Hydrogen and Fuel Cells – Coming of Age #CCSHFC2020

£114.00£960.00 inc VAT


The conference will, as always, look at both the Hydrogen Economy and the range of applications for Fuel Cells, including transport and small and large scale static and portable applications. After achieving a 25% increase in registrations in 2018 we again increased registrations a further 25% in 2019 (to 300+), demonstrating the massive increase in interest in these technologies and making this event the largest gathering in the UK for these growing sectors. The conference gives you the opportunity to meet key players in the industry in an easy to access location, with excellent links to road, rail and air. Don't miss the opportunity to meet informally at the pre conference drinks reception.


Mirela Atanasiu – Head of Unit Operations and Communications – Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking
Ewan Cambell – Global Commercial Manager – Johnson Matthey
Jim Gregory – European Business Development Manager – Luxfer Gas Cylinders
Jorn Lovdal Sales Manager Umoe Advanced Composites AS
Kazi Hossain– Head of Hydrogen Strategy – BEIS
Yane Laperche Riteau – Business Development Director – Ballard Power Systems
Denis Thomas – Business Development Manager Renewable Hydrogen – Hydrogenics
Lee Juby – Chief Sales Officer – Intelligent Energy
Chris Murray – UK Sales Director – Plug Power
Ralph Clague – Head of Hydrogen and Fuel Cells – JLR
Lorna Millington – Future Networks Manager Safety and Network Strategy – Cadent
David Gill – Director of Stakeholder Relations – Northern Gas Networks
Jagvir Purewal – Patent Attorney – Forresters
Ben Todd – CEO – Arcola
Beth Dawson – Major Projects Manager – Fuel Cell Systems Ltd
Nigel Holmes – CEO – Scottish Hydrogen Fuel Cell Association
Sean Crespin – Fuel Cell Strategy Lead – Horiba
Tony Cochrane – Chief Commercial Officer – Ceres Power
David Parkin – Director – Progressive Energy
Helen Fairclough – UK National Contact Point for Horizon 2020 Energy – EU Energy Focus
Alex Mauser – Operations and Development Manager – Enterprise Europe Network
Mark Lesinski – CEO – Canadian Nuclear Laboratories
Mark Eldridge – Divisional Director – Kiwa UK Ltd
Mark Griffin – Market Development Manager – Clean Fuels – BOC Gases
Mark Lewis – Technology and Innovation Officer – Tees Valley Combined Authority
Enrique Troncoso – Managing Director – Enercy BV
Afkenel Schipstra – Stakeholder Manager Hydrogen, CCS, Green Gas – Gasunie
Jon Hunt – Manager Alternative Fuels – Toyota GB
Mark Neller – Director – Arup
Clare Jackson – Senior Consultant – Ecuity
John Jostins– Managing Director – Microcab Industries
Robert Steinberger-Wilckens – Professor, Chair Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Research – University of Birmingham


Book your delegate place below.


We would also be delighted to hear from anyone who wishes to be involved in the conference as a sponsor or an exhibitor.

Main Sponsor £3,000 – includes the opportunity to speak in the keynote session to the full audience alongside key stakeholders in the sector, prominent logo placement and 5 delegate passes ( each worth £295)
Workshop Sponsor £1,000 – includes the opportunity to be the main speaker in the workshop , logo placement and 2 delegate passes
Exhibition Space £800 – space for 2/3 pop ups /standard curved stand with covered table and 2 delegate passes

If you want to discuss sponsorship or exhibiting please do not hesitate to get in touch
Jacqui Staunton


Enterprise Europe Match Event


The Enterprise Europe Network invites UK Midlands based and International attendees to participate in a Match event which runs alongside the conference. This event offers you the opportunity to:

  • 1. Promote your technology and expertise to a range of UK and international organisations
  • 2. Access the latest technological developments from around the world
  • 3. Develop partnerships leading to technological and commercial collaboration
  • 4. Appreciate developments in the sector and highlight opportunities

    Key Offer:

  • FREE Registrationto the conference (17th March 2020 – worth £295 ex VAT) for international delegates and Midlands (UK) based clients who register and participate in the match event *Please note that a minimum of 4 meetings must be selected and attended
  • FREE one night hotel accommodation for international delegates travelling to the UK from overseas (Check in: Monday 16th March – Check out: Tuesday 17th March)




Event Details

Date: 17th March 2020

Start time: 09:00

End time: 18:00

Venue: NEC Birmingham B40 1NT

Phone: 07866552833

Email: jacqui.staunton@climate-change-solutions.co.uk

16th March 17:30 - 19:30
Pre Conference Drinks reception
Provisional Programme
17th March 08:15 - 09:00
Registration and Refreshments
09:00 : 10:45
Keynote Session
10:45 - 11;15
Break - Refreshments and Exhibition
11:15 - 1:00
Parrallel Workshops
1. Fuel Cells Vehicles - Passenger, Buses, Fork Lift and Heavy Duty
2. Hydrogen Economy for Heating and Transport
13:00 - 14:00
Lunch and Exhibition
14:00 - 15:30
Parrallel Workshops
1. Stationary and Portable Power
2. Transport Developments - Infrastructure, Support and Innovation
15:45 : 16:15
Break - Refreshments and Exhibition
16:15 - 17:30
UK and International Regional Approach to Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Development

Speaker Name: Mirela Atanasiu

Job Title: Head of Unit Operations and Communications

Company Name: Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking

Speaker Biography:

Mirela Atanasiu is the Head of Unit of Operations and Communication in the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, FCH JU (Public-Private Partnership between European Industry and Research Community, and European Commission) since 2016.

Previously, for more than 12 years she was a Senior Project Manager and Research Programme Officer in the FCH JU and European Commission.

She holds an M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering/Materials Science and an M.Sc. in Economics/Cybernetics and Economic Analysis.

Speaker Name: Ewan Cambell

Job Title: Global Commercial Manager

Company Name: Johnson Matthey

Speaker Name: Jim Gregory

Job Title: European Business Development Manager

Company Name: Luxfer Gas Cylinders

Speaker Name: Kazi Hossain

Job Title: Head of Hydrogen Strategy

Company Name: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Presentation Title: Hydrogen in the UK low carbon economy

Speaker Biography:

Kazi Hossain is the Head of Hydrogen Strategy at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). He has a strong interest in environmental and socioeconomic sustainability and the low carbon transition. Kazi has previously worked in various roles in the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office and HM Treasury including working on vital reform of the banking sector following the financial crisis. Kazi is a published author, and has written several books on various socioeconomic issues. He holds an MSc in Environmental Technology & Energy from Imperial College London.

Speaker Name: Yane Laperche Riteau

Job Title: Business Development Director

Company Name: Ballard Power Systems

Presentation Title: Heavy-duty applications - buses and trains for the UK and worldwide.

Speaker Biography:

Yane Laperche Riteau - has more than 20 years of diversified European sales & marketing experience. Throughout her career, she has been responsible for identifying promising markets, increasing sales and implementing communications and advertising campaigns.

She joined Ballard Power Systems Inc. in October 2013 as Business Development Director, she has been in the Fuel Cells industry since 2008 working for IdaTech LLC and developing sales mainly in Europe.

Before IdaTech she had various sales management experiences in the CCTV industry, high technology plastics and cables industries. She holds a degree in Communications

Speaker Name: Denis Thomas

Job Title: Business Development Manager - Renewable Hydrogen

Company Name: Hydrogenics

Speaker Biography:

Mr. Thomas holds a Master Degree in Business Administration from the University of Liège in Belgium and European Master
Degree in Renewable Energy from the University of Oldenburg (Germany) with a specialization in biomass energy at the
University of Zaragoza (Spain).
Mr Thomas started his career in the photovoltaic (PV) sector in Belgium advising the government about the launch of a new
support scheme to develop solar PV in Wallonia, the south part of Belgium. Then, he has worked for the European
Photovoltaic Industry Association in Brussels as solar PV market an industry analyst and participated to the SET FOR 2020
strategic study which aimed at producing 12% of the European electricity from solar PV by 2020. Then, Mr Thomas has
worked several years as Sales Manager for a major solar PV EPC (Engineering Procurement and Construction) company in
Belgium, mainly focused on MW size rooftop PV systems. During his solar PV career, Mr Thomas has been particularly active
in market development activities and strongly implicated in the various renewable energy associations at Belgian and
European Level.
Mr Thomas joined Hydrogenics in 2014 as EU Regulatory Affairs & Business Development activities for Renewable
Hydrogen. Hydrogenics is a world-wide leading provider of hydrogen generation products (electrolyzers) for industrial,
hydrogen fueling and energy storage applications. Hydrogenics has been implicated in the majority of the Power-to-Gas
project in Europe and is a reference manufacturer of alkaline and PEM electrolyzers worldwide, as well as PEM Fuel Cells.
Mr Thomas has a specific focus on the Hydrogenics’ activities in the energy sector: such as Power-to-Hydrogen, Power-to-
Gas, Power-to-Mobility, Power-to-Fuels and Power-to-Industry.
Mr. Thomas represents Hydrogenics in several EU associations such as Hydrogen Europe, Wind Europe and CO 2 Value Europe

Speaker Name: Lee Juby

Job Title: Chief Sales Offficer

Company Name: Intelligent Energy

Speaker Name: Jorn Lovdal

Job Title: Sales Manager

Company Name: Umoe Advanced Composites AS

Speaker Biography:

Jørn Løvdal is working as Sales Manager at Umoe Advanced Composites AS in Norway – a leading manufacturer of large fiber glass reinforced pressure vessels for transport and storage of CNG, biogas and hydrogen for various applications. He holds a MSc in Marine Engineering from the Norwegian University of Science & Technology (NTNU), and he has for several years worked in various technical and commercial roles within Umoe in Norway. His experience also includes one year at Rolls Royce in Ansty/Coventry where he worked with leading industry experts within marine gas turbines for marine applications, 3 years at National Oilwell Varco Norway as a project manager for complete offshore drilling systems to ultra-deepwater drilling rigs and 3 years of shipping experience.

Over the last years he has developed a strong interest in and passion for renewable energy and the low carbon energy transition – in which Umoe’s product portfolio may play an increasing role due to the unique technology.

Speaker Name: Chris Murray

Job Title: UK Sales Director

Company Name: Plug Power

Speaker Name: Ralph Clague

Job Title: Head of Hydrogen and Fuel Cells

Company Name: Jaguar Land Rover

Speaker Name: Lorna Millington

Job Title: Future Networks Manager

Company Name: Cadent

Speaker Biography:

Lorna has worked for Gas Distribution for over 20 years. During her career she has been involved in planning above and below 7 bar networks, focusing on the network analysis to support the decisions. She currently manages a number of innovation projects related to the future role for the gas network.

Responsible for drawing together the various strands of information and analysing their impact on the potential use of the Gas Distribution network.

Speaker Name: David Gill

Job Title: Director of Stakeholder Relations

Company Name: Northern Gas Networks

Speaker Name: Jagvir Purewal

Job Title: Patent Attorney

Company Name: Forresters

Speaker Name: Ben Todd

Job Title: CEO

Company Name: Arcola

Presentation Title: Rapid deployment of hydrogen fuel cell powertrains for heavy vehicles

Speaker Name: Beth Dawson

Job Title: Major Projects Manager

Company Name: Fuel Cell Systems

Speaker Name: Nigel Holmes

Job Title: Chief Executive

Company Name: Scottish Hydrogen Fuel Cell Association

Presentation Title: Scaling up Clean Hydrogen for Net Zero

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 80 members mostly in Scotland and UK but an increasing number of members from overseas with many involved in Scottish activities.

Scotland is one of the leading locations in Europe for deployment of Hydrogen and Fuel Cell into developing low carbon energy systems. Highlights include the expanding hydrogen bus fleet in Aberdeen and the Acorn project at St Fergus, hydrogen vehicles in Fife and plans for a 100% hydrogen demonstration network, and innovative projects in the Western Isles. The Orkney Islands are widely seen as exemplar clean energy islands, and are host to an increasing portfolio of hydrogen projects including the FCH-JU supported BIGHIT, the H2020 supported HySeas III development of the world’s first ocean-going roll-on-roll-off hydrogen ferry, Surf ‘n’ Turf, HyDime, ITEG, ReFLEX, as well as the iconic HyFlyer and HySpirits projects.

Speaker Name: Sean Crespin

Job Title: Fuel Cell Strategy Lead

Company Name: Horiba

Presentation Title: Applying HORIBA Products, Services and Solutions to the Fuel Cell Development and Manufacturing Lifecycle

Speaker Biography:

Over 10 years’ experience in the fuel cell industry, developing production and prototype fuel cell systems for vehicles and stationary applications.

A lot of focus on test, measurement and analysis of PEM fuel cells and now Fuel Strategy Lead for HORIBA Group

Speaker Name: Tony Cochrane

Job Title: Chief Commercial Officer

Company Name: Ceres Power

Speaker Name: David Parkin

Job Title: Director

Company Name: Progressive Energy

Presentation Title: HyNet: A Blueprint for the UK Hydrogen Economy

Speaker Biography:

David is a recognised industry leader in the development of low carbon energy infrastructure and joined Progressive Energy as a director in 2019. As Network Strategy Director for National Grid Gas (subsequently Cadent), he led the formation of the Future of Gas programme which first set out a strategy for decarbonisation of heat and led to the development of numerous projects in the sector, including the HyDeploy and HyNet hydrogen projects. A chartered engineer, David spend the early part of his career at BAE Systems / Airbus, before moving to Atkins in 2008, where he became Director of Power and Renewables. David holds degrees from Cambridge, Warwick and MIT.

Speaker Name: Helen Fairclough

Job Title: UK National Contact Point for Horizon 2020 Energy

Company Name: EU Energy Focus

Presentation Title: €80M available for European fuel cells and hydrogen projects – UK organisations still eligible to participate

Speaker Biography:

Helen Fairclough is the UK National Contact Point for the European Commission’s research, development and demonstration funding programmes for energy projects. The service is funded by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and is provided free of charge to users. She aims to ensure that UK companies, research institutions and other organisations are well informed and have every chance of success in applying for and securing European funding for energy-related projects, including proposals to the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking.

Speaker Name: Alex Mauser

Job Title: Operations and Development Manager

Company Name: Enterprise Europe Network

Speaker Name: Mark Lesinski

Job Title: CEO

Company Name: Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

Speaker Name: Mark Eldrige

Job Title: Divisional Director

Company Name: Kiwa UK Ltd

Speaker Name: Mark Griffin

Job Title: Market Development Manager - Clean Fuels

Company Name: BOC Gases

Presentation Title: Hydrogen at Scale – Hydrogen Roll-out at a regional level

Speaker Biography:

Mark has worked in the gases industry for over 17 years. His early years were spent working in sales and account management, looking after some of BOC's largest accounts in rail, construction and manufacturing. From there he moved into a sales management role where he helped commercialise a portable hydrogen fuel cell generator, Hymera, and a designated cylinder package to accompany it.

It was here where he got hooked by the hydrogen and fuel cell industry and his interest in hydrogen for transport really started to gather momentum.

In 2017, he became Market Development Manager for Clean Fuels, responsible for the ongoing operation of existing hydrogen refuelling stations in Swindon and Aberdeen. He provides technical leadership on hydrogen for all vehicle types from bikes and cars through to buses, trains and marine vessels. He delivers profitable growth in line with the company’s commitment to develop and deliver solutions for the decarbonisation of transport. Collaborating closely with technology providers, vehicle manufacturers, fuel cell integrators and fleet operators throughout a project lifecycle, Mark maximises the impact of hydrogen used for transport within individual companies, city regions or whole industries.

Speaker Name: Mark Lewis

Job Title: Technology and Innovation Officer

Company Name: Tees Valley Combined Authority

Presentation Title: Achieving a Net Zero Tees Valley

Speaker Biography:

Mark came to Teesside in 1978 with ICI. He joined the Process Industry Cluster NEPIC in 2006 and since 2015 he has been working in the Tees Valley Combined Authority, developing the region as the leading Industrial Carbon Capture & Storage cluster for the UK. His focus now is working to show how the region with its industrial cluster can lead in achieving the UK’s decarbonisation goals. Tees Valley uniquely in one place combines industrial and power generation carbon capture including bioenergy, utilisation of captured CO2, industrially supplied district heating, renewable/nuclear energy, grid scale energy storage and the UK’s largest hydrogen network for industry, heat and now transport

Speaker Name: Enrique Troncoso

Job Title: Managing Director

Company Name: Enercy BV

Presentation Title: HEAVENN: Deployment of an integrated green hydrogen economy in the Northern Netherlands

Speaker Biography:

Dr Enrique Troncoso is managing director of Enercy B.V., a leading consultancy focused on innovation, project development, project management and technical support for the delivery of the energy transition. He is a senior engineering consultant and has worked in renewables, energy storage, hydrogen and fuel cell technologies for the past 20 years, including 8 years as a project leader with Boeing Research & Technology. His background includes technical project management, product development and commercialization of hydrogen and energy storage technologies. Dr Troncoso has developed and coordinated several demonstration & deployment hydrogen programs across Europe, and is currently focusing on the implementation of hydrogen and biogas as clean flexible energy vectors into local energy systems. He is the technical project lead of the HEAVENN project, technical coordinator of the BIG HIT project, and also works as a advisor to the European Commission on innovation, low carbon energy & transport programs

Speaker Name: Afkenel Schipstra

Job Title: Stakeholder Manager Hydrogen, CCS, Green Gas

Company Name: Gasunie

Speaker Name: Jon Hunt

Job Title: Manager Alternative Fuels

Company Name: Toyota GB

Speaker Name: Mark Neller

Job Title: Director

Company Name: Arup

Speaker Name: Clare Jackson

Job Title: Senior Consultant

Company Name: Ecuity

Presentation Title: The Hydrogen Taskforce – making the case for the role of hydrogen in delivering net zero

Speaker Biography:

Clare is a Senior Consultant at Ecuity, and energy policy consultancy that specialises in developing markets for sustainable energy technologies through policy engagement. Clare has extensive experience leading campaigns, delivering analysis and delivering policy change on behalf of the energy industry. Clare leads on Ecuity’s bid writing services and has a strong track record of accessing funding on behalf of clients. Clare has been working with the hydrogen and fuel cell industry for the past 4 years and leads on Ecuity’s hydrogen and fuel cell projects including the Hydrogen Hub.

Clare is an Oxford Engineering graduate and started her career as a Sustainability Consultant, working with supermarkets and retailers on the carbon footprint of their packaging and compliance with regulations. Subsequently she ran an EU programme on energy efficiency in business.
Clare also runs the secretariat for the Hydrogen Taskforce. The objective of the Taskforce is to galvanise a complex range of stakeholders including Government, industry and an informed public with the aim of driving investment in hydrogen as an essential, exciting and transformative technology with low carbon applications across society

Speaker Name: John Jostins

Job Title: Managing Director

Company Name: Microcab Industries

Speaker Name: Robert Steinberger-Wilckens

Job Title: Professor , Chair Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Research

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.