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:

  • Dr. William Tumas Associate Lab Director, Materials and Chemical Science Technology, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
  • Dr. Kendra Kuhl Chief Technology Officer, Opus 12
  • Dr. Anthony Martino Senior Scientist, Sandia National Labs
  • Dr. Jeffrey Gralnick Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology and BioTechnology Institute, University of Minnesota
  • Dr. Harold May Professor, Microbiology and Immunology, Medical University of South Carolina
  • Dr. Daniel Nocera Patterson Rockwood Professor of Energy, Harvard University
  • Dr. Mich Hein Managing Partner, Nidus Partnership; CEO, Electrochaea, LLC
  • Dr. Harry Atwater 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


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