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Tim Chan joined the Methanol Institute (MI) as the Institute’s Manager for Government Relations and Business Development for the Asia Pacific and Middle East regions. Tim will be working on the Institute’s government relations strategy in Asia Pacific and Middle East, as well as looking into new applications for methanol to drive the expansion of the industry.  He has experience in climate change issues at various the national government and inter-governmental levels. His focus to date has been on how the global climate change discourse and national regulations are affecting the transport sector, primarily in the transport sector’s transition to cleaner fuels.  Tim graduated from Singapore Management University with a Bachelor’s in Political Science and Legal Studies.

Kim Winther, M.Sc. has a 25 year carrier background in renewable fuels. He is a member of IEA-AMF since 10 years and currently the Chair of Strategy and Technology Subcommitee.

He has worked with many different fuels such as biodiesel, methanol, ethanol, CNG and electric propulsion. Currently he manages two major projects in the field of renewable methanol; one large scale deployment program for methanol cars in Denmark, and one methanol fuelled marine engine concept. He is also the Operating Agent for AMF Annex 60: The Progress of Advanced Marine Fuels.

Kim Winther, Speaker

Senior Specialist 

Tim Chan, Moderator 

Manager of Government Relations&Business Development (Asia/Middle East)

MI is proud to collaborate with AMF in the organization of a free webinar to launch its latest Annex 56 report on Methanol as a Motor Fuel.  The webinar which takes place on October 26, 2020, at 1500 HRS (CET) will feature writers of the report as speakers to convey key report takeaways on methanol.  The writers of the report are from the following organizations: Danish Technological Institute (Denmark), Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum (Germany), Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe (Germany), Lund University (Sweden), Swedish Transport Administration (Sweden), Technion (Israel), and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (Finland).

 In an era marked by calls for rapid decarbonization and lower emissions, many alternative fuels have come to the fore offering solutions to the climate challenge.  Methanol is one of the alternative fuels that has gained traction due to its clean-burning properties and ability to be produced in a net carbon-neutral format.  Methanol has had a long history as a fuel, and its ability to be a drop-in fuel that is compatible with existing ICE technology and fuel infrastructure are some of the key characteristics that allow its almost seamless inclusion in the global fuel mix. 

This webinar will explore some of the key reasons why methanol can be an alternative fuel aligned with the priorities of today on the energy and climate fronts. Register for the free webinar now!

Nils-Olof Nylund (Research Professor Emeritus) has a Doctor of Technology degree in mechanical engineering (internal combustion engines). His current position is part-time Senior Advisor for Engines and Vehicles at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. He has been involved in several research programmes related to smart and sustainable mobility. Nylund has been working with alternative energies in transport since 1979, and has been involved in the IEA Technology Collaboration Programme on Advanced Motor Fuels since 1988. He is also member of the Steering Group of the European Technology and Innovation Platform Bioenergy and Group Leader within the EU ART Fuels Forum. 

Nils-Olof Nylund, Speaker

Senior Advisor 


Franziska Müller-Langer , Speaker

Head of Biorefineries Department

Franziska Müller-Langer is head of the Biorefineries department at DBFZ since 2008; before she worked as a team leader and project manager at the Institute for Energy and Environment. Her background is in mechanical engineering with focus on energy technologies; she got her diploma at the Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg. She received her doctorate grade at the Technical University HamburgAmong others, she got working experiences from e.g. Siemens Power Generation, Erlangen, and Laboratory of Applied Thermodynamics at the University of Thessaloniki (Greece).  

Within the Biorefineries Department about 40 scientists and technicans work for the focus research topic biobased products and fuelsFranziska Müller-Langer has comprehensive experiences from national and international with particular emphasis on current and future renewable (bio-)fuels and technology assessments. She is author of various publications and is a lecturer in this area.

Moreover,  she contributes her expertise to different bodies  such as national team leader for the IEA TC Bioenergy Task 39, Commercializing Conventional and Advanced Transport,  Biofuels from Biomass and Other Renewable Feedstocks, European Technology and Innovation Platform (ETIP), WG4 Policy and Sustainability, DECHEMA ProcessNet – Sustainable Production, Energy and Resources (SuPER), Groups Process Engineering and Alternative Fuels, National Platform Future of Mobility (NPM), WG2 Focus Group 3 ,Alternative Fuels for Internal Combustion Engines,  as well as scientific board of The Research Association for Diesel Emission Control Technologies (FAD e. V.).


Martin Tunér , Speaker

Vice-Dean, Faculty of Engineering 

Dr. Martin Tunér holds a position as Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University, with the responsibility for Internationalization. He is also full Professor at the Division of Combustion Engines at Lund University with a PhD in Combustion Physics from Lund University (2008). His research is mainly experimental and involves high efficiency and low emissions engine combustion concepts, fuel effects, engine heat transfer, waste heat recovery and combustion modelling. The research is performed in close cooperation with international engine corporations such as Volvo, Scania, Caterpillar, Wärtsilä, Toyota, Cummins, Chevron and BorgWarner. Dr. Tunér has supervised more than 20 PhD students and is author of more than 100 scientific articles. Dr. Tunér as the founder of Lund Energy Seminars and he has won prizes from students, research organizations and His Majesty the Swedish King.

Päivi Aakko-Saksa  , Speaker

Principal Scientist, Research Team Leader 

Päivi Aakko-Saksa graduated with an MS degree from University of Oulu, from the department of organic chemistry. She worked from 1990 to 1993 as a research scientist in the oil refinery industry in Finland. Since 1993 Mrs. Aakko-Saksa has worked at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. Her present position at VTT is a Principal Research Scientist in the research area of fuels and exhaust emissions, and research team leader of VTT Emission Control team. Mrs. Aakko-Saksa has contributed in a number of national and international research programs.