Seminar | Cool Planet Energy Systems: Path to Commercialization

[PHOTO]Dr. Daren DaugaardDr. Daren Daugaard, Ph.D., PE
Director of Research & Development
Cool Planet Energy Systems

Jan. 22, 2015, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
1306 Elings Hall
Lunch provided
RSVP to Jan Meyer by noon, Jan. 20:; 515-294-3759

The innovative start-up technology company, Cool Planet Energy Systems (CPES), develops renewable products to address three of the world’s largest markets: energy, food, and water. CPES has engineered a thermochemical conversion process that transforms lignocellulosic feedstock to liquid hydrocarbon fuels and biocarbon products. After successfully demonstrating their calable process on a pilot scale, development has shifted to commercial design and construction. This seminar will discuss the conversion process, the end products, and some of the challenges of developing commercial scale facilities. Progressing a pioneering technology from the ground stage to near commercial status at a start-up company is a rewarding and educational experience.

Daren Daugaard was born and raised in South Dakota on a family farm which involved significant biomass production. He graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University (ISU) in 1995 and was employed in the power distribution industry. In 1999, Dr. Daugaard began his research in biomass fast pyrolysis at ISU under the guidance of Dr. Robert C. Brown. Dr. Daugaard attained his PhD in ME in 2003 and continued his research efforts in pyrolysis with the University of Texas at San Antonio as an associate professor. From 2007 to 2011, Dr. Daugaard served as a research engineer at ConocoPhillips Company responsible for developing a biomass pyrolysis program as part of the company’s renewable fuels portfolio. Starting in 2011, Dr. Daugaard transitioned from investigative research in the oil industry to active research and development at Cool Planet Energy Systems.


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