Yves Ryckmans

Chief Technology Officer, Biomass, ENGIE Lab Laborelec

Yves Ryckmans graduated from the University of Louvain-la-Neuve (UCL), Belgium, and conducted a PhD study at the same university on modelling heat transfer in furnaces by finite elements techniques.

In 1989, he joined Laborelec, research Centre of ENGIE Electrabel, as a research engineer in the field of nuclear energy. From 1996 on, he initiated the development of fixed bed gasification and CFB gasification of woody biomass through several Belgian and European projects. In 1999 he became Head of the Biomass Lab expertise centre at Laborelec. This centre covers more than 20 years of working on technical issues like biomass to power applications with combustion or gasification, biomass fuel characterization, biogas applications, torrefaction, biomass sustainability assessment and LCA studies. His R&D efforts were focused on CFD modelling of PC boilers, slagging and fouling, biomass milling and upgrading, dust, NOx and SOx emissions, ash quality and utilization. He has also been involved in the verification of sustainability criteria for solid biomass since 2005, and has been in the development group of Sustainable Biomass Partnership since 2013. Currently, Yves Ryckmans is Chief Technology Officer Biomass at Laborelec, and as such, he is managing research and services for bio-energy applications within ENGIE Group and for third parties in the whole world.

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