Cleantech & Energy Symposium Speaker Series: Engineering in Cleantech - Carbon Reduction Innovations

Tuesday, July 21, 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 2nd virtual meeting in the symposium series with a presentations by Cody Finke, Co-Founder and CEO of Brimstone Energy, and  Miguel Sierra Aznar, Co-Founder and CEO of Noble Thermodynamics.

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Tuesday, July 21st, 2020 @ 12 PM PST

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

12:05 - 12:20 pm - Presentation by Cody Finke

12:20 - 12:30 pm - Q&A for Cody Finke

12:30 - 12:45 pm - Presentation by Miguel Sierra Aznar

12:45 - 1:00 pm - Q&A for Miguel Sierra Aznar & Final Remarks


Zoom Webinar via Email Invite

Event Description:

Speaker 1 - Cody Finke, Co-Founder and CEO of Brimstone Energy

Cody Finke received a BA in Chemistry from Carleton College in 2012 where he was honored as a Goldwater Scholar. Cody went on to receive a PhD in Environmental Engineering from Caltech in July, 2020 where he studied electrocatalyst development and techno-economics in Prof. Michael Hoffmann's lab. At Caltech Cody was honored with the Vodafone Americas Award, a Resnick Fellowship, and a DeNora Foundation Fellowship (declined). Cody has now joined the Cyclotron Road program where he is working to commercialize a low cost, process-emissions-free, portland cement production process via his company Brimstone Energy.

Brimstone Energy

The production of Ordinary Portland Cement (OPC) is responsible for >5% of GHG emissions (the same as cars). Cement is considered especially difficult to decarbonize because ~60% of its emissions are a direct result of the chemistry of production and will not be eliminated even if clean energy is used. Brimstone Energy is an ARPA-E funded Cyclotron Road company which is able to make low cost OPC without chemistry-emissions. Brimstone is set apart from other clean cement companies because, unlike its clean cement competitors, Brimstone makes OPC and therefore eliminates regulatory hurdles when entering the market.

Speaker 2 - Miguel Sierra Aznar, Co-Founder and CEO of Noble Thermodynamics

Miguel Sierra Aznar is CEO and co-founder of Noble Thermodynamics, a company spun from the University of California Berkeley with the purpose of radically and quickly reducing the world’s carbon emissions while accelerating the energy transition away from fossil fuels. Miguel is a proud Activate Fellow, a program enabling entrepreneurial scientists and engineers to transform their research into world-changing market solutions. Prior to dedicating himself to the sole purpose of bringing the Argon Power Cycle into the market, Miguel led and completed several research projects on advanced combustion engine technologies spanning from automotive applications, to stationary power, all the way to post combustion carbon capture strategies. Miguel holds Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, the Eindhoven University of Technology, and the Polytechnic University of Valencia respectively.

Noble Thermodynamics

Noble Thermodynamics is a clean-tech startup spun out from the University of California at Berkeley and backed by the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. National Science Foundation, the California Energy Commission, and top tier industry and academic partners. Their core technology, the ArgonPowerCycle, is a reciprocating engine with no exhaust! It recycles a noble gas working fluid, increasing the power generation efficiency while at the same time capturing all air pollutants, in particular, carbon dioxide. This technology represents a feasible and cost-effective pathway to eliminating the air-quality and climate change impact of the energy sector, and subsequently that of the economy.