block, Head of Strategy & Content, eFuel Alliance
Christian Schweitzer, Managing Director, BSE Methanol
Riccardo Dutto, Chair Roundtable 4 Bankability, RLCF Alliance
Moderator: Rafik Ammar, Manager of Government and Public Affairs in Europe, The Methanol Institute
Make new connections or join familiar faces during this dedicated break. Sessions to resume at 1045.

Session 6: Marine Fuel

The session will cover existing and future demand for methanol as a marine fuel in a changing regulatory environment. Presenters will include shipowners/operators, fuel providers and legislative bodies.

Piet van den Ouden, Global Fuel Excellence Center Senior Manager/BDM, RINA Netherlands b.v.
Rafik Ammar, Manager of Government and Public Affairs in Europe, The Methanol Institute
Malte Zeretzke, Head of R&D, Carnival Maritime GmbH
E-fuels are a key lever for decarbonization of international shipping towards 2050. Mastering the transition requires a clear strategy, including clever engineering of ships, cooperation along the entire fuels value chain and flexibility to meet the demand of very complex ship types with a long-life cycle. E-Methanol is high potential candidate supporting these requirements and allowing for an ambitious and economic transition of the marine Industry.
Gerrit Schmitt, Naval Architect, Mareval
Moderator: Mike Nash, Vice President, Syngas Chemicals, Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS  

Session 7: Sustainable Methanol Projects

Jose Luis Moran, Director of Integrated Energy Solutions, Viridi
Carsten Buehrer, Head of Technology, PNE AG
Marc Oliver Gomperts, Director Business Development, FEV Group GmbH
Jonas Heydl, Vice President Procurement, Perstorp Group
Jorge Palomar, Green Hydrogen Development Director, Iberdrola
 As a pioneer in green hydrogen with two production plants already operating in Spain (a 20 MW electrolyzer for a fertiliser company and a 2.5 MW electrolyzer for heavy mobility), Iberdrola is now moving into the production of green hydrogen derivatives such as e-methanol, taking advantage of its vast portfolio of renewable energy. The potential of e-methanol for decarbonizing the chemical and shipping industries represents an opportunity for the Company. Iberdrola is currently working on large-scale e-methanol production projects in Galicia (Spain) and in Tasmania (Australia).

Moderator: Tobias Block, Head of Strategy & Content, eFuel Alliance
Make new connections or join familiar faces during this dedicated break. Sessions to resume at 1550.

Session 8: Technology

Benedikt Ackerschott, Regional Sales Manager, MAN Energy Solutions
Maria Del Amo Lopez, Market Manager, Licensed Technology, Johnson Matthey
A highly efficient process results in more natural gas being transformed into methanol and less CO2 being emitted. But can we reach a point where decarbonisation is not necessary? With JM’s SWITCH METHANOL process, we are already there.
Isabella Muscionico, Methanol Technology Leader, Syngas Dept., Casale
Syngas generation through oxygen, successfully implemented by Casale in the large scale plants design, not only has enabled minimum energy consumption and carbon emissions in grass root running plants, but nowadays, it becomes an excellent strategy for revamping existing plants, reducing consumptions and carbon emissions, and for boosting the capacity of bio methanol units.
Moderator: Mike Nash, Vice President, Syngas Chemicals, Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS
Session Speakers

Benedikt Ackerschott Sales Manager MAN Energy Solutions

Benedikt Raphael Ackerschott is Sales Manager for static equipment at MAN Energy Solutions and responsible for MAN DWE® reactors for chemical applications in the European market. Benedikt Ackerschott holds a degree (Dipl.-Ing.) in mechanical engineering from the RWTH Aachen University with a focus on energy engineering. After first positions in R&D as well as in Product Management in the field of power plant engineering, he joined MAN ES Deggendorf in 2017. Based on his experience and expertise, he is part of the ongoing development of MAN DWE® Reactors and new build projects with a strong focus on power-to-liquids.

Maria del Amo Lopez Market Manager, Licensed Technology Johnson Matthey

Maria holds a Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She started her career at Air Products under the Engineering Development Programme (EDP), completing many assignments over a 6 year period. This saw her travelling a lot through Europe and the Middle East, costing, designing, commissioning and operating Air Separation Units and HyCO Plants. Ten years ago, Maria joined Johnson Matthey as a Senior Process Engineer and worked in most licensed technologies, being process lead in some of JM’s most complex technologies. She also completed a secondment in Green Hydrogen where she supported JM’s manufacturing strategy. Last February, Maria became Market Manager for Licensed Technologies. For the last year and a half, she has been responsible for analyzing the methanol market and formulating, leading, and delivering the strategy for JM’s methanol technology offer.

Carsten Bührer Head of Technology PNE AG

Carsten Bührer is Head of Technology for PNE AG in Cuxhaven, Germany, a leading provider for clean energy solutions. In his professional career Mr. Bührer gained in depth and hands on expertise in areas of renewable energy industries, electric utilities, and the metals working sector. He successfully implemented new and high-efficiency technologies and applications. Based on his experience in multiple technology fields his strength lies in the development of customer-oriented solutions with industrial partners in multinational teams. He developed and implemented market strategies for extending renewable energies to PtX solutions. Amongst those market driven domestic and export oriented PtX projects and dedicated energy supply concepts for industrial consumer in remote locations Carsten Bührer holds a Ph.D. in physics with additional expertise in business administration. His priority fields are in new technology applications for industry and power utility systems. In 2009 he was awarded the German Environmental Award.

Riccardo Dutto Chair Roundtable 4 Bankability RLCF Alliance

Over 13 years of experience in the coverage of 30+ major international infrastructure corporate sponsors, 15+ global infrastructure funds with the help of a multi-cultural, highly skilled, international team of (20+) professionals. Euro 30bn of infra loans portfolio managed participating in PPPs, concessions, regulated and contractual infrastructure financing across the globe in the transportation and energy sector. M&A mandates execution on major infrastructure deals in Italy.

Jonas Heydl Vice President Procurement Perstorp Group

Jonas Heydl is Vice President Procurement for the Perstorp Group with more than 25 years of experience from working in the Chemical Industry in a Global Environment. Jonas Heydl is also currently chairman for Chemical Industrial Committee in Sweden and through both roles heavily involved in enabling a sustainable transition for the industry without losing focus on affordability and security of supply.

Marc Oliver Gomperts Director Business Development FEV Europe

Marc Oliver Gomperts works at FEV Europe as Director Business Development focusing on international opportunities renewable Energy. Mayor focus of FEV Energy is the WATER concept. WATER stands for WAste To EneRgy. This concept is based on Green Methanol as main Energy Carrier and is a joint venture with several European industrial Partners. As we speak more then 10 locations are considered with more than 300 installations pending to deploy. Before working at FEV Marck worked in several countries in Europe like the Netherlands, UK, France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany and Spain. Operating as a pioneer, international business developer and team builder, realizing complex solutions in high tech and organizational complex environments. In Barcelona, Spain initiated 2000 the first steps towards renewable energy mobilizing friends from Seat, Siemens, Samsung, Bosch. He later joined electric vehicle development, manufacturing and distribution for sustainable and last mile transport solutions. At the end 2020 as CTO for Dutch investor in and accelerator of the Electric Vehicle Industry. Supporting business development of ambitious startups and scale ups to grow sustainable, smarter and faster. Since 2022 business team member of FEV Energy building a Team with internal and external experts to create traction in the renewable energy market and industry. Marc studied Engineering on the Technical University in Delft and Business Administration at IESE in Marc Barcelona and Madrid.  

Jose Luis Moran Director of Integrated Energy Solutions Viridi

PhD in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. More than thirty years of experience in different management positions. At the moment he is the Director of Integrated Energy Solutions at Viridi and Green Enesys where they are developing solutions of Thermal Energy Storage to help industry to reduce their carbon footprint and hydrogen and green-Methanol projects using hybrid PV+Wind plants disconnected from the grid. Right before he was the Director of the Business Unit Solar in Siemens Spain and previously the president of the Spanish branch of Solel, a company dedicated to the development, design and construction of thermoelectric power plants. Since 1997 he is a part time lecturer of Thermal Engineering and Thermodynamics in the Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering School, at the Polytechnic University of Madrid, and since 2017 is the general coordinator of the Master’s Degree on Marine Renewable Energies Harnessing, mainly focused on wind offshore.

Isabella Muscionico Methanol Technology Leader, Syngas Dept. Casale

Ms. Muscionico graduated in Chemical Engineering from Milan Polytechnic in 2009. She joined Casale in 2009 as Process Engineer in the Syngas Process Department. Today, she is a Methanol Technology Leader, mainly involved in process definition and optimization, steady-state simulation and design of key equipment (reactors, special heat exchangers, etc.).

Mike Nash Vice President, Global Syngas Team Lead | Americas Acetyls Lead Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

Mr. Mike Nash is the Vice President for Syngas Chemicals (including the methanol and acetyls practices) at Chemical Market Analytics. He works with a global team of regional consultants and overlays their analyses with a global perspective. His responsibilities include the weekly World Methanol Report and monthly World Methanol Analysis, including the weekly and monthly Global Acetyls Market Reports and the related World Analyses for Methanol, Acetyls, and Formaldehyde. Before joining the IHS Markit base chemicals business (now known as Chemical Market Analytics) in September 2012, Mr. Nash worked for BP's petrochemicals division for 19 years preceding a two-year stint in Total's UK fuels business. He performed various commercial roles within BP, in international business management, marketing, project management, and logistics, based in London, Duesseldorf, and Kuala Lumpur. His last role in the Total UK was the Logistics Director for Specialties. Mr. Nash holds a Master of Arts in English Language and Literature from Edinburgh University, UK, and a Master of Business Administration from Kingston University, UK.

Piet van den Ouden Global Fuel Excellence Center Senior Manager RINA Netherlands

He is as member of the RINA global decarbonization team in the function of Global Fuel Excellence Center Senior Manager/Business Development Manager working at RINA Netherlands in Rotterdam.  Involved in all kind of projects related to decarbonization of the shipping  sector.   As RINA Marine Consultant give, technical and commercial advices to customers in relation to with their decarbonization goals. He representative RINA in national and international working groups related to decarbonization of shipping industry. He followed the education in the process automation with qualification of project management, knowledge of business economics. The combination of technical knowledge and commercial goals. More than 35 years of experience in different functions and departments, at construction and engineering companies in the power, on- and offshore oil/gas and renewable industry, including over 12 years as independent senior project manager of multidiscipline projects.

Jorge Palomar Global Hydrogen Development Director Iberdrola

He is responsible for the promotion of Green Hydrogen projects and business development in Iberdrola .He has more than 22 years of experience in the energy sector where he´s experienced on engineering and fuel trading and has previously held different senior positions in the company including being the Head of Global Operations and Trading in Europe and the Head of Corporate PPAS to finally become two years ago the Head of Green Hydrogen Development where he is boosting more than 60 projects in 8 countries that Iberdrola has now under development. By education, he is a Mining Engineer from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. Has got an International Executive MBA from Universidad Antonio de Nebrija and a Master on Energy Industry Economics from Carlos III University and has taken several leadership senior programs by IMD Business School. He is also an educator in Masters and postgrades in different universities.

Gerrit Schmitt Naval Architect Mareval AG

Gerrit Schmitt is responsible for strategies and R&D at Mareval AG, an engineering consultancy for the maritime sector. The focus is on implementing new technologies in the organization and execution of projects in the areas of special ships and offshore energy. Previously Mr. Schmitt has worked in the offshore energy business as managing partner of a engineering company designing offshore structures i.e. for HVDC platforms and installation vessels for the wind energy.

Christian Schweitzer Managing Director BSE Group

Christian Schweitzer, born July 1964 in Aachen, Germany successfully completed his engineering degree at the Fachhochschule Aachen. In addition he obtained a Bachelor in Business Administration at the SGMI St.Gallen. Since 1995, he is acting managing director of the bse brand in the industrial plant construction. Throughout various ethanol related projects, thermo-chemical and anaerobic gasification were successfully implemented, ultimately building Europe´s largest bioethanol plant at the time of its establishment. In 2008 early experiences in factory planning of bio-methanol production were gained as part of the active business area. Seeking the potential of e-fuels® by conversion of Carbon Dioxide in 2014 process development and catalyst research in the field of electrical-based methanol production started, which was to lead to BSE’s FlexMethanol® Process. Christian Schweitzer is founder and managing director of the bse group and it’s bse Methanol which supplies proprietary process, catalysts and pre-fabricated technical process skids to its clients of the Power-to-Methanol Industry.

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