Department of Energy Listening Day - July 8, 2017

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.       

Speakers include:



Director, Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis
Editor in Chief, ACS Photonics
Howard Hughes Professor and Professor of Applied Physics and Materials Science
California Institute of Technology

"Artificial Photosynthesis - The Selective CO2 Reduction Challenge"


Associate Professor, Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, BioTechnology Institute
University of Minnesota

"Driving microbial metabolism with electricity: challenges and opportunities in electrosynthesis"


Managing Partner, Nidus Partnership
CEO, Electrochaea, LLC

"Charging the gas grid with solar and wind energy - from the "fat duck" to green gas"


Chief Technology Officer
Opus 12

"Recycling carbon dioxide through PEM electrolysis"


Senior Scientist
Sandia National Labs

"Sunshine to Petrol: Reimagining Transportation Fuels"
Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Medical University of South Carolina

"Reduction of CO2 by Microbial Electrosynthesis for the Production of Fuels and Chemicals"



Patterson Rockwood Professor of Energy
Harvard University

"Food and Fuel from Sunlight, Air and Water"



Associate Lab Director, Materials and Chemical Science Technology
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

"Research Challenges for Non-Photosynthetic Solar Fuels Production"