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Energy from Chemical Fuels 2015

You are cordially invited to KIC InnoEnergy’s third European conference on Energy from Chemical Fuels. This year the conference will focus on collaborative approaches and ideas for how to advance some of the EU’s greatest sustainable energy challenges and opportunities.

The key topics of the conference will include:071014_Chemical_Fuels_Clean_Coal_Conference068_innovation_KIC_IE_

  1. Power to Gas/Liquids
  2. Alternative Waste Utilisation
  3. Future Challenges and Opportunities for a De-central Energy System
  4. Biomass to Gas/Liquids

Through a series of talks, dialogues and keynote speeches, you and another 100 participants, among them experts and organisations already making a positive impact in the field, will identify current developments and determine the next steps required collectively to tackle the greatest challenges and opportunities.

Furthermore you will be able to connect with the stakeholders of the energy sector, e.g. innovators, entrepreneurs, executives from industry, academia and politics, and KIC InnoEnergy post-graduate students.

The two days of the Energy from Chemical Fuels conference are intended and designed to:

Day 1 – share the latest trends and insights, in order to…

Day 2 – co-create a strategy on where we invest our (collective) attention and resources for advancing energy from chemical fuels.

Some impressions from last year’s conference in Berlin

Monday, 5 October 2015

Day 1 – Kick-off and Experts’ Views



12:00 p.m.          Registration and Luncheon


1:00 p.m.

Welcome and introduction to KIC InnoEnergy and the activities of the Thematic Field ‘Energy from Chemical Fuels’ 

Dr. Christian Müller (CEO KIC InnoEnergy Germany GmbH)

Prof. Helmut Seifert (Thematic Field Leader KIC InnoEnergy Germany GmbH)


1:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Keynote lectures and KIC market place

Receive the latest insights from the following keynote speakers:

  • Prof. Sami Andoura (College of Europe – European Energy Policy Chair): The European Energy Union 
  • Dr. Dietmar Lindenberger (Institute of Energy Economics at the University of Cologne): Energy Transition and the Role of Chemical Fuels – an Economic Perspective
  • Jacques De Bucy (ENEA Consulting): What are the conditions for Power to Gas/Liquid routes to reach competitiveness in the future?
  • Dr. Helge Wendenburg (Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Germany): Improved Waste treatment for the ‘Zero-Waste’ strategy
  • Peter-Michael Holzapfel (Siemens): Opportunities for decentral renewable hybrid solutions
  • Dr. Armin Günther (Air Liquide): Biomass to gas & liquids – challenged by low and volatile energy prices
  • Speaker tbc (TOTAL): TOTAL’s activities in renewable energies


8:00 p.m.          Evening event

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Day 2 – Investment Opportunities


8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

4 parallel workshop sessions kicked-off by impulse speeches followed by group discussions

Session 1:

How to progress the Power-to-Gas/Liquids community?

  • Christian Schweitzer, session chair (BSE Engineering): Guidelines for Renewable Methanol from CO2
  • Peter-Michael Holzapfel (Siemens): Siemens’ activities in Power to X applications
  • Christian von Olshausen (sunfire): Power-to-Liquid with reversible electrolysis
  • Dr. Ludolf Plass (formerly Lurgi AG): Innovative Processes for Power to Methanol


Session 2

How to progress alternative waste utilisation?

  • Markus Gleis, session chair (Federal Environmental Agency, Germany): Ongoing developments in waste utilisation
  • Dr. Thomas Glorius (Remondis) / Joerg Maier (University of Stuttgart): Energy from waste via solid recovered fuel (SRF) utilisation (tbc)


Session 3

How to integrate de-central biogenic sources in the existing infrastructure?

  • Axel Lambion, session chair / Ralf Baues (Lambion Energy Solutions): Power and heat generation by utilisation of solid biogenic fuels
  • Dr. Jürgen Sitzmann (LignoGen) / Dr. Hans Leibold (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology): Enhancement of the energy efficiency of de-central biomass gasifiers (tbc)


Session 4

How to create markets for Biomass-to-Gas/Liquids processes?

  • Eckhardt Siekmann (TPT Technology): Biofuel from organic residues – a market opportunity
  • Dr. Armin Günther (Air Liquide): Processes for biomass to syngas and liquids (tbc)
  • Prof. Thomas Kolb (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology): Syngas from Biomass


2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

KIC InnoEnergy market place, presentation of results in plenary and conclusions

During the two days of the conference, you’ll have the possibility to learn more about the innovation projects and ventures we currently have in our portfolio for Energy from Chemical Fuels. To get a first impression, please have a look at the project and venture pages.

Participants of Energy from Chemical Fuels 2015 also have the possibility of joining the UNISET Future Profile Workshop which is taking place right before the conference on Monday, 5 October 2015 from 10 am till noon.

In the Future Profile Workshop latest results of the first professional profile identification survey in the field energy from chemical fuels will be presented and discussed. With your participation in the workshop you will become a precursor for new academic programmes and you get the unique chance to actively contribute to the future education of university graduates in Europe.

UNISET, the association of universities in the SET-plan, wants to identify the professional profiles which are needed in the long term in the energy sector. In order to do this, the UNISET partners, among them KIC InnoEnergy, will organise several workshops for professors and industry to think about the characteristics of our future game-changers.

Please note: the number of participants is limited, so please make sure you register for the workshop together with the conference registration.


We would also like to ask you to contribute to the UNI-SET Employers Survey. The UNI-SET Employers Survey is a first step in identifying the skills and professional profiles of graduates needed in the energy field, in the context of the European SET-Plan.

You can access the survey at http://employers.uni-set.eu and create an account here.

For your organisation, participating in this Employers Survey is a unique opportunity to:

  • get involved in defining the future professional profiles required to meet the goals of Europe’s Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan);
  • contribute to improve the Master and Doctorate educational programmes to better meet your future profile requirements;
  • stimulate cross-national Master, Doctorate and Research programmes, and foster multidisciplinary profiles;
  • identify required trainings for current staff to meet your future challenges in the energy sector, and to
  • foster the integration of education, research and business/innovation activities.

The event is taking place at Klassikstadt in Frankfurt am Main (Germany).


The attendance requires registration. The regular participation fee is 200 €. The registration deadline is 18 September 2015.

The conference is free of charge for KIC InnoEnergy members and partners.

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