Green Hydrogen Conference Program

July 20, 2021 | Online Event

The Green Hydrogen Conference will explore the regulatory, economic and environmental implications and will examine how hydrogen, often vaunted as a key driver of industrial decarbonization, can live up to its high expectations.

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Session 1: Hydrogen in the Global Energy System: Opportunities and Frameworks

July 20, 2021 | 9:00am–10:30am

The growing maturity of hydrogen generation and storage technologies and the importance of a sustainable and efficient hydrogen economy in the context of global climate goals are increasingly arousing international interest. This has sparked fierce international competition for the best strategies, solutions and market shares. At the same time, it has also encouraged international energy partnerships and the opportunities it brings in terms of development policy are increasingly coming into focus.

How can we succeed in developing renewable energy infrastructures? How can we ensure reliability of supply with green hydrogen? What strategies help to tap new sales markets and what role does the export of technology play? And how do Germany and Europe compare with the rest of the world in terms of hydrogen strategies that have already been adopted? Session 1 of the Green Hydrogen Conference will highlight the framework for these questions.

Line-up and Speakers

9:00am – 9:05am: Welcome Note by the Organizer and Moderator

Sabine Kloos, Project Manager, Solar Promotion GmbH

Werner Diwald, Chairman of the Board, German Hydrogen and Fuel-Cell Association (DWV)

9:05am – 9:20am: Keynote: Hydrogen - Thinking Climate Protection, Industrial Policy and Foreign Policy Together

Prof. Dr. Veronika Grimm, Board of Directors Center Hydrogen.Bavaria (H2.B), Chair of Economic Theory, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg

9:20am – 9:35am: Hydrogen and PtX in Development Cooperation - Opportunities and Risks

Jens Burgtorf, Head Technology Cooperation in the Energy Sector, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

9:35am – 9:50am: Global Green Hydrogen Supply

Dr.-Ing. Heidi Ursula Heinrichs, Group Leader “Energy Potentials and Pathways”, Institute of Energy and Climate Research IEK-3: Techno-Economic Systems Analysis, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH

9:50am – 10:20am: Panel Discussion

  • Moderator: Werner Diwald, Chairman of the Board, German Hydrogen and Fuel-Cell Association (DWV)

  • Jens Burgtorf, Head Technology Cooperation in the Energy Sector, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

  • Prof. Dr. Veronika Grimm, Board of Directors Center Hydrogen.Bavaria (H2.B), Chair of Economic Theory, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg

  • Dr.-Ing. Heidi Ursula Heinrichs, Group Leader “Energy Potentials and Pathways”, Institute of Energy and Climate Research IEK-3: Techno-Economic Systems Analysis, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH

10:20am – 10:30am: Q & A Round

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Session 2: Hydrogen in the Global Energy System: Implementation and Best Practice

July 20, 2021 | 11:00am–12:30pm

If we are to introduce a sustainable hydrogen economy, it will be essential to issue clear guidance to all stakeholders on how to implement rational, efficient and productive measures. What support should we give to green hydrogen production in Europe? How important is it to establish global and European partnerships? And who might be suitable partners?

Looking at the example of the H2Global project, session 2 of the Green Hydrogen Conference will analyze the current options. Speakers will assess market-oriented support frameworks for the generation of green hydrogen, discuss the import of renewable energy in the form of green hydrogen, and examine the implementation of the necessary infrastructure with energy partners like Ukraine.

Line-up and Speakers

11:00am – 11:10am: Welcome Note by the Moderator

Werner Diwald, Chairman of the Board, German Hydrogen and Fuel-Cell Association (DWV)

11:10am – 11:25am: Keynote Speech: Energy from Hydrogen: Challenges and Opportunities for Ukraine. Tasks for the Government

Gura Konstiantyn, Acting Head of the State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine

11:25am – 11:40am: Keynote Speech

Norbert Barthle, Parliamentary State Secretary, Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

11:40am – 11:55am: H2ero Net Zero: Hydrogen Drives the Global Sustainability Shift

Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, Secretary General, Hydrogen Europe

11:55pm – 12:10pm: Presentation of the Hydrogen Support Mechanism H2Global

Markus Exenberger, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

12:10pm – 12:30pm: Panel Discussion and Q & A Round

  • Moderator: Werner Diwald, Chairman of the Board, German Hydrogen and Fuel-Cell Association (DWV)
  • Gura Konstiantyn, Acting Head of the State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine
  • Yaroslav Demchenkov, Deputy Minister for European Integration, Ministry of Energy of Ukraine
  • Markus Exenberger, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
  • Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, Secretary General, Hydrogen Europe

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Session 3: Electrons and Molecules for Carbon Neutrality

July 20, 2021 | 2:00pm–3:30pm

This session deals with the question of how the energy required to generate hydrogen can be made available. How can the expansion of renewable energies be brought into line with the increasing demand through sector coupling? How will electrolysis operators be able to finance additional renewable energy plants through PPAs?

It is important to first determine the specific need and to talk about the place of supply and consumption. What projects are there currently and what experiences can be passed on? Where should the generation capacities for hydrogen be and what is the estimate of price and market for the future?

Line-up and Speakers

2:00pm–2:05pm: Welcome Note by the Chair

Victor Bernabeu, Senior Policy Advisor, Eurogas

2:05pm–2:15pm: Keynote Speech

Victoria Petrova, Advisor on Hydrogen Economy, DG GROW, European Commission

2:15pm–2:55pm: Panel Discussion

  • Moderator: Victor Bernabeu, Senior Policy Advisor, Eurogas
  • Eva Hennig, Head of Department for EU Energy Policy, Thüga
  • Marcus Newborough, Business Development Director, ITM Power
  • Daniel Muthmann, Head of Corporate Development, Policy and Communication, Open Grid Europe
  • Dr. Achim Ufert, Senior Analyst Corporate Communications & Governmental Relations, Uniper

2:55pm-3:30pm: Q & A Round

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About the Speakers

Norbert Barthle

Mr. Barthle, a directly-elected Member of the German Bundestag since 1998, was appointed in 2018 as Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development in Germany and Representative for the German-Greek Assembly (DGV). Prior to assuming this role, he was Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Transport and Digital Infrastructure. Leading the German official delegation at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction 2019, Mr. Barthle stressed the importance of ensuring coherence between disaster risk reduction, sustainable development and climate change, and of moving forward on the humanitarian development Nexus.

Jens Burgtorf

Mr. Jens Burgtorf studied Energy and Process Engineering at the Technical University of Berlin and graduated as certified engineer (Diplom-Ingenieur). At Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH he works as Head of the Hydrogen Component in the Project Energy – Energy Transition Cooperation and Regulatory Policy commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

From 2008 to 2014 he has been Director of GIZ´s Indo-German Energy Programme in New Delhi which has been financed by BMZ and the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).

Before joining GIZ, Mr. Burgtorf has been working in leading positions in energy and waste management, e. g. as Director General at the department Asset Management Energy Production at the City of Munich Public Utilities (SWM). Beside his broad expertise in planning, construction and operation of fossil and renewable energy plants he is experienced in management consulting, project, strategy and organizational development and change management.

Jorgo Chatzimarkakis

Jorgo Chatzimarkakis is Secretary General of Hydrogen Europe since 2016. Before he was Representative of Infineon Technologies in Brussels and Member of the European Parliament (2004 – 2014) inter alia in the ITRE Committee (Industry, Technology, Research and Energy) where he could contribute to lay the cornerstone for the first and the second Joint Undertaking on hydrogen and fuel cells. In 2007 he was elected “MEP of the year” by his colleagues of the European Parliament in the category “Research and Innovation”. In 2015 he was appointed ambassador at large for Greece.

Mr Chatzimarkakis was born in Duisburg, Germany. He holds German and Greek nationality, a degree in political science from the University of Bonn.

Werner Diwald

  • born 12 November 1966 in Essen
  • Graduated as Technical MBA in Hamburg
  • 2000 to 2008 Signatory/Project Manager at Uckerwerk Energietechnik GmbH/Enertrag AG
  • From 2001 Director of ENERTRAG Systemtechnik GmbH.
  • 2008 to 2013 Member of the Board at Enertrag AG, the leading project developers and operators of wind farms and hybrid power stations
  • Since 2011 Member of the Federal Expert Commission for Energy Policy of the German Economic Council
  • Since 2013 Director of ENCON.Europe GmbH
  • Since 2014 Chairman of DWV
  • Since 2016 spokesman of of the Expert Commission performing energy

Markus Exenberger

Markus Exenberger is an economist and engineer who has been working for GIZ for 20 years in the management of large and complex energy portfolios In addition, for the past 12 years he has been responsible for special projects dealing in particular with the development of large scale energy and infrastructure projects He is married and has four children.

Prof. Dr. Veronika Grimm

Veronika Grimm has been Professor of Economic Theory at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) since 2008. She is on the board of the Center Hydrogen.Bavaria (H2.B). Since 2020, Veronika Grimm has been a member of the German Council of Economic Experts. She is also active in numerous national and international committees and advisory boards, including the German government′s National Hydrogen Council, the Scientific Advisory Board at the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi), the Expert Commission on the "Energy of the Future" monitoring process at the BMWi and the “Future Circle” of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Heidi Ursula Heinrichs

Heidi Ursula Heinrichs heads the group “Energy Potentials and Supply Pathways” within the Institute for Techno-Economic Systems Analysis (IEK-3) at Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany. She holds a Ph.D. in engineering from Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT), for which she received three awards, and studied mechanical engineering at RWTH Aachen University, Germany. Her research and teaching focus on energy scenarios, modelling pathways towards sustainable energy systems, and integrating social, economic and technical dimensions in energy systems analysis; recently with a special focus on the global scale and green hydrogen. She works and worked in these fields in Jülich, Cambridge and Karlsruhe. She has led various project on energy systems analysis and currently leads the institute’s team in a project creating an atlas of green hydrogen potentials for West and Southern Africa.

Eva Hennig

  • Study of Mechanical Engineering at Technical University in Munich
  • With Thüga Aktiengesellschaft in Munich since 1989 in various positions
  • Since 1.1.2018 head of department for EU Energy Policy. Active in the field of DSO regulation for gas and electricity, sector coupling and renewable and decarbonized gases
  • Since 2012 chair of the Eurogas Distribution Committee

The Thüga Group constitutes the largest alliance of municipal utilities in Germany with activities in the sectors gas, electricity, district heating, water and various services.

Daniel Muthmann

Daniel Muthmann has been in the energy business since 1998. He has profound experience in the international gas and LNG business following various senior commercial roles along the natural gas value chain, including sales, trading, long-term supply, and LNG, working for Ruhrgas, BP and E.ON. In 2013 he founded his own advisory boutique global gas partners together with a small group of senior energy executives. In 2017 Daniel was appointed head of strategy, policy and communication at OGE. He set OGE’s direction with regard to hydrogen and decarbonization following an intensive strategy review process in 2018. Daniel is the Coordinator of the European Hydrogen Backbone Initiative since January 2021. He is an industrial engineer by education.

Marcus Newborough

Marcus is Development Director of ITM Power. Previously he was Professor of Energy Systems at Cranfield and Heriot-Watt Universities. He has over 30 years experience in energy systems, energy utilisation and hydrogen, and has published over 100 scientific papers and patents. In recent years he has been heavily involved in the development of the power-to-gas approach for energy storage and decarbonisation, in the UK and French H2Mobility initiatives, as a member of IEA Task 38 on Power-to-Hydrogen and as Chair of the Technical Committees of Hydrogen Europe.

Victoria Petrova

Dr. Achim Ufert

Dr. Achim Ufert works as Senior Analyst in Corporate Communications & Governmental Relations of Uniper Global Commodities SE. His more than 25 years of experience in the energy industry covers the areas of energy planning, strategic planning and market modelling. Mr. Ufert worked as a software developer and project manager for Fichtner GmbH before joining Uniper and its predecessor companies E.ON and PreussenElektra in 1999, where he worked in the departments Portfolio Optimization, Strategy & Corporate Development and Market Analysis.