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As economies around the world seek efficient and sustainable solutions to reduce CO2 emissions, key questions arise: what is the role and future of hydrogen technologies and fuel cells in the transportation sector? Do experts on hydrogen predict a bright future?
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The aim of the upcoming conference is not only to answer well-known questions, but also to bring the latest views of influential political leaders, world pioneers, and representatives of the largest automobile companies, entrepreneurs and the scientific community; on how to make more efficient use of hydrogen technologies for smart mobility in the future.
In addition, for the first time, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) will present a study mapping all existing hydrogen technologies, examples of recent worldwide inventions, analyzing the dynamics of patenting, case studies in technology transfer from university to industry, assessing environmental aspects and comparing their sustainability with electricity means of transport.
Executive Director of the FCH JU Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking
Bart Biebuyck is since 16th May 2016 the Executive Director of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), a public-private partnership aiming at facilitating the deployment of fuel cells and hydrogen technologies in Europe. Under his leadership, a strong emphasis on cooperation with cities and regions led to the creation of the European Hydrogen Valleys partnership with around 40 European regions. Dissemination of project results, building technology awareness and enhanced basic research became his key focusing points. Before the FCH JU, Bart Biebuyck was at the Fuel Cell department of Toyota Motor Europe where he held the position of Technical Senior Manager. His expertise in the automotive industry includes extensive knowledge related to the deployment of new technologies in the European market. It is as part of the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) program in Berlin that Bart worked at reinforcing European trials for the Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle. He also had the opportunity to develop and expand his expertise in Japan, where for two years he worked on the development of Toyota and PSA’s small vehicle. In addition to his industrial experience, Bart has been politically active in his local town since 2006. In 2013 he became the vice president of the City Council, responsible, among others, for the local economy and education. Bart’s term as the Executive Director of the FCH - JU was extended for four years until 15 May 2023.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy of the Slovak Republic
Richard Sulík is a graduate of the Agriculture Faculty at the University of Economics in Bratislava. He also studied business economics at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich and physics at the Technical University of Munich. Between years 2002 and 2003 he worked as an advisor to the finance minister, Ivan Mikloš. Later on, he advised the minister of Labor, Social Affairs and Family, Iveta Radičová. Between years 2010 and 2014 he was a member of the National Council of the Slovak Republic, and for two years he also held the position of Speaker of Parliament. Until 2019, he served as a Member of the European Parliament. Currently, he holds the position of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy. "
Hydrogen has a huge potential in the long run. Slovakia has excellent prospects for playing an important role in its production, transport, storage and consumption. The usage of hydrogen, as an energy carrier of the future, should help Slovakia in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing the competitiveness of the Slovak economy.
Coordinator of hydrogen technologies in the Slovak Republic
Dr.h.c. mult. prof. Ing. Juraj Sinay, DrSc. is a coordinator of hydrogen technologies in the Slovak Republic and a Professor at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at Technical University in Košice, Slovak Republic. Between the years 2000 and 2007 he was a Rector of Technical University in Košice, between the years 2003 and 2005 a President of Slovak Rectors' Conference, and between years 2007 and 2015 a Vice-Rector for Marketing and External Relations at the Technical University in Košice. Between years 2008 and 2010, he was an Advisor of Minister of Education in the field of Science and Research and between years 2012 and 2014 an Advisor of the State Secretary of Ministry of Education. Between years 2015 and 2018 he was a President of the Association of the Automotive Industry of the Slovak Republic/ ZAP SR/. Currently, he is a member of its Executive Committee. In the field of science and research, he deals with the risk management of technical systems, including hydrogen technologies. He is the author and the co-author of 15 monographs and several scientific articles in foreign and domestic sources.
The Slovak Republic has been actively involved in European activities in the field of hydrogen technologies. After the approval of the National Hydrogen Strategy, an Action plan will be prepared for the implementation of its content in the conditions of the Slovak Republic. This Action plan will include a set of measures for the application of a complex hydrogen chain, which will also include the areas of research and development for hydrogen mobile technologies.
Director General of Slovak Innovation and Energy Agency SEIA
Peter Blaškovič has been leading the Slovak Innovation and Energy Agency (SIEA) since June 2020. The SIEA covers a wide range of activities from projects focused on innovative solutions, energy efficiency to the use of renewable energy sources.
Before joining SIEA, he served as Director-General of the National Center for Health Information (NCZI) for four years. Under his leadership, a large-scale eHealth project has been launched, which is the basis for electronic healthcare. For this project, he received the ITAPA 2019 award in the category of the best digitization project of the Slovak company.
In the past, he worked as an IT consultant and manager in Austria, Australia and the Middle East and headed the information technology department of Slovenská pošta (Slovak Post Office).
His priorities are also hydrogen technologies and support for projects in this area. He is in charge of the presentation of hydrogen infrastructure and the preparation of various support schemes for H2 technologies in Slovakia.
André Martin Consulting – Industrie- und Politikberatung
André Harry Martin worked until 1998 on several management and executive positions in the vehicle supply industry for SKF, Clark-Hurth-Components S.P.A. und Carraro S.P.A. with particular responsibility for business development, marketing and sales.
From 1998 – 2007 he held executive positions in the fuel cell system development of Ballard Power Systems, Daimler und Ford Motor Company, namely: Vice President of the Ballard Transportation Business Unit, CEO of Ballard Power Systems AG , Managing Director of NuCellSys GmbH. 2007 - 2009, he coordinated of the preparatory activities of the Joint Technology Initiative for Fuel Cells and Hydrogen (FCHInStruct) on behalf of the European Commission in Brussels. Since 2009, André became independent consultant and political advisor. Focus on business and strategy development, project and program management of fuel cell and hydrogen technologies in vehicle and other applications. From 2014 – 2020, he was member of the Board of Directors of Powercell Sweden AB. Other Memberships are Board Member of the World Fuel Cell Council, Frankfurt, 2001 – 2003, Member of the High-Level Group und the Advisory Council for Hydrogen and fuel cells of the European Commission, Brussels, 2002 – 2008, Member of the JTI Working Group, 2006 – 2007. Board Member of the German Hydrogen Association, from 2011 – 2021.
Hydrogen Technologies at the BMW Group
Jürgen Guldner received a MS in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University, SC, in 1992, and a Ph.D. in Controls and Robotics from the Technical University of Munich in 1995. After a PostDoc with the PATH Program at the University of California at Berkeley, CA, he joined the BMW Technik GmbH, to lead research projects on automotive by-wire systems. He transferred to BMW AG’s R&D Center in 2001 to head the Advanced Engineering Group for Chassis Control Systems. From 2006 to 2010, Dr. Guldner acted as Chief Engineer during the development of BMW’s first hybrid vehicle, the ActiveHybrid X6. Following two VP positions in Chassis R&D, he took over BMW’s hydrogen research program in 2018.
The BMW is convinced that fuel cell electric vehicles can play a complementary role to battery electric vehicles in the decarbonization of the transport sector. Synergies between different applications could be leveraged to enhance the technology, create economies of scale and possibly facilitate the infrastructure role out. At the recent IAA Mobility show in Munich, the BMW iX5 Hydrogen was introduced, showcasing the latest technological developments.
Head of department Vehicle Energy Concepts
Dr Michael Schier, who heads the department of vehicle energy concepts, received his diploma and Dr degree in Electrical Engineering with specialisation in energy technologies and electrical drives at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern, Germany. From 1995 to 1999, he was involved in the development of electrical machines and power electronics for starter-alternators in the department Electric Vehicles of the Siemens company. From 1999 until 2005 he was responsible for the development of electrical commutated motors for automotive applications at the ebmpapst company. Before his work at DLR he was leader of power electronics development at catem-develec, a daughter company of the Eberspächer company.
Hydrogen mobility offers development potential for decades
Germany has a leading role in Europe in H2 mobility, transferred from the European strategy of the last 15 years, which has now reached the implementation phase and where prototype vehicles are available from all manufacturers, for road and rail and where the petrol station network is also presentable. The German Aerospace Center is an international partner in all areas of hydrogen technology and also attaches particular importance to the networked coupling of the energy and transport sectors in order to ensure a stable energy supply with the maintenance of individual mobility requirements and where digitisation will play a key role in the future. The Institute for Vehicle Concepts works on vehicle concepts and hydrogen technologies for road and rail, here we show examples and future potentials from the areas of trains, road vehicles, hydrogen vehicles as small mobile power plants, refueling concepts and green construction sites.
Chairman of the National Hydrogen Association of Slovakia NVAS
In promoting hydrogen technologies in Slovakia, he profits from rich experience in design, construction and operation of renewable electricity sources. His ambition is to involve current and new RES in the production of green hydrogen. Within NVAS, he is responsible for communication with European institutions, foreign partners and national institutions in order to create proper conditions for the implementation of hydrogen technologies in Slovakia. Under the auspices of NVAS, he organizes the preparation of hydrogen workshops and conferences. Since June 2021, he´s been the chairman of NVAS. He is a co-author of the National Hydrogen Strategy and participates in the preparation of the Action Plan.
Technical University of Ostrava
Stanislav Mišák has devoted his entire professional life to research and development of low-carbon technologies, including their implementation in cooperation with industry partners. He strives to promote modern, decentralized energy for the regions, where it makes sense, both technically and economically. Professor perceives the future of energy as a symbiosis of sustainable decentralized, low-carbon energy in cooperation with a central energy based on the use of a nuclear resource.
Hydrogen technologies have a huge potential for decentralized sustainable energy, however their massive development requires preparation of a functional infrastructure for hydrogen production, distribution and use. The conference will present the readiness of the Moravian-Silesian Region for the implementation of hydrogen technologies as well as examples of solutions already implemented.
CKCO of cellcentric GmbH & Co. KG
Prof. Dr. Christian Mohrdieck is CKCO of cellcentric GmbH & Co. KG. Previously he was CEO of Mercedes-Benz Fuel Cell GmbH and Managing Director of Daimler Truck Fuel Cell GmbH & Co KG. Having completed diploma and PhD studies of physics in Germany and France, Prof. Dr. Christian Mohrdieck began his professional career 1989 in the research department at Daimler-Benz AG in Frankfurt.
After heading the Research & Technology Executive Board Office in Stuttgart, he was responsible for Fuel Cell Systems at DaimlerChrysler Corporation in the USA. Back in Germany, Prof. Dr. Christian Mohrdieck became Head of Structural Materials at Daimler-Chrysler Research. From 2005 to 2012 he led the Fuel Cell and Li-Ion battery R&D at Daimler. Since 2012 Prof. Dr. Christian Mohrdieck has been Head of Fuel Cell at the Daimler Group and CEO of NuCellSys GmbH since 2015. Being a Honorary Professor, he teaches at the University of Ulm and the Technical University of Vienna.
Deputy Director General of the Intellectual Property Development and Research Center
Ms. ZENG Yanni, Deputy Director General of the Intellectual Property Development and Research Center (IPDRC) of the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA), is mainly engaged in research on international intellectual property topics, intellectual property policy and strategy, and patent analysis and mapping. Ms. ZENG holds a Master Degree of Law in Intellectual Property, University of Turin and a Master Degree of Public Administration, Peking University
The presentation will focus on China's policy and industry development in the hydrogen energy industry, share information of the patent applications of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in China, and call for more innovation and collaboration of hydrogen energy technology among countries.
Head of IP Strategy, FTXT Energy Technology Co. Ltd
Shalu Balan Asarikandy is a head of IP Strategy, FTXT Energy Technology Co. Ltd, a hydrogen fuel cell subsidiary company of Great Wall Motors Group. Shalu has around 15 years of experience in the field of IP Strategy development and prior to joining Great Wall Motors Group, he was associated with Shell in to their integrated gas and new energy business. He also worked with companies including Robert Bosch and General Electric. He is Masters in Mechanical Engineering and a registered patent attorney a certified patent analytics professional.
Key messages of his presentation will be based on the topics of vision and mission of represented company FTXT and Great Wall Motors Group in the hydrogen mobility space, the rrole of IP Strategy for focused innovation in the hydrogen mobility space.
Executive Director of the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy (IPHE) Secretariat
Tim Karlsson is Executive Director of the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy (IPHE) Secretariat, since 2015. The IPHE is an intergovernmental partnership of 21 countries and the European Commission, working to help facilitate the transition to clean and efficient energy, industry, and mobility systems using hydrogen and fuel cells technologies. Previously, Mr. Karlsson held various positions including Director of Emerging Technologies, and, Director of Environmental and Clean Energy Industries in the Department of Industry of Canada. He has worked on numerous policy issues related to energy and the environment including domestic and international climate change in part as a member of Canada’s delegation to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
The momentum is building to develop and deploy hydrogen and fuel cell technologies with different countries, regions, and companies announcing new hydrogen strategies, plans, developments and deployments almost every week. For many countries, the policy driver is environmental goals, but for others it is energy security and resiliency, or economic opportunities. To fulfil the potential for hydrogen in the energy transition ahead, the market rules must be clear including Intellectual Property rights and innovations but also, standards for installation and use and clear trade rules, two areas where the IPHE is focusing its work.
Director for strategic initiatives and communication at PESA Bydgoszcz
Director for strategic initiatives and communication at PESA Bydgoszcz. Responsible for supporting key projects development, and also company’s communication activities. Former Deputy Mayor of Bydgoszcz, City Council Member, media manager, tv producer and journalist.
Presentation: PESA – Hydrogen ready, green deal, rail and public transport, producer perspective
Presentations by representatives of international institutions and national policy- makers from countries using hydrogen technologies in transport
Presentations are dedicated to discuss existing hydrogen technologies, with emphasis on the protection of intellectual property
Panel & Discussion on the results of the WIPO report “Patent search and analysis report on technologies related to fuel cells”
Panel & Discussion of automotive industry leaders, who will present current trends in the transport sector using clean hydrogen, as well as assessing environmental aspects and comparing their sustainability with electricity means of transport.
Follow up of the Panel & Discussion of automotive industry leaders, who will present current trends in the transport sector using clean hydrogen, as well as assessing environmental aspects and comparing their sustainability with electricity means of transport.
Panel 1: Future of Hydrogen in Transport
Panel & Discussion of academia and scientific institutions, aimed at sharing practical examples of the effective functioning of technology transfer at the university level – from an idea through research, prototype to production.
The vision of hydrogen mobility and the potential development of different means of technologies based on green energy
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