Preliminary Programme & Early Bird: 5th Conference on CO2 as Feedstock for Chemistry and Polymers

5th Conference on Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Chemistry and Polymers

6 - 7 December 2016, Maternushaus, Cologne, Germany

++ 20 % early bird discount until 15 August ++ free booth for the first 10 bookers - only a 2-days conference entrance ticket is needed! ++ Under the Patronage of Svenja Schulze, Minister of Innovation, Science and Research of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia ++ The leading event on Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU) ++ Sustainable Fuels, Chemicals and Polymers from Renewables and CO2

Leading players will showcase enhanced and new applications using CO2 as feedstock. In CO2-based fuels, chemicals and polymers a lot of projects and realization steps are in place to create a new CO2-based future. An exciting new field emerging also for industrial biotechnology.

Big visions – but also big potential. The usage of carbon dioxide, among experts referred to as “Carbon Capture & Utilization (CCU)”, is gaining momentum. These days several technologies are far advanced and allow production on an industrial scale in the immediate future.
The usage of CO2 with renewable energy has very high potential. Some CCU technologies are already far developed and upscaling to industrial scale is lining up; other technologies are still in the laboratory or pilot scale. Which are the most promising technologies for CO2 capture, hydrogen production and the production of fuels, chemicals and polymers? What is the right way of implementation, are research programs enough or are specific market incentives necessary? A particular opportunity provides the aviation sector, which could decrease its CO2 emission substantially by making use of solar aviation fuels.

For the fifth time, nova-Institute is organizing one of the leading events on Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU) in the world: "5th Conference on Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Fuels, Chemistry and Polymers", 6 - 7 December 2016, Maternushaus, Cologne, Germany. After four times in Essen, the conference moves to Cologne to have enough space for growth: nova-Institute expects more than 200 participants from 30 countries and 20 exhibitors as well as professional match making between the experts from industry, policy and research.

Preliminary Programme:
1st day (6 December 2016) - Political Framework & Visions


Registration and Welcome Coffee

Michael Carus
nova-Institut GmbH (DE)

Conference Opening


Ministry of Innovation,
Science and Research of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia (MIWF) (DE)

Opening Words


Policy & Visions


European Commission (invited)


  Ted Grozier
Climate KIC (EU)

Niklas Meine
Covestro (DE)

EnCO2re - a flagship initiative for CO2 utilization


Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) (DE) (invited)

Update on the German R&D Programme for CO2 Utilization

Michael Carus
nova-Institut GmbH (DE)

Dr. Christian Schweitzer
bse engineering (DE)

Policy framework for speeding up power-to-fuel


UK Center for Carbon Dioxide Utilization / SCOT (UK)

A vision for smart CO2 transformation in Europe


Artificial Photosynthesis & H2 Generation


Dr. Martin Demler
Evonik Industries (DE)

Artificial photosynthesis development at Evonik


Discussion with Speakers from the first Day


Dinner Buffet

2nd day (7 December 2016) - Chemicals & Energy from CO2


Chemicals & Polymers

Dr. Christin Liptow
nova-Institut GmbH (DE)

Life cycle assessment (LCA) in Carbon Dioxide Utilization processes


Dr. Lisa Dyson
Kiverdi (US)

Converting Carbon Dioxide into Oleochemicals

Dr. Deepak Pant

Dr. Linsey Garcia-Gonzalez

VITO - Flemish Institute for Technological Research (BE)

Technological advances in CO2 conversion electro-biorefinery
Valorization of CO2-rich off-gases to monomers and biopolymers through biotechnological process

Dr. Christoph Gürtler
Covestro (formerly Bayer MaterialScience AG) (DE)

New Activities of Covestro in CO2 Utilization

Bruce Dannenberg
Phytonix (US)

Utilizing Synthetic Biology to Address Global Challenges: Climate Change and Sustainable Chemistry


CO2-based Fuels


Torsten Buddenberg
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe GmbH (DE)

Power to fuel as a sustainable business model for cross-sectorial energy storage in industry and power plants

Dr. Doris Hafenbradl
Electrochaea GmbH (DE)

Power-To-Gas – from the laboratory to industrial scale

Christian von Olshausen
sunfire GmbH (DE)

Power-to-Liquids: sunfire’s Activities in Synthetic Hydrocarbons from CO2, H2O and Electricity


Valentin Blatteiger
Bauhaus Luftfahrt e.V. (DE)

SUN-to-LIQUID - Integrated solarthermochemical synthesis of liquid hydrocarbon fuels


LanzaTech (NZ, US)

Innovations for a carbon smart future


Dr. Bernhard Guentner
Syngip (BE)

The Zero Emission steel plant of the future


Eelco Dekker
Methanol Institute (NL)

Renewable methanol as a key molecule for CCU fuels


Jaap Vente

Thermodynamic limitations and how to overcome them in carbon utilization - pilot activities on the production of methanol based on residual gases in the steel industry


Networking Reception with Snack


Our participants

Attending this conference will be invaluable for businessmen and academics who wish to get a full picture of how this new and exciting scenario is unfolding, as well as providing an opportunity to meet the right business or academic partners for future alliances.

Call for posters and papers

Would you like to contribute to the conference with your presentation on recent developments? We appreciate your proposal! Just send an abstract and a suggested title by e-mail to Mr. Achim Raschka:

Don't miss the world's most comprehensive event on CO2 as Feedstock for Chemistry and Polymers in 2016!

We look forward to seeing you in Cologne!

With best regards,

Your nova conference team