Dr. Nicolae Scarlat

Technical Programme Chairman
European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Director of Energy, Transport and Climate

Nicolae Scarlat is scientific and technical support officer in the Renewables and Energy Efficiency Unit, Directorate for Energy, Transport and Climate at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission. He joined the JRC in 2006, providing technical support and scientific advice for the formulation and monitoring the implementation of the renewable energy legislation. He also contributes to the policy proposals related to the renewable energy beyond 2020, tackling bioenergy technology developments or the sustainability of solid and gaseous biomass. He played a key role in drafting various reports on renewable energy and studies for the assessment of bioenergy progress, assessment of biomass resource potentials and demand, evaluation of various effects of biofuels and bioenergy and sustainability certification of biofuels and bioenergy. He contributed to the investigation of the role of biomass and bioenergy in a future bioeconomy, current status and perspectives for development. He also contributed to the European Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Plan, including the assessment of the technological state-of-the-art, anticipated developments, market and industry status for bioenergy, and research and innovation challenges and actions for bioenergy of the SET Plan Integrated Roadmap. In addition to scientific/technical networking in the field of bioenergy and biofuels, he organised various expert consultation meetings and workshops on biomass resources, bioenergy and bioeconomy.

Dr. David Baxter

Former European Commission, Joint Research Centre

David has been a member of the Sustainable Transport Unit in the Institute for Energy & Transport of the Joint Research Centre (Petten, The Netherlands) until retirement from the European Commission in August 2016.
He was part of a team providing scientific and technical support to the development and maintenance of sustainability schemes for biomass and bioenergy, including biofuels.

In addition, he was a member of the European Bioenergy Industrial Initiative (EIBI) team which is operates within the frame of the Strategic Energy Technologies (SET) Plan. He is also a former leader of the International Energy Agency Bioenergy Biogas Task 37, promoting economically and environmentally sustainable management of biogas production and utilisation from agricultural residues, energy crops and municipal wastes.

David Baxter is a materials engineer who joined the European Commission Joint Research Centre in 1991 after working in an industrial company supplying components for power generation and transport. He also spent 5 years at Argonne National Laboratory in the USA in the 1980s carrying out research into materials for fossil energy technologies.

Dr. David Chiaramonti

President, Renewable Energy Consortium for Research and Demonstration RE-CORD

David Chiaramonti is specialised in Renewable Energies (mainly Bioenergy/Biofuels, wind and small hydro power). He teaches Biomass Energy Conversion Technologies at the University of Florence.
His main scientific interest is on production and use of biofuels, either liquid, gaseous or solid. His research works cover thermochemical biomass conversion processes as well as liquid biofuel production and use. He has published more than 120 scientific papers in these areas, chapters in books and studies, as well as articles in specialised magazines. He also member of editorial boards of several scientific journals. He is/has been chairman and Member of Scientific Committees of various International Conferences, where is acting as Session or Track Organiser,and member of IEA Task 39 (Liquid Biofuels) and Deputy Chairman of the scientific board of DBFZ (German Biomass Research Center).
He is President of the no-profit research consortium RE-CORD, which manages a specialised chemical lab for renewables and vaiour pilot/demo plants, and researcher at CREAR.
He has been involved as a Project Manager and Scientific Responsible in large nr of R&D&D projects and studies supported by EC as well as co-operation projects (Asian Development Bank, EC, It.Min.for Environment).

Prof. Wim Van Swaaij

Wim Van Swaaij studied Chemical Engineering Sciences and obtained his PhD at the Technical University in Eindhoven The Netherlands. From 1965 to 1972 he worked for Shell Research BV for two years in Nancy ( ENSIC)  but mainly in Amsterdam, on fluidization, reaction engineering and process development. His last position was section leader gasification processes. In 1972 he became full professor of Chemical Engineering Sciences and later of Biomass at the University of Twente where he (co-) authored over 500 scientific papers, several handbooks and was promotor of 60 Ph.D. students. From 1992 till 2002 he was scientific director of the Dutch National Graduate School on Process Technology (OSPT) and of the Process Technology Institute Twente (PIT). He is/was consultant for several multinational firms: AKZO, DSM, Unilever, Shell, Solvay Duphar, TNO, BASF, Cortis-Dow.

Van Swaaij is member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences (KNAW) and received several prices and rewards for his scientific work, like the “Grand Prix du Génie des Procédés” of the French Academic of Sciences (1996), doctor honoris causa by the Université de Nancy (1996), the Royal Dutch Shell Prize (2004) and the Golden Tesla medal for energy research (1999).

Angela Grassi

ETA-Florence Renewable Energies, Managing Director

Angela Grassi is ETA-Florence Managing Director. Project management based on Economics and Political Science background and experience. Over 20 years organisation and management of high level international Conferences and Exhibitions in the field of Renewable Energies. Executive Committee Member of international conferences. Since 2000 organisation and management of the annual European Biomass Conference and Exhibition. Coordinator of international projects on renewable energies. Responsibilities include project definition, setting up of international teams, guidance and follow-up of project work, reporting, budgeting, project results assessment and dissemination of results. Author and co-author of papers published in proceedings of national and international conferences; contributions to specialised books. Preparation of final project reports for the European Commission. Managing editor of brochures, publications, scientific proceedings.

Peter Helm

WIP – Renewable Energies, Scientific & Managing Director

Peter Helm is scientific Director at WIP-Renewable Energies, Munich, Germany. His focus is on techno- economic and strategy related networking in the field of renewable energies. Peter Helm is organizer and co-organizer of international conferences and exhibitions that are addressing the wide field of energy, energy efficiency, energy economy.
Peter Helm studied mechanical and processing engineering and obtained his degree at the Technical University of Munich. He added a postgraduate university study in Economics and Business Administration and obtained his PhD. He started his career as scientist at the international Battelle Institute for applied research / Frankfurt / Geneva / Aberdeen / Richland (Washington). Peter Helm performed project leadership for the GTZ / German Agency for technical cooperation in the framework of emerging countries projects. He was project officer for KfW, the German Bank for Reconstruction, for projects in Africa and Latin America. He coordinated national technical projects on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Research and Technology and the Federal Ministry for Economic cooperation. Peter Helm acts as contracted expert providing scientific and project monitoring assistance to international organisations.