Markus Bachmeier works in Linde’s Engineering Division and is the Head of Hydrogen Solutions.
Following military service in the Alpine and Airborne Divisions from 1982-1984 and college, Mr. Bachmeier worked at the Boston Consulting Group in Dusseldorf and Munich as a Consultant and Project Manager, working with clients in the automotive, industrial goods, and durable consumer goods industries until 1998.
Mr. Bachmeier also worked in sales, marketing, and after sales at BMW AG in Munich, Germany, and Birmingham, UK, from 1998-2008.
Since 2008, he has been employed by Linde AG and is responsible for the following key areas:
• R&D and Hydrogen Innovations
• Project Execution, especially for Hydrogen Refuelling Station projects and customer specific application projects: design, installation, commissioning, and after sales services
• Market and Project Development, including strategic projects such as the “H2Mobility Deutschland” infrastructure joint venture
Mr. Bachmeier attended the Technical University Munich, Germany, from 1984 - 1990, earning a diploma in Mechanical Engineering, with a major in Production Operations Management.
He was an exchange student at the University of Wyoming, USA, during 1987-1988, and pursued an MBA in General Management and International Marketing at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France, in 1993 - 1994.
Pascal Bader is head of unit “Environmental Technologies, Research and Ecology” at the Ministry of Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector Baden-Württemberg, Germany. The main thematic fields of his unit are resource efficiency strategies, circular economy, hydrogen and fuel cell technology, and bioeconomy. Prior to that, he was responsible for political strategies at the office of the Minister of Environment, coordinating several departments of the ministry. Before, he was officer at the unit for principles of environmental policy where he developed the sustainable development strategy of Baden-Württemberg.
He is member of the supervisory board of several state-owned agencies and represents the German federal states in the advisory board of the National Organisation Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NOW).
He holds a PhD in Economics.
Role: Session Chair
Session: A - Opening Plenary
Session: B - Plenary I
Since June 2018 Stefan Bergander is Project- and Innovation Manager at HYPOS e.V. He graduated in Energy and Business Administration (MBA) at Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg. In his master thesis he developed a concept for a modular ammonia manufacturing plant based on water electrolysis linked to the price trend at the electricity market. He also worked at the European Energy Exchange and Chamber of Industry and Commerce Chemnitz.
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.
Role: Speaker, Session Chair
Session: E - Plenary III - Market Overviews
Session: F - Plenary IV - Market Overviews
Thomas is a Hydrogen enthusiast ever since his time at the Technical University of Munich, from where he graduated in Chemical Engineering (Dipl.-Ing.) and Industrial Engineering (M.Sc.). To pursue his passion, he started his career at The Linde Group's Hydrogen Solutions department in Munich, where he worked in Market, Project, and Strategy Development concerned with Linde's hydrogen refuelling station business and the overall hydrogen supply chain.
In 2017 he joined the Hydrogen Solutions department within Siemens Corporate Technology as a Project Manager for development projects evolving around the development of large-scale electrolysis plants.
Mr. Philipp Braunsdorf coordinates the hydrogen infrastructure activities at the National Organization for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NOW) GmbH in Berlin since 2015. He is part of the transposition team of the National Innovation Program Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP) by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI). Focus of NIP is on hydrogen-powered vehicles for road and rail transport (cars and fleet vehicles, such as buses), ships and intralogistics and the corresponding hydrogen infrastructure. Mr. Braunsdorf is also coordinating HyLand, a BMVI initiative which supports cities and counties in Germany to develop and realize integrated hydrogen concepts.
Mr. Philipp Braunsdorf was born in Hildesheim and holds a master‘s degree in Political Science from the University of Mainz.
Role: Session Chair
Session: G2 - Modes of Transport: Technical Similarities and Discrepancies
Ulrich Bünger has worked for Ludwig-Bölkow-Systemtechnik (LBST) since 1990 as systems analyst, senior scientist and consultant for industry and politics, focus on systems- and feasibility analyses on hydrogen as energy carrier, small stationary fuel cells and fuel cells for the power sector as well as for transport, process analyses of (alternative) fuels and drive systems, large scale energy storage with hydrogen and roll-out of hydrogen infrastructures for transport and power-to-gas and sectoral integration as new concepts for the energy system with large shares of renewable electricity.
He has worked on, initiated or coordinated multiple hydrogen and fuel cell strategy projects, roadmaps and Lighthouse Projects for Germany and Europe. Current focus is hydrogen for large scale energy storage for hydrogen and methane gas in their function to support the power sector in integrating large quantities of fluctuating renewable electricity.
He was engaged in teaching students and supervising PhDs in hydrogen energy systems as Prof. II in a part time assignment at the Norwegian University of Natural Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim from 2003 to 2013, focus on advanced hydrogen storage. He has published numerous papers and contributed to numerous German, European and international conferences on the above topics.
He is partner of Ludwig-Bölkow-Systemtechnik since 2003 and director of the foundation council of the Ludwig-Bölkow Foundation since 2015.
Educated in Mech. Eng. (energy) at University Hannover (Dipl.-Ing., Dr. Ing.), M.Sc. in Mech. Eng. from Purdue University (Lafayette/IN) and Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta/GA), and former Prof. II at the Norwegian University of Natural Science and Technology NTNU (Trondheim) in hydrogen energy.
Following diverse political positions in Germany, Mr Jorgo Chatzimarkakis was a Member of the European Parliament from 2004 to 2014 (ITRE, ECON, CONT). He was then appointed Ambassador-at-Large for the Greek government during the financial crisis. Since 2016, he is Secretary General of Hydrogen Europe, the European Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association.
Mr Chatzimarkakis was born in Duisburg, Germany. He holds German and Greek nationality, and a degree in Political Science from the University of Bonn.
Role: Session Chair
Session: H1 - Large Scale Hydrogen Refueling Station Concepts
Working on hydrogen industry research for a long time, organized and participated several international hydrogen and fuel cell exhibitions and conferences. Participated hydrogen and fuel cell strategy consultancy projects in China.
International project manager of China International Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Conference and Exhibition (CHFCE) since 2016.
Role: Speaker, Session Chair
Session: G3 - Workshop: Doing Business in China, Part II
After more than 15 years with Air Liquide Engineering, Guy de Reals has occupied various positions in H2 Energy activities within Air Liquide since 2006. He has been leading the team designing the 160 M€ French program “Horizon Hydrogen Energy (H2E)”, aiming at developing H2 and fuel cells early markets (stationary power, forklifts). He then took operational responsibilities within the development of those markets before focusing on market shaping, normalization and regulatory topics.
Guy de Réals participated actively to the Certifhy Phase 1 project as Air Liquide representative. He was then elected as Chair of the Stakeholder platform for phase 2 of the CertifHy project.
He holds an engineering degree in mechanical engineering and fluid mechanics.
Alexander Dyck studied Chemistry at the University of Paderborn from 1993 till 1998 and finished with an external diploma work in industry about low cost membranes for PEM fuel cells. He received his doctor of science from same university in 2002 for research on DMFC membranes at the GKSS Research Centre Geesthacht GmbH (today HZG).
From 2002 to 2006 he worked for CEAG AG as a technology scout with a main focus on fuel cells for small applications. The work was focused on system integration and hybridisation under low cost aspects. From 2007 to 2011 he focused with the company FWB Kunststofftechnik GmbH with the challenge to polymer technology on micro fuel cells in the power range up to 10 Watt for small industrial applications.
Since 2011 he join the position of the division head for fuel cells within NEXT ENERGY the EWE Forschungszentrum für Energietechnologie e. V. where he guide the research activities for stationary fuel cells, supported by characterisation methods and the material development therefore. Here he is successful active to increase the international cooperation with joint European, European-Korean research and national development projects. Mr. Dyck also is strongly involved to the German fuel cell community and organized a workshop series on product certification processes in conjunction with other major research institutes in this field. In June 2017 the Institute is renamed to DLR Institute of Networked Energy Systems and Mr. Dyck is Head of department Urban and Residential Technologies and Fuel Cells.
Dr. Dyck is the head of delegation of the national and representative of the international committee of standardisation for portable and micro fuel cells in IEC TC 105. He is also the convener of the German committee DKE K 384 that is the national mirror group to the inter-national activities.
Role: Session Chair
Session: H2 - News from the German Science Sector
Role: Session Chair, Speaker
Session: H4 - Workshop: Hydrogen in Occitanie
Dr. K. Andreas Friedrich is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at University of Stuttgart and the Head of the Electrochemical Energy Technology Department at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Stuttgart, Germany.
His research areas are electrochemical energy conversion and storage, in particular polymer electrolyte fuel cells and electrolysis, solid oxide cells, system design and optimization. Dr. Friedrich has authored and coauthored about 200 reviewed papers. He received the Fischer medal (Dechema) in 2009 and the Ertl prize 2014 for his scientific work.
Dr. Friedrich has an initial background in Physics and Physical Chemistry. Starting with early fundamental work on electrochemical interfaces and electrocatalysts the research has become increasingly application oriented. His doctoral study on non-linear optics at electrochemical interfaces was performed at the Fritz-Haber Institute of the Max-Planck-Society from 1987 –1990 under the supervision of Prof. Dr. G. Ertl (Nobel prize laurate in Chemistry).
His former employments include research associate positions at University of Oregon and Research Center Jülich. Senior scientist positions were held at Technical University Munich and ZSW (Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research) in Ulm. In 2004 he joined the DLR and University of Stuttgart heading the group focusing on electrolysis, fuel cells and advanced batteries. Priorities are polymer membrane and solid oxide technology as well as “beyond Li-ion” technology in batteries. The primary goals of the group comprise enhanced power density, long lifetime, reduction of precious materials and manufacturing costs, identification of degradation mechanisms in stacks and their prevention, advanced stack design, and optimised integration of fuel cells into energy supply systems. The activities of the group have received the f-cell Award in Silver 2016 for electrolysis components, the Clean Tech Media Award 2012 (Aviation) and the f-cell Award in Silver 2008 (DLR with Airbus).
Role: Session Chair
Session: C2 - Electrolysis
Fuel cell modeling, focus on numerical and stochastic methods. The experience in fuel cell modelling is covering Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) modelling on cell and stack level as well as coupling fuel cell models to system simulation codes. Presently his focus is on transport simulations in micro structures using the lattice Boltzmann (LB) method. Dieter Froning was leading a work package within the GenFC project which was related with communication interfaces between simulation software packages from cell scale to system scale and the software coupling of fuel cell models.
Principal investigator of a HPC project at the Forschungszentrum Jülich.
Reviewer of a HPC project at the RWTH Aachen University.
Member of the "Gesellschaft für Informatik".
Dr. Aldo Gago received his doctorate degree in chemistry in 2011, from the University of Poitiers, France. He joined the section of Electrochemical Energy Technology of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in 2012. He has been leading the R&D activities on nanomaterials and components for hydrogen generation via low temperature electrolysis, with important projects in cooperation with academy and industry. He has several granted patents and published numerous articles in high impact factor journals, as well as book chapters. In 2016, he and co-workers were awarded with the 2nd place F-Cell prize “Innovative materials and components for PEM electrolysis” for their contributions in the field. He is currently responsible for the Team of Low Temperature Systems & Electrolysis at the DLR, as well as project leader and laboratory manager. He is coordinating the European project PRETZEL for developing the next generation of industrial PEM electrolyzers. He is co-founder of the spin-off company Cutting Edge Nano-Materials (CENmat).
Ulf Groos studied Chemical Engineering at the Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg until 1996. The diploma thesis was written at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI in Karlsruhe, where he worked until 1997. During 1998 and 1999 he was a consultant at Rudolf Spitzmueller in Gengenbach. Beginning of 2000 he came to the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg. There, he was responsible for marketing of today’s division Hydrogen Technologies until end of 2008. Since beginning of 2008 Ulf Groos is head of the department Fuel Cell Systems. He is in charge for around 20 engineers and scientists.
Corinna Harms is the team leader of the R&D topic Materials. She started 2012 as a research scientist at the DLR Institute of Networked Energy Systems (former NEXT ENERGY – EWE Research Centre for Energy Research) within the division Fuel Cells and since 2016 she is the team leader. With more than ten years of experience in fuel cells she has a strong background in membranes, electrocatalysts, MEAs and fuel cell stacks. In 2013 she finished her Ph.D. at the University of Bremen with the topic of material development for HT-PEMFC. She studied chemistry at the University of Bremen finishing in 2007.
In different projects her group deals with the characterisation and the development of different materials for fuel cells and other energy converting devices like electrolysers and redox flow batteries. One main topic in several national and international projects is the development, modification and characterization of new ion conducting membranes and MEAs for different applications.
Aline Hendrich is a Consultant in the energy and mobility team and one of the coauthors of the recently published study 'Raw Materials for Innovative Vehicle Technologies' by e-mobil BW. Aline has worked for thinkstep for the past 2 years and holds a B.Sc. in Resource Efficiency Management and a M.Sc. in Socio-Ecological Economics and Policy. Her primary area of expertise is in the automotive industry and in research. Aline is now working in the field of electric mobility and renewables and is currently managing a public funded hydrogen bus project.
Sibylle Hepting-Hug is the Head of Department of Policy, Sustainability, Climate Protection, Environmental Technology, Circular Economy in the Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector Baden-Württemberg. She has many years of experience at various administrative levels and in a variety of areas at ministerial level. Prior to her present activity, she was Head of Department of Rural Areas, Consumer Protection, Tourism, Nature Conservation, Environment, Climate, Energy Economics at the State Ministry of Baden-Württemberg.
Roland Hequet is the President of John Cockerill Hydrogen. He holds a Master’s degree in Business & Engineering from Arts & Métiers ParisTech . With operations both in Europe and in China, he has led his teams to develop a wide range of hydrogen production and distribution solutions for the industry, energy and mobility sectors. Before leading the Hydrogen business, he was the General Manager of Thermal and Automation worldwide activities for John Cockerill Industry, and prior to that, held several managerial positions in France and in the USA for Siemens, Kvaerner and other large Groups.
Thorsten Herbert has been advancing the market preparation of hydrogen and fuel cell technology at the National Organization for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NOW) GmbH in Berlin since November 2008. He coordinates the activities of the National Innovation Program Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP) as Head of Program NIP. Its main focus is on hydrogen-powered vehicles for road and rail transport (cars and fleet vehicles, such as buses) and the corresponding hydrogen infrastructure. Since 2015, he is heading the Division Transport and Infrastructure. The tasks in his area of responsibility also include the funding measures of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) for battery-electric mobility and the implementation of the Federal Funding Program Charging Infrastructure. In addition, NOW supports the BMVI in the realization and further development of the Federal Government's mobility and fuel strategy. After studying mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Thorsten Herbert was involved in leading functions in the development of automotive fuel cell propulsion systems at Bertrandt Ingenieurbüro GmbH and GM Powertrain Deutschland GmbH for a total of seven years. In January 2015, he completed an extra-occupational master's program in "Renewable Energies".
Stephan is currently acting as Technical General Manager of Toyota Motor Europe’s (TME) R&D responsible for hydrogen new products and sustainable mobility.
He is actively involved in the Hydrogen Council and Hydrogen Europe.
Stephan is co-chair of the Sustainable Mobility Project of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.
Previously he held various positions in TME Environmental Affairs, Trend Research and Business Strategy. Stephan also worked in Toyota’s Global Headquarter in Japan looking after the global environmental strategy.
Stephan studied business administration and economics and he holds a PhD in environmental cost management. Stephan worked for seven years in the automotive industry in Germany and China before joining TME in 2005.
Daniel Hofer, Lawyer with additional training in business administration, has been CEO of Migrol AG since 2003 and previously worked for 17 years in Switzerland and abroad for subsidiaries of Swiss and German corporate groups in marketing and finance. Since 2003, he has been a member of the Board of Directors of Avenergy Suisse (Switzerland’s Petroleum Association), of which he was elected Chairman at the Annual General Meeting on 24 June 2016.
Daniel Hofer is married and has three adult children with his wife. Hobbies are sport (rowing, skiing) and the occupation with mental-philosophical topics.
Kazuyoshi Honda is the Manager of the Hydrogen Solution Section at Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd.
He has been responsible for the hydrogen station business and another hydrogen-related project in Tokyo Gas since 2015. Previously, he was involved in several R&D projects related to IT, gas sensing and measurement technology in about 20 years.
Honda received Ph.D. in Engineering from Tokyo University of Science Graduate School.
• Founder and Chairman, H2 Energy Holding AG, Glattpark
• Founder and Chairman, Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility AG, Glattpark
• Non-executive board positions
• Founder and Chairman, Ceres Capital AG, Switzerland
- CEO, RUAG Technology, Altdorf Switzerland (Industrial coatings; Recycling, environmental services; Metal machining; Automotive)
- CEO Teleplan International N.V., Nederland
- Non-executive board positions (TwingTec AG, Dübendorf, Switzerland; Teleplan International N.V., Nederland; Hunziker Festwirtschaften, Willisau, Switzerland; Caatoosee Inc., Leonberg, Germany; Estracure Inc., Montreal, Canada)
- Group and Swiss CFO Hero Lenzburg, Switzerland
- Head Business Development & Projects Coop Switzerland
- Consultant/Manager McKinsey & Company, Zürich, Switzerland
Nikolas Iwan started his carrier with Shell. In his last position, he was responsible for the Retail business in Austria. Managing a network of 260 stations with 100,000 customer transactions a day he learned a lot about customers and infrastructure. Nikolas was always passionate about pushing the Energy transition and has now found the perfect task: building up hydrogen infrastructure in Germany. Since April 2016 he is CEO of the joint venture H2 MOBILITY Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG. The mission: Building and operating a customer centric national network of hydrogen stations in Germany, leading the way to making it a business and showing the world, that hydrogen in mobility works.
Bill Johnston was sworn in as the Mines and Petroleum, Commerce and Industrial Relations, Electoral Affairs, and Asian Engagement Minister in March 2017. As Western Australia’s first Asian Engagement Minister, Minister Johnston’s focus was to capitalise on the rapid population and economic growth in Asia to create more job-boosting opportunities in Western Australia. After almost two years in those roles, Minister Johnston was appointed Energy Minister on December 13, 2018. To accommodate these changes, and to focus on this important new role, the Asian Engagement, Commerce and Electoral Affairs portfolios were handed over to other Cabinet Ministers. He retains the Mines and Petroleum and Industrial Relations portfolios.
The Minister is the Chair of the Future Battery Industry Taskforce responsible for identifying the opportunities emerging for Western Australia through the growth in batteries, electric vehicles and renewable energy technology. Western Australia has a strength in the extraction and processing of critical minerals and battery materials vital for new technologies.
In Opposition he served as Shadow Minister for State Development and Energy from 2012, and Shadow Minister for Mines and Petroleum from 2013.
He was a Member of the Economics and Industry Standing Committee and Deputy Chair of the Inquiry into Domestic Gas Prices from 2010 to 2011.
Prior to entering Parliament, he was the State Secretary of WA Labor from 2001 until 2008, with responsibility for all State and Federal election campaigns. During this time he was also a member of the Australian Labor Party’s National Executive. As Assistant State Secretary of WA Labor from 1998 until 2001, his duties included creating and operating the Labor Business Roundtable, that connects WA Labor with business, industry and the not-for-profit sector in WA.
In 1985, he was a delegate to the International Youth Conference in Kingston, Jamaica during the UN International Youth Year; he participated in the Australian Young Political Leaders Program delegation to Indonesia in 1991; he participated in the US State Department’s Australian Young Political Leaders tour for the Mid-Term Elections in 2002; and in 2006 he was an ALP International Delegate for the UK Labour Party National Conference.
Mr. Kammerer directs Business Development, Sales and Marketing activities for Hydrogenics Power Systems in the EMEA and Japan regions, specializing on heavy mobility fuel cells. Starting after the company’s IPO as a Sales & Marketing Engineer in 2001, Mr. Kammerer took over the Global Sales Manager role for Hydrogenics’ Power and Test Systems in 2002. He led the company’s expansion into Europe, coordinating the acquisition in 2002 which became Hydrogenics GmbH based in Germany. Since 2004 Mark has worked as Business Development Manager and Director in Europe, North America and Japan. Mr. Kammerer has a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.
Thomas Kattenstein (born in 1969) is Head of the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen, Electric Mobility Network of the EnergieAgentur.NRW in North Rhine-Westphalia. This NRW network is arguably Europe's largest regional initiative, geared to strengthening the fuel cell and hydrogen industry.
His tasks include the development of strategies for the future activities of the network or the state of NRW, the development of support programs in the field of hydrogen and fuel cells, as well as in neighboured areas, e.g. co-generation. Dr. Kattenstein also works on the initiation and monitoring of projects, the pooling of project partners as well as the coordination and representation of the NRW activities at the federal government, the EU and international committees. In this regard, he is active in the national working group, the EU regional partnership on hydrogen, fuel cells and electromobility HyER. Bilateral contacts with international companies and institutes are also part of its mission, especially with Japan.
Thomas Kattenstein completed a degree in mechanical engineering, specializing in energy engineering / energy management and a doctorate in Dr.-Ing. at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum.
Role: Session Chair
Session: C3 - Hydrogen Regions
Mr Kirby recently joined CHFCA as President and CEO and is transitioning from his position as President & CEO of Fortress Advanced Bioproducts. A mechanical engineer with an honours degree from the University of British Columbia, he has led the commercialization of many technologies, with a particular emphasis on hydrogen production, distribution and applications.
Mr Kirby was a founder and the CEO of S2G BioChemicals Inc., a Vancouver-based biotech company with proprietary second-generation technology for the catalytic hydrotreating of cellulosic sugars to produce sustainable food ingredients and biochemicals. Over a 10-year period, Mr. Kirby led the company securing $50 million of investment, government funding and strategic partnerships that enabled it to develop into a leading bioproducts company. In 2018, S2G was acquired by Fortress Global Industries, a Canadian forest products company and Mr. Kirby became the CEO of the the Fortress Advanced Bioproducts Division.
Prior to starting S2G, Mark led business development, operations, technology development and commercialization in the food, industrial gases, fuel cell and forest products industries with global industrial gases company Praxair and with Canadian cleantech start-ups QuestAir Technologies and Ballard Fuel Cells.
Highlights include leading Ballard’s corporate development activities during the formation of AFCC from Ballard’s automotive fuel cell business; managing Questair’s business development partnerships with ExxonMobil and other key players, critical to Questair’s growth, IPO and eventual sale; reengineering North American industrial gases logistics with Praxair, including the integration of 25 formerly independent distributors into a state-of-the-art and highly-efficient $170 million/yr Ontario distribution division; and Praxair’s Chairman’s award for driving growth of industrial gas applications in the global pulp and paper sector, such as oxygen to displace chlorine for pulp bleaching.
Mr. Kirby is married with two daughters and lives in beautiful North Vancouver, close to the mountain biking trails he loves.
Dr Frank Koch has for more than 19 years been working in the fuel cell business. Since 2000 he has been manager of the Fuel and Hydrogen Network North Rhine-Westphalia as part of the EnergyAgency.NRW. Here he is responsible for the topics hydrogen mobility and hydrogen infrastructure set-up and coordinates an expert group “hydrogen for public transport”. Frank Koch also coordinates the German Fuel Cell Bus Procurement Cluster. This institution was installed by the FCH JU and brings together bus operators from Germany, Austria and Northern Italy in order to discuss fuel cell bus topics and launch joint projects. The cluster currently consists of 25 bus operators. Frank holds a doctoral degree in chemical engineering.
Role: Session Chair, Speaker
Session: G1 - Heavy Duty: Buses
Born in Germany, Frithjof Kublik went through an international school education in Turkey, Germany and Argentina. He then studied Mechanical Engineering and Economics in Argentina, Canada and Germany. He also holds a doctorate degree in Engineering from the Technical University Braunschweig in Germany.
Building from his initial experience in Shell in the operating downstream refinery and supply business Frithjof developed into an expert in business development. He gathered experience in Renewables through his role as Shell VP Solar and GM Renewables Germany, and later through business development roles in the global Shell Gas/LNG business as Manager Gas Masterplanning, GM US LNG Export and GM Zanzibar Business Development. He worked on various large deals as Senior Business Development Manager and Senior Deal Lead in Shell Integrated Gas in The Hague and Houston.
Based on his extensive business development background Frithjof works now in a consulting role with the Shell Rhineland Refinery on a number of Energy Transition Opportunities and supports the REFHYNE 10 MW Electrolyser Project for Shell.
Hans is a Chilean Chemical Engineer, who since 2016 is involved in techno-economic analysis studies related to Hydrogen Energy Systems in Chile. Since 2018 he leads the Smart Energy Systems group of Tractebel ENGIE in Santiago, where he has been involved in different studies such as Power-to-Ammonia, Wind to Hydrogen in the Patagonia or Decarbonization Masterplans.
Hans is a founding member (January 2018) and current President of H2 Chile, the Chilean Hydrogen Association, a non-profit organization that aims at accelerating the Energy Transition by promoting Hydrogen and Fuel Cell technologies in Chile.
During 2019 Hans was a Visiting Researcher at the Process and System Analysis Group of the Institute of Electrochemical Process Engineering (IEK-3), Forschungszentrum Jülich, where he developed a study titled “Can chemical industry lead the introduction of green hydrogen market? A geospatial infrastructure analysis”
Stefan Kupferschmid holds a diploma in mechanical engineering from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. After several years in the automotive industry he joined the sustainability consulting company thinkstep in 2017. Since then he was working on various projects on the implementation of hydrogen busses and the respecting refueling infrastructure. As a consultant in the energy and mobility team he is currently focusing on sustainability topics in the automotive industry.
Franz Lehner is a Managing Consultant at E4tech , an international strategic consultancy specialised in sustainable energy. His work largely focuses on hydrogen, fuel cells and power-to-X technologies. He has delivered projects for multinational energy firms, the automotive industry, trade associations, technology start-ups and governmental organisations such as the US Department of Energy (DOE), the European Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCHJU) and the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure in Germany.
Franz has been a co-author of the annual Fuel Cell Industry Review since 2014. E4tech tracks fuel cell developments in China closely, and Franz has gained first hand insights from visiting fuel cell developers, research institutes and automotive companies in China.
By background he is an engineer for energy technology, with previous experience in the development of a novel photovoltaics technology, as well as in energy efficient buildings.
Graduated from the National School of Arts and Crafts in 1991, Vincent Lemaire joined SAFRA in 1992 as a first engineer. He started in the company as Production Manager in the Department of Industrial Bodywork, and his close collaboration with Serge Bodoira, CEO of SAFRA at that time, will allow him to quickly take the position of General Manager Deputy, in 1996. Four years later, he officially joined the shareholding of the company, as well as the Board of Directors. In 2007, he was appointed to the Presidency following the restructuring of SAFRA's share capital, and also took on the role of Chief Executive Officer of Groupe SAFRA. He received in 2013 the distinction of Knight of the National Order of Merit, in the category "promotion of work". In 2019, Vincent Lemaire acquires the majority of the SAFRA Group shareholding.
Vincent Lemaire is present in several regional associations, such as MIPIRAIL (Vice-president of the Association Mipirail - association law 1901 gathering companies of the railway sector in Midi-pyrenees), EVEER'HY'PÔLE - Administrator of SEM Eveer'hy 'Pole - platform on electromobility (and energy fuel cells) and finally VALEURS DE L’ALBIGEOIS (Secretary of the Valeurs de l’Albigeois which brings together the industrial, cultural and sports actors of Albi, to create economic links and promote the territory of Albi), he is also a signatory of the Hydrogen Green Growth Commitment, and the bearer of the "Hydrogen Bus" project in France.
Session: H4 - Workshop: Hydrogen in Occitanie
Morry Markowitz has been the President of the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association for seven years. Utilizing his extensive government relations and communications background, Mr. Markowitz leads the association’s outreach efforts both in our nation’s capital and across the country. Mr. Markowitz has wide-ranging expertise in the energy and automotive fields, as well as over twenty years of senior-level association management experience.
Mr. Markowitz currently serves on the U.S. Department of Energy Hydrogen Technical Advisory Committee (HTAC), as well as a member of the U.S. Department of Commerce Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee.
Prior to coming to the FCHEA, Mr. Markowitz was the Group Director of External Affairs at the Edison Electric Institute (EEI). Before his work at EEI, he served as Vice President of Public Affairs with the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers. Mr Markowitz has worked on Capitol Hill, as well as the Executive Branch of government. He is a graduate of the George Washington University and has a law degree from George Mason University School of Law.
Maxime OLIVON is a French engineer working at NEXEYA France. Graduated of a Master in New and Renewable Energy he is currently Project Manager for a company really invested in energetic transition. He is specially implied on project designing hydrogen and batterie solutions. For him, the world of tomorrow is made of an equitable mixte with of course hydrogen solutions.
Jürgen Pfeiffer is working as a professional Presenter, Political Interviewer and Master of Ceremonies. As Presenter he is regularly hosting his nationally broadcasted TV-talkshow ’PFEIFFER FRAGT- Der Polit.Talk’, analyzing current topics of national political interest – but clearly focused on background-information and in-depth-knowledge on the subject. Top level representatives of industry, trade associations, economic alliances or other top personal of national or regional governments find themselves also elegantly but straight forwardly interviewed in his even more personal 4-to-6-eyes- format “Butter bei die Fische”. As Master of Ceremonies and Political Interviewer you´ll find Jürgen Pfeiffer also talking on various stages nationwide, from Berlin or Hamburg to Munich, guiding his audience through Stakeholder-Conferences, debating with High-Level Panels during International Conventions, Fairs and Board-Meetings or informal Conversations, following Chatham-house-rules. Jürgen Pfeiffer has formerly worked also as Senior Political TV-Correspondent for RTLs nightly political magazine ’RTL Nachtjournal’, as Paris based Editor-in-Chief for the European TV-Chain ARTE Television and as Head of Communication for Ferrari Germany.
Role: Session Chair
Session: D - Plenary II - f-cell Talk: What Drives our Future?
Attilio is a co-founder and CEO of H2U, a specialist developer of hydrogen infrastructure initiatives for sustainable mobility and renewable energy storage.
A professional mechanical engineer from Italy, with Masters and PhD-level qualifications in energy engineering and energy-environmental issues, Attilio brings to H2U 20 years of consulting experience, in the provision of strategic, technical advisory and due diligence services for a wide range of hydrogen and fuel cells initiatives in Europe, the US and Japan.
Attilio is the current President of the Australian Association for Hydrogen Energy (AAHE), and was the Chairman of the successful World Hydrogen Technologies Convention, held in Sydney in October 2015.
Attilio serves on the AEMO Expert Panel and was part of the steering committee on the CSIRO National Hydrogen Roadmap
Leonard Raymakers has worked the past few years on the development of the Electrochemical Hydrogen Compressor (EHC) of HyET Hydrogen. He has gained in-depth knowledge about sealing high-pressure hydrogen, thermal management, production technologies, as well as certification aspects. The development has led to the first commercial sale of an EHC system in 2017.
Up to 2016, he was the project manager of PurifHy where the Electrochemical Hydrogen Purification (EHP) technology was first demonstrated publicly in the Netherlands. In this project, hydrogen was extracted from synthetic natural gas.
At this moment, Leonard is working on the project management of several projects on the application of the EHC and EHP technology in several industries. One of them is the MEMPHYS project, which deals about the purification of hydrogen-rich gas streams coming from a wide range of sources and simultaneous compression of the hydrogen up to 200 bar.
Leonard holds a Master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Twente in the Netherlands with a specialization in Acoustics and has worked at large engineering companies before he joined HyET.
10/1992 - 02/1999
Studies of chemistry at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern Degree: “Diplom-Chemiker”
04/1997 - 08/1997
University of Edinburgh Research work in bioinorganic chemistry
Technical University of Kaiserslautern
2010-2013 Privatdozent at University of Applied Science Offenburg lecture given in “Energy Process Engineering”
Dr. Manuel C. Schaloske started in July 2010 at the e-mobil BW, the state agency for electric mobility and fuel cell technology in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany as general manager for fuel cell and storage technology and commercial vehicles. Since the beginning of 2018 he is Director of Energy and Cluster Fuel Cell BW at the e-mobil BW.
He studied chemistry at the university of Cologne and gained experience in the industrial and the basic research. During his diploma thesis at the former DaimlerChrysler AG he did fuel cell research and afterwards he received experience and his PhD in inorganic solid state research at the Max Planck institute for solid state research.
Role: Session Chair
Session: C1 - Commercial Vehicles
Afkenel works as New Energy Stakeholder Manager for N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie. She focusses on hydrogen, CCS, Green Gas and District Heating projects. A graduate from the Erasmus Univeristy Rotterdam, she obtained a Master degree in Finance and Investments. Afkenel also holds a professional qualification as Register Controller and an executive Master of Finance and Control. She started her career as a graduate with Shell and held various jobs for Shell in Upstream and Downstream in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Italy.
Afkenel is also founding member of VIEN - Women in Energy. VIEN is a community of energy leaders committed to busting the diversity gap and creating a new, sustainable and inclusive future for energy.
In her spare time, you will find Afkenel at the theatre. A lifelong music lover, she founded Kinderconcertjes Groningen; classical concerts for kids from 0-99.
Johannes Schirmer (PhD, Engineering) is the Leader of the Energy System Integration Team in Stuttgart and Project Manager and research associate since 2002. His research activities cover PEM, fuel cell systems for mobile, stationary and aircraft applications and research for fuel cell and battery hybrid concepts as also electrolyser systems for stationary and dynamic applications. He has gained long term experience in numerous national and international projects (ELBASYS, Porta-Power, BZ-Battext, INKA, EFFESYS, BRIST, FUCHS, Antares H2, Antares H3…), in the field of fuel cells, batteries and electrolysis, which are documented in multiple, referred publications and patents.
1991 – 1998 Study of Chemical Engineering, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
1998 – 2002 PhD Student, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
2002 – 2004 Post doctoral research fellow at DLR (German Aerospace Center)
2004 – 2010 Research Scientist at DLR (German Aerospace Center)
2010-2016 Deputy heat of electrochemical systems group at DLR (German Aerospace Center)
Since 2016 Leader of Research Team Energy System Integration in Stuttgart at DLR
Professor Dr.-Ing. Sven Schmitz, Professor of Mechatronics and Electro mobility, started his career in the Volkswagen Group Research at the Technology Centre for Electric propulsion. Here he was involved resp. supervised the development of fuel cell propulsion systems for several generations of VW fuel cell vehicles. He is inventor or co-inventor on more than ten patent applications and has been project leader of four successful national funded projects, three EC funded projects, and more than twelve industrial projects totalling more than €27M. In addition, he initiated three national funded projects. Furthermore, at VW he was responsible for and supervised their scientific work of five Ph.D. students. Currently at the DHBW he is responsible for three Ph.D. students and is the head of the laboratory for electrochemistry. This laboratory has been built up since 2013 and covers five test rigs for test objects ranging from 100 W up to 10 kW and an electrolyser. Additionally, a hydrogen storage system for a pressure of 440 bar will set into operation during this year.
Role: Session Chair
Session: G4 - Workshop: Electrochemical Hydrogen Purification
Gerhard Schneider has a career in production, planning and project management in the automotive industrie. He worked for 30 years for a leading German automotive company in various management positions in Germany and abroad. Since he joined ebe Europa in February 2019 he held the position as CEO. Therefore, he is responsible for the business development of the company especially the management of the relationship with our partners.
Linda Schorer has a master’s degree in Business Engineering. She is familiar with most energy related topics and started her PhD in October 2015 about an Energetic Analysis and Optimization of Decentral Micro Hydrogen Refueling Stations using Electrochemical Compression. Since January 2017 she is working in the MEMPHYS project where she is responsible for all economic considerations and the organization of events, public relations and dissemination activities.
Stefan Schrank studied Electrical Engineering and Business Economics at the University of Braunschweig, Germany and has more than 15 years experience in the Rail Industry. Stefan is a leading expert on Hydrogen Fuel Cell based hybrid rail vehicles.
after years of experiences in oil and gas and then wind industry I decided to create Justy an engineering company for hydrogen projects and wind energy services. Togheter with the Rougeot Group we have already an good aknowledge on the french market specially for mobility solution including green hydrogen production and distribution stations.
Frode Skaar studied Industrial Automation at NTNU in Trondheim and has more than 20 years experience from Automation, IT, R&D and shipping. For the last five years Frode have been working to develop new green solutions for the maritime industry for Westcon Power & Automation (WPA). WPA is a world leading system integrator for hybrid- and electric propulsion systems and the system integrator for the world’s first ferry driven by liquid hydrogen
Dr. Christian Spitta, (male), acts as Deputy Head of department Fuel Processing at ZBT since 2009 and is technical expert in the fields of fuel processing and hydrogen (generation, quality and infrastructure). He is coordinating activities at ZBT related to hydrogen quality and infrastructure. He was employed since 2002 as project manager at ZBT. Within his previous work he was employed as project manager of energy management systems at Steag encotec IT. He holds a Dr.-Ing. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany since 2008.
André Steinau graduated as Master in Business Admistration from Westfaelische Wilhelms-University in Muenster, Germany in 2002. He has a career in Marketing and Sales Management and Sales Controlling in the banking sector. Since he joined GP JOULE at the very beginning in 2009 he held many positions as director for finance, marketing, managing director miniJOULE e.g. As Coordinator to the CEO he is the project leader in the business development of GP JOULE’s hydrogen activities within Germany and beyond.
Mr. Aaron Sun, graduated with Master’s degree from the School of Automotive Studies at Tongji University, acquired comprehensive automotive components development experience while working at United Automotive Electronic Systems Co., Ltd. Mr. Aaron Sun is currently the executive director of research and development center at Re-Fire Technology, responsible for the fuel cell system and system components product research and development.
In 2014, Re-Fire was founded with the vision to commercializing hydrogen fuel cell technologies by building value chain and bringing fuel cell products to market. We believe in the positive impact the hydrogen economy will bring to our environment, and we are committed on this path to reinvent the evolution of fuel cell application through innovation and engineering excellence. Re-Fire is a market leader on fuel cell engines and fuel cell vehicle (FCV) powertrain engineering, Through April 2019, Re-fire completed over 40 FCV prototypes with more than 40 vehicle OEMs partners, such as FAW, Dongfeng, Yutong, and Zhongtong. At present, more than 50 percent of all operating FCV in China are equipped with Re-Fire fuel cell engines inside.
Master of Engineering. Chairman & CEO of TrendBank.
TrendBank is a leading fuel cell and hydrogen consulting company in China. TrendBank provides services, including market study and competitive analysis, to help our custormers in industry, finance and government make critical decision.
Thomas Tingelöf holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm. He has been working with fuel cell component, stack and system research and development since 2004. He is currently leading the fuel cell development at PowerCell Sweden AB. He is also responsible for the design of the European automotive fuel cell stack platform, currently being jointly developed within the German “AutoStack Industrie” consortium by a large number of leading automotive OEMs and component suppliers.
Dr. Andreas Truckenbrodt is strategic and technical advisor to clean energy companies and past President and CEO for the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association. He was the Chief Executive Officer for the Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation (AFCC), a Joint Venture of Daimler AG and Ford Motor Company, based in Vancouver/Canada.
From 2005 through 2007, he was leading Daimler’s and Chrysler’s Hybrid Development Centre in Troy/Michigan, in cooperation with General Motors and BMW AG. Before that, he was responsible for DaimlerChrysler’s Center for Fuel Cell and Alternative Powertrain Vehicles and had worked with fuel cell supplier Ballard Power Systems.
Previously, Dr. Truckenbrodt held various positions in the automotive and aeroengine industry, among others with BMW, BMW Rolls-Royce, Daewoo and DaimlerChrysler.
Dr. Truckenbrodt holds a degree in Aeronautics and Aerospace Engineering from the Technical University of Munich, Germany, and received his PhD in Mechanics and Control Systems in 1981.
Role: Session Chair
Session: H3 - f-cell Pitches
Klaus Ullrich is been active for about 15 years in the renewable energy segment with +6 years’ experience on fuel cells and electrolyser. With an University degree in Electro Engineering and Physics from Technical University of Ilmenau he had various technical roles from product to project management including new product introductions to the market. Throughout his career Klaus surrounded himself always with technology and products which can be seen as capital goods and with capabilities to either influence existing or even change market segments into the future by adapting new technology.
He shifted his work about 20 years ago towards the business side and had many international assignments giving him in addition foreign experiences and network beyond leading sales organizations and strategizing business developments on a global scale.
Klaus is now working as Head of Sales Electrolyser Products for Sunfire GmbH.
Oben Uluc is Director of Sales for Europe, Middle East, Africa and India regions at Ballard Power Systems. He holds B.Sc. degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering. He has completed Global Leadership Program at Tuck Business School, Dartmouth College and Marketing Program at Wharton, University of Pennsylvania.
Oben started his career at Siemens AG, Germany in telecommunications industry. Later he has held Vice-President Sales and Marketing positions at global technology companies such as Corning, USA and Sterlite, India.
Oben joined Ballard Power Systems in 2014. He is an enthusiastic believer of fuel cells as the best technology option to enable zero-emission public transportation.
Mr. Gerhard Untiedt, Dipl.-Ing. was born 1954 and has studied electrical and mechanical engineering. After he has worked for Siemens and a maritime consulting company, he is working for MEYER WERFT since 1984. He has a strong practical and theoretical expertise in ship engineering, where he was in heading positions. Also as project manager for different ships he got a lot of experience. In the last years after a serious illness he is responsible in the research and development for strategic projects dealing with energy and environmental questions. He was and is member of different councils and bodies.
Studies of Industrial Engineering and Management at the University of Karlsruhe. From 2002 to 2011 member of the Competence Center Energy Policy and Energy Systems at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI, since January 2012 Deputy Head of the Competence Center Energy Technology and Energy Systems. Since 2007 Coordinator of the Business Unit Energy Economy. From 2005 to 2011 lecturer at the ETH Zurich and since 2008 adjunct professor at the University of Karlsruhe (now Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)).
With five main and seven branche offices in Greater China and Germany, the AHK Greater China supports and promotes trade and investment between these two regions. The German office serves as an initial contact point for many German SME's with questions and problems regarding the Chinese market, both being of strategical and operational business scope. Henriette Wildnitz has been working in the German office for three years both as a Project Manager and Junior Consultant.
Dr. Jörg Wind has studied physics at the Technical Unversity of Munich (TUM). After doing his Ph.D. in the field of semiconductor physics and sensor technology at the TUM in 1992, he started working in the field of fuel cells and hydrogen. As a project manager, he was responsible for material development for high temperature fuel cells and exhaust aftertreatment at DASA and DaimlerChrysler from 1992 until 1998. From 1998 until 2002, he was responsible for PEM stack development at DaimlerChrysler. Since 2002, he is responsible for strategic energy projects and EC funded projects, comprising projects in the field of fuel cell vehicles and battery electric vehicles (including energy systems analyses and WTW-analyses). He has been involved in the setup of the FCH JU from the beginning on and is currently co-chair of the Hydrogen Europe committee fuel cells for vehicles.
With Ludwig-Bölkow-Systemtechnik GmbH (LBST) since 1984, active as Project Manager in several areas, since 1986 as Project Manager Hydrogen and since 2007 as Senior Consultant.
Techno-economic evaluation of Hydrogen-Technologies; Hydrogen and fuel cells in transportation applications and related hydrogen supply and infrastructure issues; Coordination of activities in the area of Hydrogen Regulations, Codes and Standards.
Reinhold Wurster was project coordinator of various EU-funded projects in the area of hydrogen and fuel cells (DeliverHy 2012-2013, HyWays 2004-2007, HyApproval 2005-2007, EIHP I&II 1998 - 2004, EQHHPP 1989-1999) and participates/ participated in several others (e.g. HyLights, HarmonHy, HyTransfer).
Between Nov. 2014 – Jun. 2017 coordination of the accompanying research activity on the 50 hydrogen refuelling stations program of the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure BMVI with partners FhG-ISI, KTI, LBST, Spilett and TÜV SÜD.
Presently active in two German-Chinese cooperation projects (Sino German Electro-Mobility Innovation and Support Center [SGEC] and RCS cooperation for H2 mobility in China) funded by German BMVI.
Role: Session Chair, Speaker
Session: C4 - Workshop: Doing Business in China, Part I
Prof. Dr. Ralf Wörner leads the institute of sustainable energy technologies and mobility since 2018 at the esslingen university of applied sciences and became chair professor on the field of vehicle technology in the automotive industry at the Esslingen University of Applied Science by the end of 2016. Since 1997 he works as leading Engineer at Daimler Company, whereof he was in charge for the development activities of powertrain systems applied in international cooperation programs from 2011till 2016, and of different types of automatic transmissions at Daimler Company from 2007 to 2011. Before that he led the development activities of high performance powertrains at Mercedes-AMG from 2000 till 2007.