The royal road: CO2-based fuels for aviation and automotive

nova-Institute is proud to host the “5th Conference on Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Fuels, Chemistry and Polymers“ at 6-7 December 2016 in Cologne, Germany. More than 250 participants from 30 countries and 20 exhibitors are expected.

Today’s Focus: CO2-based fuels – sustainable fuels beyond biofuels

This year’s conference will conclude with a session on “CO2-based Fuels” for aviation and automotive. In the last two years, impressive technological improvements were made and entered the market. Pioneers and technology leaders from the following companies will present:
The session starts with a talk of Methanol Institute (NL) on renewable methanol as a key molecule for CCU fuels. As the global trade association for the methanol industry the institute represents the world’s leading methanol producers, distributors and technology companies.
In the same context, researchers from the Fritz-Haber Institute (DE) and InfraServ GmbH & Co. Knapsack KG (DE) will present together the dynamic methanol synthesis by CO2 utilization under various site conditions and partners in a project for the production of methanol from bio-based CO2 (Bio-M).
The Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (NL) will focus on a number of current activities of ECN, including various piloting activities in the steel industry for CO2 capture and methanol production, as well as the synthesis of dimethyl ether based on CO2 rich feed streams.
The presentation of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe GmbH (DE) will cover case studies on the CO2-intensity, efficiency and economy of CO2 derived fuels that can be produced by existing technology from excess capacity and renewable energy sources (RES) in power plants, waste incineration or industry. By this a new business model for energy producers and energy intensive industries to co-operate with (petro) chemical industry is derived.
LanzaTech (NZ, US) will outline the application and commercial progress of this biotechnological process, which has enabled LanzaTech to demonstrate synthesis of an array of over 20 different products from gas fermentation, including fuels ethanol or butanol and chemicals 2,3-butanediol, succinic acid, acetone or isopropanol via existing and novel routes.
Syngip (NL) will present the zero emission steel plant of the future. Syngip's technology can make use of steel mill gases via bacterium without the need to separate the constituents and converts the different components into one chemical product (isobutene) which leaves the reactor with the tail gas without the need of distillation.
Looking back on an eventful and very successful year for the sunfire GmbH (DE), Christian von Olshausen will give a comprehensive update of recent and future activities in power-to-liquids with electrolysis and Fischer-Tropsch technologies.
Electrochaea GmbH (DE) will give a talk on power-to-gas – from the laboratory to industrial scale. Electrochaea employs a patented biocatalyst to convert low-cost and stranded electricity and carbon dioxide into pipeline-grade renewable gas. This gas can be directly injected into the existing natural gas grid. The core of our power-to-gas technology is this proprietary biocatalyst that can be deployed in a simple and cost-effective energy conversion system.
Bauhaus Luftfahrt e.V. (DE) will report on sun-to-liquid based on an integrated solarthermochemical synthesis of liquid hydrocarbon fuels.

Don’t miss the future of sustainable fuels, join the conference, meet the technology leaders!


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
Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) (NL)

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


Chairman: Dr. Thomas Schwarz, CLIB2021 (DE)


LanzaTech (NZ, US)

Innovations for a Carbon Smart Future
Abstract here


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

The full programme and detailed information can be found at

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. The latest participants list is online!

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 fields 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,

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

We look forward to seeing you in Cologne!

With best regards,

Your nova conference team