Carbon capture and storage: A new frontier in clean tech?

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The event will explore the challenges and opportunities of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies and the role of patents in the energy transition.

Event details

Past event



Thursday 7 December 2023

10.00 hrs    

Welcome remarks 
Gilles Requena, Chief Patent Research and Policy Officer, European Patent Office

10.05 hrs 

Presentation of the new subchapter of the Espacenet Clean Energy Platform on CCS and new update of the Deep Tech Finder 
Christian Soltmann – Patent Knowledge, European Patent Office 

10.10 hrs 

Presentation of the findings of CCS patent activities 
Marco Gruber – Patent Examiner, European Patent Office 

10.15 hrs 

Panel discussion: The role of CCS in the energy transition 
Moderated by Victor Veefkind – Chief Economist Unit, European Patent Office 

Carina Faber – Programme Manager, European Innovation Council 
Chris Davies – Director, CCS Europe 
Paul Fennell – Professor, Imperial College London 
Viola Becattini – Head of Business Development, neustark

10.50 hrs 

Q&A session

Conclusions and closing 

Speakers and panellists

Speakers and panellists

Carina Faber
Carina’s expertise is on alternative fuels and chemicals made from renewable energy. The considered technologies electricity-based approaches to disruptive approaches where sunlight is directly stored into chemical energy. This is complemented by the utilisation of alternative feedstock, such as carbon dioxide or wastewater. At the EIC, she deploys strategic intelligence methods to access the full potential of these emerging technologies. Her background is on computational materials science, with a PhD in Theoretical Physics. From 2020-22, she co-leads a 2-years R&I program on e-fuels for ENGIE. In 2019, during a post-doctoral fellowship at UCLouvain, she leads the development of a technological roadmap on artificial photosynthesis within the EU large-scale initiative SUNRISE.  

Chris Davies
Chris is Director of CCS Europe, a Brussels-based political advocacy and campaigns body that works to raise the awareness of EU policymakers to the need for carbon capture and storage deployment to reduce CO2 emissions from hard-to-abate industries and reduce concentrations of the gas already in the atmosphere. 
He was a Member of the European Parliament between 1999 and 2020, and was rapporteur for the CO2 Storage Directive in 2008/9. 

Paul Fennell
Professor of Clean Energy at the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London, Paul has published more than 100 papers in the field of clean energy, including papers in Energy and Environmental Science, Science, and Nature, with more than 20,000 citations and with an h-factor of 58. His work was cited more than 20 times in the most recent IPCC assessment report. In 2015 he was awarded the IChemE Ambassador prize. He is also the President of the Imperial College Chemical Engineering Society.  

Viola Becattini
Viola plays a central role in developing the CDR (Carbon Dioxide Removal) provider’s business model, with a special focus on new technological streams such as mineralization of CO2 in the underground. Viola holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from ETH Zurich, where she is, next to her role at neustark, engaged as a senior scientist. She is one of the co-creators of the DemoUpCARMA pilot project, implementing CO2 management solutions by capturing, transporting and permanently storing CO2 via mineralization both in demolition concrete and in the underground. In 2022, she was recognized as one of the MIT European Innovators Under 35.


More information

Unlocking the potential of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technologies is becoming a global priority in the fight against climate change. With COP 28 and the EU Green Deal emphasizing decarbonization, the European Commission is gearing up to unveil a ground-breaking Net-zero industrial carbon management strategy. This strategy aims to guide the EU towards climate neutrality by 2050, offering a strategic vision for industrial carbon management. 

Join us in this dynamic online session as we delve into the crucial intersection of innovation and climate action. We will explore the challenges faced by CCS and spotlight the opportunities this technology brings to the table for slowing down the pace of climate change, especially its role to decarbonise heavy industries.  

Discover how the European Patent Office (EPO) is leading the way in mapping CCS technologies helping investors, industry, and public institutions to find the new disruptive technologies and innovations in this field, with the Clean energy technologies Platform and the Deep Tech Finder. During the seminar, a brief analysis of the exclusive data on CCS patents by the EPO will shine a light on the current landscape, trends, and gaps of CCS in Europe and beyond. 

Our diverse panel, representing various fields of the CCS industry, research, and policy community, will engage in a lively discussion on the role of financial mechanisms, technology integration, regulations, and European policy in transforming CCS technologies into a game changer for the energy transition. Let's explore how innovation in this field can collectively mitigate the risks associated with a future beyond 1.5 degrees. Don't miss out on this opportunity to be part of the conversation shaping the future of climate action! 

Who should attend 

This seminar is a must-attend for start-up trailblazers, carbon capture companies, universities, policy makers, research institutes, investors, national patent offices, and eco-conscious businesses in intensive energy industries. 


The event is free of charge. 

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