22/23 September 2009, Steigenberger Grandhotel Petersberg, Bonn
Opening of the joint seminar
"CO2 utilisation potential"
From 22 to 23 September the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and Siemens AG invited international experts from science and industry to a joint seminar on the topic of "CO2 Utilisation Potential".
The Federal Ministry of Education and Research follows
a clear strategic approach in the development of climate protection
technologies. The focus is on avoiding carbon dioxide emissions and on
underground CO2 storage. The German
science and industry sectors play an outstanding role in these efforts. As an
integrated technology company offering a broad range of products and solutions,
Siemens is developing and selling a large variety of energy-efficient,
Another strategy pursued is the use of carbon dioxide
as a raw material. Only increasing research efforts will help us understand how
much we can rely on this third pillar of climate protection:
Where do science and industry see the largest potential of CO2 utilisation? To what
extent can this be expanded? What breakthroughs must be achieved to ensure the
exploitation of such potential?
At this seminar the experts discussed
the following aspects:
CO2 utilisation on the basis of
biological processes (e. g. microalgae, artificial photosynthesis)
Inorganic CO2 utilisation,
Alternative fuels and energy sources for
industry and transport.
questions and objectives of the seminar were the following:
What are the current and future potentials of CO2 utilisation
for climate protection and where can these potentials be realised?
Where do we need breakthroughs to tap or even expand the potential of CO2
utilisation? Where do problems in science, industry, society and politics arise
and what is the need for action for these actors?
Where are the biggest research needs today and in the future? In which
fields do we already have reached a high level and therefore, no current need
for more research? Are there any other promising approaches that might be worth
For the programme and presentations please click here.