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

  • 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:

Other Speakers:

  • Werner Diwald, Chairman of the board, Deutscher Wasserstoff und Brennstoffzellen Verband (DWV)
  • Prof. Dr. Veronika Grimm, 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

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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

Presentation of the hydrogen support mechanism H2Global

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

Other Speakers:

  • Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, Secretary General, Hydrogen Europe
  • Werner Diwald, Chairman of the board, Deutscher Wasserstoff und Brennstoffzellen Verband (DWV)
  • Heidi Ursula Heinrichs, Group Leader “Energy Potentials and Pathways”, Institute of Energy and Climate Research, IEK-3: Techno-Economic Systems Analysis, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH

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Virtual Exhibitor Tour

July 20, 2021 | 12:30pm–1:00pm

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 by the Chair

Victor Bernabeu, Senior Policy Advisor of Eurogas, Belgium

2:05pm–2:15pm: Keynote Speech

Tudor Constantinescu, Principal Adviser, DG Energy, European Commission

2:15pm–2:55pm: Panel discussion

  • Achim Ufert, Senior Analyst Corporate Communications & Governmental Relations, Uniper
  • Eva Hennig, Head of Department for EU Energy Policy, Thüga (Invited)
  • Marcus Newborough, Business Development Director, ITM Power (Invited)
  • Daniel Muthmann, Head of Corporate Development, Policy and Communication, Open Grid Europe

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

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About the Speakers

Victor Bernabeu

  • Role: Eurogas Senior Policy Advisor
  • Education: MSc. Chemistry, MSc. Chemical Engineering, MSc. in Energy and Products
  • Responsibilities: In charge of Eurogas Wholesale Market Committee and WGs dedicated to renewable/decarbonised gases, transport and taxation
  • Previous experiences: Victor was in charge of the technical affairs at ePURE, the association representing the EU producers of renewable ethanol, from 2016 to 2021. Before joining ePURE, he held different roles in various energy companies, working on the development of safety studies for majors engineering projects, to the trading and supply of energy products.

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.