Engineered Carbon Cycling: Strategies for Advanced Carbon Cycling in a Warming World
The US Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is the nation’s premier technical office working to de-risk biomass supply chains and upgrading technologies to promote the emergence of the advanced bioeconomy. Recent trends in the deployment of cheaper and cleaner renewable power are providing new opportunities to not only enhance the efficiency of biomass conversion, but to fundamentally change how organic carbon is synthesized from carbon oxides. BETO is re-imagining the carbon cycle without photosynthesis, and is exploring technologies that can efficiently leverage renewable power to reduce carbon oxides and generate relevant organic chemical intermediates non-photosynthetically. Reduction approaches could include thermocatalytic, electrocatalytic, or biocatalytic platforms.
Partnering with the organizers of the International Solar Fuels Conference, BETO is planning a technical listening session on July 8th at this year’s conference in San Diego. BETO will be helping to identify and invite speakers to discuss the state-of-technology of novel non-photosynthetic carbon reduction strategies, and it will facilitate a round table discussion of experts in this field to identify the technical barriers and challenges to be addressed going forward.