17-12-14 Already 30 international speakers confirmed: 6th Conference on Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Fuels, Chemistry and Polymers

15 - 16 March 2018, Maternushaus, Cologne, Germany


++ CO2 for Fuels, Chemicals and Polymers ++ Meet the leading international experts at one of the leading events on Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU) in the world! ++ Preliminary programme online ++ List of participants online ++ More than 200 leading international experts in CO2 utilization and 20 exhibitors are expected to attend the conference ++ 

Big visions – and also 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 been 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.

Leading players will showcase enhanced and new applications using CO2 as feedstock.

Programme of the 1st day (15 March 2018, 10-18h)
Political Framework & Visions


Registration and Welcome Coffee


Michael Carus
nova-Institut GmbH (DE)

Conference Opening


Minister Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart
Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (DE)

Opening Words


Innovation and Strategy

10:30   Jürgen Tiedje
European Commission (EU)
CCU in the EU Policy Framework of the Decarbonisation of Industry
10:50 Dr.rer.nat. Helmut Löwe
Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung

Lindsey Garcia-Gonzalez

Heleen de Wever

Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU): Current Status, Challenges and Way Forward - Abstract here




Thomas Ross
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research CSIR (SA)

CCU and PtX Fuel Options Pilot Plant for CSIR, South Africa

12:15   Lunch Break  

Sustainability and Policy

Prof. Christian Breyer
Solar Economy Lappeenranta University of Technology (FI)

The Potential for a Global Renewable Energy System and the Implications for Synthetic Fuels and Chemicals

14:00 Michael Carus
nova-Institut GmbH (DE)
Sustainability of Carbon Capture and Utilization

Evar Umeozar
Canadian Energy Research Institute CERI (CA)

Energy Options and Environmental Impacts of Carbon Dioxide Utilization Pathways

14:40   Coffee Break  
Lisa Buchner
German Emisssions Trading Authority (DEHSt) within the German Environment Agency (UBA) (DE)
CCU in the Framework of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) Today and Tomorrow - Abstract here

Dr. Sc. Juha-Pekka Pitkänen

Production of Single-Cell Protein from COand Electricity - Abstract here

15:50   Panel Discussion: CCU and Sustainability
16:20   Coffee Break  

CO2 Capture and New Technologies


Daniel Egger
Climeworks AG (CH)

Direct Air Capture for Sustainable Carbon Capture and Utilisation Processes - Abstract here


Prof. Dr. Michael North
University of York (UK)


CO2 Capture and Electrochemical Mineralisation - Abstract here


Marleen Ramakers
University of Antwerp (BE)

Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Value-Added Chemicals and Fuels in a Gliding Arc Plasmatron - Abstract here

17:50   Cold Beer on Tap
20:00   Gala Dinner


Programme of the 2nd day (16 March 2018, 9-18h)
Chemicals & Energy from CO2


CO2 Chemicals & Polymers

09:00 Prof. Dr. Arjan Kleij
Where Carbon Dioxide and Terpenes Merge into Biopolymers: Creating Potential as Platform Molecules for the Polymer Industry - Abstract here
09:20 David Strik
Wageningen University (NL)
CO2 to N-Caproate: Bioelectrochemicals Chain Elongation to New Platform Chemical
09:40   Louis Fradette
CO2 Solutions (CA)
Valorisation Carbone Québec: A Unique CO2 Capture and Utlization Project

Gunnar Holen
Nordic Blue Crude (NO)

Sebastian Becker
sunfire GmbH (DE)

On the Way to a First Commercial Blue Crude Production in Norway
10:30   Coffee Break  

Dr. Christoph Gürtler
Covestro AG (DE)


CO2 - A Versatile Building Block for a Broad Range of Applications


Dr. Klaas Jan Schouten
Avantium (NL)

CO2 Electrocatalysis as Key Technology for the Production of Hight Value Chemicals


CO2 for Fuels


Dr.-Ing. Frank Köster 
EnergieAgentur.NRW (DE)


Green Growth and Bioeconomy from a Regional Perspective
12:10   Dr. Günter Harp
Harp Process Chemistry Consulting (DE)

Methanol as Key for Industrial Symbiosis between Chemistry and Steel - Abstract here


Dr.-Ing. Muhammad Majid
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe GmbH (DE)

OptiMeH-Optimised Process Chain for a Resource-efficient Methanol Synthesis - Abstract here

12:50   Lunch Break  
14:20 Bruce Dannenberg
Phytonix Inc. (US)
Phytonix Latest Developments and the Challenging Process of Moving Towards Pilot and Commercial Scale-Up

Dr. Markus Oles
Thyssenkrupp AG (DE)

Prof. Dr. George Deerberg
Fraunhofer UMSICHT (DE)

Carbon2Chem - Valorising Emissions from the Steel Industry
15:20   Dr. Pekka Simell 
SOLETAIR - Fuels and Chemicals from the Sun and Air: Experiences from the Integration and Test Campaigns - Abstract here
15:40   Dr.-Ing. Achim Schaadt
Fraunhofer-Institut für Solare Energiesysteme (DE)
A Hybridised Approach to Oxymethylene Ethers (OME) - Designer Oxygenated Fuels and Solvents - Abstract here
16:00   Coffee Break  
16:30 Misha Valk
Sustainable Aviaton Fuels, the Challenges and Opportunities for CO2 Based Technologies - Abstract here
16:50   Networking Reception  


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 above mentioned main topics of the conference? We appreciate your proposal; just send an abstract and a suggested title to Mr. Achim Raschka:, +49 (0)22 33 - 48 14-51

Exhibition opportunities

The fee of a booth (6qm) is 500 EUR (excl. 19% VAT). We provide you a table, table cloths, a pin board, a chair and a power connection. You are welcome to use your own booth system. Please submit Mr. Dominik Vogt  your preferred booth number, a printable logo and a company profile.

Sponsoring opportunities

All sponsoring opportunities are online.


“Carbon dioxide can be used profitably as a multi-purpose resource base for the production of chemicals or polymers, opening up new avenues towards sustainability. I am very pleased about the upcoming conference and the possibility of exchange with international experts.”
The "6th Conference on CO2 as Feedstock for Fuels, Chemistry and Polymers" is under the patronage of Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart, Minister of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia



The nova-Institute would like to acknowledge Phytonix Corporation (USA) for supporting the conference as a Gold Sponsor and the EnergieAgentur.NRW as Premium Partner of the conference.
All sponsoring opportunities are online at here.

Join the revolution, visit the conference, meet the leading entrepreneurs of the new industry!

Best regards,

Your nova-conference team