Hydrogen and Fuel Cells – Powering the Future #CCSHFC2019

£114.00£354.00 inc VAT

After the success of the 2018 conference, with a 25% increase in registrations, we are moving to a larger venue (but still at the conveniently located NEC, Birmingham).

The conference looks at all aspects of the commercialisation of the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell sector with presentations from a range of manufacturers, policy makers and also users of the technology. Transport will be a key subject of interest and the increasing interest in Hydrogen for Heat will be considered as will the vital issues of hydrogen production, infrastructure, storage and safety and large and small scale portable and stationary applications.


Mike Muldon Head of Business Development and Marketing Alstom Uk & Ireland
Duncan Jewitt Commercial Analyst Fuel Cells Johnson Matthey
Pere Margalef Director Advanced Technology Solutions FuelCell Energy
Andy Lewis Innovation Project Manager Cadent Gas
Chris Murray UK Sales Director Plug Power
Guy Verkoeyen Area Sales Manager Hydrogenics
Jon Hunt Manager of Alternative Fuels Toyota GB
Rami Reshef CEO GenCell
Mark Knowles Head of Low Carbon Liverpool City Region LEP
Professor Upul Wijayantha Loughborough University
Helen Simpson Innovation and Development Manager Porterbrook
Bertrand Gauthier Sales and Operations Director HES Energy Systems
Kerry-Ann Adamson Principal Consultant Jacobs Consultancy
Beth Dawson Major Projects Manager Fuel Cell Systems
David Fields Sales Manager Intelligent Energy
Andrew Barker Managing Director TCP (Taylor Construction Plant Ltd)
John Jostins Founder Microcab
Ben Todd Managing Director Arcola
Bill Ireland CEO Logan Energy
Jennifer Wen Professor of Engineering University of Warwick
Jagvir Purewal Senior Associate Forresters
Prof Robert Steinberger-Wilckens Director of the research Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Group University of Birmingham
Alex Mauser Operations and Development Manager Enterprise Europe Network
Enrique Tronscoso Director/Founder Systeng Consulting
Ralph Clague Consultant
Joe Hobbs CTO Nanosun
Stuart Hillmansen Senior Lecturer University of Birmingham
Mark Neller Associate Director Arup
Mark Eldridge General Manager Kiwa Gastec
Bill Kim CAE & Data Science Team Leader AVL Powertrain
Jeremy Bowman Engineering Director Hypermotive
Professor Michaela Kendall CEO Adelan
Amer Gaffar Director Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre Manchester Metropolitan University
Sylvia Broadley Air Quality Manager Birmingham City Council
Nigel Holmes CEO Scottish Hydrogen Fuel Cell Association
Don Dhaliwal Partner Conigital/ICAV
Mark Lewis Technology and Innovation Manager Tees Valley Combined Authority
Jon Jordan Director European Policy Solutions
Mark Tomlinson Commercial and Platform Manager Ceres Power

Sophie Eynon Consultant Project Manager Element Energy
for more information about each of the speakers please see the Speakers TAB below


To book your place use the drop down menu at the bottom of the page.

Students and Early Researchers, who register for the conference, are offered the opportunity to bring a poster on their research. Please book your place at the conference and then contact Jacqui Staunton (contact details below) to book your poster position.

Exhibitor – £700 (+ vat) includes 2 delegate passes

The Enterprise Europe Network invites you to participate in an international match event which runs alongside the conference. As in previous years, the match event offers you an exclusive opportunity to meet with strategic partners, as well as potential customers and suppliers to:

Promote your technology and expertise to a range of UK and international organisations
Access the latest technological developments from around the world
Develop partnerships leading to technological and commercial collaboration
Appreciate developments in the sector and highlight opportunities
and includes FREE registration for the conference for UK Midlands and International particpipants and also for those coming from overseas a free one nights accomodation in a conveneintly located hotel

If you have any queries about any aspect of the conference please do not hesitate to contact

Jacqui Staunton


We are delighted to be working in partnership with the International Connected and Autonomous Vehicle network to bring the option this year of a workshop at the conference which will focus on the massively expanding and exciting sector of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, AI and Optimisation. There is a huge potential opportunity for the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell industry to work with this sector especially as it can offer the additional power needed for these vehicles.

The workshop will address the Key CAV themes without the Hype and address specific use cases to ensure delegates are fully informed of the impacts of CAV's AI and Optimisation.

Speakers in the ICAV Workshop

Don Dhaliwal Lead Partner ICAV
Charlotte Walker-Osborn International Head of Technology Sector Eversheds Sutherland
Mike Waters Director of Policy , Strategy and Innovation TfWM
Tom Robinson Technical Director Conigital
John Stenlake Head of Connected Cars Microsoft
Parmjit Chima Head of Engineering Harper Adams University
Dr Christos Tsotskas Chief Technology Officer Conigital
Beverley Nielsen Associate Professor IDEA Institute BCU
James Hunt Cyber Security Services Manager Pwc
More speakers to be announced shortly



Event Details

Date: March 19, 2019

Start time: 09:00

End time: 18:00

Venue: NEC Birmingham B40 1NT

Phone: 07866552833


09:00 - 10:45
Keynote Session Duncan Jewitt Johnson Matthey, Mike Muldon Alston UK & Ireland, Guy Verkoeyen Hydrogenics, Jon Hunt Toyota GB , Alex Mauser Enterprise Europe Network , BEIS tbc
10:45 - 11:15
Break - Refreshments Exhibition and Networking
Workshop 1 Transport & Transport Infrastructure Chair Celia Greaves UKHFCA Chris Murray Plug Power, Beth Dawson Fuel Cell Systems, Ben Todd Arcola, Ralph Clague Consultant, Sophie Eynon Element Energy, Professor John Jostins Microcab
11:15 - 13:00
Workshop 2 Innovation Safety and IP Chair Harsh Pershad Innovate UK Jagvir Purewal Forresters, Kerry-Ann Adamson Jacobs Consultancy, Professor Jennifer Wen University of Warwick, Bill Kim AVL Powertrain, Joe Hobbs Nanosun, Diana Moradi AVL Powertrain
11:15 - 13:00
Workshop 3 Large and Small Scale Applications David Fields Intelligent Energy, Pere Margalef FuelCell Energy, Rami Reshef GenCell, Bertrand Gauthier HES Energy Systems, Mark Tomlinson Ceres Power
13:00 - 14:00
Lunch - Exhibition and Networking
14:00 - 15:30
Workshop 1 Creating a Hydrogen Economy to Decarbonise Heating and Transport - Mark Knowles Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, Andy Lewis Cadent Gas, , Mark Neller Arup, Bill Ireland Logan Energy, Enrique Tronscoso Systeng Consulting, Mark Eldridge Kiwa Gastec
14:00 - 15:30
Workshop 2 FCH Technology in UK Cities and Regions Chair Professor Michaela Kendall Adelan Amer Gaffar Manchester Metropolitan University, Sylvia Broadley Birmingham City Council, Nigel Holmes SHFCA, Mark Lewis Tees Valley CA, Jon Jordan European Policy Solutions, Kerry-Ann Adamson Jacobs
14:00 - 15:30
Workshop 3 Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, AI and Optimisation Don Dhaliwal Conigital, Charlotte Walker-Osborn Eversheds Sutherland, Mike Waters TfWM, Microcab, James Hunt PWC, Tom Robinson Conigital,
15:30 - 16:00
Break - Refreshments Exhibition and Networking
16:00 - 17:15
Regional Spotlight Professor Robert Steinberger Wilckens University of Birmingham, Helen Simpson Porterbrook, Stuart Hillmansen University of Birmingham Andrew Barker TCP Construction, Jeremy Bowman Hypermotive, Professor Upul Wijayantha Loughborough University
CAV, AI and Optimisation (cont) John Stenlake Microsoft, Parmjit Chima Harper Adam University, Dr Christos Tsotska Conigital, Aimsun TBC, Beverley Nielsen BCU
17:15 - 18:30
Drinks Reception

Speaker Name: Duncan Jewitt

Job Title: Commercial Analyst Fuel Cells

Company Name: Johnson Matthey

Presentation Title: Providing an insight into MEA Technology development in-line with market growth.

Speaker Name: Mike Muldon

Job Title: Head of Business Development & Marketing

Company Name: Alstom UK & Ireland

Presentation Title: Hydrogen trains for the UK rail network

Speaker Biography:

In this strategic role Mike is responsible for leading and overseeing the innovation, business development and sales activities of Alstom in the UK and Ireland. Mike has worked in the rail industry since 1989 starting his career designing trains for the UK, Europe and Asia.
He moved into project roles running a number of rolling stock and signalling projects for Alstom in London before becoming Tenders Director for Alstom UK&I in 2010. Early in 2017 he took on his current role, with the specific additional remit to promote and apply Alstom’s hydrogen train technology in the UK market.

Speaker Name: Guy  Verkoeyen

Job Title: Area Sales Manager

Company Name: Hydrogenics Europe

Speaker Biography:

Guy Verkoeyen is an engineer in Electronics who moved after a short stay in the HighTech visualization business (BARCO) and a longer stay in the Graphics business (AGFA) to the CleanTech business with Hydrogenics in 2012.
He is responsible for Sales for Hydrogenics On-Site Hydrogen Production Systems in the EMEA market and Large Accounts

Speaker Name: Jon Hunt

Job Title: Manager of Alternative Fuels

Company Name: Toyota GB

Speaker Name: Rita Wadley - tbc

Job Title: Deputy Director - Hydrogen Economy

Company Name: BEIS

Speaker Name: Alex Mauser

Job Title: Operations and Development Manager

Company Name: Enterprise Europe Network - Midlands

Speaker Biography:

Alex oversees Enterprise Europe Network operations in the East and West Midlands regions. He is based at Coventry University Enterprises Ltd and over the years his work has focused on providing internationalisation and innovation support services to SMEs across a number of key sectors. This includes information and advisory services on a range of topics including innovation funding at national and EU level, connecting SMEs to international partners and innovation coaching. His team offer access to IPO funded IP Audits as part of the Innovate 2 Succeed programme.

Speaker Name: Chris Murray

Job Title: UK Sales Director

Company Name: Plug Power

Speaker Name: Beth Dawson

Job Title: Major Projects Manager

Company Name: Fuel Cell Systems

Speaker Biography:

Beth has been involved in the UK fuel cell and hydrogen industry for more than 15 years, starting in the sales team at Johnson Matthey, providing fuel cell components (Membrane Electrode Assemblies) to a wide range of European customers. She was also instrumental in setting up the first fuel cell recycling progamme with their largest customers at the time. She had integral roles with successful FCH-JU and Innovate UK programmes.

In December 2016, she helped to set-up the Swindon Hydrogen Hub, liaising with local councils, the LEP, MPs, OLEV and many local companies. The launch event was attended by over 50 people and received local BBC coverage.

Beth became the Major Projects Manager at FCSL in July 2016 and her focus is now on deployment of hydrogen fuelling and fuel cell systems. She was the Project Lead for the Innovate UK funded DIMES feasibility study (Distributed Innovative Multi-use Energy Systems for urban areas), sited in the Bicester surrounds. She was a ‘Women in Innovation Award’ finalist for her concept of a mini hydrogen dispenser for breakdown service vehicles. This project was funded under the Innovate UK ‘Infrastructure Systems Round 2’ and finished with a product launch at the Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle exhibition in September 2018, with successful first product handover to the AA. Other commercial projects have included hydrogen fuelling solutions for two road trips for large automotive customers showcasing their fuel cell vehicles within the UK.

She is delighted to be an Executive Member of the UK Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association, and retains an active position in Hydrogen London, the Midlands Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Network, and the local Swindon Hydrogen Hub community. She was also very pleased with the opportunity to speak about hydrogen and fuel cells at the Houses of Parliament on International Women’s Day in 2018.

Speaker Name: Ben Todd

Job Title: Managing Director

Company Name: Arcola Energy

Presentation Title: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Buses

Speaker Biography:

Dr Ben Todd is founder and Managing Director of Arcola Energy, the leading UK hydrogen & fuel cell system integrator.

Arcola Energy is active across a wide range of markets including engineering of fuel cell electric buses, management of hydrogen fuel cell vehicle fleets, installation of stationary fuel cell power generators and deployment of off-grid portable fuel cell systems.

Ben holds a PhD in engineering from Cambridge University and has previously worked in R&D, engineering and strategy on commercial and public sector projects, including at Cambridge Consultants, Johnson Matthey and Rolls-Royce Fuel Cell Systems. He holds numerous advisory roles including on the Executive Committee of Hydrogen London and the Industrial Advisory Committee of the UK H2FC Supergen Research hub.

Speaker Name: Ralph Clague

Job Title: Consultant

Speaker Biography:

Ralph has a wealth of experience in research, development and application of fuel cells, batteries, and internal combustion engines. For the last six years Ralph has worked extensively in Japan and China developing hydrogen fuel cells

Speaker Name: Sophie Eynon

Job Title: Consultant Project Manager

Company Name: Element Energy

Speaker Name: John Jostins

Job Title: Founder

Company Name: Microcab

Speaker Biography:

I have been researching into alternative, zero emissions transport and new mobility since 1996, focusing on designs for vehicles for urban scenarios where congestion and air quality tend to be worst. In that time I have founded a new enterprise called Microcab Industries Ltd. (an SME) as an umbrella under which designs can be realised, funding can be applied for and Public Relations and other outputs can be delivered. Concentrating on hydrogen fuel cell electric drivetrains married to lean weight vehicle structures, 3 complete vehicle designs and a total of 14 operational vehicles have been built and demonstrated in trials.

I have a BA Fine Art and MA Design and Digital Media. My industrial experience includes working in motorsport and special effects in the film industry. From 1995 I became interested in sustainable design and was prompted (by the poor air quality in London where I was working) to start investigations into urban transport. Experience in motorsport gave me a good background in engineering lightweight structures and this, coupled with an interest in electric drive and hydrogen fuel cells allowed me to pursue the goal of designing useful urban mobility devices with zero emissions. Air quality remains problematic across the world, so the imperative is still there. Key successes:
DTi SMART award for first fuel cell design 2001
DTi R&D Grant for a second new design 2004
HFCCAT funding (2007) for hydrogen station and 5 Microcabs trialled on University of Birmingham campus.
Niche Vehicle Network grant for the design of H2EV vehicle in 2009,
Joining UK government’s CABLED trials 2011, only fuel cell vehicle therein.
Nominated for Conde Nast Innovation in Transport Award 2012
Joining the EU SWARM hydrogen fuel cell vehicle program, UK, Belgium, Germany 2013
Signing MoU with South Africa for joint fuel cell vehicle development 2013

Speaker Name: Jagvir Purewal

Job Title: Senior Associate - Patent Attorney

Company Name: Forresters

Presentation Title: Managing IP in collaboration projects – how not to do it

Presentation Synopsis: This will address the often overlooked topic of IP in collaboration projects and how common pitfalls can be avoided. Jagvir will provide tools that can be used to manage the process in a way that is relatively simple and effective.

Speaker Biography:

Jagvir is a UK and European patent attorney who advises entrepreneurs, start-ups, research organisations, SMEs and multinational companies.
Jagvir read physics at university and completed a PhD in the subject at the University of Birmingham. Jagvir has maintained his relationship with the university regularly speaking there and holding the post of honorary lecturer.
He has extensive experience advising SMEs on obtaining cost effective patent protection, and managing IP in collaboration projects.

Speaker Name: Kerry-Ann Adamson

Job Title: Principal Consultant

Company Name: Jacobs Consultancy

Presentation Title: Low Carbon Hydrogen and Going Organic. How Are We Going to Ensure Quality Control for the Discerning Customer?

Speaker Biography:

Dr Kerry-Ann Adamson works as a hydrogen and fuel cell specialist at the global engineering specialist Jacobs. As part of the low carbon team in Jacobs Consultancy she works with companies engaging with the energy transition, helping them de-risk strategic decision making.

With nearly 20 years experience in fuel cells and hydrogen she is well recognised figure on the conference circuit and has over 100 publications to her name.

Speaker Name: Jennifer Wen

Job Title: Professor of Engineering

Company Name: University of Warwick

Presentation Title: Safety in the anticipated upscaling of hydrogen energy applications

Speaker Biography:

Jennifer Wen was born in Zhizhong County of Sichuan Province, China. She studied Mechanical Engineering at Shanghai Jiao Tong University from 1980 to 1984. Upon graduation, she won one of the only three fully funded scholarships among more than 200 graduates in her department for study abroad. This has supported her to conduct PhD research on condensation heat transfer at Queen Mary College, University of London from 1985 to 1988. Her professional career started in 1988 firstly with Computational Dynamics Ltd (now CD-Adapco) where she worked on the development of STAR-CD, a general purpose computational fluid dynamics (CFD) code. She left CD-Adapco to join the Watson House Research Centre of the former British Gas plc in 1991 working on the numerical study of multi-dimensional laminar flames with detailed chemistry. Jennifer returned to academia in 1993 initially with London South Bank University and moved to Kingston University in 1998 as Reader and awarded the Professorial title after 18 months. She established and led the world-class Centre for Fire and Explosion Studies at Kingston University for over 10 years. She was also the Director of Research for the former School of Engineering and then Faculty of Engineering at Kingston University for over 10 years.

Jennifer took up the appointment as Professor of Engineering at the University of Warwick on 1 May 2013. She has established and currently leads Warwick FIRE, a multidisciplinary research laboratory for both fundamental and applied research into fire and explosion hazards as well as accidental release of hazardous materials.

Speaker Name: Bill Kim

Job Title: CAE & Data Science Team Leader

Company Name: AVL Powertrain UK

Presentation Title: System Engineering for Fuel Cell Commercial Vehicle

Presentation Synopsis: This presentation is to introduce model-based system engineering for fuel cell vehicle. As an example to explain the process, commercial vehicles (van, bus and truck) are selected

Speaker Biography:

Bill received the bachelor’s degree in Mechanical engineering from Seoul National University, South Korea in 2006. He has 13 years’ experience as a hybrid system engineer at Hyundai Motors and AVL Powertrain UK. He has co-authored 10 technical papers and holds four patents in hybrid technology. His research focuses on model-based system engineering, predictive control for electrified vehicles, optimization and vehicle big data analysis.

Speaker Name: Joe Hobbs

Job Title: CTO

Company Name: NanoSUN

Presentation Title: Bridging the Gap

Presentation Synopsis: Explains how NanoSUN responds to the hydrogen needs of fuel cell customers. We will give an overview of our project work for portable applications

Speaker Biography:

Joe studied Engineering at Cambridge University, specializing in Fluid and Thermodynamics with interests in Energy and Environmental Engineering, before progressing on to research in the field of Gas Turbine Combustion.

Joe wrote PhD thesis on methods of reducing NOx in gas turbine combustion, studying the structure of candidate flames using a variety of experimental techniques. This allowed him to build an overall view of the key metrics of combustion in hot, oxygen diluted conditions and to provide experimental data for validating computer models.

After completing the PhD, Joe moved on to work in process safety consultancy, where he applied his academic knowledge to real world problems and branched out into CFD modelling and consultancy work.

Joe joined NanoSUN early in 2018 to contribute to solving pressing environmental problems.

Speaker Name: Diana Moradi

Job Title: Project ManagerFuel cell

Company Name: AVL List

Presentation Title: AVL Fuel Cells for Passenger Cars and Commercial Vehicles

Speaker Biography:

Diana Moradi received her Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Graz University of Technology in Austria. During her Ph.D., she was awarded Marshal Plan Scholarship to conduct research at the University of Massachusetts Boston in the USA. After her Ph.D. she performed Postdoctoral studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, USA and conducted more research at the Graz University of Technology. During her Ph.D. and Postdoctoral, she received several national and international awards and prizes. In 2015, she joined AVL List Company as a Development Engineer Fuel Cell. In 2016, she got promoted as Senior Product Manager Fuel Cell. During the past two years, she has been active in AVL fuel cell business development and has been a frequent contributor to the global sales of AVL fuel cell technology. In her new assignment at AVL, she is Project Manager Fuel Cell.

Speaker Name: David Fields

Job Title: Sales Manager

Company Name: Intelligent Energy

Speaker Name: Pere Margalef

Job Title: Director Advanced Technology Solutions

Company Name: FuelCell Energy

Presentation Title: Molten Carbonate Fuel Cells Overview

Presentation Synopsis: Recent advances in carbonate fuel cells allow the use of this technology for more exotic applications such as carbon capture and hydrogen generation. An overview of these new applications will be provided.

Speaker Biography:

Pere Margalef holds a MS in Environmental Engineering and a PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of California, Irvine.
Since 2012, when he joined FuelCell Energy, he is playing a major role in advancing high temperature fuel cells technologies for distributed hydrogen generation, carbon capture and energy storage.
In 2016, Pere was relocated to Barcelona, Spain, to lead the business development efforts in the European Union

Speaker Name: Rami Reshef

Job Title: CEO

Company Name: GenCell

Speaker Biography:

Rami has proven executive management track record and over 25 years of experience driving sales growth in the technology industry. Rami has focused on adopting early technologies and successfully transforming them into mature commercial products. He has founded a number of startups, with solutions for mobile, social networking and virtual reality.

GenCell’s ultra-reliable fuel cell solutions offer affordable, clean power for humanity that renders diesel generators obsolete. Our backup solutions provide power for utilities, homeland security, healthcare and automated industries. Our primary power solutions create hydrogen-on-demand from low-cost anhydrous ammonia (NH3) for off-grid and poor-grid telecom as well as rural electrification.

Speaker Name: Bertrand Gauthier

Job Title: Director - Europe

Company Name: HES Energy Systems / H3 Dynamics Group

Presentation Title: Hydrogen-electric technologies for Aerial Mobility

Presentation Synopsis: The presentation will cover the topic of hydrogen electric technologies (fuel cell) for long range aerial platforms: starting from sensors drones, to cargo UAV and passenger aircrafts

Speaker Biography:

Bertrand was HES’ Global Head of Sales based at H3 Dynamics Global HQ in Singapore. In 2016, he moved to Paris to open and manage H3’s European subsidiary.

He studied at the National University of Singapore and holds a MSc. degree in Energy Systems from Grenoble INP – Institute of Engineering.

A native of France, he lived in Germany, the UK and Singapore.

Speaker Name: Mark Tomlinson

Job Title: Commercial and Platform Manager

Company Name: Ceres Power

Presentation Title: Steel Cell: Establishing a new global standard

Speaker Name: Mark Knowles

Job Title: Head of Energy and Environment

Company Name: Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Presentation Title: What has hydrogen ever done for us? – Liverpool City Region’s perspective on the hydrogen economy

Speaker Biography:

Mark is Head of Energy and Environment at the Combined Authority. He is responsible to the Metro Mayor for energy generation, utility networks, building efficiency and low carbon transport systems within Liverpool City Region. Mark leads on infrastructure investment, energy strategy, project delivery and Government relations. Key projects include Mersey Tidal Power, offshore wind deployment and supply chain development, delivering a £650m local energy projects pipeline and hydrogen development for heat and multi modal transport and electric vehicle infrastructure roll out. Mark’s team host the new North West Energy Hub with BEIS.

Before joining the LEP, Mark held a series of senior positions with Manchester Airports Group delivering the second runway at Manchester and creating and leading a utilities business including the delivery of the first large-scale windfarm at a UK airport and the UK’s largest retrofit programme of LED lighting

Speaker Name: Andy Lewis

Job Title: Innovation Project Manager

Company Name: Cadent Gas

Presentation Title: Where are we on Hydrogen ?

Speaker Biography:

Andy Lewis leads the future role of gas innovation project portfolio for Cadent, the UK’s largest gas distribution network. Across four regional networks Cadent transport gas to around 10 million consumers. Andy is responsible for the initiation, delivery and subsequent deployment of projects to explore how gas can contribute to a low carbon future. Andy leads pioneering industry projects such as HyDeploy and also HyNet North West looking specifically at how hydrogen with CCUS can contribute to meeting the UK’s carbon reduction targets. Andy was recognised in 2018 by IGEM for his contribution to the Future of Gas by winning the Young Achievers award. Prior to working in the energy sector Andy was a commissioned officer in the British Army and has served on operations worldwide. He was educated at Imperial College, London

Speaker Name: Mark Neller

Job Title: Associate Director

Company Name: Arup

Speaker Biography:

Mark Neller is Mechanical Engineer and a Project and Programme Manager with over twenty years’ experience on a range of construction and business change programmes within the energy sector. He spent the first ten years of his career working in gas industry, both upstream and downstream of the meter. Since joining Arup, he has successfully managed the delivery of complex projects with a high public profile. Mark is now the Project Director for the Arup+ team who are the Project Management Consultants for the BEIS Hy4Heat programme

Speaker Name: Bill Ireland

Job Title: CEO

Company Name: Logan Energy

Presentation Title: Case Studies of Green Hydrogen in Islanded Networks.

Presentation Synopsis: Green Hydrogen production in constrained, curtailed and islanded networks is a viable method of decarbonizing transport.

Speaker Biography:

Bill Ireland has over 30 years’ experience in engineering with specialist knowledge in energy within the built environment, alternative technologies, sustainable design and technology innovation. As CEO since 2012, Bill has developed Logan Energy into a world leading provider of hydrogen-based solutions for energy storage and energy sector shifting, which is demonstrated at the Levenmouth Community Energy Project. Bill believes that proven hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, which deliver reduced CO2 and other pollutant emissions, will be integrated with existing power, heat and transport systems at a lower cost and at an increased security of supply.

Speaker Name: Enrique Tronscoso

Job Title: Director/Founder

Company Name: Systeng Consulting

Presentation Title: Hydrogen & Local Energy Systems – case study: BIG HIT project

Presentation Synopsis: BIG HIT is a world-leading demonstration project, which aims to deploy & demonstrate an “Integrated Local Energy System based on Hydrogen” in Orkney Islands, and put in place a integrated model of hydrogen production, storage, distribution and utilisation for local end-use applications

Speaker Biography:

Dr Enrique Troncoso is a senior engineering consultant and has worked in alternative fuels for the past 20 years, including 8 years with Boeing Research & Technology. His background includes technical project management, technology and product development and commercialization of low carbon technologies. Dr Troncoso has led several demonstration & deployment hydrogen programs over the past 20 years. He is actively involved on the development of hydrogen deployment initiatives across Europe and the UK, and is currently focusing on the implementation of hydrogen and biogas as clean flexible energy vectors in local energy systems. He is the technical coordinator of the FCH JU-funded BIG HIT project, and also works as a technical advisor to the European Commission on technology innovation and low carbon energy & transport programs

Speaker Name: Mark Eldridge

Job Title: General Manager

Company Name: Kiwa Gastec

Speaker Biography:

Dr Mark Eldridge, previously a management consultant, and seasoned General Manager in a number of Operational, Technology and Product Led organisations, delivering business excellence in markets ranging from materials testing to aerospace.

Speaker Name: Prof Robert Steinberger-Wilckens

Job Title: Director of the research Fuel Cell and Hydrogen group and the Centre for Doctoral Training Fuel Cells and their Fuels

Company Name: University of Birmingham

Speaker Biography:

Robert Steinberger-Wilckens is Professor for Fuel Cell and Hydrogen research in Chemical Engineering. He is director of the research Fuel Cell and Hydrogen group and the Centre for Doctoral Training Fuel Cells and their Fuels, which is run by the universities of Birmingham, Nottingham, and Loughborough, Imperial College, and University College of London.
He works and has worked in many areas across the fields of renewable energies, energy efficiency, fuel cells, hydrogen production and distribution, as well as electric vehicles.
Currently, his main areas of interest include Solid Oxide Fuel Cells, high temperature electrolysis (SOE) and reversible fuel cells (SOC) with methane synthesis, intermediate temperature polymer fuel cells, and market introduction of fuel cells and fuel cell vehicles.
He has a total of over 200 publications in journals, books, and conference proceedings and is a regular peer reviewer for a large number of journals, as well as international funding programmes and publishing houses. He is member of the strategic advisory bodies for EPSRC, the EU Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, and the European Fuel Cell Forum.
RSW coordinates the modules Conventional Energy and Renewable Energy and Energy Storage for 2nd Year students and the module Introduction to Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technologies for 4th Year and CDT students.

Speaker Name: Jeremy Bowman

Job Title: Engineering Director

Company Name: Hypermotive

Presentation Title: The bigger picture: using market needs, technology advances and whole solutions to realise commercial uptake

Speaker Biography:

As Engineering Director of Hypermotive Ltd, Jeremy leads a team of engineers specialising in the development and integration of electrical systems, including fuel cells as well as battery and supercapacitor technologies, for motive and other applications. He has a background in controls engineering gained in aerospace, defence and automotive roles. His experience includes the practical and commercial challenges of deploying hydrogen fuel cells in vehicles

Speaker Name: Professor Michaela Kendall

Job Title: CEO

Company Name: Adelan

Speaker Biography:

Michaela is an environmental scientist with more than 25 years’ international experience. Assistant Professor at New York University at the age of 30 and holding faculty-level positions in America, Asia and Europe, Michaela now holds Visiting Professorships at two universities in Birmingham, and in Manchester, plus Senior Fellowships at two other UK Universities. Michaela is passionate about reducing atmospheric emissions from combustion and improving air quality; after years of studying environmental problems, she now develops solutions using Adelan fuel cell technology.

Speaker Name: Amer Gaffar

Job Title: Director Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre

Company Name: Manchester Metropolitan University

Speaker Biography:

Amer Gaffar is director of Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre and a sustainability professional with more than 17 years’ experience in the sector. Amer is a passionate advocate for fuel cell and hydrogen technology and has successfully built consensus and momentum in Manchester and the North West towards positive environmental practice and cleaner energy over the last decade.
Working in the estates team at Manchester Metropolitan University, Amer was instrumental in installing alternative energy resources to power University buildings and facilities. The result was improved environmental sustainability performance, with Manchester Met ranked as the number one greenest University in the People and Planet University League in 2015, 2016 and 2018.
In 2013, Amer founded the Greater Manchester Hydrogen Partnership to develop and support hydrogen technology projects in Manchester and embed a successful hydrogen economy in the wider North West region. Under Amer’s leadership the partnership made significant contributions to meeting targets set out in the Greater Manchester Energy Plan, including:
The development of hydrogen and fuel cell-related industry and employment
Improving air quality and reducing greenhouse gases and noise pollution
Strengthening energy security in the region
Building a green supply of hydrogen
Amer has been part of Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre from the start, helping to secure £1.7m via the European Regional Development Fund and matched funding from the University, overseeing the refurbishment and installation of the physical Centre, and building the strong and diverse network of SME, industry and public engagement stakeholders integral to the work of the Centre today.

In addition to his role at Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre, Amer continues to lead a number of projects to make Manchester a centre of excellence in hydrogen and fuel cells and is working to develop a Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Strategy for the Greater Manchester Region.

Speaker Name: Sylvia Broadley

Job Title: Air Quality Manager

Company Name: Birmingham City Council

Speaker Name: Nigel Holmes

Job Title: Chief Executive

Company Name: Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (SHFCA)

Presentation Title: Successes in Developing Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Cities and Regions in Scotland

Speaker Biography:

Nigel is Chief Executive of the Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (SHFCA), recognised as one of the most proactive hydrogen & fuel cell industry associations in Europe. SHFCA has over 85 members mostly in Scotland and UK but an increasing number of members from overseas with many involved in Scottish activities.
Scotland is a dynamic location for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell deployments into developing low carbon energy systems, including the hydrogen bus fleet in Aberdeen, hydrogen vehicles in Fife, and many innovative projects in the Western Isles and the Orkney Islands.
The Orkney Islands are widely seen as exemplar clean energy islands, with projects including the FCH-JU supported BIG HIT and HySeas III development of the world’s first ocean-going ro-ro hydrogen ferry, as well as the Surf ‘n’ Turf, HyDime, and ITEG projects.
Nigel also represents SHFCA member interests on the Renewable Industry Advisory Group, and is a steering group member for the Scottish Transport Emissions Partnership.

Speaker Name: Don Dhaliwal

Job Title: Partner

Company Name: Conigital/ICAV

Speaker Name: Mark Lewis

Job Title: Technology and Innovation Manager

Company Name: Tees Valley Combined Authority

Speaker Biography:

Mark came to Teesside in 1978 to what was then ICI. He joined the Process Industry Cluster NEPIC in 2006, involved with Industrial Symbiosis and productivity improvement. Since 2015 he has been working in what is now the Tees Valley Combined Authority, developing the Valley as the leading Industrial Carbon Capture & Storage cluster in the UK. His focus now is working to show how the region with its industrial cluster can lead achieving the UK’s decarbonisation goals. Tees Valley uniquely has the opportunity to combine industrial and power generation carbon capture, utilisation of captured CO2, district heating and community energy, renewable/nuclear energy, grid scale compressed/liquid air energy storage and the UKs largest hydrogen network. Current activity focusses on the way forward for using hydrogen at scale in transport and heat applications in the Tees Valley .

Speaker Name: Jon Jordan

Job Title: Director

Company Name: European Policy Solutions

Speaker Name: Stuart Hillmansen

Job Title: Senior Lecturer

Company Name: University of Birmingham

Speaker Biography:

Stuart Hillmansen is a Senior Lecturer in Electrical Energy Systems, and Head of the Traction Research Group within the School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering.
The group are part of the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education.

Stuart has over 50 research publications in scientific journals, conferences, and publically available reports. He has a wide teaching portfolio, which includes leading the Traction Systems Design module, and is also responsible for organising the final year masters projects and the MSc research projects

Speaker Name: Andrew Barker

Job Title: Managing Director

Company Name: TCP

Presentation Title: The challenges of bringing Fuel Cell Hydrogen powered equipment to market.

Speaker Biography:

Andrew Barker has many years of experience initiating the design and production of equipment that is looking at future markets and trends, with a weighted emphasis on sustainability and reduced energy footprint impact. Andrew has a real passion for seeing ideas come to true commercial viability, rather than just being showcase samples of best practice.

Speaker Name: Helen Simpson

Job Title: Innovation and Development Manager

Company Name: Porterbrook

Presentation Title: Hydrogen Powered Trains -turning the future into reality

Speaker Biography:

Helen Simpson is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer who joined British Rail in 1992. She has worked for train operators, consultants and asset owners having led reliability growth projects, upgrades and modifications. In more recent years, Helen has had a focus on innovation projects, and in 2014 she joined Porterbrook as their Innovation and Development Manager. In this role, she describes her job as investigating new technology for existing trains and is responsible for leading new technology and supplier developments across Porterbrook's fleets. This has included leading the creation of a new tri-mode train for use on both electrified and non-electrified networks. One of her current projects involves the demonstration of fuel cell technology for powering trains.

Speaker Name: Professor Upul Wijayantha

Company Name: Loughborough University

Speaker Biography:

Professor Upul Wijayantha has previously worked in renewable hydrogen generation industry on technology/product development. Currently, he is a Professor of Physical Chemistry at Loughborough University. He was a UK expert on the IEA task 20, Hydrogen from Water Photolysis. He has worked in on-board H2 generation. His current main interest is on scaling up the methane cracking technology aimed at deep-decarbonisation of gas network. He has active collaborations with industry and major research labs. He is the present honorary Chair (elect) of the RSC Electrochemistry Group ( Upul is a Co-director of newly funded EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training on Sustainable Hydrogen (SuSHy CDT) which is led by Professor Gavin Walker at University of Nottingham. The SusHy CDT is an exciting new centre aiming to undertake stakeholder-led research into hydrogen technologies that enable deep decarbonisation of the energy system (


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