With a masters degree as an Agricultural Biologist and as a trained farmer Michael Köttner is professionally involved in Biogas and Bioenergy Technology for more than 25 years.
His portfolio ranges from professional services as a scientist and farmer in USA and South Africa, adult education, to being a founding member and CEO (1992 – 2000) in Europes biggest biogas association, the German Biogas Association with almost 5000 members today.
Since 2000 he is consultant, senior expert, as well as managing director of the International Biogas and Bioenergy Center of Competence (IBBK Fachgruppe Biogas GmbH) and chairman of the German Biogas and Bioenergy Society, GERBIO/FnBB e.V.. The main focus of his work is consulting and training work in the field of small scale decentralized biogas technology, plant oil for energy production, wood gas (gasification, pyrolysis) and ecological sanitation in a regional, national and international context. Current project locations are in Germany, Great Britain, Turkey, China, North- and South-America (Canada, Mexico, Chile).
Michael is a biogas technology and policy specialist with a broad expertise in the design and planning of decentralized agricultural and industrial biogas and bioenergy applications covering:
- specialized digester and installation technology,
- dry fermentation,
- recycling technologies and nutrient recovery in organic agriculture,
- energy production from agricultural biomass,
- quality control,
- biogas and landfill gas process upgrading,
- biogas in agricultural vehicles,
- integrated gas and heat distribution systems.
Due to IBBK's and FnBB's worldwide network and Michael's international activities and experience in European Biogas networks he additionally possesses good knowledge about biogas related issues (e.g. anaerobic digestion technology, legislation, policy) in different countries.