Dr. Dane Boysen: Democratizing Energy Technology

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    • Tuesday February 23, 2016 - Wednesday February 24, 2016
      12:00 pm - 12:59 pm
  • Location: EBB Building- Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Seminar Room, 343 Peachtree Pl NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
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Summary Sentence: Recent advances, emerging opportunities, and challenges ahead in “democratizing” energy conversion technology will be discussed

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Do you have a billion dollars? Neither do most of the 6 million companies in the Unites States. In fact, less than 10 companies in the U.S. can reasonably finance a billion dollar investment on their own. And, in the current paradigm, a billion dollars is about what you need to develop new energy technology. Whether you are using coal, biomass, biogas, or natural gas to make electricity, fuels, or chemicals; today’s economic production is achieved through “economies of scale” where huge upfront capital investments are required. This high price of entry is a financial barrier that stifles all but the most incremental technological advancements. In this talk, the long-held belief in “scale-up” to achieve economic production will be challenged and “economies of number” will be proposed as an alternative to achieve cost-reductions through the development of an open modular manufacturing architecture that allows the production of many small, mass-produced modules by a multitude of vendors. Recent advances, emerging opportunities, and challenges ahead in “democratizing” energy conversion technology will be discussed.

Dr. Dane Boysen:
Dr. Dane Boysen joined the Gas Technology Institute (GTI) in 2014 as the Executive Director for Research Operations where he leads an initiative on developing small-scale, modular solutions for monetizing flared and stranded natural gas. Prior to joining GTI, he served as a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), where he managed over $100 million spread 34 of the nation’s most cutting-edge energy technology R&D projects. Before joining ARPA E, Boysen led an $11 million R&D project to develop liquid metal batteries for grid-scale energy storage at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2005, Boysen co-founded the venture capital-backed company Superprotonic Inc. to commercialize his pioneering in work solid acid-based fuel cells. Boysen received his Doctorate (2004) in Materials Science from the California Institute of Technology.

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Strategic Energy Institute

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Undergraduate students, Faculty/Staff, Public, Graduate students
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Seminar/Lecture/Colloquium
Keywords
biogas, biomass, chemicals, coal, electricity, energy, fuels, large-scale deployment, natural gas, r&d
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  • Created By: Allison Caughey
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  • Created On: Feb 17, 2016 - 12:50pm
  • Last Updated: Apr 13, 2017 - 5:16pm