Webinar 23 - January 2023

Laurent Bournay, General Director at Bionext, Jean-Philippe Heraud, Advanced Biofuels Project Manager at IFPEN, and Thomas Plennevaux, Advanced Biofuels & Biochemicals Technologist at Axens hosted the webinar on January 19, 2023.

They presented the  BioTfueL® project.

Laurent Bournay's biography

Laurent Bournay joined IFP Energies nouvelles in 2000. The following year, he began working on the development of the first transesterification process using heterogeneous catalyst to produce Fatty Acids Methyl Esters. He became Project Leader in 2006.

Mr. Bournay has been involved in the development of BioTfueL® from the start; he was appointed Project Leader in 2008. In 2019, Mr. Bournay was appointed General Director of Bionext to coordinate the efforts of the partners to develop and commercialized the BioTfueL® technology.

At the beginning of 2022, he joined Axens as Manager of the Renewables to Liquid product line covering BioTfueL® and Gasel® technologies.

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Jean-Philippe Heraud's biography

Jean Philippe Heraud joined IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN) in 2003 as a Process Engineer. He has been working on research and innovation in the production of Fischer-Tropsch synthetic fuels in Sannazzaro, Italy. He also leads the BioTfuel® project on advanced biofuels.

Jean Philippe is an engineer from the École supérieure de chimie organique et minérale (ESCOM). He is also a graduate of the former IFP School’s Refining, Engineering and Gas program (class of 2004).

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Thomas Plennevaux's biography

Thomas Plennevaux has a long experience in the development of renewables products processes (BioTfueL® / Futurol / Atol).

After 15 years mainly involved in the design and operation of BioTfueL® demo plants in IFPEN Lyon Development Center, he joined Axens to take part in the industrialization of these technologies.

Mr. Plennevaux is a Process Engineer from ENSIACET Toulouse and holds a Master’s degree in Refining and Gas Processes from IFP School.

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Webinar 24 - February 2023

Mr. Jérôme Mortal (MOT, 2000), CEO of ULTIMA Mobility, hosted the webinar on February, 2nd, 2023.

Mr. Mortal's presentation was entitled: "From automotive to light electric mobility".

Jérôme Mortal's biography

Jérôme Mortal started his career at Renault in 1984. After completing his studies, he joined Peugeot-Citroën Research Centre in 1993 as an Engineer.

Jérôme  went on to work at Renault Powertrain, Renault-F1 and Renault Sport Technologies. In 2006, he became Chief Engineer of the Renault-Dacia Powertrain Engineering in Romania.

In 2010, he moved to Russia, becoming the Deputy Director of Mechanical Division at AVTOVAZ before taking a role at Jaguar Land Rover in 2014 as Chief Engineer, Transmission and Driveline and eMachine and Powertrain Systems.

In 2018, he joined Valeo as a Business Unit Director of Powertrain Systems for Special Vehicle Application. In 2022, Jérôme launched the start-up ULTIMA Mobility with the ambition to develop a family of vehicles dedicated for commuting.

Jérôme is a graduate of IFP School’s Energy and Powertrains program (class of 2000). He holds a Master’s degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).


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Webinar 26 - March 2023

Mr. Amir Soltani, Head of Production Optimization at Beicip-Franlab, and his colleague Baptiste Auffray, Reservoir Engineer, hosted the webinar on March, 9, 2023.

Their presentation was entitled: "How Machine Learning can boost reservoir engineering studies".

Biography of Amir Soltani
Head of Production Optimization Business Unit

Amir started his career as a Reservoir Engineer for Statoil (now Equinor) in Norway in 2008. He was an Operational Engineer but also Project Lead for developing and maturing the Gullfaks area in the North Sea.

He joined Beicip-Franlab in 2015 as a Senior Consultant. Besides advanced simulations and EOR studies, Amir has extensive experience with both development and exploration well projects, laboratory analysis and production management. Amir is currently the Head of the Production Optimization Business Unit at Beicip-Franlab. A graduate of IFP School's Reservoir Geoscience Engineering program (class of 2004), he holds a PhD on Rock Physics from Nancy University.

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Biography of Baptiste Auffray
Reservoir Engineer

Baptiste started his career as a Reservoir Engineer for Beicip-Franlab in 2014, focusing on EOR and field development, economics and reserves and resources certifications subjects. In 2016, he moved to Geopetrol focusing on operational aspects: production optimization and developing tools with the IT team and operators to enforce regulatory aspects. In 2018, he moved back to Beicip-Franlab in the production optimization team.

Interested in Machine Learning techniques, Baptiste is currently on secondment at IFPEN to explore and develop new methodologies and tools for Reservoir Engineering applications.
A graduate of Nancy School of Geology, he holds a PhD on COstorage impact in carbonate reservoirs.

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Webinar 27 - April 2023

Olivier Beaufils (ENM 2012), Market Lead - ERCOT at Aurora Energy Research, hosted the webinar on April 13, 2023.

His presentation focused on: "Inflation Reduction Act (IRA): a game changer for energy transition in the United States?".

Biography of Olivier Beaufils
Market Lead -ERCOT
Aurora Energy Research

Olivier Beaufils is the Market Lead for ERCOT, the Texas power market, at Aurora Energy Research. He has expertise on power and renewables markets in the North and South America, natural gas and LNG markets, as well as emerging clean energy technologies such as batteries and hydrogen. He has extensive experience managing and delivering consulting projects across North and Latin America. He has advised renewable developers, utilities, IPPS, government agencies, oil and gas majors, and private-equity funds on strategy engagements, transactions, public policy and market analysis studies.

Prior to joining Aurora Energy Research, Olivier was a Director at IHS Markit/S&P Global in the Energy Transition consulting practice.  Before that he worked as a Managing Consultant with Wood Mackenzie and for Areva (now Orano) in Corporate Strategy. Olivier holds a master’s degrees in Global Policy Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, a master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Centrale Supélec and a Specialized Engineering Graduate Degree in Energy and Markets from IFP School (Class of 2012).

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Webinar 28 - May 2023

Mr. Alberto Lozano (RIG 2004), Senior Techno Economic Analyst at Saudi Aramco Technology Strategy & Planning Department, hosted the webinar on May 11, 2023.

His presentation was entitled: "Energy transitions, different strategic approaches to reach the goal of decarbonization. IOCs vs Middle East NOCs".

Biography of Alberto Lozano
Senior Techno Economic Analyst
Saudi Aramco Technology Strategy & Planning Department

Alberto Lozano is currently a Senior Techno Economic Analyst at Saudi Aramco Technology Strategy & Planning Department. Alberto has a BSc in Industrial Engineering and a MSc in Chemical Engineering by UPM-ETSII of Madrid. Alberto holds as well a Master's in Refining, Engineering and Gas from IFP School (class of 2004) and is currently studying an EMBA at HEC Paris.

Alberto is a 20-year-experienced professional. In his current job, he is in charge of evaluating and/or validating the portfolio of new technologies of Saudi Aramco R&D Center. Current projects include the new technologies of the "Energy Transition and Decarbonization in Downstream Oil and Gas", i.e., CCUS, Circular Economy, Power to X, Electrification, Hydrogen, and those of conventional Refining, Petrochemicals and Gas Treatment. Before this position, Alberto spent six years as a Research Engineer with Saudi Aramco R&DC Chemicals Division focusing in new technologies in the area of Crude to Chemicals.

Before joining Saudi Aramco, Alberto worked as a Process Engineer for IFPEN in Lyon and Axens in Paris, and a Refining Consultant with KBC Process Technologies in London, including two years working on site at Binh Son Refinery in Vietnam. Alberto is a co-author of 12 awarded patents.

Alberto enjoys teaching. He has designed, delivered or co-delivered trainings within Saudi Aramco around Downstream Economic Evaluations and Refining Economics. He has collaborated as well with KFUPM University teaching Refining & Petrochemical Economics during one semester in 2022, and the Techno Economics section of the Crude to Chemicals course for the MSc in Petrochemical Engineering.

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Webinar 29 - June 2023

Mr. Olivier Ferlin, Vice President Vehicle Engineering Lyon at Volvo Group Truck Technology, hosted the webinar on June 8, 2023.

His presentation was entitled: "Engineering challenges for Heavy Duty vehicles decarbonation".

Biography of Olivier Ferlin
Vice President Vehicle Engineering Lyon
Volvo Group Trucks Technology

Olivier Ferlin is currently Vice President Vehicle Engineering Lyon at Volvo Group Trucks Technology.

He began his career in 1996 at Renault VI as a mechanical engineer responsible for Mack Trucks engines in Lyon. Three years later, he moved to the Paris site to take charge of the moving parts and power cylinder unit.

Back in Lyon in 2002, he joined Volvo Powertrain as Moving Parts Group Manager. He continued his ascent in 2006, rising to the position of Base Engine & Material Technology Director in Gothenburg, Sweden. Four years later, he was appointed Vice President Powertrain Engineering at Volvo Group Trucks Technology. In charge of heavy-duty powertrain development, he was responsible for 800 employees and manages a budget of €150 million.

From 2014 to 2022, he was Vice President Powertrain Engineering France & India. In this role, he oversaw the development of powertrains and axles for medium duty vehicles.

An engineer from the École nationale supérieure d'électricité et de mécanique in Nancy, Olivier Ferlin is a graduate of IFP School's Energy and Powertrains program (class of 1996). He also holds a mini MBA from INSEAD's European Center for Executive Development.

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Webinar 30 - September 2023

Ms. Sandrine Vidal-Gilbert, Head of Geomechanics at TotalEnergies hosted the webinar on September 14, 2023.

Her presentation was entitled: "Geomechanics Assessment for CO2 storage containment"

Biography of Sandrine Vidal-Gilbert
Head of Geomechanics

Her role supports all type of Geomechanics Studies (Drilling & Reservoir Geomechanics) and Laboratory activities performed by Geomechanics Team (20 people). She was previously in charge of TotalEnergies Reservoir Geomechanics. Prior, Sandrine was Geomechanics Specialist for Unconventional (operational and R&D) and for CO2 geological storage. Before joining Total in 2009, she worked as Senior Geomechanicist nine years in IFPEN, France and two years as Geomechanics Discipline Leader for CO2 geological storage in Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (CO2CRC) in Adelaide, Australia. She holds a Geophysics Master's degree from École et Observatoire de Physique du Globe de Strasbourg, a Petroleum Geophysics Specialized Engineering Graduate degree from IFP School (class of 1998) and a PhD in Geosciences, specialty Geomechanics from the University of Paris VI.

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About her presentation
"Geomechanics Assessment for CO2 storage containment"

For any CO2 underground storage project, geomechanics is critical in determining the containment of the injected CO2 and the risks associated with injection. The key geological routes for loss of containment within the storage complex include fracturing the caprock and migration along faults/fractures within the storage complex.  These mechanisms for leaking are controlled by the in-situ stresses, pressures and temperatures in the reservoir and cap rock. To understand the geomechanics of subsurface integrity and caprock containment for injection projects, we need to understand whether tensile failure (hydraulic fracturing) and shear failure (shear fracturing or larger scale fault slip and /or reactivation) occur as a result of stress alteration induced by pressure and temperature change within the reservoir and caprock during fluid withdrawal or injection. The workflow developed by Geomechanics Team in TotalEnergies will be presented with application on case study ARAMIS, Netherlands.

Webinar 31 - October 2023

Mr. Bertrand Charmaison, Director of the I-Tésé Institute at the Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives (CEA), hosted the webinar on October 5, 2023.

His presentation was entitled: "Energy sufficiency and nuclear energy: friends or foes? ».

Biography of Bertrand Charmaison
Director of the I-Tésé Institute
Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives

Bertrand Charmaison holds an engineering degree from IFP School (EEN 2005) and a PhD from the Toulouse School of Economics. He is an expert in energy economics, specializing in industrial economics. He has more than twenty years' operational experience in the energy sector, acquired within industrial groups where he held positions of responsibility in strategy, business development and setting up innovative projects. Since January 2021, he has headed the I-Tésé Institute and overseen the Tech-Eco-Energie-Société program at the Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives (CEA). As part of the CEA's Energy Division, the I-Tésé Institute studies the economics and sustainability of the energy transition to carbon neutrality. To this end, I-Tésé is developing a systemic vision that focuses on changes in energy demand and consumption patterns, low-carbon production and storage technologies, and the resources required to implement these technologies.

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Webinar 32 - November 2023

Mr. Damien Eyriès, Vice-President Green Hydrogen Value Chain at Technip Energies and Rely CEO Elect, hosted the webinar on November 23, 2023.

Biography of Damien Eyriès
Vice-President Green Hydrogen Value Chain at Technip Energies & Rely CEO Elect

Damien Eyriès is the Vice-President of the Green Hydrogen Value Chain Business Unit for Technip Energies and CEO Elect of Rely, a new company delivering integrated green hydrogen solutions.

Damien Eyriès joined Technip in 2006 as a Start-Up and Commissioning Engineer. He served as Project Manager and Deputy Project Director on various projects in Europe, Middle East, India and Africa from 2009 to 2019. He then joined Technip Energies office in Paris as Head of Tendering department for two years.

Prior to joining Technip, Damien started his career as Process Engineer for Axens. A graduate of the École nationale supérieure des Mines de Nancy, he holds a master's degree in Refining, Engineering and Gas from IFP School (class of 2005).

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About his presentation

"2023-Hydrogen projects scale up"

Green hydrogen plays a major role in achieving carbon neutrality. Technip Energies integrates the complete "Power-to-X" value chain, offering its customers end-to-end, cost-effective solutions by optimizing total cost of ownership. We break down boundaries and bring projects to life.