Doug Wicks

Dr. Wicks currently serves as a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA E). His program areas at ARPA-E are on transformative approaches for critical mineral recovery from mining or waste-to-energy residues and is currently developing programs around the stimulation of geologic hydrogen as a new primary energy source. Dr. Wicks has a distinguished career in industry, academia, and government. He has been a Vice President at Bayer, a professor in Polymer Science and Engineering at the University of Southern Mississippi, worked at a startup CleanTech 1.0 VC Investments, and at Imerys, a French industrial minerals firm, where he was the global research head of the calcium carbonates business unit and led their external innovation effort across 28 mineral platforms.

26 novembre 2024 - 10h00 - 11h00
What is happening in North America? - Arpa-e creating a transformational technical community to harness geologic hydrogen
In 2024 the Advanced Research Projects Agency of the US Department of Energy (ARPA-E) kicked off an exploratory program in geologic hydrogen to rapidly answer the question – can we develop engineering solutions that will harness the massive potential that lays beneath our feet as a new primary energy? The program aims to unleash American ingenuity to assess the challenges and opportunities through the funding of 18 integrated projects that bring together 6 US DOE National Labs, 20 Universities and 10 companies. In addition to the science/engineering development the program seeks to create an ecosystem that enables the fast deployment of the technology, addresses risks and develops mitigation strategies early on.  The presentation will give an overview of how the program will begin to address the vast challenge that comes with operating within a white space. A specific focus will be on are the emerging initial results indicating that a more expansive development program is in order.
60 MIN

In 2024 the Advanced Research Projects Agency of the US Department of Energy (ARPA-E) kicked off an exploratory program in geologic hydrogen to rapidly answer the question – can we develop engineering solutions that will harness the massive potential that lays beneath our feet as a new primary energy? The program aims to unleash American ingenuity to assess the challenges and opportunities through the funding of 18 integrated projects that bring together 6 US DOE National Labs, 20 Universities and 10 companies. In addition to the science/engineering development the program seeks to create an ecosystem that enables the fast deployment of the technology, addresses risks and develops mitigation strategies early on. 

The presentation will give an overview of how the program will begin to address the vast challenge that comes with operating within a white space. A specific focus will be on are the emerging initial results indicating that a more expansive development program is in order.

Doug Wicks

U.S. Department of Energy

Program Director

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