Near-complete Programme: 5th Conference on Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Fuels, Chemistry and Polymers

Meet leading international experts at one of the leading events on Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU) in the world – near-complete programme is now online

6 - 7 December 2016, Maternushaus, Cologne, Germany


Big visions – and real potential. The usage of carbon dioxide, among experts referred to as Carbon Capture & Utilization (CCU), is gaining momentum. First commercial production of CO2-based polymers  has launched, several additional technologies have progressed so far to allow production on an industrial scale in the near future – with advanced biotechnology and chemical catalysis. At the same time are renewable energy from solar, wind and hydro becoming cheaper each year and the latest plants at favourable locations are already at the same price level as fossil energy sources and even below. A perfect situation for combining cheap and abundant renewables with carbon utilization to store energy, to produce renewable fuels and chemicals.

Renewable energy and CCU will reshape the energy system of the future and the chemical industry, too. Join the revolution, visit the conference, meet the leading entrepreneurs of the new industry.

After four times in Essen, this leading conference moves to Cologne in 2016 to have enough space for growth: nova-Institute expects more than 250 participants from 30 countries and 20 exhibitors and offers professional match making tools for efficient networking between the experts from industry, policy and research.

Leading players will showcase enhanced and new applications using CO2 as feedstock.
The conference will have four main themes; Policy & Visions, Artificial Photosynthesis & H2 Generation, CO2-based Chemicals & Polymers and CO2-based Fuels and feature a mixture of keynote, oral and poster presentations.

Programme of the 5th Conference on Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Fuels, Chemistry and Polymers

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


Registration and Welcome Coffee

Michael Carus
nova-Institut GmbH (DE)

Conference Opening

Dr.-Ing. Walther Pelzer
Ministry of Innovation,
Science and Research of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia (MIWF)

Opening Words

Dr. Frank Köster
EnergieAgentur.NRW (DE)

Bioeconomy and the Future of Mobility – Findings from a Regional Perspective

Policy & Visions

(Chairwoman: Kathryn Sheridan, SustainabilityConsult (UK)

Prof. Dr. Peter Styring
University of Sheffield (UK)

CO2 - a Valuable Building Block for the Chemical Industry


European Commission (invited)

Carbon Capture and Utilization in European Framwork


Andrew Hagan
World Council on Industrial Biotechnology (CH)


Ted Grozier
Climate KIC (EU)

Dr. Niklas Meine
Covestro (DE)

EnCO2re - a Flagship Initiative for CO2 Utilization

  SolarWorld AG (DE) (invited) N.N.

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

Update on the German R&D Programme for CO2 Utilization

Hans Bolscher
Trinomics / SCOT (NL)

A Vision for Smart CO2 Transformation in Europe

Michael Carus
nova-Institut GmbH (DE)

Christian Schweitzer
bse engineering (DE)

Policy Framework for Speeding up Power-to-Fuel


Panel Discussion



Artificial Photosynthesis & H2 Generation


Prof. Stenbjörn Styring
Uppsala University (SWE)
Prof. Leif Hammarström
Uppsala University (SWE)
  Dr. Martin Demler
Evonik Industries (DE)
Artificial Photosynthesis Development at Evonik

Dinner Buffet

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


CO2-based Chemicals & Polymers

Dr. Christin Liptow
nova-Institut GmbH (DE)

Life cycle assessment (LCA) in Carbon Dioxide Utilization Processes

Dr. Lisa Dyson
Kiverdi, Inc. (US)

Converting Carbon Dioxide into Oleochemicals - Abstract here

Dr. Deepak Pant
VITO - Flemish Institute for Technological Research (BE)

Dr. Linsey Garcia-Gonzalez 
VITO - Flemish Institute for Technological Research (BE)

Technological Advances in CO2 Bioconversion (Electro-)Biorefinery

Valorization of CO2-rich Off-Gases to Monomers and Biopolymers Through Biotechnological Process - Abstract here

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

New Activities of Covestro in CO2 Utilization - Abstract here

Bruce Dannenberg
Phytonix (US)

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


Ross Gordon
Photanol (NL)

Producing high purity Lactic Acid from CO2, powered by the Sun


CO2-based Fuels

(Chairman: Lars Schulze-Beusingsen, EnergieAgentur.NRW (DE))

  Eelco Dekker
Methanol Institute (NL)
Renewable Methanol as a Key Molecule for CCU Fuels

Dr. Moritz Wendt
InfraServ GmbH & Co. Knapsack KG (DE)

Dr. Elias Frei
Fritz-Haber Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (DE)

Dynamic Methanol Synthesis by CO2 Utilization under Various Site Conditions
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 - Abstract here

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 - Abstract here

LanzaTech (NZ, US)
Innovations for a Carbon Smart Future
  Bernhard Guentner
Syngip (NL)

The Zero Emission Steel Plant of the Future - Abstract here

Christian von Olshausen
sunfire GmbH (DE)
Power-to-Liquids: sunfire’s Activities in Synthetic Hydrocarbons from CO2, H2O and Electricity

Dr. Doris Hafenbradl
Electrochaea GmbH (DE)

Power-To-Gas – from the Laboratory to Industrial Scale


Valentin Batteiger
Bauhaus Luftfahrt e.V. (DE)

SUN-to-LIQUID - Integrated Solarthermochemical Synthesis of Liquid Hydrocarbon Fuels


Networking Reception


Our participants

The conference is aimed at providing international major players from the field of sustainable fuels, chemicals and polymers from CO2 with an opportunity to present and discuss their latest developments and strategies.
The participants include interested experts from industry, associations, policy and civil society who wish to get a full picture of how this new and exciting scenario is unfolding. The conference provides an opportunity to meet the right partners for future alliances. Participant list now online available!

Free booths for the first ten exhibitors

Take the extraordinary opportunity to present your company and your innovative products at the conference with an exhibition booth! Only a two-days conference entrance ticket is needed.
Contact: Dominik Vogt,

Call for posters

Would you like to contribute to the conference with a poster on your results on recent developments within the field's of Artificial Photosynthesis & H2 Generation, CO2 preparation, CO2-based Fuels Chemicals & Polymers and CO2-based Fuels? We appreciate your proposal; just send an abstract and a suggested title. Start-ups are welcome.
Contact: Achim Raschka,


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.
The institute was founded as a private and independent institute in 1994. It is located in the Chemical Park Knapsack in Huerth, which lies at the heart of the chemical industry around Cologne (Germany).
For the last two decades, nova-Institute has been globally active in feedstock supply, techno-economic and environmental evaluation, market research, dissemination, project management and policy for a sustainable bio-based economy.

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