Cleantech & Energy Symposium Speaker Series: Circular Economy

Thursday, August 20, 2020, 12:00pm-1:00pm PDT
Event format: 
Virtual / Online
Posted by Monica Torralba

We are proud to present our 2020 virtual symposium as a monthly speaker series! Join AIChE NorCal for our August virtual symposium series meeting with presentations by Jason Bronkema, Director of Engineering at BioCellection, and Rahul Chopra, Director at SGH2 Energy.

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Thursday, August 20th, 2020 @ 12 PM PST

12:00 - 12:05 pm - Welcome & Introduction

12:05 - 12:20 pm - Presentation by Jason Bronkema

12:20 - 12:30 pm - Q&A for Jason Bronkema

12:30 - 12:45 pm - Presentation by Rahul Chopra

12:45 - 1:00 pm - Q&A for Rahul Chopra & Final Remarks


Zoom Webinar via Email Invite

Event Description:

Speaker 1 - Jason Bronkema, Director of Engineering, BioCellection

Jason has nearly 15 years of experience working in both the traditional and renewable chemical industries with roles ranging from lab scale catalyst development, pilot plant and toll manufacturing, and commercial plant design, construction, and operation.  In his current role, Jason is responsible for the scale-up and commercial plant design of BioCellection’s proprietary process for upcycling post-consumer plastics.  Jason has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.


BioCellection’s mission is to use chemistry to create market-driven, profitable solutions to plastic waste. Based in Menlo Park, BioCellection brings together innovations in recycling, chemistry, and material science to deliver sustainable materials that enable a circular economy and supply chain resiliency.

Speaker 2 - Rahul Chopra, Director at SGH2 Energy

Rahul Chopra is a serial entrepreneur, a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow, Advisor to US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Advisor to City of San Francisco Mayor, and a partner at Ventus Partners and AGE Capital, where he advises leading venture capital funds, technology incubators, and startups in the fields of energy and telecom infrastructure, healthcare IT, and technology-related business models and markets.

At Berkeley Lab, Mr. Chopra led the effort to establish multi-million-dollar public-private partnerships in the field of energy efficiency as an asset class; Grid In a Box for deep renewables on the grid; and a new scale-up manufacturing incubator for the next generation of energy storage. In addition to advising the Lab on energy technologies, Mr. Chopra leads development and energy infrastructure advancement activities with international governments and corporations at the highest levels in Canada, China, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Mexico. Most recently, Mr. Chopra is working with the EU’s parliament to help develop energy efficiency as an asset class and developing multiple H2@Scale generation assets around the world. 

Mr. Chopra has over 20 years of financial, transactions, corporate development and strategy expertise in launching and growing disruptive, high-tech businesses. Rahul has founded two technology startups that invented 10G Ethernet, and MIMO-wireless (now a standard for all wireless standard) and raised over $200M in capital and completed over $1Billion in transactions, including establishing a multibillion dollar telecom JV in China.

Mr. Chopra is a graduate of Columbia University, University of California, Berkeley and Clemson University.

SGH2 Energy

SGH2 Energy is focused on waste upcycling to Hydrogen and builds, owns and operates green hydrogen generation plants. SGH2’s SPEG (Solena Plasma Enhanced Gasification) technology produces green hydrogen from any kind of waste – from paper to plastics, MSW to RDF, tires to textiles. The company’s technology changes the world by addressing two global crisis – climate change and waste pollution.