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Press Release – Sustainable Energy Council Announces World Hydrogen Advisory Board of Industry Leaders

SEC World Hydrogen Advisory Board

Wednesday 16 June 2021

London, UK – The London-based sustainable events, business council and training provider has published the initial group of senior decision makers from global companies in the energy and hydrogen industry, who will be a guiding force behind the SEC World Hydrogen Series of Events.

In line with the recent and much-needed global momentum towards low carbon hydrogen energy, the Sustainable Energy Council enlisted the group of leaders to give focus to the World Hydrogen Event Series proceedings to ensure that key industry challenges and opportunities are addressed, enabling participants to take relevant, informed decisions which will drive further collaboration and accelerate the hydrogen industry roll-out world-wide.

The founding members of the SEC World Hydrogen Advisory board are:

Hydrogen is widely seen as a key element in the global race towards Net Zero. The Sustainable Energy Council World Hydrogen series of events bring together governments and companies across the entire supply chain to enhance global partnerships and ensure hydrogen plays a pivotal role in the energy transition.

Allard Castelein, President & CEO, Port of Rotterdam said: “The energy transition is a fascinating journey. Finding the best route towards a net zero economy, we have to learn from one another and set up new partnerships. Rotterdam has the ambition to become Europe’s largest hydrogen hub, and it is my pleasure to participate in this Advisory Board.”

Paul Bogers, Vice President – Hydrogen, Royal Dutch Shell: “As hydrogen continues to rapidly accelerate into the mainstream of the energy sector, it is now critical that everyone in the industry comes together in order to help create the conditions for the successful delivery of a global hydrogen market. At Shell this means continuing to work with our peers across the industry, which is why I am delighted to become a founding member of the SEC World Hydrogen Advisory board. I am excited to get to work with my fellow board members to drive the conversation forward and help hydrogen play its role in reaching net zero emissions globally.”

Andrew Horvath, Global Group Chairman, Star Scientific Limited said: “Star Scientific is honoured to be invited to join this prestigious board. It is welcome recognition of our Hydrogen Energy Release Optimiser, or HERO, which companies and governments around the world are recognising as the missing link in the demand case for hydrogen deployment, without combustion, for industrial heating and energy purposes. We are also proud to be asked to bring the Australasian perspective to the Sustainable Energy Council’s deliberations on hydrogen.”

Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, Secretary General, Hydrogen Europe said: “I am honoured to be a founding member of the SEC World Hydrogen Advisory Board among such esteemed experts in the field. Hydrogen Europe is committed to provide a significant contribution, bringing together stakeholders from across the whole hydrogen value chain. Our collective efforts will enable meaningful exchanges on the future of the EU energy system and the role of clean hydrogen.”

Max Correa Achurra, Head of the Fuels & New Energy Division, Ministry of Energy, Chile said: “Chile is rich in renewable energies, which combined with our robust institutions, transparent and non-discriminatory regulation, and advanced energy markets, will unlock the potential to produce the cheapest green hydrogen on the planet. To exploit the full potential of this clean energy carrier, we have laid out a National Green Hydrogen Strategy that sets ambitious goals. Attracting international sources of financing for these projects, public-private cooperation and dialogue is key to understand and reduce critical barriers for hydrogen deployment. I look forward to working with the SEC Hydrogen Advisory Board to bring our perspectives to the table and continue enhancing crucial international cooperation.”

Noé van Hulst, Chair at IPHE, Hydrogen Advisor at IEA & Gasunie said: “The global momentum for clean hydrogen is incredibly strong, as we can see from the increasing number of countries with hydrogen strategies and public funding commitments, as well as the private sector investment appetite. What we need now, is the appropriate regulatory framework to scale-up clean hydrogen rapidly and de-risk the huge private investment required. We also need smart policies that aim at creating integrated markets and facilitate the entire value chain across borders, including infrastructure and storage. I am happy to join this advisory board.”

Horst H. Mahmoudi, CEO & Executive Chairman, Smartenergy said: “We are committed to decarbonize. Through our strong engagement in the development and structuring of renewable hydrogen projects we have gained substantial practical experience on how to unleash the potential of green H2 projects and how to overcome the roadblocks. I am thrilled and honoured to be among the founding members of the SEC World Hydrogen Advisory Board.”

David Burns, VP Clean Energy, Linde said: “As the world is shifting toward a new energy system where hydrogen is set to play a key role, it is paramount to create programs that promote the dialogue between industry stakeholders. This is necessary at both a regional and a global level, and in ways that contribute to the creation of a robust knowledge base focused on the many ways hydrogen can help reach the Paris Accord goals. With over 100 years of experience in the field, Linde is well-equipped to support this mission and I am personally very glad to be part of the founding members of the SEC World Hydrogen Advisory Board, along with other well-known leaders in the energy industry.”

Chris Hugall, Managing Director of the Sustainable Energy Council said: “We’re delighted to welcome these leading experts as the founding members of the SEC World Hydrogen Advisory Board. I look forward to working closely with the Board ensuring SEC continues to deliver highly relevant, solution-focused programmes facilitating international collaboration and access to the latest hydrogen information and business opportunities.”

Find out more about the SEC World Hydrogen Advisory Board and its members here: https://www.sustainableenergycouncil.com/hydrogen-advisory-board/

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NEWS – Incentivizing demand critical for hydrogen market development: panelists

Original article published on S&P Global Platts, 9 March 2021

Written by: Jeffrey McDonald

URL: https://www.spglobal.com/platts/en/market-insights/latest-news/natural-gas/030921-incentivizing-demand-critical-for-hydrogen-market-development-panelists
HIGHLIGHTS

London — Building out the hydrogen economy will require a combination of pricing transparency and commoditization as industry makes projects affordable over the coming decade, panelists said at the World Hydrogen virtual summit March 9.

With more than 30 governments globally launching hydrogen strategies, the hydrogen policy focus is becoming more clear. However, incentivizing supply and demand remains a challenge, particularly as companies consider their appetite for risk, said Joaquin Narro, managing director at Alcazar Investment Management.

“The path to hydrogen commoditization is full of opportunities but it is also riddled with dangerous pitfalls,” Narro said.

Finding the right risk appetite amid market uncertainty is critical for driving projects in the early stages as hydrogen economy takes shape over the course of the decade, panelists said at the World Hydrogen Summit virtual conference.

Project risk for low-and-zero carbon hydrogen is largely tied up with feedstock costs, along with finding long-term customers, according to Astrid Behaghel, energy transition expert and hydrogen coordinator for BNP Paribas.

“Long-term financing is what we are missing at the moment — whether it’s from government or long-term offtakers,” she said.

Projects are not yet bankable, and need guidance for what schemes are needed, said Shiva Dustdar, head of innovation at the European Investment Bank.

The bank is advising a number of projects now where the bankability lies on the upstream generation side of renewable energy, but is lacking on the demand side, she said.

The challenge is trying to go closer to the customer, and trying to map investor risk appetite.

“We are interviewing along the corporate value chain, and determining what will it take for the public side to make it worth the capital,” she said.

Mobility markets provide a potential near-term solution, said Oliver Bishop, general manager of Shell Hydrogen.

Industry is able to provide large quantities of hydrogen, but at lower margins, he said.

“Transportation is closer to where it needs to be at parity to conventional hydrocarbon fuels,” he said.

In addition to hydrogen refinery projects, Shell currently has over 50 refueling stations in North America, Europe and Asia.

Over time, building cross-sectoral demand where industrial users provide hydrogen as a feedstock to spur mobility will be crucial for success, Bishop said.

Once projects are in place, developing a cross-border, global hydrogen market will require a combination of pricing and commoditization, Narro said. although measuring carbon intensity appears to be the answer, he said.

“Low carbon hydrogen uniformity is required to draw investors,” Narro said. “Hydrogen needs to be commoditized.”

Creating a carbon intensity product around hydrogen is the answer, Narro said. Such a mechanism could be created by different grid operators or linked to CO2 prices, he said.

NEWS – Countries must balance H2 supply and demand—WHS

Original article published on Hydrogen Economist, 10 March 2021

Encouraging development at both ends of the value chain will ensure the long-term sustainability of the industry, firms say

Governments at federal and state levels must put in place policies to encourage both the supply and demand of green hydrogen simultaneously if a properly functioning market is to develop, according to industry experts speaking at the World Hydrogen Summit yesterday. Regulators can provide a stable investment environment to ensure production projects go ahead  while also putting in place time-limited subsidies to encourage demand, according to Oliver Bishop, general manager for hydrogen at Shell. “We need to make sure we synchronise the demand piece with the supply—that helps all of us get down the cost curve,” he said. “We need to make sure we synchronise demand with supply—that….

Read full article here: http://pemedianetwork.com/hydrogen-economist/articles/strategies-trends/2021/countries-must-balance-hsub2sub-supply-and-demand-whs

Written by: Tom Young

NEWS – From “Why” to “How”: Hydrogen Industry Roadmap to be Defined by Global Governments & Energy Leaders at 2nd World Hydrogen Summit

Original article published on  | February 24, 2021

URL: https://www.ecovoice.com.au/from-why-to-how-hydrogen-industry-roadmap-to-be-defined-by-global-governments-energy-leaders-at-2nd-world-hydrogen-summit/

 

Recent “Green Recovery” announcements, National Energy strategies and the prospect of a European Green Deal have all brought Hydrogen back into focus as a key enabler in the race for carbon neutrality. Green hydrogen in particular exceeded expectations in 2020 despite the pandemic, with new records achieved in electrolysis capacity, fuel cell electric vehicle market expansion and several large-scale gigafactories announced. But more efforts are needed to scale up and expand hydrogen use, ensure its low-carbon potential is fully harnessed to deliver on set climate targets and reach NetZero carbon by 2050.

Global government representatives and energy leaders have confirmed their participation at the 2nd World Hydrogen Summit taking place virtually on 9-11 March, with the aim to accelerate efforts and define the hydrogen industry roadmap for the year ahead. The summit programme shifts the conversations from “why” to “how” reflecting the need to maximise the current momentum to accelerate knowledge transfer and increase international hydrogen deployment.

The Summit is produced by the Sustainable Energy Council, in partnership with the City of Rotterdam and the Port of Rotterdam Authority and is sponsored by a an array of organisations leading current hydrogen projects world-wide who will be present through representatives that will speak, connect and build cross-sector partnerships enabling hydrogen projects to become a reality; including: Smartenergy, Shell, Wärtsilä, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Group, Alcazar, Shearman & Sterling, McPhy, Star Scientific, Linklaters, Atlas Copco, Advent, DTEK, Queensland Government Australia, Cummins Inc.

Confirmed Speakers Include:

For more information and to view the full speaker list and programme, please visit https://www.world-hydrogen-summit.com/

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