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9th International Seaweed Conference

"Seaweeds: supporting the European Green Deal"

Marc von Keitz, Ph.D , Program Director 

 Advanced Research Project Agency Energy (ARPA-E)

United States Department of Energy, USA

"Update on the ARPA-E MARINER program"

About the speaker: 

As a program director at ARPA-E, Marc is developing and managing a portfolio of funding programs to advance the development of  innovative biomass production as well as biochemical and thermo-chemical conversion processes for the production of fuels and chemicals. Prior to joining ARPA-E, Marc worked in various roles in fermentation and bioprocessing technology. He studied biology and chemical engineering at University of Karlsruhe and INSA Toulouse and received his graduate degrees from Stanford University and the Univeristy of Minnesota, both in Environmental Engineering.

Company info:

The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) is part of the U.S. Department of Energy focused on funding the development of high-potential, high-impact energy technologies. ARPA-E awardees are developing new ways to generate, store, and use energy with the potential to radically improve U.S. economic prosperity, national security, and environmental wellbeing. Since 2009, ARPA-E has invested over US$ 2.3 billion in nearly 1,000 projects across the whole energy technology landscape


The MARINER program kicked-off in 2018 to support the development of new strategies and technologies to cultivate macroalgae in the open ocean with the goal to enable energy-relevant scales and cost.  ARPA-E is currently supporting 21 projects focused on macroalgae cultivation, conversion, and ecosystem services with a total commitment of over US$ 50 million.  This presentation will provide an update on the advances the teams have made in the areas of computational modelling of seaweed farms, advanced sensing capabilities, and breeding tools, as well as the launch of the in-water testing phase of novel cultivation system designs.