Christopher Maltin is the director of Biomethane Ltd. He is also the founder and is presently the chairman of Organic Power Holdings. Christopher is a qualified and experienced mechanical engineer and leader of the team which he put together to design and develop the first fuel systems to allow high performance engines to operate on lead-free petrol. He is also a respected consultant, being recognised as one of the foremost experts in the field of producing vehicle fuel using anaerobic digestion, and served as the UK’s representative on the bioenergy committee of the International Energy Agency for eight years. He was a founder member of the Renewable Energy Association and the Biomethane for Transport forum, is a director of the Natural Gas Vehicle Association, a member of the Low Carbon Vehicles Partnership, a member of the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation committee, a member of the All Party Parliamentary Renewable Transport Fuels Group, a member of the Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group and a member of the Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association. He has advised governments and regional committees on the treatment of organic waste by anaerobic digestion to produce renewable energy, organic fertilisers, renewable fuels and environmentally friendly products using sustainable materials made from organic wastes and has spoken on these subjects at conferences all over the world. He has been the chairman of the Global Biomethane Congress for the past 3 years.
His team’s pioneering and highly successful work on lead-free fuel systems for high performance engines led to an interest in the production of biomethane gas for use as a ‘clean’ fuel for vehicles, and hence to research into the anaerobic processing of organic materials to use these as a renewable source to produce energy and useful materials. Part of this research included a detailed examination to enable a thorough understanding of virtually every type of aerobic and anaerobic digestion plant for the treatment of organic materials in almost every country in the world. The findings from this comprehensive study led to his team developing the Maltin® System on which worldwide patents were granted. This simple but very effective waste treatment system, based on a series of low energy tanks in lagoons, reverses environmental pollution and produces nutrients, food supplements, clean fertilisers and renewable fuel for heating or cooling, or to power vehicles, or make electricity. The process is licensed exclusively to Organic Power companies who are now in the process of identifying potential opportunities and licensees throughout the world.
Christopher Maltin’s work with Porsche, Lamborghini and Ferrari in the 1970s is well known, and more recently his team were working with Mercedes in Germany where they were responsible for the conception of the EcoVito, a limited production run of 50 new Mercedes seven seater people carriers which can be powered by natural gas or biomethane (renewable natural gas made from wastes). His current projects include Biomethane’s leadership of the GoByGas consortium to convert 30 heavy goods vehicles to dual fuel (gas as CNG and LNG, and diesel) and to build a network of gas vehicle refuelling stations around the UK.
His longstanding and strongly held views about the presently unsustainable world economy, and mankind’s treatment of the planet have recently been internationally recognised.