On July 8, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) sponsored the Engineered Carbon Reduction Listening Day: Advanced Strategies to Bypass Land Use for the Emerging Bioeconomy in La Jolla, California. This event explored non-photosynthetic carbon dioxide–reduction technologies, including electrocatalytic, thermocatalytic, photocatalytic, and biocatalytic approaches.
Input was sought from experts representing industry, academia, and national laboratories on the state of these technologies and their implications for enabling enhanced carbon cycling, offering land-sparing organic feedstock for the advanced bioeconomy, and creating tools that leverage renewable power to manage carbon and create advanced bioproduct pathways for new economic opportunities.
BETO has a strong conversion technology portfolio that can effectively upgrade carbon monoxide or simple organic molecules to a broad array of valuable chemicals, products, or fuels, but renewable feedstocks have been largely limited to terrestrial biomass and associated intermediates. This listening day supported BETO's efforts to broaden its potential feedstock portfolio; explore sustainable carbon utilization strategies; and leverage conversion technologies and platforms to produce fuels, chemicals, materials, and other biobased products.
This workshop advanced the DOE mission by exploring investment and research opportunities to improve the efficiency of existing power generation and employing emerging technology with potentially significant implications. The results will be published in a publicly available report with an objective of informing both public- and private-sector planning in the future.
July 8, 2017
Price Center at University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093
BETO has summarized stakeholder input from the listening day in a report titled Rewiring the Carbon Economy: Engineered Carbon Reduction Listening Day Summary Report.
Note: This report summarizes the results of a public workshop sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. The views and opinions of the workshop attendees, as summarized in this document, do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. government or any corresponding agency
|Start Time||End Time||Activity|
|8:30 a.m.||9:00 a.m.||Breakfast|
|Welcome and Listening Day Overview|
|9:00 a.m.||9:10 a.m.||David Babson, Technology Manager, BETO|
|9:10 a.m.||9:45 a.m.||Mich Hein, CEO, Electrochaea LLC|
|Charging the Gas Grid with Solar and Wind Energy: From the Fat Duck to Green Gas|
|9:45 a.m.||10:20 a.m.||Harry Atwater, Editor in Chief, ACS Photonics|
|Artificial Photosynthesis: The Selective CO2 Reduction Challenge|
|10:20 a.m.||10:40 a.m.||Coffee Break|
|10:40 a.m.||12:20 p.m.||Panel Discussion: Re-Imagining the Carbon Cycle without Photosynthesis|
|Moderator: Stephen Mayfield|
|10:40 a.m.||11:00 a.m.||Stephen Mayfield, Professor, University of California, San Diego,|
|Co-Director, Food & Fuel for the 21st Century|
|Director, California Center for Algae Biotechnology|
|11:00 a.m.||11:20 a.m.||Anthony Martino, Senior Scientist, Sandia National Laboratories|
|Sunshine to Petrol: Reimagining Transportation Fuels|
|11:20 a.m.||11:40 a.m.||Kendra Kuhl, Opus12|
|Recycling Carbon Dioxide through PEM Electrolysis|
|11:40 a.m.||12:00 p.m.||William Tumas, Associate Lab Director of Materials and Chemical Science Technology, National Renewable Energy Laboratory|
|Research Challenges for Non-Photosynthetic Solar Fuels Production|
|12:00 p.m.||12:20 p.m.||Dan Nocera, Patterson Rockwood Professor of Energy, Harvard University|
|Food and Fuel from Sunlight, Air, and Water|
|12:20 p.m.||2:00 p.m.||Lunch|
|2:00 p.m.||2:30 p.m.||Harold May, Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Medical University of South Carolina|
|Reduction of CO2 by Microbial Electrosynthesis for the Production of Fuels and Chemicals|
|2:30 p.m.||2:50 p.m.||Jeffery Gralnick, Professor, Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, Biotechnology Institute at the University of Minnesota|
|Driving Microbial Metabolism with Electricity: Challenges and Opportunities in Electrosynthesis|
|2:50 p.m.||3:00 p.m.||Thank you and Closing, BETO|
|3:00 p.m.||3:15 p.m.||Coffee Break|
|3:15 p.m.||6:00 p.m.||BETO Breakout Sessions (invite only)|