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Conference: Biomass pyrolysis for marine and aviation bio fuel production: opportunities and technological challenges


Speaker: Dr. Juan Miguel Moreno (Senior Researcher from the Thermochemical Processes Unit)

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Senior researcher in Thermochemical Processes Unit at IMDEA Energy since October 2016. PhD in Industrial Chemistry from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in 1993 and Management Development Program (PDD) at IESE in 2004.

In 1990 he joined the Repsol Technology Center as a researcher, having been responsible for various research projects in the area of lubricants and specialties production. In the period 1999-2007 he served as R&D Project Portfolio Manager for Repsol Derivados (1999-2001) and Refining (2001-2007). In the period 2007-2010 has served as Deputy Director of Planning and Services and in 2011-2012 Director of Strategy, Planning and Resources Management of Repsol Technology Center, with responsibility for all transversal functions of the Technology, including encouraging and promoting Repsol's participation in different national and European support programs for R & D, and collaboration with Universities and Research Centers. In January 2013 he was appointed Director of Chemical Technology with responsibility for the portfolio of R&D for the chemical business of Repsol, a position he held until June 2016. During these years he has worked as a member of various working groups both Spanish and European organizations in the fields of energy, chemical and R & D. In the period 1999 -2014 he has worked as Associate Professor at the Rey Juan Carlos University teaching Petroleum Technology in 3rd year of Technical Engineering and 5th year of Chemical Engineering (2002-2014) and collaborator in various courses of the Instituto Superior de la Energía, ISE (1999-2012).


The requirements for decarbonisation of transport sector are leading both to the increasing penetration of renewable fuels and to the development of more efficient and neutral carbon technologies such as the electric car with very fast growth expectations in the sector of light vehicles. In other transport sectors such as heavy road, aviation and marine transport, the dependence on liquid and / or gas fuels will continue to be very important, which imposes the need for clean fuels with a lower carbon footprint. Bio-oil obtained from biomass pyrolysis can be an excellent intermediate to be co-processed in existing oil refining facilities with the consequent economic benefit due to lower capital and operation costs requirements. But, ….to achieve this goal successfully, it is necessary to overcome important technological barriers mainly related with the bio oil yield and quality upgrading.

Event Date: 
Friday, September 27, 2019



Dr. Juan Miguel Moreno

Event Location: 

Auditorium, IMDEA Energy Institute