About this Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) 

This Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) course provides a comprehensive overview of both first generation, and especially, advanced biofuels, and the processes for producing them. It also gives an overview of e-fuels or synthetic fuels technologies & technology routes starting from renewable electricity to make green hydrogen and conversion to e-fuels by the FischerTropsch process, to e-based methanol and e-based ammonia.

The VILT course participant will gain a deep and thorough understanding and critical comprehension of biofuels and e-fuels, their promise for the future as well as an appreciation of the technical and economic challenges and the role of government legislation, mandates & subsidies and feedstocks.

In particular, the pros and cons of the various biofuels and e-fuels processes, their scaling up towards commercialisation, their chances of success looking to 2025, 2030 and beyond, are also presented.

This VILT course is suitable for:

  • scientists and technologists from oil & gas, petrochemical and pulp & paper or other bio/e-fuel industries
  • business managers
  • government departments interested in renewables
  • investors from venture capitalists and financial institutions

The VILT course will be delivered online in 5 half-day sessions comprising 4 hours per day, with 2 x 10 minutes break per day, including time for lectures, discussion, quizzes and short classroom exercises.

Your expert course leader is an all-round passionate chemical scientist and critical leader with more than 30 years’ international experience in New Technology Development, Refining Technologies, Renewable Resources, Bio-Refining, Catalysis, (Bio-)Chemicals and applied Research & Development.

His specific areas of expertise are: homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, organic and organometallic chemistry, fluid catalytic cracking, producing fungible biofuels by vegetable oil or lignocellulosic biomass (co)processing using hydroprocessing, hydrotreating, FCC and delayed coking technologies. He has deep expertise in 1st generation and advanced biofuels, technology commercialisation, technology assessment, technical due diligence and intellectual property strategy and implementation. He worked globally on the forefront of Shell R&D, Chemicals and Shell’s Technology groups.

Besides his deep chemical and scientific expertise, he has hands-on experience in technology maturation, technology de-risking, senior management engagement and scientific joint venture operation. He led the Shell’s Biorefining activities since its inception in 2005 and so has a deep knowledge and awareness of 3rd party developments in the biofuels/Biorefining area. He is internationally recognised with > 50 scientific papers and > 40 patent families to his name.

His passion is to deal with complex often first of its kind frontier scientific projects and technologies. He has a very strong personal drive to deliver practical business solutions which are both technically and economically viable; one of the key challenges in this emerging field.

He is committed to assisting businesses commercialise sustainable development pathways (biofuels, biorefining, bio-chemicals) by leveraging his in-depth hands-on experience