Prof. Dr. Christopher Hebling studied Physics and worked for like ten years in the field of Silicon Photovoltaics before he became Director of the Hydrogen Technologies Division at ISE with a staff of about 150 scientists, engineers, and students today. Among his manyfold affiliations he is the spokesperson of the Fraunhofer Hydrogen Network (36 institutes) and Board Member of the Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence 'Integrated Energy Systems'. Next to his close involvement in national hydrogen strategy developments he is member of the Expert committee for the Transformation of the Automobile Industry of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action. Furthermore, he is the Co-Chair of the German Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association, and he is involved in international stakeholder processes and advisory boards of international hydrogen and fuel cell conferences. He published more than 150 journal and conference papers and is Honorary Professor at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
The Hydrogen Technologies Division conducts research in low temperature polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) electrolysis and fuel cell systems, as well as in thermochemical catalysis and process developments of hydrogen to synthetic fuels and chemicals (PtX).
10:40 am - 11:00 am
Green Hydrogen is on its way to become a global commodity. Depending on where it is produced and where it is consumed, different hydrogen vectors like gaseous hydrogen in pipelines, ammonia, e-fuels, … will be used that differ strongly in their properties to provide energy services. The different geographies will select their vector depending on infrastructure and storage needs. The session provides a snapshot on specific examples at various development stages from 3 continents.
04:00 pm - 05:00 pm
Panel Discussion: Critical Ingredients for the EU H2 Menu
What is required to make the European hydrogen competitive on a global scale? Is the financing world ready to take up projects at scale, in Europe, or globally? Is the supply chain ready? What role is to be expected by the large incumbent players? How does Europe become a hydrogen champion? Together with the audience, the answers of the recognized roundtable experts will be analysed and discussed.