Combura Symposium 2019
9 & 10 October 2019, Soesterberg, The Netherlands
Keynote Lectures

Keynote Lecture 1
Biomass for energy: technological options and challenges in meeting the Paris agreement goals. Jaap Kiel
Jaap Kiel received both his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degree from the University of Twente where he focused on combustion in fluidized bed reactors and removal of sulphur- and nitrogen oxides from flue gasses. He currently is the programme development manager of the Biomass Programme at ECN (part of TNO), covering R&D on bio-based fuels and chemical feedstock production through various thermochemical biomass conversion technologies, flue gas separation technologies and chemo-catalytic downstream processing. The Biomass Programme at ECN comprises approx. 50 FTE and focusses on subject like biomass pre-treatment and upgrading, biomass gasification and (catalytic) product gas cleaning. Jaap Kiel also coordinates the subprogram on Thermochemical Processing within EERA Bioenergy, an alliance of European energy R&D centres.

Keynote Lecture 2
Methanol as a fuel for internal combustion engines. Sebastian Verhelst
Sebastian Verhelst acquired both his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degree at Ghent University in Belgium; during his Ph.D. he spent eight months at the University of Leeds (UK) as a Marie Curie research Fellow. Subsequently he became an Assistant Professor and ultimately a Full Professor at Ghent University, and an Associate Professor at Lund University (SE) in parallel. His research interests are focused on realizing sustainable transportation and the role of combustion engines therein, and he is specialized in alternative fuels (hydrogen, methanol, ethanol, vegetable oils etc.) for reciprocating internal combustion engines. He has led multiple national and international projects on alternative fuels, in-cylinder heat transfer and medium speed diesel engines. Recently, Sebastian Verhelst has been involved in the LeanShips project, which focused on the usage of methanol as a fuel for maritime applications.

Keynote Lecture 3
Combustion technology development within the civil aerospace sector. Ruud Eggels
After completion of his M.Sc. in Applied Physics, Ruud Eggels obtained his Ph.D. degree in the field of combustion chemistry modelling in the Combustion Technology Group of the Eindhoven University of Technology. During his Ph.D. Ruud Eggels focussed on tabulation methods for combustion chemistry, something he is still heavily involved in at his current employer, Rolls- Royce Deutschland, where he is a Combustion Specialist. Ruud Eggels works for Rolls-Royce Deutschland for over two decades now, where leads the (numerical) methods development for simulation of combustion in aero-engines combustors. He (still) has a special interest in applying reduced and tabulated chemistry for complex fuels, and spray break-up and vaporization modelling. Tools and methods developed under his supervision are directly implemented in the combustion design- and optimisation processes Rolls-Royce employs to reduce fuel consumption and emissions of NOx, UHC’s and soot.