Mike has an MBA and degrees in Chemical Engineering and Biology. He has a 30-year track record of international project and technology development in bio-derived energy and the bio-derived fuels and chemicals arena, including significant contributions to advanced ethanol production, utilizing a range of feedstocks from the urban (including MSW and RDF) and rural contexts. He has worked in the USA, Mexico, Japan, Spain, Italy, Mexico, The Netherlands, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Indonesia, and his experience ranges from solid fuel combustion and gasification, to mineral acid- and biochemical-conversion of lignocellulosic feedstocks, to thermochemical conversion of biomass for the purposes of energy generation and biofuels production. He has developed a novel “pulsed combustion” burner for application to “partial oxidation, sub-stoichiometric” gasification technology. His project development experience includes development of a 50 million gallon per year 1st generation “destination” ethanol plant in California, a landfill gas to 2200 scfm RNG pipeline injection project, and a 2000 ton per day urban biomass to synfuels project.
Mike has significant process experience in microbial and algal biological systems for production of products like ethanol for fuel and chemical use, cosmeceuticals, and nutraceutical applications working with companies like Delta-T Corp, Solazyme and Heliae Development.
His functional roles are wide-ranging, spanning functions from business development, technology and process development, project development, project management to plant engineering, commissioning and startup. This experience provides him with a unique “systems viewpoint” and enables a common-sense evaluation business strategy, technology, and construction. Contact Mike.