The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) hosted the 2014 Energy Innovation Summit to presents America’s next generation of transformational energy technologies. The ARPA-E Technology Showcase brings together the nation’s most innovative minds to team together on potential breakthroughs in energy technologies.
Ceramatec was invited to present three technologies at the 2014 ARPA-E Technology Showcase: Direct Natural Gas to Chemicals, Mid-Temperature Fuel Cells for Vehicles, and Advanced Hybrid Planar Lithium/Sulfur Batteries.
The US Energy Secretary, Dr. Ernest Moniz selected Ceramatec’s Direct Natural Gas to Chemicals booth as one of the five booths he personally visited. During his visit, Dr. Moniz and Ceramatec’s Dr. Dolly Chitta discussed the small-scale reactor technology to convert natural gas into benzene—a feedstock for industrial chemicals or liquid fuels – and how the benzene that is produced can be used as a starting material for nylons, polycarbonates, polystyrene, epoxy resins, and as a component of gasoline.