2021 Conference Agenda

Carbon Capture, Utilisation & Storage

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2021 Conference Agenda

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Carbon Capture, Utilisation & Storage

Day1: September 27, 2023

Networking breakfast
8:00 am - 8:50 am
Overview of CCUS and Funding Opportunities
9:00 am - 12:30 pm

9:00 am

Moderator Opening Remarks
Bent Kjølhamar
Chief Geologist
TGS
 

9:05 am

Industry Trends and Global Overview of CCS
Bruno Gerrits
Senior Client Engagement Lead Europe
Global CSS Institute
This presentation will address where we are in terms of deploying CCS, drivers between different regions globally, trends, policies and next steps needed in order to scale up this industry.
 

9:30 am

Overview of the CCUS projects in Europe: Challenges and Opportunities
Dr Burçin Temel Mckenna
Head of Carbon Capture Competency Center
Ramboll
There are numerous projects planned across Europe to install Carbon Capture units at hard-to-abate sectors. In this presentation, we will be summarizing these projects while highlighting the challenges and opportunities experienced by various industries.
 

9:55 am

CCS scale up – building on Equinor’s experience
Cristel Lambton
Project Manager CCS
Equinor
Equinor Net Zero strategy – Why we need CCS – Why we are confident in CCS – The potential of CCS for Europe – Our projects and ambitions.
 

10:20 am

Now delivering reliable and affordable CCUS at scale
Namrata Bhatia
Commercial Director, Decarbonisation
Shell Catalysts and Technologies
Manuel Jacques
Head of CO2 Early Engagement
Technip Energies
At Technip Energies and Shell Catalysts & Technologies, we are taking CCUS to the next level with our strategic alliance. Together, we are making CCUS real, affordable and at scale. In this session, you will discover powerful solutions across carbon capture standardization, productization and technology development, to meet emitters' net zero ambitions and support their license to operate. You will learn from several case studies across various industries, showcasing our successful and innovative CCUS projects, plus key takeaways for making CCUS an attainable reality.
 
Break
10:45 am - 11:15 am

11:15 am

Accelerating Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS)
Carl Fortin
Global Business Manager, Carbon Capture & Storage
ExxonMobil Low Carbon Solutions
Industrial advances which have improved global standards of living carry with them a hefty carbon footprint. At ExxonMobil, we believe that carbon capture and storage (CCS) will play a critical role in global decarbonization, but the pace of project development is insufficient for the scope of the challenge. In addition to global policy improvements, it is imperative that the industry rapidly demonstrate that CCS is both technically and commercially viable at scale to serve as a beacon for policy and market incentives to be strengthened globally. ExxonMobil has stepped up to address these complexities integrated across the value chain. We strive to help catalyze the CCS market to form and validate that the time for broad action is now.
 

11:40 am

Reducing the carbon footprint with high availability MV Drives and high efficiency motors
Umesh Mandlekar
Director global Projects Development and Energy transition solutions
Innomotics GmbH
Innomotics is the new Siemens Business for MV Drives and LV & MV Motors. Innomotics offers a host of products, systems, technologies and services to help organizations in several sectors to implement Net Zero targets. Innomotics provides trustworthy MV VFDs and Motors to run the air fans, compressors, and pumps used in all the phases of CCUS. We will show examples of carbon footprint reduction by providing the transparency of equipment used in a CCUS plant with the impact of energy efficiency of motors.
 

12:05 am

Panel Discussion- European Funding Programmes and their support for Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage Presentation
Thorsten Hahn
CEO
Holcim Germany
Philip Hawkins
Policy Officer
European Commission, DC Climate Action
Jan Theulen
Group Lead CCUS, Head Technologies & Partnerships
Heidelberg Materials
Alan Haigh
Policy Adviser Research and Innovation
European Commission
There are many funding opportunities presented by the EU sometimes addressing different levels of project maturity (low TRL to High TRL and deployment). By highlighting relevant EU funding programmes and examples of what was funded, it will help a panel audience understand the opportunities for funding using various EU backed programmes.
 
Lunch
12:55 pm - 1:55 pm
Hard-to-abate Sectors and Storage
1:55 pm - 5:05 pm

1:55 pm

Moderator
Rhiannon Tempke
CCUS Data Analyst
Rystad Energy

2:00 pm

BioCCS/CCU Routes – Case Study BCB
Peter Basche
Director Carbon Capture, Utilization & Storage
E.ON Energy Projects GmbH
Economist with more than 20 years experience in project and business development, bringing projects and businesses from idea stage to financial close and implementation. Project closings include renewable energy (wind, hydro) and industrial cogeneration plants (WtE, Biomass, gas fired CHPs) as well as M&A transactions in Germany, UK and Turkey. Peter has long term experience in global carbon markets, developing carbon reduction projects under the flexible mechanisms of Kyoto Protocol in the 2000’s in EMEA and APAC region. Since 2020 Peter leads the Task Force for CCU/S within E.ON Energy Projects, which is E.ON’s specialized unit to provide large scale industrial energy solutions, leading the path to decarbonisation and digitisation of industrial energy supply.

2:25 pm

CCUS in the Cement Industry
Dr Thomas Tork
Business Development Director
Linde GmbH
Carbon dioxide (CO₂) is a by-product of cement production and is estimated to be responsible for around 7% of global carbon emissions . Through the use of carbon capture, Linde and Heidelberg Materials will aim to reduce carbon emissions at Heidelberg’s Lengfurt plant in Germany. The new plant will capture, liquefy and purify around 70,000 tons of CO₂ per year, with the majority of the resulting liquid CO₂ to be marketed by Linde as feedstock for the chemicals and food & beverage end markets. The plant will be build, owned and operated by the Cap2U GmbH, a joint venture established by Linde and Heidelberg Materials.

2:45 pm

Panel Discussion- CCUS in hard-to-abate industries
Shadi AlAdel
Transaction Lead for CCS Hub
Aramco
Mei Chia
Senior Business Leader, Carbon Capture & Lower Carbon Hydrogen Solutions
Honeywell UOP
Simon Herbert
Vice President, EAME
ExxonMobil Low Carbon Solutions
Bernd Haveresch
Chief Technical Advisor, Business Development, Clean Ammonia & Hydrogen
KBR
CCUS in hard-to-abate industries play a vital role in reaching net-zero. This panel will address the technical challenges of scaling up and deploying CCUS technologies in these sectors, including cost considerations and the potential for collaboration to achieve overall emissions reduction.
Break
3:25 pm - 3:50 pm

3:50 pm

The challenges of connecting capture with storage
Jamie Burrows
Head of Business Development
DNV
Alessandro Bove
CCUS Consultant
DNV - Energy Systems
The presentation will cover the major aspects related to building an infrastructure that connects capture plants with storage sites. The presentation in particular focus on these assets that are not favourably located, for which more creative and possibly costly solutions are required.

4:15 pm

Accelerating Subsea Carbon Injection with a lean all-electric control system
Dr Alexandre Orth
MD Subsea Automation Systems
Bosch Rexroth
In order to accelerate and scale up the CCUS projects, disruptive innovations are required to considerably simplify the system solutions and reduce costs, while ensuring highest safety and environmental protection standards. In this presentation, Subsea Carbon Injection using a lean all-electric technology from the transport vessels to the storage wells will be discussed.

4:40 pm

Desublimation for Carbon Capture
Werner Friedl
Sales Director, Project Management
Kelvion Thermal Solutions Germany GmbH
This presentation shows KTS solution for Carbon Capture using desublimation as a separation method. According to the available resources, and according to the process, desublimation can be a wise solution for separating CO2 from diverse gas mixtures.

5:00 pm

Moderator Closing Remarks
Rhiannon Tempke
CCUS Data Analyst
Rystad Energy

Day2: September 28, 2023

Blue Hydrogen and Industry Optimisation
9:00 am - 12:45 pm

9:00 am

Moderator Opening Remarks
Dr Gesa Netzeband
Managing Director
DGMK e.V
 

9:05 am

Accelerating Carbon Capture implementation through Universal Automation
Roxann West
Business Development Manager
Schneider Electric
Carbon capture implementation plays a crucial role in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and addressing climate change. However, these projects face various challenges, including high costs, technical complexities, and regulatory uncertainty. Universal automation utilizing an event driven approach based on the IEC 61499 standard can help address some of these challenges by enabling faster and more efficient deployment of carbon capture projects, while reducing the risks associated with it. The presentation will cover the following challenges on implementation of carbon capture projects, fundamental concepts of universal automation such as IP protection, hardware/software decoupling, seamless IT/OT integration and key values of universal automation and how it enables greater flexibility, scalability and interoperability for carbon capture implementation.
 

9:30 am

Blue Hydrogen Production: Markets, Technologies, Challenges & Opportunities
Chingis Idrissov
Technology Analyst
IDTechEx
The production of blue hydrogen is entering a growth stage as hard-to-abate sectors seek to decarbonize, and various players advance their technologies and projects. Production capacity is expected to increase significantly over the next decade as more and more companies turn to blue hydrogen as a solution. In this talk, IDTechEx will evaluate different technologies for producing blue hydrogen and capturing CO2. The presentation will also aim to outline some of the key challenges, opportunities, and innovations in the blue hydrogen space.
 

9:55 am

Physical Solvent for Carbon Capture in Large Scale Blue Hydrogen Plants
Adish Jain
Process Director
Fluor
Recently, several large-scale blue hydrogen manufacturing units having capacities exceeding 250kta of blue hydrogen have been announced in Europe and America. These plants utilise technology options such as Autothermal or Partial Oxidation due to their lower carbon footprint with the ability to achieve significantly higher production capacities in a single process train. These plants require CO2 capture capacity of over 2 million tons per annum. The design of such large scale carbon capture process with conventional chemical based solvent in a single train is challenging due to the size of the low pressure regeneration and associated reboilers for the need of stripping steam. This engineering difficulty can be overcome with the use of a physical solvent, such as propylene carbonate as an alternative, well proven in carbon capture applications. The propylene carbonate solvent loading is a function of CO2 partial pressure and solvent can be regenerated by simple flashes without any need of a regenerator column, reboilers or steam at fraction of energy needs as compare to amine based solvents. With customized configuration, the process is capable of producing 99 mol% pure CO2 at 99% CO2 recovery. A design check for a single train CO2 capture capacity of 4 million tons per annum has been carried out and, should the requirement arise, even higher single train CO2 capture capacities are possible.
 
Break
10:20 am - 10:50 am

10:50 am

Compression Technologies for CO2 Pipelines and Opportunities for Using Waste Heat Recovery to improve the economics around Carbon Capture
Lukas Biyikli
R&D Portfolio Manager for Integrally Geared Compressors, CCUS and Heat Pumps
Siemens Energy
Pipelines are the most economical way of transporting CO2 from capture sites to storage reservoirs or end-use applications (for distances up to 1,000 km and amounts > 1 MTPA). Currently, most CO2 pipelines are operated supercritical (i.e., above 73 bar and 31°C). This is largely due to the higher density that can be achieved, which enables significantly more CO2 to be transported than in the gaseous phase, while avoiding the need to isolate the pipeline, which would be required if it was in liquid form. As many as three different compression applications may be required along the CO2 value chain: 1) initial compression from nearly atmospheric pressure to pipeline pressure, 2) booster stations due to the pressure losses in the pipe and 3) compression at the well to meet the reservoir pressure (in the case of storage). For these applications, different compression technologies and devices can be applied. The optimal equipment configuration is highly dependent on factors such as pressure ratio, CO2 amount, operators’ preference regarding CAPEX, OPEX and footprint, source of the CO2, capture technology, Life Cycle Costs, etc. This presentation will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of various types of CO2 compression technologies including integrally geared compressors, single shaft compressors, reciprocating compressors and pumps. It will aim to help operators make intelligent decisions regarding equipment selection by providing guidance on when each type of technology should be applied and relative trade-offs. Additionally, the presentation will discuss potential opportunities for capturing waste heat from compressors and applying it for steam production of amine-based carbon capture systems. It will outline which compression technologies are suitable for waste heat recovery and advice for maximizing efficiency, considering boundaries conditions of the equipment/system.
 

11:15 am

More efficient than traditional heat pumps: How Capsol Technologies delivers additional high-grade district heating energy to Europe
Cato Christiansen
Chief Technology Officer
Capsol Technologies
 

11:40 am

Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs): Emerging adsorbents for post-combustion CO2 capture
Daniel Steitz
CEO
novoMOF
Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are novel type of porous adsorbents and have received tremendous attention for post-combustion CO2 capture since their inception two decades ago. They offer unique and competitive advantages compared to state-of-the-art technologies in terms of uptake capacity, energy consumption and capture costs. The technology platform of MOFs will be introduced and compared with other CO2 capture technologies to highlight the advantages, disadvantages, maturity for industrial use and challenges on the roadmap to industrial implementation.
 

12:05 pm

Panel Discussion- Creating a CCUS Ecosystem
Eric Rambech
Co-founder
Endrava
Rodrigo Rivera Tinoco
Technology Leader – Sustainable Gas Solutions
Pentair
Arthur Gosling
Director Strategic Sales & Sustainability
Emerson
Dr Michalis Agraniotis
Senior Business Development Manager
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
This panel will address the necessary mechanisms to connect carbon capture, transportation, storage and utilisation to create a viable value chain. This discussion will also highlight technologies that can be instrumental in designing this ecosystem and standardise the industry.
 
Lunch
12:45 pm - 1:45 pm
Industry Optimisation Continued
1:45 pm - 4:25 pm

1:45 pm

Moderator
Beena Sharma
CEO & Co-Founder
CCU International

1:45 pm

Heat transfer equipment selection for an optimal absorption/stripping process
Osama Zaalouk
Cleantech Business Development Manager
Alfa Laval
Alfa Laval
In this presentation, several optimization possibilities will be shown across a typical absorption/stripping process using the right heat transfer technologies. The optimizations aim for utilising available waste heat and the full capacity of the heat transfer equipment, thereby improving the performance of the process in terms of energy efficiency, water management, investment, and operational costs.

2:10 pm

Oxygen synergy, an opportunity to reduce carbon capture and green hydrogen project costs
Mohamed Magdeldin
Director Carbon Capture, Strategy and Business Development
Sumitomo SHI FW
This presentation will discuss the project development timeline of Oxyfuel based carbon capture technologies towards commercial operation to capture thousands of CO2 annually. The findings from a recent feasibility study show that integrating such capture systems with 100s MWe electrolyzer plants lead to reducing the cost of e-fuel production plants, whereas cost of captured CO2 is below 40 € per tonne. In addition, recently awarded Horizon Europe funded projects CaLby2030 and HERCCULES to decarbonize waste and biomass to energy, cement and steel plants with the calcium looping technology will be presented.

2:35 pm

Costs & Energy Optimised Integrated Solutions
Massimo Pardocchi
Global Development Director Projects & Key Account Management
Bilfinger
Serving our industrial clients Bilfinger is encouraged to help changing the future in terms of energy transition. With the extensive expertise in Carbon Capture and corresponding auxiliary systems, like heat utilisation, Bilfinger is planning, constructing and integrating Carbon emission reduction solutions. This covers the CO2 capturing technology and its integration and optimization in existing process plants in several industries. Several of the Carbon capture project need a dedicated evaluation of their economic viability before being further developed in their execution phase. For this reasons the market and their relevant technology providers ask for strong and experienced System Integrators able to • Evaluate different business cases in different production environments • provide wide competences for many additional non-core processes • contribute with the knowledge of different Technologies and their Technology readiness Levels Costs of capturing is a fundamental parameter for the final economic evaluation of the investments and the low energy demanding solutions will be the one with higher chances of execution. There is the necessity to develop an optimised heat integration of the capturing solution in the existing production facilities. Bilfinger developed different type of optimised schemes able to reduce the energy consumption of the capturing process adopting technical improvement such as the introduction of dedicated heat pumps, steam generation units or even connection to heat accumulator systems and district heating. Alternative optimised approaches may be realised in particular for large industrial hubs where multiple emission can be treated in decentralised ammine absorption units all connected to a centralised stripping unit. Bilfinger contributed to the realization of one of first industrial carbon capture unit in Europe and can leverage on the additional experience gathered after more than two years of operations. Our paper will take into account all of the above points and discuss different technical solutions which can be adopted to ensure a sustainable and cost-effective implementation of a carbon capture unit into an existing process plant.
Break
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

3:30 pm

Decrease the cost of Direct Air Capture by leveraging existing infrastructure and reach Gigaton removal scale
René Haas
Co-founder & CEO
NeoCarbon
Next to reducing our emissions to fight global warming, it is also critical to remove CO2 permanently from our atmosphere. Direct Air Capture is one of the leading technologies to fight the climate crisis, but currently way too expensive to become widespread implemented. By leveraging existing infrastructure in the form of waste heat sources and cooling towers, the cost of DAC can drastically be decreased. The presentation will especially be focused on how all industrial players attending this conference can leverage their own infrastructure to fight the climate crisis.

3:55 pm

CO2 to methanol; a novel CCU approach
Muhammad Saeed
Senior Process Engineer for CCS
Aker Solutions
Aker Solutions would like to present a novel approach as an alternative to the energy intensive conventional production of green methanol from post combustion CO2 capture. The green hydrogen is produced from water and by-product of electrolysis is oxygen. Biogas containing high concentration of CO2 is combusted to produce CO2 and heat. This CO2 produced by high pressure oxyfuel combustion together with green hydrogen is used as raw material for synthesis of methanol. The heat produced by combustion of biogas can be used to produce electricity which can be supplied to grid. The excess heat from the reaction can be used in the process of distillation and water produced as by-product can be used as raw material for electrolysis. In this way, two energy intensive CO2 capture steps needed for biogas upgradation and post combustion CO2 capture can be avoided while electricity is produced as a by-product. The high-quality green methanol can be used to decarbonize the transportation sector or as raw material for other chemical synthesis processes.

4:20 pm

Moderator Closing Remarks
Beena Sharma
CEO & Co-Founder
CCU International

Low-Carbon Hydrogen Production

Day1: September 27, 2023

Networking breakfast
8:00 am - 8:50 am
Opening Plenary Keynotes: Overview of Hydrogen Projects and Public Funding Opportunities
9:00 am - 12:30 pm

9:00 am

Moderator Opening Remarks
Silke Frank
Founder and Managing Director
Hydrogen Moves
 

9:05 am

The world’s energy projects and how hydrogen fits in
Stuart Broadley
CEO
EIC
There is huge interest in hydrogen as a solution to net zero, an alternative fuel sources, a fix for energy security and energy storage and even as a wealth creator, but how far has hydrogen really come, relative to its other energy technology siblings such as oil & gas, nuclear and renewable energy? This presentation will reveal the world’s energy markets, covering all technologies, at a high level, using EIC DataStream source data, and will then focus in on hydrogen as a relative part of the whole, and revealing the types and locations of hydrogen projects that have actually been funded. The results will perhaps surprise you.
 

9:30 am

European Union Funding Programmes supporting the development of a hydrogen economy
Alan Haigh
Policy Adviser Research and Innovation
European Commission
The EU provides many funding programmes in support of hydrogen technology research and Innovation. Given the importance of hydrogen in a Net Zero Emission Europe, research, innovation and deployment are essential. This presentation will elaborate some of the EU funded programmes, explain their interaction in support of technologies of different maturity, and elaborate with some concrete examples. The third Innovation Fund deadline of 3 Billion Euro, is only one of the potential programmes to act in synergy with Horizon Europe, and nationally administered funding programmes, such as the Recovery and Resilience Facility and European Regional Development Fund also play an important role. This presentation will elaborate on elements of these programmes.
 

9:55 am

Low-carbon Hydrogen | A Pathway to Energy Transition
Marthad Ba’abbad
Manager of Chemical Strategy & Portfolio Optimization
Aramco
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s vision-2030 includes being a significant player in clean hydrogen to support global decarbonization ambitions. Aramco as a National Champion intends to be one of the largest and competitive low carbon solutions provider, to serve energy, fuels and chemical markets. This will play a key role to accelerate energy transition and global decarbonization targets. Aramco’s decarbonization targets and low-carbon solutions include significant investments to lower its emissions; develop CCS (carbon capture and sequestration) capabilities; and ensure lower carbon intensities across its value-chain. Aramco is embarking to develop a low carbon hydrogen and ammonia hub with capacities of 11MMTA, by 2030. This ambition includes a commitment to transparently trace its greenhouse gas emissions across its value chain.
 
Break
10:20 am - 10:50 am

10:50 am

Enabling a Hydrogen Transformation and Economy in the EU and Beyond
Christian Maaß
Head of Department II - Heating, Hydrogen and Efficiency
Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action
Neil Gray
MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Wellbeing Economy, Fair Work and Energy
The Scottish Government
Kristina Vogt
Minister for Economic Affairs, Ports and Transformation
Free Hanseatic City of Bremen
 

11:15 am

System methodology to achieve lowest levelized cost of hydrogen production
Simone Corbò
Hydrogen Platform Leader
Baker Hughes
Green H2 represents a viable path toward decarbonization and continues to attract global interest and investment. In the past few years, new policies have begun to pave the way for widespread adoption of green H2 as a sustainable energy carrier. Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are producing the electrolyzers, fuel cells and fueling equipment that will make adoption a reality. However, there are still great uncertainties related to technology capability to scale up, H2 impact on environment, lack of infrastructures, return of investment. To deliver, manufacturers must quickly scale up with limited resources, achieving execution efficiencies. System methodologies can play a relevant role in achieving project de-risking and accelerating technology developments, through the deployment of techniques such as standardization, modularization and digital optimization.
 

11:40 am

Panel Discussion- Levelized Cost of Hydrogen
Sam Ernest
Research Analyst
S&P Commodity Insights
Ben Stevenson
Hydrogen Consultant
Black & Veatch
Silke Frank
Founder and Managing Director
Hydrogen Moves
Wouter Penseel
Green Hydrogen / Power-to-X Market Director
Technip Energies
Francesco Bini
Hydrogen Solution Architect - Compressors and Systems
Baker Hughes
Achieving the lowest possible Levelized Cost of Hydrogen is one of the key objectives for renewable hydrogen projects. This panel discussion will address several factors on this topic, such as geographical factors, input cost of renewables, optimizing energy architectures and intermittency management systems. This panel will also assess what makes green hydrogen projects commercially successful and mitigation strategies around this.
 
Lunch
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Scaling up Hydrogen Projects
1:30 pm - 5:15 pm

1:30 pm

Moderator
Lein Mann Bergsmark
Vice President, Head of Hydrogen and CCUS Supply Chain Research
Rystad Energy

1:35 pm

Low carbon pathway ammonia cracking technology
John Brightling
Ammonia- Business Development Manager
Johnson Matthey
Sustainably produced hydrogen is a key vector for decarbonising many hard-to-abate industries such as transportation, power and chemical manufacture. Ammonia is a potential hydrogen carrier which offers advantages in containing no carbon molecules and it is a globally traded commodity today. Ammonia cracking allows the conversion of ammonia back into hydrogen to facilitate the transportation of large quantities of clean hydrogen over long distances. Johnson Matthey have nearly 100 years of ammonia cracking heritage and have developed catalysts and commercially available licensed processes to enable this ambition. The intimate interplay between catalyst and process is essential for optimising and scaling up technologies. Safely developing technology is something Johnson Matthey has successfully done for decades in multiple technologies. JM’s methodology deeply reviews and de-risks lower technology readiness level (TRL) elements such as combustion. This means we have full confidence in process developments which are being put into practice in global world scale projects.

2:00 pm

Next Generation PEM Electrolyzers
Matthias Kramer
Managing Director & CFO
Hoeller Electrolyzer GmbH
In this presentation, we take a deep dive into the industry partnership between Hoeller Electrolyzer and Rolls-Royce and how this is leveraged to scale up PEM electrolyzers.

2:25 pm

Advanced Membrane Design & Critical Factors in Scaling PEM Water Electrolysis Systems
Rainer Enggruber
Global Head of PEM Water Electrolysis
W. L. Gore & Associates GmbH
This talk will focus on the development priorities for proton exchange membrane (PEM) water electrolysis (WE) systems to deliver a lower levelized cost of hydrogen (LCOH) to meet global clean energy demands in a net-zero economy. Leveraging a world-leading fuel cell R&D platform, Gore’s advanced PEM design and technology enables high-efficiency, low total-cost-of-ownership WE systems by breaking through existing performance barriers and reducing engineering trade-offs. Gore’s global supply chain and quality assurance capabilities, developed over 20+ years, also provide the resources and security for the scale-up of efficient WE systems using novel composite PEM - while acknowledging that collaboration is key to achieving our collective net-zero ambitions.
Break
2:50 pm - 3:20 pm

3:20 pm

Methanol: Smarter hydrogen for decarbonization?
Dr Gunther Kolb
Head of Division Energy
Fraunhofer Institute for Microengineering and Microsystems
Before hydrogen can be used as an energy carrier on a large scale, considerable hurdles still have to be overcome with regard to transportation and storage. Compared to methanol, the liquefaction of hydrogen requires more energy and its compression to 700 bar also creates higher energy losses. These disadvantages can be avoided if green hydrogen is bound to carbon oxide from renewable sources right after its synthesis by electrolysis applying established processes. A liquid product is generated and established logistics already exist for its transportation and storage. The hydrogen bound in the methanol can be converted back through a methanol reforming reactor. Fraunhofer IMM is developing hydrogen generation systems applying methanol, ethanol and ammonia as hydrogen carriers. Fuel cell applications require purification of the hydrogen, which can be achieved through catalytic processes (preferential oxidation of carbon monoxide) or alternatively through pressure swing adsorption. Both requires previous reforming of the methanol, which is carried out with IMM self-developed catalyst technology, which holds the world-record on activity for methanol steam reforming. The IMM reactor technology for methanol steam reforming is a co-current heat-exchanger, which can utilize off-gases from the fuel cell anode or from a pressure swing adsorption (PSA) purification. This increases the overall process efficiency considerably also when compared to reactor technology heated by electricity from renewable sources. The productivity of the IMM reactors which amounts to 1.5 LH2/(L s) holds another world record for more than a decade. Having demonstrated the feasibility of this unique approach in a multitude of systems of increasing power equivalent (100 W- 5 kW- 35 kW) IMM has recently realized a methanol reformer with 100 kW power equivalent which can be scaled up to the MW size in future. This paves the ground for a large variety of novel application areas of the technology from maritime to small scale stationary and others.

3:45 pm

Accelerate Green Hydrogen Adoption with Mature Alkaline Electrolysis Technology
Hongbin Fang
Director of Product Solutions
LONGi Hydrogen
Since COP26, more and more countries are committed to net-zero by mid of century. Looking at sources of GHG emission, there are significant portions are coming from those hard to abate applications, such as ammonia, methanol productions, petroleum refining process, as well as aviation and long-distance transportation, cement and steel productions. To reach net-zero, wide spread of green hydrogen adoption is desired in those applications. As cost of renewables, such as PV and wind, continue to drop lower and lower, green hydrogen gradually becomes cost competitive. Green hydrogen enables deep decarbonization to reach net-zero emission. To accelerate green hydrogen adoption, we need to start with mature alkaline electrolysis technology to minimize both technical and financial risks. In this presentation, recent progresses on alkaline electrolysis technology, equipment and process will be reviewed. Alkaline electrolysis has demonstrated as leading technology to enable green hydrogen adoption.

4:10 pm

Evolution of Proton Exchange Membrane Technology to Advance the Hydrogen Economy
Dr.-Ing. Funda Arslan
Application Development Engineer
Chemours
The presentation will demonstrate the evolution of PEM water electrolysis technology since it was employed in the early missions into space to present-day advanced materials crucial for enabling a sustainable hydrogen ecosystem and helping to achieve the ambitious net-zero decarbonization goals. With more than 50 years of experience in electrochemical applications, Chemours plays a vital role in moving the Hydrogen Economy forward and driving decarbonization at a global scale. Nafion™ Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) technology is the heart of hydrogen production, storage, and use. The Chemours company is committed to advancing technological progress and product innovation by adding production capability with a $200M investment in France to provide direct, domestic access for Europe to Nafion™ ion exchange materials and build on the existing efforts in the US to have a reliable supply chain and robust capacity to help customers grow and fast-track the implementation of hydrogen solutions.

4:35 pm

PANEL DISCUSSION: Scale-up and industrialization of hydrogen projects
John Henn
Hydrogen and Decarbonization Specialist
Aramco Overseas Company B.V.
Bart De Vries
Business Development & Sales Manager
VONK
Edvard Nordlund
Project Manager
Flexens Oy Ab
Matthias Kramer
Managing Director & CFO
Hoeller Electrolyzer GmbH
In order to meet the high and increasing demand for hydrogen the industry needs to scale-up. This panel discussion will present lessons from large-scale hydrogen production projects.

5:15 pm

Moderator Closing Remarks
Lein Mann Bergsmark
Vice President, Head of Hydrogen and CCUS Supply Chain Research
Rystad Energy

Day2: September 28, 2023

Discussing the Hydrogen Value Chain
9:00 am - 12:45 pm

9:00 am

Moderator Opening Remarks
Prof. Dr. Lars Jürgensen
Professor
City University of Applied Sciences Bremen
 

9:05 am

Reliable energy supply for a decarbonized industry
Karsten Stoltenberg
Manager, Low Carbon Solutions
Equinor ASA
Equinor is a Norwegian energy company, currently the largest supplier of natural gas to Germany, a major European oil producer, and a leading pioneer in the development of both floating and bottom-fixed offshore wind technology. Equinor has almost three decades of experience within carbon capture and storage (CCS) on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS). As part of Equinor’s roadmap to become a carbon net-zero company and its ambition to help its customers to decarbonize, Equinor is working on several projects to produce low-carbon hydrogen from natural gas, combining its experience within CCS and its leading role in natural gas production. Equinor believes that low-carbon hydrogen is an important building block for a fast and cost-efficient ramp-up of the hydrogen market in Europe, to achieve significant CO2 reductions in the energy-intensive industries and to pave the way for green hydrogen
 

9:30 am

About floating renewable hydrogen production
Gwenaëlle Benoit
Offshore & New Energies Project Manager
Sofresid Engineering
The challenges raised by energetic transition require innovative industrial developments adapted to local and territorial markets that are showing a growing appetite for sustainable solutions improving their energetic sovereignty. In this respect, coupling of offshore windfarms with hydrogen production is deemed particularly relevant to unlock their full potential. Indeed, it allows massive storage of electricity, thus tempering the difficulties presented by the electrical production intermittency of the renewable energies. Used as a fuel and distributed on the offshore windfarm field, hydrogen may also decarbonize the activities of the maintenance vessels operating in the area. When considering floating windfarms located further from the coast, hydrogen production considerably reduces the cost of the electrical connection to the shore, thus presenting an additional economical interest for the developers. This vision is already shared by many North Sea countries which federated their efforts to develop a growth strategy for offshore green hydrogen produced from offshore windfarms. Official project announcements so far will give rise to 200-500MW renewable H2 production capacity per year from 2027, at least 1GW per year for the period 2031-2032 and over 10GW per year after 2035.
 

9:55 am

Scaling-up PEM electrolysers – beyond announcements
Pedram Pazouki
Products & Engineering Director
ITM Power
 
Break
10:20 am - 10:50 am

10:50 am

Using Chemical Looping and Oxygen Combustion with Biomass or Waste Fuels to Produce Negative Carbon-Intensity Hydrogen or Steam
Dr Brian Higgins
Director of Advanced Technologies
Babcock & Wilcox
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Babcock & Wilcox (B&W) is developing two strongly carbon negative technologies capable of producing negative carbon intensity (CI) hydrogen and steam. These decarbonization technologies both share the ability to use solid fuels such as waste agricultural biomass, construction and demolition debris (C&D), and municipal solid waste (MSW). The first is a chemical looping technology (BrightLoop) that uses an oxygen-carrying metal oxide particle to independently react with air, fuel, or steam in three separate vessels, producing three nearly pure streams of oxygen-depleted exhaust, wet carbon dioxide (CO2), and wet hydrogen, one stream from each vessel. The second is an oxy-combustion process (OxyBright) combined with a bubbling fluidized-bed (BFB) boiler that uses recirculated flue gas and nearly pure oxygen to produce an exhaust gas with very little nitrogen. This gas is more easily purified and compressed for sequestration. By using carbon neutral fuels and combining this with sequestration of the CO2, the produced hydrogen, steam or power is truly carbon negative.
 

11:15 am

Hydrogen from waste, a pragmatic approach
Sultan Alsaif
Director of Technology, Research and Development
Saudi Investment Recycling Company- Public Investment Fund
Briefing on the market overview of technologies and advancements in converting waste to chemicals (in general) and specifically to Hydrogen. The presentation will also cover the feasibility analysis of each technology route, in addition to laying out recommendations from both a global and local vision.
 

11:40 am

Modular system for on-site storage of large volumes of gaseous hydrogen
Maurizio Bellingardi
Senior Product Manager
Tenaris
Tenaris has developed an intermediate solution for hydrogen storage, consisting of an array of long vessels manufactured from seamless pipes, designed to operate at intermediate pressure levels. This work presents the concept and illustrates how the new solution maximizes storage efficiency in terms of estate required and cost and complexity of operation.
 

12:05 am

PANEL DISCUSSION: Water treatment and it’s challenges for hydrogen production
Luciana Mendes
Global Business Manager
Alfa Laval
Christopher Bell
Pure Water Product Manager
Ovivo UK Ltd
Achim Ewig
Head of Competence Center Water and Digital Technologies
PWT Wasser und Abwassertechnik GmbH
Wolfgang Kiebert
Founder
Kiebert Industrie- und Verfahrenstechnik
As demand for hydrogen grows, so does the need for available water. This panel discussion will address the water quality criteria for hydrogen production and the latest technologies being used to optimize this industry. This discussion will also highlight the challenges around water scarcity, and how water can be managed for scalable and sustainable hydrogen production.
 
Lunch
12:45 pm - 1:45 pm
The Production Ecosystem and Digital Transformation
1:45 pm - 4:45 pm

1:45 pm

Moderator
Dirk Lechtenberg
Founder & Managing Director
MVW Lechtenberg & Partner

1:45 pm

Technologies of choice to produce the lowest carbon intensity hydrogen
Richard Dubettier
Cryogenic Technology Director
Air Liquide Engineering & Construction
Alexander Roesch
Director , Syngas & Methanol Product Line
Air Liquide Engineering & Construction
The trend towards low-carbon hydrogen production, at large scale, is in full swing. Air Liquide’s Autothermal Reforming (ATR) and Cryocap™ carbon capture technologies are the most essential building bricks for hydrogen production at scale. Air Liquide will share insights on how customers can benefit from a unique integrated solution to reach the lowest carbon intensity hydrogen production.

2:10 pm

Clean ammonia value chain and its market opportunities in Europe
Mohamed A. Elreheem
Engineering & Technology Head
Aramco Overseas Company
Aramco’s efforts in establishing clean hydrogen industry will accelerate the decarbonization initiative toward 2050 ambition goal of net zero carbon emission for scope 1&2. Accordingly, the company is building one of the biggest carbon capture and sequestration projects, in order to be able to sequester millions of tons of CO2 annually by 2027. The presentation will give insights on the opportunities and value chain challenges related to Aramco’s clean ammonia export to Europe as one of the big potential markets. These ammonia will have a direct use in different sectors or crack it to hydrogen for use as fuel and in chemicals industry.

2:35 pm

Building blocks for large scale green hydrogen production based on pressurized AEL Technology
Florian Bergen
Sales Director Industry, Central and Northern Europe
McPhy
This presentation will discuss the latest advancements in AEL technology and it’s scaling up for large green hydrogen projects.
Break
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

3:30 pm

Optimising a sustainable hydrogen economy
Tom van der Leest
VP Consulting Services, Energy Utilities & Manufacturing
CGI
Hydrogen is one of the building blocks moving toward a climate neutral society, in which digital technologies play an increasingly important role. CGI, who is among the largest IT and business consulting services firms in the world, has deep domain knowledge and experience in digitalization in the energy and utilities domain. We will touch upon the parallels between existing and new energy markets, the challenges and the opportunities we see in creating an integrated hydrogen ecosystem. Join our presentation where we share how data driven technologies can help you in optimising an integrated and sustainable hydrogen economy.

3:55 pm

Panel Discussion- Leveraging Digital Solutions for Efficient and Clean Hydrogen Production
Gerardo Muñoz
Solutions Marketing Manager
Aspen Technology
Clara Wiltberger
Hydrogen Market Strategy
Dassault Systèmes
Andreas Lautmann
Business Development Manager Power-to-X
Phoenix Contact
Dr Hans Jörg Fell
SVP Hydrogen & Derivatives Solutions
Aker Solutions
Tim Newman
Consultant Engineer
The Technology Partnership plc
We will discuss how digitalization can improve the reliability of hydrogen production facilities and facilitate the integration of hydrogen equipment in an end-usage context. Whether you are a hydrogen producer, a technology provider, or a policymaker interested in advancing the hydrogen economy, this presentation will provide valuable insights into the role of digital solutions in making hydrogen production cleaner, more efficient, and more sustainable.

4:40 pm

Moderator Closing Remarks
Dirk Lechtenberg
Founder & Managing Director
MVW Lechtenberg & Partner

Fuel Cell Design, Development, & Manufacturing

Day1: September 27, 2023

Networking breakfast
8:00 am - 8:50 am
Scaling up Fuel Cells and Electrolysers
9:00 am - 12:20 pm

9:00 am

Moderator Opening Remarks
Dr Carsten Pohlmann
Business Development Director
Bramble Energy
 

9:05 am

Challenges for PEMFC for high power applications: scaling up and durability
Dr. Pawel Gazdzicki
Team Leader Low Temperature Fuel Cell & Electrolysis
DLR
This presentation will discuss PEMScale1.5, which is a DLR project involving nine DLR institutes from the areas of energy, transport and aviation in order to develop a concept of a generic, integrated fuel cell system with an output of 1.5 megawatts including electric drive. The goal of the PEMScale1.5 project is to identify specific requirements for the fuel cell systems and power trains of the individual applications. Moreover, a concept of a generic fuel cell system with a power of up to 1500 kW is proposed.
 

9:30 am

How to get my production of Fuel Cells and Electrolysers done
Thomas Kuschel
Head of Fuel Cell
thyssenkrupp Automation Engineering GmbH
From factory to production, this presentation addresses the latest developments in production methods of Fuel Cells and Electrolysers and how to scale impact of design features on production methods.
 

9:55 am

Electrolyser Manufacturing Dynamics and Accelerating Scale-up
Adam Cooper
Business Development Manager
Wood plc
This presentation will discuss the dynamics of the Electrolyser market and the important considerations to scale Electrolyser manufacturing on a global scale.
 

10:20 am

Hydrogen fuel cells for large-scale power generation plant
Andrea Trevisan
Head of Sales
Intelligent Energy
The presentation will report about the usage of hydrogen fuel cells for large stationary power plant. Andrea will review the status of the engineering activates at Intelligent Energy to deliver a 10 MW power plant based on hydrogen fuel cell that will be in operation in Korea in 2025.
 
Break
10:45 am - 11:15 am

11:15 am

A modular platform approach to future BEV & FCEV production
Chris Jones
Strategic Trends Manager
Advanced Propulsion Centre UK
The APC will present a comparison of installed powertrain costs for a hydrogen fuel cell system, NMC and LFP batteries used in large premium SUVs and vans. This analysis is novel because it links detailed future battery and fuel cell cost projections within a modular electrified platform concept, where OEMs can produce fuel cell and battery electric powertrains on the same vehicle production line.
 

11:40 am

Panel Discussion- Are Fuel Cells and Batteries Competing Technologies?
Chris Jones
Strategic Trends Manager
Advanced Propulsion Centre UK
Prof Katja Rösler
Professor for Automotive Engineering
University of Applied Science Ruhrwest
Jeremy Bowman
CTO
Hypermotive
Francisco Javier Sánchez Castañeda
Researcher
Tecnalia Research & Innovation
This panel will address the pros and cons of both fuel cells and batteries, and how these can be complimentary rather than opposing technologies. The panel will also highlight how this might differ between different industries, with a particular focus being on the transport sector.
 
Lunch
12:20 pm - 1:20 pm
Automation and Raw Materials
1:20 pm - 5:05 pm

1:20 pm

Moderator
Dr Stephan Wagner
Technical Lead Hydrogen Systems
Segula Technologies

1:20 am

High Power Density Fuel Cell Systems for Commercial Vehicles
Falko Berg
Manager & Technical Product Responsible PEM Systems
AVL List
Fuel cells are a promising but challenging technology for achieving zero-emission heavy-duty commercial vehicles. AVL has developed a modular 156 kW fuel cell system and based on it an optimized fuel cell powertrain for a long-haul semitrailer tractor that meets the industry requirements of lifetime, driving performance, fuel consumption, driving range as well as the costs for acquisition and operation. Driven by climate change and corresponding new legislation emission-free transport becomes increasingly important. Especially, the long-haul truck is considered to be a key application, as this vehicle category contributes most to the emissions within the on-road transport sector. First battery-powered commercial vehicles (e.g., Mercedes eActros) and fuel cell-powered commercial vehicles (e.g., Hyundai Xcient) indicate the ongoing shift toward emission-free transportation on the market. We will elaborate on the methods and tools we used to optimize the Fuel Cell System, battery, e-Axle and all other relevant auxiliaries to develop a class leading solution for the 40ton truck.

1:45 pm

Innovative PEM fuel cell R&D tool platform to enable informed trade-offs on system designs, strategies and calibrations by factoring in degradation
Tomas Dehne
Chief Engineer Fuel Cell Testing Technology
AVL
Degradation is one of the remaining big challenges for the PEM fuel cell technology to become a main stream mass product at high quantities. The presentation explains why degradation is such a big challenge and lines out AVL's innovative, new and open fuel cell degradation R&D platform.

2:10 pm

Design for automation in next-gen fuel cells
Lucrezia Morabito
Strategic Marketing responsible for Automation in Renewables
Comau S.p.A
Nowadays, achieving a zero emission goal is paramount. To do so, hydrogen is becoming one of the key enablers and fuel cells the way to promote the adoption of sustainable mobility worldwide. However, to achieve mass diffusion, the manufacturing process must definitely scale up. In fact, this will reduce costs by up to 20% and increase uptake. To permit the realization of such volumes, automation is the answer. Not only, to be sure automation can release its full potential, the fuel cell design has to be manufacturing and automation-oriented. The goal of automation companies, especially the ones that have led the automotive scale up at the current incredible level of high-speed automation, is to guide fuel cell development to enable a comparable expansion.
Break
2:35 pm - 3:05 pm

3:05 pm

Recovery of raw materials from end-of-life fuel cells - consequences for the product design
Dr Sven Grieger
Head of Innovation Transfer Office
Fraunhofer IWKS
Within the project "BReCycle", experts from Fraunhofer IWKS, Electrocycling, Mairec, Proton Motor and KLEIN Anlagenbau developed a sustainable process for the reprocessing of fuel cells, generating high-quality material fractions, in particular from the electrode coating and the polymer membrane. In this presentation, a verified recycling approach comprising of mechanical pre-treatment and chemical separation processes is introduced that ensures a high degree of recovery of the raw materials used and which is superior in terms of environmental compatibility and economic efficiency.

3:30 pm

Precious Metals – Indispensable Elements for Green Hydrogen! What needs to happen to secure the supply during the hydrogen ramp-up?
Dr Christian Gebauer
Head of R&D
Heraeus Precious Metals GmbH
Increasing demand for green hydrogen needs a significant increase of water electrolysis capacity. Here, PEM electrolysis will cover a significant share of the planned GW installations to reach the ambitious H2 generation goals. However, all electrolysis technologies and particularly PEM electrolysis is dealing with critical raw materials, for the latter precious metals. On the other hand, precious metals also show highest efficiencies in activity and in recyclability which makes them not only a chance but a pivotal element of the hydrogen economy. Their application beyond water electrolysis shows especially in in fuel cells, gas purification and conversion into other compounds for transport, e.g. ammonia, a big opportunity. With material development and recycling strategies as well as the best fitting metal management tools, it can be avoided that those critical raw materials become a critical factor for the hydrogen economy.

3:55 pm

Industrial-useable simulation approach for water management analysis in fuel cells
Dirk Ortlieb
Managing Director
Simerics GmbH
Water management of fuel cells is essential for efficient usage and optimal performance. Simulation approaches for water transport analysis vary between simple and fast 1D models up to computational expensive 3D resolved transient models. Users have to decide between simplicity versus complexity in model set-up, quick versus time-consuming solutions, global versus detailed resolutions ending up in decisions between short development cycles, high investment costs and accurate modelling results. Our presentation will show an industrial useable approach with a good accuracy/time/cost ratio using an efficient VOF model which can be coupled with further sophisticated models for transport in gas-diffusion layers and membranes. We will show results of water transport in industrial fuel cell designs as well as possible optimization strategies using various model levels.

4:20 pm

Panel Discussion- European Critical Raw Materials Act: How this will impact fuel cell and electrolyser production
Dr Stephan Wagner
Technical Lead Hydrogen Systems
Segula Technologies
Thomas Kuschel
Head of Fuel Cell
thyssenkrupp Automation Engineering GmbH
Dr Christian Gebauer
Head of R&D
Heraeus Precious Metals GmbH
Falko Berg
Manager & Technical Product Responsible PEM Systems
AVL List
The European Critical Raw Materials Act (CRMA) is set to secure Europe's competitive edge and produce 40% of its own clean tech by 2030. The EU plans to produce 10Mtons of renewable hydrogen, requiring 100 GW of electrolyser capacity. This panel discussion aims to highlight how the CRMA will impact fuel cell and electrolyser producers throughout the value chain.

5:00 pm

Moderator Closing Remarks
Dr Stephan Wagner
Technical Lead Hydrogen Systems
Segula Technologies

Day2: September 28, 2023

Design, Development and Application
9:00 am - 12:10 pm

9:00 am

Moderator Opening Remarks
Christina Houlihan
Co-founder & CEO
bspkl.
 

9:05 am

Review and future of PVD coating for fuel cell and electrolyzer
Anthony Chavanne
Global Product Manager PVD PECVD Technologies
HEF Groupe
This presentation covers various PVD coating materials, including titanium, platinum, and diamond-like carbon, and their effects on the properties of fuel cell and electrolyzer components, such as corrosion resistance, electrical conductivity, and catalytic activity. We also discuss the challenges associated with PVD coating, such as cost and scalability, and potential solutions to overcome these obstacles.
 

9:30 am

Loop Calibration System enabling high hydrogen mass flow calibration
Peter Brouwer
Market Developer Renewable Energy
Bronkhorst High-Tech B.V
The presentation explains the principle and the setup of the calibration system. By increasing the system pressure, higher mass flow rates can be achieved at the same volume flow. Thermal stability is mandatory for calibrations and measures needed to be taken for that. Pressure drop and fluctuations have been investigated and have been optimized. With the system it is now possible to perform high flow real gas (hydrogen) calibrations.
 

9:55 am

The EKPO NM12 stack module - high performance platform for heavy duty applications
Pascal Gaus
R&D Engineer Development Stack Operation
EKPO
This presentation will be about the EKPO NM12 stack module and its performance characteristics. The level of integration of the BOP-components and how we ensure a high quality over lifetime with our design verification plan
 
Break
10:20 am - 10:50 am

10:50 am

How Ballard achieved DNV Type Approval and what it means for marine
Christian Vinther
Account Manager Marine
Ballard Power Systems
Christian Vinther will give an insight into how Ballard received the world’s first DNV Type Approval, what a Type Approval process involves and ultimately what this means for the marine market. In addition, Christian will also present several vessel projects which in 2023 will embark on their maiden voyages powered by Ballard’s fuel cells -showcasing how zero-emission operation can be made possible here and now. This includes the presentation of the Norwegian MF Hydra ferry, which is the world’s first ferry to be powered by PEM fuel cells running on liquid hydrogen. In November 2022 Ballard installed two 200kW FCwaveTM fuel cell modules on board the ferry, and in March 2023 the project reached a huge milestone, when ferry owner Norled announced that the ferry was put into official operation.
 

11:15 am

PEM Fuel Cells Solutions for the Marine Industry
Mathias Enger
Operations Manager
TECO 2030
It is imperative to develop breakthrough solutions to retrofit the existing fleets and allow maritime transport industry to meet the environmental challenges with investments that do not compromise their businesses nor waterborne transport industry. Therefore, the availability of cost-effective and easy-to-integrate PEM fuel cell systems type-approved for maritime applications and the use of green hydrogen as zero emission fuel will significantly contribute to the decarbonization of the shipping industry.
 

11:40 am

PANEL DISCUSSION: Technological Innovations in Fuel Cell Materials and Stack Design
Christina Houlihan
Co-founder & CEO
bspkl.
Giampaolo Sibilia
Director of EU Operations
Nuvera
Christian Altenhofen
Team Lead - Reactive Flow Applications
Gamma Technologies
Fabian Kapp
Managing Director
Graebener Bipolar Plate Technologies
This panel will focus on recent breakthroughs in fuel cells and stack design, focussing on topics such as performance and durability, the latest developments in bipolar plates, simulation techniques and cost reduction strategies. The panel will conclude the discussion with future directions and challenges facing the industry.
 
Lunch
12:20 pm - 1:20 pm
Design and Development
1:20 pm - 4:00 pm

1:20 pm

Moderator
Chris Robertson
Director, Sales and Marketing
AvCarb

1:20 pm

Filtration and membrane around H2 Fuel cells
Dr. Korneel De Rudder
Product Manager Alternative Power
Donaldson
Ths session will highlight the role of cathode air filter and its influence on the performance and durability of the fuel cell.

1:45 pm

Fuel Cell MEA Production Industrialization: From Prototyping to Process development
Dr Sebastian Kohsakowski
Head of Research and Development
Laufenberg GmbH
Niels Hinrichs
Research Associate Fuel Cell
RWTH Aachen University
Fuel Cells represent an integral part of the future energy sector, i.e. in heavy-duty mobility or stationary power generation. However, its production is characterized by complex processes, the utilization of sensitive materials and niche knowledge due to its novelty regarding the series production. One main process chain represents the production of the membrane electrode assembly (MEA) where the electrochemical processes in the fuel cell take place. Hence, this component is primarily responsible for the overall fuel cell performance. By having a more profound insight into its production process it comes up, that improving material handling and product quality due the thin membrane, huge consumption of carrier material and high production cost remain major challenges in MEA production. As part of the project Fuel Cell Performance Production (FCPP), an innovative process concept is developed to address the above-mentioned challenges and propose a process solution for future fuel cell production systems. Within the concept, a re-coatable transfer belt is used as a continuous decal to enable a roll-to-roll coating of the membrane. In a following process step, the membrane is assembled with a subgasket and gas diffusion layer (GDL) to the MEA. To gain knowledge about relevant parts of the new concept, e.g. transfer belt coating and catalyst transfer to the membrane, first tests need to be conducted to understand relevant interdependencies of the materials, their handling and process parameters to enable a state-of-the-art MEA production. Thus, a holistic hands-on experience of the whole process chain of the MEA production is explained. Next to the applied materials, a prototypical manually MEA production line is described and integral process parameters as well as the impact of their deviation are shown. Finally, requirements to an automated and industrialized MEA production are derived.

2:10 pm

Leak testing accompanying production from mono plate to fuel cell stack
Dr. Philipp Schurig
Market Manager Industrial Leak Testing
Pfeiffer Vacuum GmbH
Fuel cell stacks and bipolar plates are key components of any mobile or stationary fuel cell application. In addition to the safe operation of hydrogen-containing compounds, cost-effective processes with short cycle times are the main objectives when selecting leak testing methods for these components. Taking the requirements of mono plates, bipolar plates and complete stacks as examples, we present the selection process for the respective leak test method and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the individual procedures.
Break
2:35 pm - 3:05 pm

3:05 pm

German Fuel Cell Cooperation: Efficient and Scalable Production Equipment for Bipolar Plates
Anthony Nobel
Head of Strategic Sales
Zeltwanger
The German Fuel Cell Cooperation will present the key elements of their concept of an integrated bipolar plate production and the parameters that enable a robust, efficient and scalable production that the industry demands. In an emerging market, it’s not only about the equipment but also about the technologies being used, which the German Fuel Cell Cooperation addresses as well.

3:30 pm

From prototype, prove of concepts, towards reliable serial design and robust production processes for SOFC and SOEC Hot Balance of Plant systems
Ted Straten
VP Strategy & New Business
BOSAL
In the previous BOSAL publication A1609 from EFCF2020, the modelling and advanced characterization of the thin foil counterflow heat exchanger elements were discussed and how they function optimally as quantum manager to achieve a quasi-reversible functionality. These quantum managers are a necessity to reach in SOFC and SOEC high electrical efficiencies. In such a way, they are crucial building blocks to achieve the desired conditions of the flows towards the fuel cell stack. Temperature and gas composition must be provided in the required windows, so the stack can function and perform as desired. Composing the quantum managers together results in a Hot-Balance of Plant (H-BoP) system. BOSAL realized already since 2008 SOFC H-BoP systems. Specifications regarding space, heat transfer and quantum management in combination with pressure drop (backpressure as it is called), are essential parameters to consider by finding the desired trade-off between CAPEX and OPEX. BOSAL has configured over the last years for multiple customers a variety of SOFC and SOEC systems based on the specific approach and P&ID of the customer, resulting in optimal designs and optimization for each approach. By doing so, a learning curve was generated, resulting in lessons learned which are taken in the process development for serial production. Very often small details make at the end the difference. Thermal management is key. Such experiences are shared in the paper to prepare and help the SOFC or SOEC system developer better in the multiple choices he has to make to generate a P&ID including the lay-out, the number of components and their position, which are very often the key to success. Practice showed that the best compromises deliver much better results compared to the theoretical best choices. Reason is that in reality, materials reach with their properties their limits in these applications, not speaking about the cost complications that sometime pushes the application in the direction of very exotic and costly material selections. Examples are discussed. Nowadays, multiple customers work on fast heat-up within minutes instead of hours for SOFC and SOEC components. There is the experience in the BOSAL-group coming from automotive exhaust systems to minimize the design and concept loops to achieve a functional and endured concept. Finetuning in the virtual environment happens before going into high production volumes by using Thermal Mechanical Fatigue (TMF), validated with thermal cycling tests with burners and heaters to control risks when going into high production volume. On request of multiple customers, BOSAL is realizing the industrialization of several heat exchanger footprints production up to the fully integrated H-BoP systems up to TRL 8.

3:55 pm

Materials Testing in Hydrogen Fuel Cell/Electrolyzer– Challenges, Requirements, Solutions
Dr Chen Cao
Global Industry Manager
ZwickRoell GmbH & Co. KG
Hydrogen, generated with renewable energy, is the promising energy storage type of the future. The challenges in the hydrogen value chain, from hydrogen generation to storage and transportation as well as end use, are numerous and especially materials used for these purposes have to be adapted to tough conditions. Not only materials are very sensitive to hydrogen influences but also special requirements need to be fulfilled to reach a higher product efficiency and longer service life. ZwickRoell would like to give an overview of the relevant material testing solutions regarding to the hydrogen fuel cell/electrolyzer.

4:20 pm

Moderator Closing Remarks
Chris Robertson
Director, Sales and Marketing
AvCarb

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