Hydrogen Valleys: Policies and Actions

at a Regional Scale

Get the latest information on strategies and policy initiatives and gain insights into the issues and approaches of dynamic Hydrogen Valleys and Hubs through their concrete actions.

This is an IPHE Forum done in concert with Mission Innovation: Renewable and Clean Hydrogen Challenge

December 2, 2020 14:30 to 17:00 CET (Online)

Forum Moderator:  Tim Karlsson, Executive Director, IPHE Secretariat

Tim Karlsson

Executive Director | International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy (IPHE)

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 inter-governmental 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, Canada.

He has worked on numerous policy issues related to energy and the environment including domestic and international climate change including as a member of Canada’s delegation to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

14:30   Welcome: Opening of the Forum – Purpose, Focus, and Expected Outcomes 

14:35   Overview: Insights in Developments to Date and Road Ahead

                Insights into the latest policy developments related to Hydrogen (H2) Valleys as part of national and regional                                                        hydrogen strategies especially from the MI perspective.

Patrick Child

Deputy Director General, Research and Innovation, European Commission, and, Co-Lead of Mission Innovation (MI) Innovation Challenge 8 (IC8)

Patrick CHILD is Deputy Director General in DG  Research and Innovation at the European Commission. He leads the policy for implementation, impact & sustainable investment strategies and is acting Director for the Clean Planet. This Directorate provides support to EU energy, transport, environmental, health, climate and industrial policies, promoting clean, reliable and secure energy production and use, safe and cleaner transport and urban systems as well as cleaner industry. As a member of the Board of DG Research and Innovation, he follows in particular research and innovation into climate action and clean energy and mobility technologies, and is the Commission representative of Mission Innovation (a coalition of 23 countries and the European Union, committed to doubling research in clean energy by 2020) and in the International Group of Earth Observations (GEO).

Until April 2016, Patrick Child was Managing Director of the European External Service with responsibility for administration and finance, covering human resources policy, security and the budget.  Before he took up this post in 2011, he was director in the External Relations Directorate General in the European Commission responsible for the management of the network of Commission delegations.  He has previously served as head of cabinet for External Relations Commissioners Benita Ferrero-Waldner and before that Chris Patten from 1999-2004.

With a background in the UK Finance Ministry, he joined the European Commission in 1994, where he started in the Economic and Monetary affairs Directorate General before becoming Commission press spokesman for economic and monetary union from 1995-1999.  Mr Child studied mathematics at Cambridge University.  He is married with two children.

14:50  Insights from Leading Hydrogen Valleys

              Initial insights from more than thirty H2 Valley initiatives that Roland Berger is analysing as part of the H2                                                              Valley Platform initiative supported by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking under MI: IC8.

Markus Kaufmann

Senior Project Leader, Competence Centre Civil Economics and Infrastructure | Roland Berger

Markus Kaufmann is a Senior Project Manager in Roland Berger’s Hamburg Office and its Competence Center Civil Economics and Infrastructure. For the past six years, he has been working on topics in the new hydrogen economy as part of Roland Berger’s growing cross-functional expert team in the field. He advises clients from the public and private sector around the world on strategic projects along the entire hydrogen value chain, with a particular focus on developing integrated clean hydrogen projects and supporting the entry of new players into the market. Markus has co-published several Roland Berger studies on hydrogen and fuel cells; his academic background is in business administration and political science. Under a mandate of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), he currently manages the team in charge of developing the „Mission Innovation Hydrogen Valley Platform“ which will go live in January 2021.

Roland Berger, founded in 1967, is the only leading global consultancy with German heritage and of European origin. With 2,400 employees working out of more than 50 offices in 35 countries, the firm operates in all major international markets. Roland Berger advises major international industry and service companies as well as public institutions. Its services cover the entire range of management consulting from strategic advice to successful implementation: e.g. new leadership and business models; innovative processes and services; M&A, private equity and restructuring; and management support on large infrastructure projects.

Moderated Question & Answers

15:15   Presentation of Hydrogen Valleys:  Leading Examples of Actions Underway                                       

Presentation by lead proponent of the H2 Hub providing insights into:

  • Rationale for the H2 Valley
  • Approach to Building Consensus on Actions
  • Issues identified in moving forward on the H2 Valley
  • Insights based on actions taken and underway
  • Next Steps and Medium-Term Plans
  • Recommendations to others exploring H2 Valley in their Region

              1. Port of Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Randolf Weterings

Business Manager, New Business Development | Port of Rotterdam

Randolf is an experienced technology oriented business development manager with passion for entrepreneurship. In his current role he is responsible for the electrification and hydrogen portfolio in the Port of Rotterdam. This portfolio is covering the complete hydrogen value chain as all elements come together in the hydrogen hub position the Port of Rotterdam currently has and is developing further towards green production and new sectors. Randolf has an extensive background in the energy and electricity sector and worked before the Port of Rotterdam for the companies Eneco, Siemens and Applus RTD were he fulfilled several (international) positions.

              2. Port of Los Angeles, California

Jacob Goldberg

Environmental Specialist | Port of Los Angeles

Jacob Goldberg is an Environmental Specialist in the Port of Los Angeles’ Environmental Management Division. As part of the Air Quality team, Mr. Goldberg is the project manager for the Technology Advancement Program. He is currently managing several pilot and demonstration projects, including the demonstration of hydrogen fuel-cell electric drayage trucks and testing a wireless charging system for heavy-duty yard trucks.

              3. Orkney Islands Hydrogen Project, Scotland

Credit: Colin Keldie

Neil Kermode

Managing Director | European Marine Energy Centre

Neil has been the Managing Director of EMEC since 2005, and has overseen the deployment of more marine energy technologies in the seas around Orkney than has been deployed at any other site in the world. He is also driving EMEC’s involvement in green hydrogen R&D and energy systems.

Prior to working at EMEC, Neil worked as a project developer of a potential tidal scheme, following six years at the Environment Agency dealing with regulation and development issues.

Neil is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a Chartered Environmentalist. He has spoken on marine energy extensively in the UK and internationally, and is passionate advocate for a sustainable energy future.

              4. Upper Spencer Gulf Region, including Port Bonython

Nick Smith

Executive Director, Growth and Low Carbon Division, Department for Energy and Mining | Government of South Australia

Nick is the Executive Director, Growth and Low Carbon Division within the Department for Energy and Mining in South Australia.

Nick leads the teams responsible for capturing the growth and economic value associated with South Australia’s world leading renewable, mineral and energy resources. The Growth and Low Carbon Division delivers projects of major importance to the Government, provides strategic policy and communications advice to the Minister and has a focus on developing future industries and decarbonising existing markets that align with the energy and mining sectors.

Nick is the Vice President of the International Association for Hydrogen Safety (HySafe) and a member of the Future Fuels Cooperative Research Centre’s Research Advisory Committee.

Prior to joining Government in 2014, Nick held a range of senior commercial and operational roles predominantly across the LPG and construction materials industries.

In addition to Nick’s energy and industry future planning roles, he is a non-executive director and Deputy Chair of Cara Inc, a large disability service provider; holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Energy.


16:00  Moderated Question & Answers

            Panel: H2 Valley Panellists discuss commonalities and differences, and take audience questions

17:00   Close of the IPHE Regions Forum

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