B2B Forum – Programme

Duration: across three days, 25 – 27 October
Where: Exhibition area
This Conference is open to all visitors in the expo area.

Set in the centre of the exhibition area, this conference will be open to all the visitors of the expo. Going beyond regulative framework, the B2B conference will be a source of inspiration, discovery, new knowledge and peer to peer exchange of experience. Stakeholders from all hydrogen-related sectors will be able to join and meet customers, investors, and partners as they unpack the latest developments in this fast pace industry.

PROGRAMME
Time
Day 2, Tuesday 25 October 2022
Day 3, Wednesday 26 October 2022
Day 4, Thursday 27 October 2022
09:00 – 10:00
10:00 – 11:00
09:00 - 10:00
Discovering Hydrogen Europe Flagship Expo
Discovering Hydrogen Europe Flagship Expo
Discovering Hydrogen Europe Flagship Expo
10:15 – 11:15
10:00 – 11:00
10:00 – 11:00
Session 1: European Clean Hydrogen Alliance: project pipeline one year on

In November 2021, the Alliance published a pipeline of over 750 clean hydrogen projects that its members were planning to undertake. What has happened since? Have these projects attracted investments? Are they being put into operation? This session will look at the pipeline one year on and assess how the Alliance is supporting project implementation.

Speakers

Presentation, Jose Noldin, CEO, GravitHy

Presentation, Bartholome Gregory, Project Lead HyNetherlands, ENGIE

Moderated by

Jyri Ylkanen, Principal Policy Officer, DG GROW – European Commission

Moderated Q&A by

Jyri Ylkanen, Principal Policy Officer, DG GROW – European Commission

Session 6: Ammonia: a versatile hydrogen carrier

Ammonia has been a widely traded commodity for years, specially due to its important role as a feedstock for the production of fertilisers. Today and specially in the future, the use of ammonia goes way beyond the chemical sector. As one of the cheapest hydrogen carriers and profiting from such a big transportation and distributions infrastructure already in place, ammonia is currently seen as one the main ways to fulfil the hydrogen imports needed from the EU. What is more, certain technologies are ready to uptake ammonia directly, avoiding the need for cracking and further losses of energy. One thing is for sure: in order to produce green ammonia, one must first produce green hydrogen. What are the challenges in producing green ammonia? What are the opportunities for the green ammonia uptake and emission avoidance in the different sectors? These are some of the questions we will be discussing in the panel, bringing together producers and consumers

Intro presentation

Green amonia report presentation , Joana Fonseca, Analyst, Intelligence, Hydrogen Europe

Panel debate

Jorge Requena, Independent Board Member & CEO's Senior Advisor, Grupo Fertiberia

Rami Reshef, CEO, GenCell 

Angela Kruth, Speaker & Coordinator, CAMPFIRE Alliance

Sven Goethals, Business Development Director Energy, Tractebel

Sergio Ghezzi, Green Ammonia and Clean Fuels Platform Manager, Baker Hughes

Moderated by

Kate Macfarlane, Senior Business Development Director, Linde Clean Hydrogen

Followed by Q&A

Session 12: Waste to Hydrogen Production

Next to electrolysis, there are several technologies that are under development to produce renewable hydrogen. Often overlooked, they hold a large potential for hydrogen production and will be key to achieve the production of 20Mt of hydrogen by 2030. This session will focus on Waste to Hydrogen, exploring progresses made so far, potential to contribute to the target of 20MT and the remaining barriers to reach full maturity of these technologies.

Welcome remarks

Maximillian Kuhn, Advisor, Hydrogen Europe

Intro presentation

Stefan Petters, Business Development Consult, guo

Panel debate

Christian Bestien, Director, Business development, Sales and Marketing at Haffner energy

Danica Maljković, CEO, Indeloop

Nadia Romdhane, Head of Process Engineering, Green Hydrogen Technologies

Matti Malkamäki, Chairman of the Board, HyClamite

Stefan Petters, Business Development Consult, guo

Moderated by

Luigi Crema, Director, Centre Sustainable Energy, Foundation Bruno Kessler (FBK)

Followed by Q&A

11:15 – 11:30
11:00 – 11:15
11:00 – 11:15
Comfort Break
Comfort break
Comfort break
11:30 – 12:45
11:15- 12:15
11:15 – 12:15
Session 2: Clean Hydrogen Monitor 2022 launch

Presentation of the results from the Clean Hydrogen Monitor 2022, Hydrogen Europe’s annual report. The presentation will cover the main aspects of the report: current hydrogen market in Europe, pricing of clean hydrogen, industry ambitions for both production and consumption of clean hydrogen, updates of European legislation, and overview of some relevant national policies. This year will also include an overview of the critical raw material markets required for the hydrogen economy, electrolyser manufacturing capacity, and an overview of regional hydrogen strategies.

Keynote Speech

Stephen Jackson, Chief Technology and Market Officer, Hydrogen Europe 

Presentation by the Hydrogen Europe authors

Grzegorz Pawelec, Director, Intelligence, Hydrogen Europe

Matus Muron, Senior Analyst, Intelligence, Hydrogen Europe

Joana Fonseca, Analyst, Intelligence, Hydrogen Europe

Followed by Q&A

Session 7: European Clean Hydrogen Alliance: Electrolysers and their supply chains

In May 2022, the European Commission and 20 European electrolyser manufacturers signed a joint declaration announcing their intention to increase electrolyser manufacturing capacity ten-fold by 2025. Industry and Commission agreed to set up an Electrolyser Partnership under the umbrella of the Alliance and made a number of commitments to turn this objective into reality. Where do we stand six months on in terms of regulation, finance, and supply chain integration?

Speakers

Presentation, Constantine Levoyannis, Head of EU Affairs, Nel

Presentation, Christopher Frey, Senior Manager Public Affairs, Sunfire

Moderated by

Siobhan McGarry, Public Affairs and Communications, Expert, DG GROW – European Commission

Moderated Q&A by

Siobhan McGarry, Public Affairs and Communications, Expert, DG GROW – European Commission

Session 13: Modelling & digital twins of the hydrogen ecosystem

Going hand in hand with the massive roll-out of renewables, digitalisation and modelling will be one of the key pillars to accelerate towards a more sustainable and efficient global development. In this spirit, it is encouraged to accompany the technology developments with validated open-access models and digital twining, which should lead to self-learning technologies and systems whereby twins will educate each other on their behaviour and increasing their capacities, physical or digital. This session will bring together relevant stakeholders from H2 production technologies, researchers, software developers, end-users, and policy makers to present and discuss the State of the Art and discuss necessary steps towards a smarter and sustainable future.

Intro Presentation

Peter Veenstra Senior Principal Science Expert Shell: Overview of State of the Art, potential and main roadblocks

Panel Debate

Bart De Groot, sustainability Lead, Siemens

Paul Plessiez, R&D research manager, Electricity Transmission Network (RTE)

Aayan Banerjee, Researcher, University of Twente

Moderated by

Peter Veenstra Senior Principal Science Expert Shell

Followed by Q&A

12:45 – 14:15
12:15 – 12:30
12:15
Lunch Break
Comfort break
END OF B2B FORUM
14:15 – 15:30
12:30 – 13:30
Session 3: Hydrogen ecosystem supply chain: outline and bottlenecks

As the hydrogen industry advances, there has been increasing concerns of supply bottlenecks from scaling-up activities. For a successful scale-up, the industry needs to become more aware of several raw materials and components usages and supply dependencies across hydrogen applications. For this reason, this session will first present a tool Hydrogen Europe has developed that maps our supply chain, to facilitate our members` search for business partners across our comprehensive industry. Later, the session will discuss potential issues and solutions with the supply of critical raw materials and components for hydrogen technologies. Panellists will also explore how Europe can ensure supply for its industry in a context of fierce global competition for transition materials.

Introduction

Dominik Richter, Analyst, Innovation, Hydrogen Europe

Panel debate

Lars Martiny, Hydrogen Economy Director Strategic Partnership, Chemours

Margery Ryan, Principal Strategy Analyst, Platinum Group Metals (PGM)

Javier Dufour, PhD Chemical Engineering, King Juan Carlos University / IMDEA Energy Institute

Christian Gebauer, Head of Hydrogen Systems, Heraeus

Moderated by

Olivier Bucheli, President, European Electrolyser and Fuel Cell Forum

Session 8: Deep dive on Hydrogen in Buildings

The unprecedented global energy crisis triggered by the invasion of Ukraine accelerated the clean energy transition and brought together two urgent objectives for the buildings sector: decarbonisation of the sector and mitigation of the dependency on Russian natural gas. Following these events, the REPowerEU ambitious hydrogen targets position hydrogen as a key technology for the transition, however, many questions remain unanswered on the technological dimension of it. This session will explore what are the hydrogen technologies available to decarbonise buildings, what are their advantages and what are the market barriers they face to be fully deployed in the next coming years.

Introduction by the Moderator

Nicolas Jensen, Director EU Regulatory Affairs, Bosch Thermotechnik

Presentation of the 2021 study on the value of hydrogen in the heating market

David Bothe, Director, Frontier Economics

Panel debate

Leonie Assheuer, EU Affairs Manager, Viessman and Chair of Hydrogen Europe Buildings Working Group

Stephan Laux, Director of Business Development, Alkaline Fuel Cell Power

Alexandre Closset, VP Business Development, SolidPower

David Bothe, Director, Frontier Economics

Moderated by

Nicolas Jensen, Director EU Regulatory Affairs, Bosch Thermotechnik

Followed by Q&A

15:30 – 15:45
13:30 – 14:15
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Comfort Break
Lunch break
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15:45 – 16:45
14:15 – 15:15
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Session 4: Financing the hydrogen ecosystem: opportunities and challenge

The evolution of the green hydrogen economy will depend on its capacity to bridge the premium on the grey hydrogen market price. The Public sector can play a significant role by optimising public funding schemes to help build supply and demand in parallel and tackle offtake risk, as well as by ensuring clear and aligned regulation. However, for innovative industrial companies, scaling up means building huge plants. Valley of deaths are hard to overcome, as capital requirement to transforming R&D companies into a hyperscale industry are enormous. The capital involved, albeit growing quickly, is still insufficient in this sector. In order to unlock the decarbonization potential of the hydrogen industry, we need a growing involvement of various types of financiers, and we need smart and strategic money. We need investors with a deep understanding of the sector’s complexity, with the capacity to move fast and to invest long term.

Introduction

Marie Espitalier-Noel, Manager, Funding and Financing, Hydrogen Europe

Pitches

Nicolas Brahy, Managing Partner, Hy2

Laurent Thery, Senior Advisor, Eiffel Investment Group

Christian Pho Duc, Chief Technology Officer, Smartenergy

Alena Fargere, Principal at Swen Capital Partners

Henry Rushton, Director, ING

Allegra Kowalewski-Ferreira, Partner, Breakthrough Energy Ventures

François Gilles, Innovation Finance Advisory, European Investment Bank (EIB)

Moderated by

Marie Espitalier-Noel, Manager, Funding and Financing, Hydrogen Europe

Session 9: Decarbonisation of EU Steel industry

The Steel sector has for decades been and continues to be a foundation of European industrialisation, sustaining almost 3 million jobs across the EU. On the other hand, it is also responsible for a significant amount of GHG emissions, and one of key decarbonisation priorities, if the net-zero targets are to become a reality. While hydrogen based DRI-EAF route is a promising solution, enabling a reduction of more than 95% GHG emissions, it wide application is slowed down by a number of key barriers, including high low-carbon hydrogen costs and insufficient renewable energy availability. At the same time in the RePowerEU the European Commission is pushing for increased offtake of hydrogen in industry, predicting that by 2030 30% of EU primary steel production could be based on renewable hydrogen. But is the regulatory framework put forward by the revised Renewable Energy Directive and delegated acts fit for this purpose?

Introduction

Steel from solar energy report presentation, Grzegorz Pawelec, Director, Intelligence, Hydrogen Europe

Panel debate

Julian Schorpp, Head Decarbonistation Policy, ThyssenKrupp

Robert-Jan Jeekel, Head of European Institutional Affairs & EU Energy & Climate policy, ArcelorMittal

Ola Hansén, Director for Public Affairs, H2 Green Steel

Martin Pei, Executive Vice President and CTO, SSAB

Moderated by

Willem Huisman, General Management, Strategy, Sales, Chemical Industry, Hydrogen, Sustainability, Cefic

Followed by Q&A

16:45 – 17:00
15:15 – 15:30
Comfort break
Coffee break
17:00 – 18:00
15:30 – 16:30
Session 5: Innovative hydrogen Storage and carrier solutions: What are the obstacles? Where is the business case?

To achieve climate neutrality, hydrogen storage will become a key part of the energy sector. The increased ambition under REPowerEU will further accelerate the need for hydrogen storage capacity across the EU as well as imports where emerging hydrogen carriers are yet to be fully industrialised. This session will focus on the storage needs and potential in Europe, technological challenges in different reservoirs and carriers, and the competitiveness of hydrogen storage, when compared to alternatives.

Introduction

Laura Bravo Diaz, Energy Storage R&D Scientist, JRC, European Commission

Presentations

Salt caverns and depleted gas fields for hydrogen storage, Julien Breton, Head of New Business and Services, Storengy

Depleted gas fields, Matteo Scapolo, Reservoir Engineer, Snam

Innovative hydrogen carriers – solid based , Baruch Halpert, CEO, Electriq Global

Innovative hydrogen carriers – liquid based, Corine Dubruel, CEO Hysilabs

Moderated by

Laura Bravo Diaz, Energy Storage R&D Scientist, JRC, European Commission

Followed by Q&A

Questions from the audience

Session 10: European Clean Hydrogen Alliance: Preparing a standardisation roadmap

The European Commission announced that it would make the development of hydrogen standards one of its priorities. The European Clean Hydrogen Alliance is preparing a roadmap for the preparation of hydrogen standards, including identifying priorities. The roadmap is intended to inform the work of the Commission and the European standardization bodies. This session will present, discuss, and seek feedback on the Alliance draft standardisation roadmap.

Speakers

Presentation, Sabine Pintaske, Association and Standardization Manager, Siemens Energy

Presentation, Guy de Reals, Director Strategy & Special Projects, Air Liquide

Presentation, Francoise de Jong, Senior Consultant, NEN

Moderated by

Patrice Millet, Administrator, DG GROW – European Commission

Moderated Q&A by

Patrice Millet, Administrator, DG GROW – European Commission

Session 15: more information coming soon

18:00
16:30 – 16:45
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END OF DAY 2
Coffee break
COFFEE BREAK
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16:45 - 18:00
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Session 11: E-fuels: future markets and challenges

Paris Climate Agreement set goals to limit global warming, by staying well-below temperature of 2°C. To meet these goals, many sectors will have to become carbon neutral. E-fuels are one of the key players in achieving this task, through utilization of e-kerosene, e-methanol, hydrogen or similar. By drastically reducing the harmful emissions associated with combustion, e-fuels can make a climate-neutral contribution in all sectors where conventional fuels are currently used (e.g. transport or heating in buildings). Heavy mobility accounts for about a quarter of global CO2 emissions. With this in mind, and at a time when electricity would appear to be the future of road transport, e-fuels can have a key role in the waterborne and air transport sectors, but also partly in road sector, for which decarbonisation cannot be achieved solely through electrification. However, there is still a need for legislative support to scale-up the e-fuels implementation, in order for it to make a difference in aforementioned sectors – policymakers at the EU and national levels will need to create an appropriate regulatory framework, both to encourage and enable investments. In doing so, RLCF Alliance will have a large impact, combining large industry players, who will lead this transition.

Keynote

John Cooper, Director General, FuelsEurope

Intro presentation

Alba Soler, Science Executive Refining Transition, Concawe

Panel debate

Fernando Miguelez-Garcia, Representative to EU and NATO, Navantia

Alba Soler, Science Executive Refining Transition, Concawe

Manfred Stefener, Managing Director, Freudenberg e-Power Systems

Julian Renz, Head of Programmes, ZeroAvia

Julien Rossi, Head of Safran EU Representation office, Safran

Moderated by

Zlatko Kregar, Policy Officer, DG Mobility and Transport

Followed by Q&A

Evening
18:00
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Expo Drinks Reception
END OF DAY 3
COFFEE BREAK

Please note: This is just a draft agenda and more information will follow in due time. Keep in touch with us as we constantly update the Programme!

Stay Tuned for More Information!

Topics
Confirmed sessions
Technology
  • Non-electrolytic renewable hydrogen production technologies
  • Bridging the gap between research and commercialisation
  • Modelling & digital twins in the hydrogen Ecosystem
  • Hydrogen ecosystem supply chain: outline and bottlenecks
Finance
  • Financing the hydrogen ecosystem: opportunities and challenges
Market and standards
  • Clean Hydrogen Monitor 2022 launch
  • Standardization in the hydrogen ecosystem
  • Decarbonisation of EU Steel industry
  • Ammonia: a versatile hydrogen carrier
  • E-fuels: future markets and challenges
  • Hydrogen transportation: what are the options
  • Hydrogen Storage: What are the obstacles? Where is the business case?
  • Deep dive on Hydrogen in Buildings
  • Developing & Implementing H2 Skills Agenda