The project team

Francesco Ometto, Project manager

Francesco is project manager at Scandinavian Biogas Fuels AB, focused on process optimisation. In the last six years, Francesco worked on innovative substrates for biomethane production, as part of European funded projects. In particular, he worked with forestry waste, lignocellulosic materials and aquatic biomasses. As part of his role in the company, Francesco collaborates with the R&D department working on biomass pre-treatments and downstream processes for the anaerobic digestion process. He holds a PhD in Applied Sciences obtained at Cranfield University (UK) in 2014. Previously, he completed his BSc and MSc in Environmental Engineering at the University of Padua (IT). He is a member of the Swedish Biogas Research Centre (BRC), part of Linköping University’s Biogas Group and Expert Evaluator for the European Commission.

Anna Karlsson, Reference group-leader

Anna Karlsson has a PhD in Water and Environmental studies from Linköping University. Her thesis focused on anaerobic degradation of phenolic compounds in landfill environments. She has since 15 years been working with microbial research and development related to biogas production, first as a researcher at Linköping university and from 2011 as employed at Scandinavian Biogas Fuels AB. Parts of the her current work is focused on additions of trace elements as a means to improve process stability and loading capacities in the anaerobic digestion process. Anna has also been one of the leaders of a resent project exploring the biogas potential in waste streams from the Swedish pulp and paper industry.

Christer Svedin, Design manager

Christer Svedin is Senior Project Manager at Scandinavian Biogas Fuels AB. At present, his primary task is to oversee technical and process solutions for the Biokraft AS project in Skogn, Norway. Christer has worked with design of biological processing in Asia, North America and Sweden. In particular he focused on anaerobic digestion processes and wastewater treatments. He has excellent computational and modelling abilities. Christer has a Master of Science in Engineering Biology with a specialization in Environmental Technology from the University of Linköping (2006).

Jörgen Ejlertsson, Process manager

Jörgen is Research and Development Director at Scandinavian Biogas Fuels AB. He has a long experience on process optimisation for high organic loading digester (HOLD), co-digestion and pre-treatments applied to different substrates. In the last few years, Jörgen developed a strong collaboration with the Swedish Pulp and Paper Industry contributing to a number of project for the evaluation of the biogas potential in this sector. Deputy Processor at Linköping University (SE) where he obtained his PhD in Water and Environmental studies in 1997, Jörgen is also board member of the Swedish Biogas Research Centre (BRC).

Lena Haglund

Lena Haglund, Financial controller

Lena Haglund is an employee of Scandinavian Biogas Fuels AB. As financial controller, her role is to production of periodic financial reports, maintenance of an adequate system of accounting records, to contribute with financial knowledge to the project team, and to ensure that reported results comply with the LIFE accepted accounting principles. Lena obtained her bachelor's degree in finance in 2013 at Södertörn University. Since then, she has been involved in a number different national and international projects from large investments to small research grants. In the last three years Lena has been responsible, at company level, for all financial reporting to the European Commission.

Reference group

The reference group acts as an external monitoring team of experts discussing the goals achieved step by step during the project, from the construction/reconstruction of the activated sludge treatment and biogas plant to the evaluation of the obtained results against the set targets. The group gives advices and suggests improvements. The reference group meets every three months on a regular basis.

Frank Scholwin, Institut für Biogas, Germany

Frank Scholwin is an environmental engineer who obtained his doctorate in biological waste treatment at Bauhaus University in Weimar. Between 2003 and 2012 he conducted and coordinated biogas research and consulting activities targeting at optimization of biogas and biomethane production at the German center for bioenergy research. Since 2008 he is Honorary Professor of Biogas/Bioenergy at the University of Rostock. In 2012 je founded his own ‘Institute for Biogas, Waste Management and Energy’ focusing on innovative solutions for biogas production and use. He is author of a large number of book chapters, conference contributions, and journal articles. He is engaged in the scientific boards of conferences and scientific bodies as well as in the European Biogas Association (EBA).

Dr Annika Björn, Linköping University, Sweden

Annika Björn is an assistant professor at the Department of Thematic Studies – Environmental Change at Linköping University (LiU) and at Biogas Research Center (BRC) hosted by LiU. Her current research focus on optimization of biogas processes, both efficiency and stability, from chemical, microbial and technical point of views. E.g. optimization of nutrient balances, rheology, improved hydrolysis as a mean to increase the overall degradability, pre- and/or post-treatment techniques including establishment of biogas production in the pulp and paper industry.

Fredrik Nilsson, FNENG,
Sweden

Fredrik Nilsson has a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Lund University. He has experience from working as an engineer at a mechanical pulp mill and for the last ten years he has been working as a consultant mainly for projects related to the pulp and paper industry as well as biogas projects. Fredrik has been a valuable link between Linköping University and the pulp and paper industry for the recent projects run at Linköping University developing processes for producing biogas from pulp and paper mill effluents

Magnus Johanson, Fiskeby Board, Sweden

Magnus Johansson, has a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Lund University. Ranging from production and R&D projects, management, to expansion related commitments, Magnus has dedicated his career to the pulp and paper industry. In later years, his work focused on the implementation of strategic energy efficiency systems at Fiskeby, Sweden´s oldest but most vital mill. In particular, he work to maximize performances of the Upflow Anaerobic Sludge Blanket (UASB) reactor in combination with the activated sludge system. Magnus has a strong interest on sustainability. In case of leisure time, he enjoys outdoor activities with his family.