Brief introduction to ... Gerhard Muggen
Passion for technology and energy
What is your role at BTG-BTL?
I have been managing director of BTG-BTL since it was founded in 2007. I am also co-director of EMPYRO.
What did you do before this?
I started my career as a project manager at Holec, the current Eaton (medium voltage switchgear), then I worked at Wartsila Diesel (marine diesel engines) and Stork Thermeq (steam systems for power plants). It is remarkable to reflect that in all my functions I have been delivering energy technology all over the world. Whether it was electricity, steam or propulsion of ships.
What keeps you busy especially at the moment?
At present, the construction of EMPYRO has my greatest attention. Construction is finally begun after years of preparation. Around the end of this year we will commissioning EMPYRO. For us this is the basis on which we continue rolling out our business at BTG-BTL.
What does the future for BTG-BTL look like?
The future of BTG-BTL to me is located in the biomass-rich areas in the world. We want to deliver the technology and the basic components of the system to parties who want to convert pyrolysis oil from local biomass. Much interest is shown worldwide for our technology. I am optimistic about the future because there is a need for the transition from fossil to sustainable energy. I foresee a future with energy from a combination of sun, wind and biomass as a carrier of carbon. Everything depends on timing and all the lights are on green now. The world must change.
Do you have another passion outside BTG-BTL?
My passion in private life has also to do with technology and energy. I live with my wife and two children in a farmhouse which is heated by our own wood fired boiler. Also the two apartments at the farm we rent out are heated by this boiler. I think it's wonderful to be independent in terms of power generation. Furthermore, I really enjoy the outdoor living at the farm; felling timber and cutting it with my chainsaw, horse-riding and riding my over-40-year-old McCormick tractor. I also like the fact that FrieslandCampina Domo is our customer for oil. Both my grandfathers were farmers and supplied milk to the Domo their whole lives. I think it’s nice that I can contribute pyrolysis oil now to the Domo (Dairy cooperation, now part of FrieslandCampina).
In the next newsletter a brief introduction to Johan ter Harmsel, general director of Zeton. A very important partner of BTG-BTL, with whom the technology is rolled out together.