One of the highlights at this year's AIChE Spring Meeting in New Orleans will be a keynote from Ramon Gonzalez, Program Director of Advanced Research Projects Agency at Energy (ARPA-E), U.S. Department of Energy. He will discuss some of the exciting developments in energy in a talk titled "New Learning Curves for Industrial Biotechnology: Liquid Fuels from Bioconversion of Methane and Bioelectrosynthesis." Here's a short synopsis of what you can expect:
Biological systems are capable of performing many useful functions with applications in energy and chemical production. However, their full potential remains unrealized due to critical gaps in our ability to engineer and control them. Two programs at the Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) address such critical gaps by engineering microbial systems for the production of liquid fuels and will be discussed in detail in my talk. The REMOTE program, whose acronym stands for Reducing Emissions using Methanotrophic Organisms for Transportation Energy, is a first-of-its-kind program that focuses on the development of advanced bioconversion technologies to produce liquid transportation fuels from methane, the main component of natural gas. The Electrofuels program, on the other hand, focuses on the development of non-photosynthetic autotrophic organisms for the conversion of CO2 and electricity to infrastructure-compatible liquid fuels.
Mark your calendar to attend this event, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 5:00pm-6:30pm CDT. It will take place at the Hilton in Marlborough A. More information on Featured Events. Registration & Technical Program.