Checking Sunflowers near Sogakope, Ghana

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Checking Sunflowers near Sogakope, Ghana

Ulrich B. Riemann, MD Bionic Palm Ltd., checking a Sunflower testfield near Sogakope, Ghana
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Bionic Fuel and Agriculture
Ghana | Renewables & Environment

Ulrich spent his early professional years as an officer in the German Airforce which he left as captain in 1987.

After a long subsequent career in global IT and General Management, both as an executive and a consultant he now fully concentrates his efforts on advanced alternative energy and agriculture concepts.

Today he co-owns and manages one of the most promising second generation synthetic fuel technologies. Bionic's µfuel process combines microwave and zeolite catalysts to convert biomass and organic waste materials into Bio-oil and Biochar. The fascinating technology is ready for commercial implementation in many feedstock configurations.

The activities in biofuel conversion are complemented by a growing engagement in innovative African agriculture, agriforestry and aquaculture developments. In Ghana he combines sustainable food farming with Jatropha, Palm Oil and Cocoa projects. Following the successful start of a poultry farm the integration of an aquaculture project producing Tilapia is under preparation.

Within Bionic Palm Ulrich also spearheaded an ambitious Jatropha breeding program which aims for non-toxic elite hybrid cultivars. Read more about this work at

In his daily work in African agric management Ulrich demonstrates his uncompromisable believe in the highest standards of sustainability, be it environmental, community related or economic.

Managing Director (2007 - Present)
BIONIC PALM Limited, Ghana

Among other we are inventing and implementing the zero-waste-palmoil-mill...

CEO (2007 - Present)
Bionic Fuel Knowledge Partners Inc.

Managing Bionic's proprietary intellectual property

Managing Director (2006 - Present)
RRPD Renewable Resources Project Development GmbH, Austria

Managing development projects for innovative plants transforming Biomass and Waste into value added raw products, i.e. transportation and other fuels.The plants are based on second generation BtL /WtL technologies combining latest research achievements with long standing, proven process knowledge.

President and CEO (1994 - Present)

Executive Management Services for Start Ups in the Renewable Resources and Agriculture Industry.
Global Interim Management on Executive Level in Healthcare, IT Services, Telecommunication, Travel, Retail and Agriculture industries.
Project Management for Business Process Outsourcing, large IT Programs, Restructuring of Plantation Company.
Staffing of project teams worldwide mainly through subcontractors and/or partner organizations.

Managing Partner (1998 - 2006)
Dr. Walter & Partner Management Consulting GmbH, Frankfurt, Germany

Customer relations and project executive for interim management services and major consulting projects in telecommunications, utilities, public sector.

Interim Manager (1992 - 1998)

Restructuring and Interim Management in the Service and Health care Industries

Senior Consultant (1989 - 1991)
United Research

Included project engagements in in Oil&Gas and Telco industries.

Director Information Technology (1987 - 1989)
IVECO Magirus AG

Leading the path into a new generation of production and spare part systems

Captain (1975 - 1987)
German Air Force

A versatile military carrier that included many managerial and technical challenges and over 5 years of civil and military training.

Skills & Expertise

Sustainability, Biofuels, Renewable Resources, Soil Reclamation, Biochar, Renewable Energy, Poultry, Aquaculture, Alternative Energy, Cleantech, IT Management, Project Management, Start-ups, Interim Executive, Management Consulting, Turn Around Management, Plantation Management, Management, Jatropha Breeding, doing business in Africa, Jatropha Agronomy, Organic Farming, Sustainable Agriculture, Entrepreneurship, Energy, Business Strategy, Waste to Energy, Energy Efficiency, Sustainable Development, Biomass, Sustainable Energy, Agriculture, Green Technology, Climate Change, Carbon, Waste Management, Fuel, Clean Technology, Program Management, Waste, Energy Policy, Sustainable Business, Sustainability Consulting, Bioenergy, Photovoltaics, Carbon Markets

Fernuniversität Hagen (1982 - 1986)
, Informatik
Universität der Bundeswehr München (1976 - 1979)
Diplom Kaufmann, Operations Research, Statistics

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