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Bridging Renewable Electricity with Transportation Fuels Workshop

ARPA-E held a workshop on Bridging Renewable Electricity with Transportation Fuels on August 27-28, 2015 in Denver, CO. This workshop convened leading experts in electrochemistry, catalysis (hydrogenation and dehydrogenation), fuel cells and electrolyzers, organic synthesis and fuels to identify innovative research paths forward for the development of disruptive technologies that can bridge renewable energy production and transportation fuels and significantly reduce the cost of energy transportation from remote locations to consumers using energy dense liquid fuels. Participants lended their expertise to help set energy efficiency and cost targets that will define a successful research program and explore possibly technology pathways. 

ARPA-E is interested in low-cost technologies that efficiently convert renewable electricity or solar energy into transportable liquid fuels. Areas of interest and targeted outcomes include: 

  • Identification of types of energy dense hydrogen carriers (fuels), e.g. hydrocarbons, heterocycles, oxygenates, ammonia;
  • Identification of innovative low cost methods of direct electrochemical hydrogenation of reversible organic carriers;
  • Identification of efficient methods of photochemical or photoelectrochemical hydrogenation of spent fuels;
  • Identification of innovative low and medium scale methods of fuel synthesis;
  • Identification of high performance catalysts and innovative reactor designs for fuel dehydrogenation;
  • Identification of advanced technologies for direct use of hydrogen carriers for mobile energy generation; and
  • Identification of other innovative technologies that meet the performance objectives.

Day 1

8:30 am

Breakfast and Registration

9:00 am

Opening Remarks
Ellen Williams, Director, ARPA-E

9:10 am

Program Vision
Grigorii Soloveichik, Program Director, ARPA-E

9:40 am

An Overview of Liquid Hydrogen Carrier R&D Supported by the DOE Fuel Cell Technologies Office
Ned Stetson, Hydrogen Storage Program Manager, Fuel Cells Technologies Office

10:10 am

Hydrogen Storage and Distribution via Liquid Organic Carriers
Martin Schneider, CMO, Hydrogenious  

10:55 am

Ammonia Fuel - Opportunities, Barriers, Issues
Steve Wittrig, Senior Advisor, Advanced Energy Systems

11:25 am

Panel discussion on Liquid Fuel Cells
Moderator: Shimshon Gottesfeld, Professor, University of Delaware


Lunch and Attendee Introductions


Electrochemical Hydrogenations in a Solid Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cell Reactor
Peter Pintauro, Professor, Vanderbilt University


Breakout session 1: Reversible Fuels: Selection and Manufacturing




Read out of session 1


Breakout session 2: Irreversible Fuels: Selection and Manufacturing


Readout of session 2

Day 2

8:30 am


9:00 am

Welcome to Day 2
Grigorii Soloveichik, Program Director, ARPA-E

9:10 am

Technology to Market Challenges in Liquid Fuels
Cheryl Martin, Founder, Harwich Partners, LLC

9:40 am

Breakout session 3: Direct Conversion of Fuels to Energy

10:20 am


10:40 am

Read out of session 3

11:00 am

Breakout session 4: Indirect Conversion of Fuels to Energy

11:40 am

Read out of session 4

12:00 pm

Closing Remarks
Grigorii Soloveichik, Program Director, ARPA-E