Synthetic Fuels for Aviation


Thursday, 6 May 2021, 10:00 - 11:30 EDT


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Clean energies are key to enable the decarbonisation of aviation. Sustainable Aviation Fuels are one of the main pathways being explored and used today by the aviation community to reduce its impact on the global climate. Drop-in alternative fuels represents a major opportunity to reduce today's aviation carbon emissions and synthetic fuels are amongst these promising options. Also called power-to-liquid (PtL) or e-fuels, synthetic fuels are often considered a sustainable option in the long term, due to their low lifecycle emissions and other environmental impacts. Initiatives and uses have multiplied in recent years. However, they still represent a niche fuel type and major challenges need to be overcome in order to ensure their large scale development and deployment. These challenges include renewables energy production scaled-up, cost competitiveness and infrastructure widespread support. 

Speakers and Presentations

Alexander Mahler
Advisor Sustainable Fuels
International PtX Hub Berlin

Ruth Barbosa
Advisor for Human Capacity Building and Communication 
ProQR - Climate Neutral Alternative Fuels

Alexander Mahler works as an Advisor at the International PtX Hub Berlin. The International PtX Hub is implemented by GIZ and is funded by the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). Jointly with its partner countries and organi-sations, the PtX Hub aims to catalyse a global breakthrough in the adoption of sustainably produced synthetic Power to X (PtX) fuels and feedstock in sectors that cannot directly use renewable electricity. At the PtX Hub, Alexander mainly works on sustainable fuels for avia-tion and shipping. 
Before joining the International PtX Hub and GIZ in 2019, Alexander was Deputy Managing Director and Head of Transport and Agriculture Policy at Green Budget Germany (GBG), a non-partisan economic think tank in Berlin. During his time at GBG he focused on economic instruments in environmental policy and advised governmental bodies, NGOs, foundations and political parties in Germany and Europe.
He has a background in geography and economics and gained his first professional experiences in 2009 at the UNEP Headquarters in Nairobi.

Ruth Horstmann Barbosa works as an Advisor for Human Capacity Building and Communication at ProQR - Climate Neutral Alternative Fuels, a project by the German Corporation for International Cooperation GmbH (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH), in Brazil. The project aims to implement an international reference model for decentralized sustainable aviation fuel production. The strategy combines piloting a production plant, advising regulatory institutions on framework conditions and cooperate with the academia.
Ruth holds a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Innovation from Duisburg-Essen University, Germany. Her professional expertise lies in the field of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and international project management. Before joining ProQR in March 2021, she worked with GIZ Brazil as a researcher and advisor on TVET opportunities for the Renewable Energies and Sustainability Sector in Brazil.
Karl Hauptmeier
Managing Director
Norsk e-Fuel AS
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Karl Hauptmeier is the Managing Director of Norsk e-Fuel AS. Before his position at Norsk e-Fuel, he has gathered in depth technological know-how as the Senior Product Manager at Sunfire GmbH and interdisciplinary experiences while working with the International Energy Agency and McKinsey & Company. Karl holds a MSc in Energy- and Process- Engineering from the TU Berlin and has been granted with multiple fellowships during his academic career. 
Anna Stukas
Vice President Business Development
Carbon Engineering Ltd
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​Anna Stukas is a Vice President Business Development at Carbon Engineering Ltd. (CE), a Canadian-based clean energy company. CE is leading the commercialization of ground-breaking technology that captures carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere, and a second technology that synthesizes it into clean, affordable transportation fuels. 

Anna is a professional engineer with over 15 years’ experience bridging the gap between technology and business to overcome barriers to cleantech commercialization. Anna previously worked with Angstrom Power and BIC developing hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, where her responsibilities spanned IP and licensing strategy, product safety, and international regulatory development. She currently leads a variety of CE’s partnering and strategic business development efforts, and previously led CE initiatives ranging from strategic projects to government programs. Anna’s work has been recognized by the Minerva Foundation’s Women In™ Energy Award for Philanthropy and Business in Vancouver’s Forty Under 40 Award. 
Christian Pho Duc
 CTO & Managing Director H2 Projects
Smartenergy Group AG

Christian Pho Duc is the CTO &  MD H2 Projects at Smartenergy Group AG and the Vice Chair of the Renewable Hydrogen Workstream at Solar Power Europe. He graduated as a Physicist from Munich and Cambridge University. Christian has accumulated 25 years working experience in Semiconductors (Siemens, IBM, G&D, Infineon Technologies), Renewable Energies & Hydrogen (Solyndra, Nanosolar, Smartenergy) and Electric Mobility (Torqeedo) in various management positions. With his multi-national background he speaks fluently German, English, French, Italian and some Spanish.

Dr Christoph Wolff

Head of Mobility Industries

World Economic Forum

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​Dr. Christoph Wolff is the Global Head of Mobility and Member of the Executive Committee at the World Economic Forum since June 2018. He oversees the Forum’s work with Partners from the Automotive, Supply Chain, Aerospace and Aviation, Travel and Tourism sectors. He is leading the Forum’s System Initiative on “Shaping the Future of Mobility” which strives to achieve mobility of goods and people that is safe, clean and inclusive, and includes projects on the transition to “Autonomous, Shared and Electric Mobility,” “Drones and Tomorrow’s Airspace” and “Security in Travel.”  
Prior to his role at the Forum, Christoph served as Managing Director of the European Climate Foundation, delivering policy solutions for EU and Member State Governments in decarbonizing the energy, transport, cities and energy-intensive industries.  
Christoph is a Chemical Engineer by training with 17 years’ consulting experience from McKinsey & Co., where he was a Senior Partner and Global Practice Head in Travel and Logistics. He worked with airlines and airports on digitization, operations management, customer experience improvement, retail optimization and the optimization of mobile resources on airport aprons. He was Member of the Board of German Rail, DB Schenker, for four years leading International Railfreight and served Ferrostaal and ABB in executive positions in renewables. 
​Keith Whiriskey
Deputy Director
Bellona Europa
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Keith Whiriskey has contributed to the Bellona foundation as an industry and technology specialist since 2011, where his fields of responsibility include industrial and energy decarbonisation policy along with lead authoring of Bellona publications. Keith holds an MSc in Carbon Capture and Storage from the University of Edinburgh and a BSc in Geology from the National University of Ireland. In 2018, Keith assumed the role of Deputy Director of Bellona Europa.



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