Michael van Baarle - Managing Director


Michael van Baarle is the managing director of ADME Fuels.


He co-founded the company in 2015 initially to pursue his belief that introducing DME to Australia, and producing it domestically, would provide the vast local diesel engine market with a better sustainable fuel. The scope of the company’s activities was later broadened to encompass the renewable production of DME’s precursor, methanol.


His interest in DME started with an introduction in 2007 to a University of Utah fuels research group while an executive director of Ambre Energy Limited where he was part of a team developing new coal-related energy projects in Australia and the USA. Previously, he spent 20 years as a lawyer in private practice, working in firms in Australia and the United Kingdom. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Queensland, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is also Vice President, Asia Pacific Affairs for the International DME Association.

Jannie Grové - Director Project Development


Johannes (Jannie) Grové is the Director Project Development for ADME Fuels.


Jannie is a chemical engineer, and has over 20 years’ experience covering project evaluation, project development, front end process design, project implementation, plant commissioning and plant operation in both the mining and chemical industries.


He started his career in 1993 as a junior process engineer at an ethylene plant for SASOL Chemical Industries. Over the following two decades, he progressed to senior roles in chemical processing industries in South Africa, Australia and the USA, especially in the development and operation of liquefaction projects involving oil shale and coal. From 2011 to 2014, Jannie’s ongoing interest in non-petroleum energy sources saw him undertake the role of CEO of Ambre Fuels North America, which role included the oversight of the development of a novel production process for DME by various US research institutions. This interest in alternative energy has continued in co-founding ADME Fuels. Jannie has an undergraduate and master’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Pretoria (South Africa), an MBA from Northwest University (South Africa) and a PhD from the University of Queensland (Australia).

Lance Flugge - Director DME Development


Lance Flugge is the Director DME Development for ADME Fuels.


Lance is a Brisbane-based businessman with an interest in small-scale industrial innovation. As well as co-founding ADME Fuels, he owns a number of industrial powder coating operations and has previously owned and operated a steel fabrication business.


His passion for innovation has drawn Lance to provide industry support for the development of a new municipal waste treatment process and a process for the production of oils and animal feed from algae. Lance has a vision for the adoption of DME to improve and overcome air emission problems in multiple industrial applications – including heavy road transportation, forklifts (allowing the more versatile diesel engine to be used in confined spaces), soot-free heat for industrial ovens where natural gas is not available or becoming too costly, and marine transportation (where the use of a non-toxic, biodegradable fuel would also virtually eliminate the marine environmental hazards posed by using petroleum fuels).