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Scientific advisory board

Univ. - Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heinz Peter Berg

Heinz Peter Berg is a full university professor at BTU since 1997. For the past 30 years, he has held various management positions in the R&D departments of companies and institutes. He started his professional career in 1982 as a scientist at the TU-Darmstadt. After graduating as a Dr.-Ing., he was a member of the founding team of BMW Rolls-Royce. There he headed various research and development departments from 1991. In the period 1997-2005 he was vice president of the Brandenburg Research and Development Society and the Engineering Cooperation Center. From 2005 until today he is founder and shareholder of 6 innovative technology companies.

Since 1996 he has been a full professor and chair holder, member of various technology organizations, expert and consultant. His main research and teaching interests are in the fields of applied thermodynamics, future-oriented drive systems and energy converters. His publication list includes more than 70 publications and book contributions. In addition to R&D, he works on the realization of innovative future technologies.


Christian Kunkel

Area of expertise: Combustion processes for 4-stroke internal combustion engines and CO2-neutral solutions.

Christian heads the "Combustion Development for Four-Stroke Engines" department at MAN Energy Solutions in Augsburg. In this role, his responsibilities include future CO2-neutral combustion concepts for four-stroke engines and related fuels. On the MAN side, he is responsible for the BMWi-funded "AmmoniaMot" project, which aims to use ammonia as a carbon-free fuel in combustion engines. He is also jointly responsible for the "Functional Competence Center Combustion" within the MAN Group and represents MAN in the FVV (Forschungsvereinigung Verbrennungskraftmaschinen e.V.). After completing his engineering studies at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Christian spent more than seven years in advance development at MTU Friedrichshafen (Rolls-Royce Power Systems) before joining MAN Energy Solutions in Augsburg.


Emanuel G. Pesatori

Emanuel graduated with a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Politecnico di Milano in 1996.
After serving as an officer in the Italian Naval Corp of Engineers, he joined ANSALDO ENERGIA in 1999 as a thermodynamic design engineer for steam turbines. Having also gained experience in compressor design, he started his first experience as R&D engineer, with particular interest first in the aerodynamic design of steam turbine blade profiles. Later in the role of team coordinator, his interest focused on the entire LP blade design after the company transferred to Franco Tosi Meccanica. In the role of R&D department manager, his activities also shifted to drive components and in the design of new steam turbine machine frames.

He headed the water turbine design department at Franco Tosi Meccanica for many years before returning first to R&D and later to the product development department as head of the USC steam turbine development project. He then headed the steam and hydro engineering departments as Head of Engineering of Franco Tosi Meccanica. In his various positions, he had the opportunity to develop expertise in the coordination of various field test campaigns and research projects. In the different roles he covered, starting from the aero-thermodynamic field, he developed interest and expertise in the structural field of turbomachinery.  After joining Exergy spa in 2016 as New Technologies and R&D Coordinator, he rejoined Franco Tosi Meccanica in July 2019 as Head of Product Development. During his career, he has authored or co-authored many scientific publications, mainly in the field of aerodynamics, structural dynamic behaviour of rotor and blades, and sCO2 turbomachinery design and integration with advanced power circuits.

Since 2011, his industrial research activities have focused on advanced machines for innovative thermal cycles such as sCO2 for CSP, biomass and H2 cycle-based applications, together with energy storage technologies.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Udo Hellwig

Udo Hellwig has headed ERK Eckrohrkessel GmbH in Berlin since 1997, where he has expanded the research and development area to include topics such as "Biogenic fuel production based on microalgae" and "Development of software tools for computational fluid dynamics in the field of energy and process engineering". Long-term family ownership brought additional stability and reliability to the company. The heart of Hellwig's business is thermal engineering, with over 6100 boiler installations and hundreds of engineering contracts.

After graduating in 1973 with a degree in process engineering and in 1978 with a degree in energy process engineering, he devoted himself as a research assistant at the Technical University of Berlin, to a project on coal refining. Subsequently, he was appointed university lecturer for mechanical process engineering at the TFH Berlin in 1989.