This panel will spotlight the advancements taking place in hydrogen technology, production and regulation . This session showcases a series of short presentations on the following themes:
- Hydrogen safety, risk assessment and Australian Standards
- Advancements in electrolyser technology
- Insight into the process and complete system of a commercial demonstration plant to convert biogas from anaerobic digestion into graphite and hydrogen
This will be followed by an open discussion between speakers and the opportunity to put your questions to the panel.
Dr Fiona Simon, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Hydrogen Council (AHC)
Fiona Simon is the CEO of the Australian Hydrogen Council (AHC), the peak body for the Australian hydrogen industry.
AHC connects the hydrogen industry and its stakeholders in building a secure, clean and resilient energy future based on hydrogen. AHC’s members are from a range of sectors, including energy, transport, consulting, banking and technology.
Prior to joining the Australian Hydrogen Council, Fiona worked for close to 20 years in energy policy and regulation, specialising in energy retail competition and consumer protection matters.
Fiona holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has published a well-regarded academic book on retail energy regulation in Australia.
Professor Peta Ashworth OAM, Director Andrew N. Liveris Academy for Innovation and Leadership, University of Queensland
Professor Peta Ashworth (OAM), Director of the Andrew N. Liveris Academy for Innovation and Leadership at the University of Queensland is UQ Chair in Sustainable Energy Futures and has responsibility for the Master of Sustainable Energy.
She is well known for her expertise in the energy field with research focuses on understanding public attitudes to climate change and energy technologies (wind, CCS, solar PV, geothermal) for climate mitigation.
Billy Chan, Senior Engineer, BOC
Billy is a Chartered chemical engineer with more than 25 years’ experience providing technical leadership for the innovation, design and safety of gas products, gas plants and manufacturing processes.
Billy is a member of the Standards Australia Technical Committee ME93, that is working to mirror the international ISO/TC197 standards for hydrogen technologies – and build connections with community, infrastructure developers and regulatory bodies. Developing consistent standards at a national and international level is a major theme of the National Hydrogen Strategy. Billy is also a member of the Standards Australia Technical Committee ME2 and Chair of ME2-04, who is responsible for gas cylinders from design to operations.
Billy was a member of Dr Alan Finkel’s Stakeholder Advisory Panel, informing the development of a National Hydrogen Strategy supported by Australian Energy Ministers. The strategy aims to build a clean, innovative and competitive hydrogen industry that benefits all Australians and is a major global player by 2030 and next milestone 2050.
Dr Neil Thompson, Managing Director - ITM Power Pty Ltd, Director Sales & Business Development - ITM Linde Electrolysis (ILE) JV APAC
Neil has undertaken award-winning research at QUT Australia and KIT Germany in his role as Adjunct Associate Professor with the Centre for Clean Energy Technologies and Practices. His work in the field of integrated hydrogen energy systems has been regularly published in the USA and Europe leading to his recent appointment as Managing Director of ITM Power Pty Ltd and Director Sales & Business Development for the ITM Linde Electrolysis (ILE) JV APAC. Since then he has developed a number of local reference sites for ITM’s rapid response PEM electrolysers across the clean fuel, industrial chemistry, and energy storage sectors in partnership with key local and international clients leveraging Linde Engineering’s proven EPC capability.
Geoff Ward, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Hazer Group Limited
Geoff has over 25 years’ experience in the energy industry covering refining, oil and gas, and renewable energy in executive and advisory capacity. Geoff’s experience covers key areas of operations, strategy and planning, commercial management, and project development.
This experience has included development of an international offshore oil project, completion of Australia’s first geothermal demonstration project and leading the commercialisation of the Hazer Process, a novel low emission hydrogen and graphite production process, with experience gained with major multinational firms and independent Australian listed companies. As an advisor, Geoff was a Partner of a leading Australian advisory practice advising Boards and leading transactions in engineering services, clean technology and resources sectors.
Geoff has a keen interest in the transition to clean energy and a low carbon economy and has been an active participant in the changing Australian energy markets. Geoff holds a MBA from University of Western Australia (UWA) and Bachelors of Engineering (Chemical) (Honours) from the University of Melbourne.
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