Save the date: 2nd Conference on CO2 as Feedstock:
7th - 9th October 2013, Haus der Technik, Essen, Germany

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1st Conference on CO2 as Feedstock (10-11 October 2012, Haus der Technik Essen, Germany):

From vision to implementation: CO2 as feedstock for chemicals and polymers

The terms CO2 economy and Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU) are becoming an increasingly popular subject in the scientific and popular press. These terms refer broadly to the technical possibility of scrubbing CO2 from flue gases or from the atmosphere and using it as feedstock to produce chemicals, polymer and so-called "solar fuels". "Solar fuels" are a generic term for a fuel based chemically on CO2 and water where a renewable energy source is stored. The word "fuel" is intended in a broader sense, as it refers not only to fuel for transport and electricity generation, but also feedstock for industry. This innovative concept now faces the transition from simple academic curiosity to a feedstock of growing importance to the chemical industry.

Leading experts and 180 participants from 25 countries

In order to pool together different representatives of this important and relatively new field, nova-Institute GmbH (Hürth, Germany) organized a full two-day conference. This allowed the world's leading universities and companies in the field of CO2 capture, purification and derived polymers, products and fuels to present and discuss their latest developments and outline their vision for the full-scale implementation of a CO2 economy.

This inspiring conference (in the words of many attendees) was entitled "CO2 as chemical feedstock for polymers and chemistry" and it was held on 10th and 11th October 2012 in the Haus der Technik in Essen. 180 participants from 25 different countries enjoyed the two-day event. It was sponsored by RWE AG and Bio Based Europe Pilot Plant (Belgium) and was under the patronage of the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Research of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. Other partners of the event were the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC), the Cluster of Industrial Biotechnology of North Rhine-Westphalia (CLIB2021), the Flemish Institute of Technology (VITO) and Kunststoffland NRW.

Innovation Award

During the conference participants had the chance to vote for an "Innovation Award". This symbolic prize was intended as recognition for the three speakers who impressed the audience with presentations of the most impressive and most innovative technologies. Due to the high quality of the speakers and their innovative products and approaches, it was difficult for participants to decide which speakers deserved the innovation awards, and this was reflected in the narrow margins between speakers in the final vote.

Download of the press release (PDF).