Take a look at the lecture program of THE #P2X CONFERENCE 2023 and look forward to exciting speakers and lectures in 2024 as well.
DAY 1 | Tuesday, 14.11.
moderated by Sebastian Hillebrand and Prof. Dr. Michael Sterner Conference language: English
NH Collection Frankfurt Spin Tower, Güterplatz 1, 60327 Frankfurt/M, Germany
Time frame: 9:00 Welcome and introduction | Lunch | Networking breaks | approx. 17:30 Conclusion of the event | 19:00 Get together dinner
- Air Liquide, Dr. Sebastian König: Trailblazer – lessons learned from Air Liquide’s 20 MW PEM project in Germany
- Heraeus, Dr. Philipp Walter: Iridium – an indispensable element and challenge for PEM electrolysis? How to ensure the PEM ramp-up!
- Enapter, Tim Cholibois: Start small to go big
- RWE, Melanie Kleemann: From concept to operation: experiences from planning, construction and commissioning of the pilot plant
- Siemens Energy, Dr. Philipp Lettenmeier: Large scale PEM electrolysis for industrial applications
- Robert Bosch, Dr. Ivan Spremo: Smart Electrolysis Module – A Building Block for Large-scale Electrolyzer Plants
- HIF, Thorsten Herdan: eFuels – the opportunity to utilize unused renewable energy
Session H2 Derivates
- Clariant, Dr. Christoph Krinninger: State of the art catalysts to tackle the challenges of ammonia cracking
- Thyssenkrupp Uhde, Dr. Ralph Kleinschmidt: Green ammonia – The road to the global hydrogen society
- Andritz, Henrik Grönqvist: Renewable Methanol Production From Both The Main and Side Streams of Pulp Mills
- EDL, Dr. Michael Haid: Power-to-X-plants for sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) using advanced technologies
- Aramco/LBST, Victor Gordillo & Patrick Schmidt: Techno-economic assessment of European domestic production and imports of efuels towards 2050: Focus on the impact of intermittency of renewable sources
- Neste, Dr. Christopher Seibel: From SAF to eSAF – Maintain product quality, transform production pathways
- TNO, Dr. Lawien Zubeir: Advances in the TAKE-OFF project
- Tractebel, Sven Goethals: Smart FEED – an alternative engineering approach for green ammonia and e-fuel projects
Get Together & Dinner
Networking dinner at the conference hotel
DAY 2 | Wednesday, 15.11.
- MAN ES, Marc Grünewald: Moving big things to zero – Power-to-X for ‘Deep-Decarbonization’
Pecha Kucha Session
- Emerson, Arthur Gosling: Process automation as a catalyst for project certainty & execution
- Hülsenbusch, Dr. Wolfgang Bender: HPEx® HighPerformanceHeatExchanger, an innovative solution for demanding heating, cooling and evaporation tasks in P2X
- Klinger GmbH, Norbert Weimer: Unafraid of hydrogen – safety of static seals
- Air Liquide, Dr. Sebastian König: Integrated plant concepts for producing e-Methanol from intermittent renewable energy sources
- Fitt GmbH, Prof. Dr. Matthias Brunner: The BEST process for CO2 recycling and reuse
- Siemens Energy, Mario Hüffer: Hybrid power plants: the power to decarbonize
Application Sessions in 2 Rooms parallel:
Session Mobility & Transportation
Room Empire State and Chrysler | 1st Floor
- GP Joule, Henning Uck: Decentral energy ecosystems for 100% green hydrogen
- FEV Consulting, Dr. Daniel Neumann: Net zero 2050: Energy demand dynamics across the transportation sectors
- DB Netz, Pascal Steidel / SRP Consulting, Daniel Sorger: Rolling Pipeline: Sustainable rail network for (green) hydrogen
Session Electricity & Heat
Room Burj Khalifa and Cayan Tower | 2nd Floor
Application Sessions in 2 Rooms parallel:
Session Components & Safety
Room Empire State and Chrysler | 1st Floor
- PTB, Dr. Michael Beyer: H2 market ramp-up – challenges for safety and metrology
- Gräbener, Fabian Kapp: Production technology for bipolar plates for electrolysis – anything but simple
- Saint Gobain, Frank Sonnenschein: Gasketing, challenges while upscaling
Session Hydrogen Ecosystem
Room Burj Khalifa and Cayan Tower | 2nd Floor
- Alfa Laval, Sven Schreiber: Energy efficiency – the world’s most sustainable energy source – to scale the hydrogen ecosystem
- GKN Hydrogen, Alfons Geueke: De-risk by design – the safest hydrogen storage for industrial use
- Ramboll, Thomas Rust: Hinterland logistics of H2 and its derivates. Gaining traction early
Session Industrial Applications
- Tree Energy Solutions, Dr. Jens Schmidt: eNG applications: Using a drop-in green hydrogen derivative
- Schott AG, Dr. Matthias Kaffenberger: Applying hydrogen in combustion processes: Learnings from the glass industry
- Provadis, Dr. Marcel Loewert: Chemical parks as innovation hubs: From strategy development to business opportunities
- Neuman & Esser / ABB, Stefan Basenach / Jens Wulff: Industry 4.0 as integral part of the energy transition
SPEAKERS & PROGRAM
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PechaKucha, which is Japanese for „the sound of conversation“, was first conceived by Tokyo architects Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham. PechaKucha presentations are based on a 20 x 20 principle: 20 slides are presented, each slide lasts for 20 seconds, the slides are automatically advanced.
Due to this strict timing, each PechaKucha presentation lasts exactly 6 minutes and 40 seconds. PechaKucha slides usually use images, rarely many words. Presenters must know what to say without looking at the slides. A presenter can reasonably speak 2 to 4 sentences or 33 words in 20 seconds.
Head of Process Control Platform, Process Automation, ABB AG, Mannheim
2020 – today ABB Local Division Manager Energy Industries
2017 – 2020 HIMA Head of Business Segment Process
2015 – 2017 ABB Local Product Group Manager
2014 – 2015 ABB Global Product Group Manager Substations for Utilities
Managing Director, Directorate of SDG Innovation and Economic Transformation, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Austria
Gunther Beger leads the development of innovative UNIDO services in agro-industry, sustainability standards, and climate-related technologies. Prior to working for UNIDO, Mr. Beger served as Executive Director for Germany at the World Bank Group as well as in several leadership positions in the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany from 2013-2021.
From 2006-2013, Mr. Beger worked at the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection of Germany. Earlier in his career, he served as Head of Division for Agriculture at the German Embassy in Moscow, Russia (1995-2000).
He holds a Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics from Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelm-Universitaet in Bonn, Germany.
Dr. Wolfgang Bender
Technical Manager, Hülsenbusch Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG, Kempen, Germany
Dr. Wolfgang Bender studied process engineering at RWTH Aachen and started as a research assistant at BFI in Düsseldorf in 1987. In the following years his focus was on increasing energy efficiency in the basic industry, especially on high-temperature industrial furnaces in the steel industry. In 2015, he started at Hülsenbusch Apparatebau, where he is responsible for all R&D activities and the development of new products.
Dr. Michael Beyer
Director and Professor, Head of Department “Fundamentals of Explosions Protection”, Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), Braunschweig, Germany
Michael Beyer joined PTB in 1989. In 1996 he earned the degree Dr.-Ing. at Technical University of Braunschweig, Faculty of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. In PTB he worked as a test engineer and since 1996 as a quality management representative of the Notified Body for ATEX Directive. In 2000 he became head of the Laboratory “Physical Ignition Processes” and in 2007 head of the Head of the Department “Fundamentals of Explosions Protection”.
Prof. Dr. Matthias Brunner
Professor em., HTWsaar Saarbrücken, Germany
- Studies at Saarbrücken, Freiburg, Paris
- Research Center (Jülich); Passavant Werke (Aarbergen);
Mannesmann Anlagenbau (Berlin); Gauff Ingenieure (Frankfurt);
Lyonnaise des Eaux (Paris, Rostock, Berlin)
- Since 1999 Professor at the University of Applied Sciences (Saarbrücken)
Strategy Manager, Enapter
Tim Cholibois is a Strategy Manager at Enapter which designs and manufactures highly efficient hydrogen generators and energy management software. The core technology is our standardized and scalable AEM electrolyser. The flexible device produces hydrogen for energy storage, fuel in vehicles, raw material in industry or fuel for heating. Our goal at Enapter is to make green hydrogen cheaper than fossil fuels. Prior to joining Enapter, he worked as a Senior Strategy Consultant in the energy sector for several years, most recently at Roland Berger. He has also advised national and sub-national governments on climate finance working with GIZ and the UN. Tim holds a MSc in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford.
Hydrogen Business Development Director, GKN Hydrogen, Bonn, Germany
- Hydrogen Business Development Director, GKN Hydrogen, since 2019
- Director Global Marketing, GKN Powder Metallurgy, 2014 – 2018
- Director Business Development & Marketing for Electric Motors/ SMC – GKN Sinter Metals, 2011 – 2013
- Senior Engineering Manager, GKN Sinter Metals 2007 – 2010
» Dipl. Ing. Mechanical & Process Engineering (HTWG Konstanz)
» Diploma in Business & Management (Academy Kolping)
Commercial Director Hydrogen & Decarbonization, Tractebel
Passionate about overcoming the challenges of the energy transition, Sven is focusing on bringing to life large-scale hydrogen and decarbonization projects. His almost 30-year career with Tractebel includes 20 years as design engineer and than project manager for multi-contract energy projects.
Transportation Fuel Specialist, Aramco Overseas Company, France
Victor Gordillo started his career in 2003 in Paris, France, where he worked as a consultant in Refinery Optimization for companies like Total, BP and Saudi Aramco. In 2015, he joined Aramco Overseas Company as Transportation Fuel Specialist and is currently leading the local team for Strategic Transport Analysis. He holds a degree in Chemical Engineering and a MSc in Petroleum Economics and Management.
Director, Strategic Sales and Sustainability, Emerson, Karlsruhe, Germany
I have a Chemical Engineering + MBA Background and have been working at Emerson for 8 years now, in the USA, Romania, and Germany. Roles from Engineering to BDM and Sales Director. Currently I am the Sales Director for Strategic Sales & Sustainability for the DACH Region and working on Decarbonizing the Chemical Industry via Energy and Emissions Efficiency Program with a team of 3 direct key account managers, and working on scaling up low carbon hydrogen solutions, including but not limited to sales pertaining to automation related to Carbon Capture projects.
Director of e-Fuels business, ANDRITZ, Helsinki, Finland
Education: M.Sc. of Chemical Engineering 2004, Technical University Turku, Finland
Working in ANDRITZ for more than 18 years in various positions:
- Director e-Fuels (Recovery & Power, ANDRITZ Oy, 2023 ->
- Sales Director (White Liquor Plants), ANDRITZ Oy, 2017- 2022
- Project Director for all ANDRITZ’s commitments in Helios project, SCA Östrand Sweden 2015 – 2018
- Team leader Project & Process Engineering manager (Fiberline and White Liquor plant), ANDRITZ Oy 2010 – 2015
- Project Manager (White Liquor Plants), ANDRITZ Oy, 2005-2010.
Head of R&D, GKN Hydrogen,
Education: M.Sc. of Chemical Engineering 2004, Technical University Turku, Finland
- Head of R&D, GKN Hydrogen, since October 2021
- Engineering Manager (different roles), GKN ePowertrain, February 2014 – September 2021
- Ing. in Process Engineering and MSc in Mechanical Engineering
Marc Grünewald is working as Vice President for MAN. He is the team leader of Business Development and New Solution Management and his focus is on Hydrogen Solutions and PtX projects worldwide. He has more than thirty years of professional experience in the resources industry. Prior to MAN he worked for Accenture, STEAG, and KPC Consultants AG. His focus is on international project development and new technologies for a more decentralized and decarbonized energy world.
Dr. Michael Haid
CEO EDL Anlagenbau Gesellschaft mbH
Dr. Michael Haid has been Chief Executive Officer of EDL since 2017. His responsibilities include strategy, technology, sales and commercial.
Michael’s top priorities are the development and provision of sustainable technologies, products and services for the refining and hydrocarbon-processing industries, including residue processing, Power-to-X and plastics-to-oil. He held various engineering and management positions in different engineering and contracting companies worldwide. Michael studied process engineering in Karlsruhe, Germany and in Auckland, New Zealand and holds a PhD in process engineering.
Expertise: More than 30 years of experience and technical expertise in project and contract management, engineering. Technology development in the field of syngas, Fischer-Tropsch synthesis and PtX
CEO HIF Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA)
Since May 2022, he has been CEO of HIF Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA), the world’s leading producer of eFuels. Previously, he was Director General for Energy at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. From June 2017 to June 2022, he was Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the State Nuclear Waste Management Financing Asset Management Fund (KENFO).
Previously, he held the positions of Managing Director at the German Engineering Federation (VDMA), Managing Director of the Research Association for Combustion Engines (FVV), Secretary General of the International Council of Combustion Engines (CIMAC), and Secretary General of the European Turbine Manufacturers Association (EUTurbines).
He has also served on the Board of the European Association of Internal Combustion Engines Manufacturers (EUROMOT), on the Board and Supervisory Board of the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), as Vice President of the Offshore Wind Energy Foundation, on the Supervisory Board of 50 Hertz, and on the Supervisory Board of the Gesellschaft für Anlagen und Reaktorsicherheit (GRS).
Director in the Organizational Effectiveness practice at Oliver Wyman
Sebastian Hillebrand, Director in the Organizational Effectiveness practice at Oliver in Berlin. For the past 15 years Sebastian has been specializing in accelerating complex strategy- transformation- and innovation projects that require the expertise, active engagement and buy-in of large groups of stakeholders and experts. Sebastian Hillebrand studied Business Engineering at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).
Sales Director Hybrid Solutions, Siemens Energy, Erlangen, Germany
Mario Hüffer started his career in 2006 at Siemens Energy. He worked mainly in Sales & Business Development and also spent ~6 years in Singapore as Senior Sales Director for Large gas Turbine Packages for Asia Pacific. He holds a degree in industrial engineering and business administration.
Dr. Matthias Kaffenberger
Engineer Melting Technology, Technical Services, SCHOTT AG Mainz, Germany
Started his career in 2005 in steel bridge construction with specialization in fatigue resistance. He joined the State Materials Testing Institute Darmstadt in 2012 responsible for field of competence in fracture mechanics and fatigue resistance. Since 2019 he works at SCHOTT in the melting technology department. He holds a degree in civil engineering and a PhD in structural Mechanics.
Managing Director, Gräbener Maschinentechnik GmbH & Co. KG, Germany
Fabian Kapp is the Managing Director of Gräbener Maschinentechnik GmbH & Co. KG. He represents the 4th generation leader of the more than 100 years old custom machine building company, in which his family holds a majority stake. He joined the company in 2009 as a graduate engineer in electrical engineering. In 2016, he became an authorized officer and member of the management board. Soon after that, he founded Graebener Inc. based in the USA and in 2017 started bundling the sales activities in China through a strategic partnership.
With a focus on the Graebener® Bipolar Plate Technologies business unit, Fabian Kapp consistently continues the 20-year research and development of manufacturing technologies for metallic bipolar plates of fuel cells and electrolyzers. With its core competences in forming, cutting, welding and straightening and the expansion of its in-house production laboratory, Graebener® BPT today covers all the essential steps of the value-added chain to further develop the manufacturing processes necessary for the production of metallic bipolar plates. The company offers customer-specific, fully automated production lines for the manufacturing of bipolar plates – from the coil to the finished bipolar plate. In addition to this, Graebener® BPT provides comprehensive support to the customers, from engineering through prototyping up to small series production.
Head of Global Engineering Hydrogen, RWE Generation SE, Essen, Germany
Melanie Kleemann more than 20 years of experience of engineering and operation in the area of waste, renewables and greenH2. In the moment she is heading the global engineering for the hydrogen hub within the RWE Group and advises the RWE Hydrogen Business on technical matters related to projects, concepts and designing. The hydrogen hub at RWE Generation shapes and implements RWE’s global hydrogen strategy to position RWE as a driver of the energy transition.
Dr. Ralph Kleinschmidt
Head of Technology & Innovation, thyssenkrupp Uhde GmbH, Dortmund, Germany
Dr. Ralph Kleinschmidt began his career at thyssenkrupp Uhde in 2001 in research and development. For more than 7 years he has been Head of Technology & Innovation at thyssenkrupp Uhde GmbH, responsible for all technology, intellectual property and research and development activities in Uhde’s fertilizer, chemical, petrochemical and polymer businesses. After studying chemistry at the University of Düsseldorf, he obtained his diploma and subsequently his doctorate at the Max Planck Institute for Coal Research in Mülheim an der Ruhr in the field of polymer chemistry and technology.
Sebastian König, Director Sales Electrolysis, Air Liquide Engineering & Construction
Sebastian holds a Diploma and a PhD in Electric Energy and High-Voltage Technology. After graduating from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in 2011, he researched the Vanadium Redox Flow Battery also at KIT. After finishing his PhD thesis regarding system design, modeling and optimization of this type of battery in 2017, he joined HYDAC. HYDAC is a global player in fluid systems, such as hydraulics, cooling and others. He became part of the e-mobility and Hydrogen business development team. Starting from 2020, he was responsible for the business development regarding water electrolysis. In 2021, Sebastian joined Air Liquide Global Engineering & Construction Solutions Germany in Frankfurt. He is now responsible for external sales of water electrolysis plants in Europe.
Dr. Christoph Krinninger
Global Business Development Manager – Energy transition, Clariant, Germany
Christoph holds a diploma degree in chemistry from the Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität Munich.In 2005, he also completed his Ph.D. thesis. Christoph Krinninger has been working in the chemical industry for over 18 years and was responsible from 2014 to 2021 as a Senior Sales Account Manager for ammonia/methanol and hydrogen customers in Europe. In 2022, he took over the role of Global Business Development Manager Energy Transition at Clariant Catalysts, focused on green ammonia, sustainable methanol, and ammonia cracking.
Dr. Ryota Kuzuki
Division Head, Int’l Certification & Standards Harmonization, Japan Gas Association
Dr. Ryota Kuzuki started his career in 1989 at Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd. Tokyo, Japan, where he worked as an engineer for gas supply safety technology development, corporate planning, and commercial and industrial sector’s gas marketing. In 2018, he joined the Japan Gas Association as Senior Manager. From 2021, he is in the current position at the Planning Dept of JGA. He holds a PhD degree in engineering.
Dr. Philipp Lettenmeier
Head of product management for Sustainable Energy Systems, Siemens Energy, Erlangen, Germany
Philipp Lettenmeier is responsible for product management for hydrogen electrolyzers at Sustainable Energy Systems, Siemens Energy. He has been working in the field of hydrogen solutions since 2017, for example in the strategy and business development for Siemens.
Philipp studied chemical engineering and completed a PhD in electrochemical energy with a focus on efficiency of electrolysis at University of Stuttgart before working as a research assistant at the German Aerospace Center (DLR).
Dr. Marcel Loewert
Business Development Manager at the Center for Industry and Sustainability (ZIN) and Manager of the cluster Process4Sustainability, Frankfurt, Germany
Dr. Loewert studied bioengineering and chemical engineering at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), where he also finished his PhD in the area of decentralized and dynamic renewable fuel synthesis in small-scale plants. He joined INERATEC as head of operations in 2019 and supported many funded and industrial projects surrounding the topic of CO2-based fuels and chemicals. In 2022 he decided to support the chemical industry as a whole with a new role as business development manager and strategic advisor for one of the largest German chemical parks in Frankfurt. Here he is responsible for transformation strategies and project acquisition surrounding sustainability.
Managing Director of VDMA Power-to-X for Applications
Peter Müller-Baum studied civil engineering as well as business administration at the RWTH Aachen University, graduating as Engineer and Master of Business and Engineering.
He is with the VDMA since 2005 where he started as a consultant for the Cleaning Systems Association and as Managing Director Technical Affairs for the European association EUnited Cleaning.
In 2012, he became Deputy Managing Director, in 2014 Managing Director of VDMA Engines and Systems that represents the interests of German manufacturers of internal combustion engines for industrial applications and their suppliers.
Since 2013, Peter Müller-Baum is Secretary General of the International Council on Combustion Engines (CIMAC e.V.) where national associations and companies from the combustion engine industry from 27 countries are organized.
In addition, Peter Müller-Baum since December 2018 is also Managing Director of VDMA Power-to-X for Applications, the central platform for information, communication and cooperation for the P2X community, integrating all important stakeholders along the value chain.
Dr. Daniel Neumann
Principal, FEV Consulting, Cologne, Germany
Dr. Daniel Neumann started his career in the chemical process industry in 2012.
In 2015 he started his PhD at RWTH Aachen University on powertrain control concepts and renewable fuels in cooperation with the FEV Group. Since 2019 he works at FEV Consulting. He is responsible for the energy business related activities.
Dr. Klaus Payrhuber
Strategic Product Development Manager, INNIO Jenbacher, Austria
Dr. Klaus Payrhuber started his career at VA Tech, an Austrian Engineering company for large gas turbine combined cycle plants. He worked for GE from 2001 – 2018 in several positions in the field of gas power plants. Since 2009 he works for Jenbacher gas engines, and since 2018 as strategic product development manager for gas engines.
Managing Partner, NEUMAN & ESSER Verwaltungs- und Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH, Übach-Palenberg, Germany
Dipl. -Wirt. Ing., University of Siegen, 1992 – 1998
MBA – International Business Administration, Long Island University New York, 1999 – 20000
Our family business with almost 200 years of age, is engaged in the transition from a fossil driven economy to a renewable driven economy. With this transition of the market and hence the customer base in the coming years and decades, the external and internal transformation of the NEUMAN & ESSER GROUP from an equipment supplier to a solution provider across the entire hydrogen value chain is my main task. This starts with consulting and project development for decarbonization projects, continues with solutions to produce green hydrogen via electrolysis, to transport and storage of hydrogen or derivatives with our well proven reciprocating and diaphragm compressor systems as well as utilizing green hydrogen in HRSs’ and fuel-cell applications. After 20 years in the operative business as Managing Partner in various NEUMAN & ESSER Companies my current focus of activity lies in the strategic development of our family business regarding product solutions, product diversification and market segment development as well as adapting the global business structures and procedures.
Senior Consultant, Ramboll Deutschland GmbH, Rostock, Deutschland
After studying economics, Thomas Rust began working as a consultant for CPL Competence in Ports and Logistics in 2011. In addition to his work as a consultant for CPL, Thomas Rust co-founded the INWL Institute for Sustainable Economics and Logistics in 2014 and was also active as the branch manager of Logistikinitiative Mecklenburg-Vorpommern until 2019. In 2020, Mr Rust joined Ramboll as a Senior Consultant and has since then been responsible for infrastructure and logistics projects in the maritime economy.
Dr. Jens Schmidt
Chief Technology Officer, Tree Energy Solutions, Germany
For the past 20 years, Jens Schmidt has worked with Fortune 500 companies as Corporate Technology Consultant/Fellow and Global Technology/Production Director to develop, start up, run, and improve world-scale production assets and advise mega projects on technical innovation and Operational Excellence across multiple businesses and geographies. He also led multiple cross functional global teams and task forces on technology strategies and roadmaps, digitalization and innovation management and specifically advised on decarbonization strategies and technologies for businesses in various industries around the world as expert e.g. on the decarbonization of energy and chemical production assets via green hydrogen and CCU, as well as other sustainable production routes for key raw materials.
Senior Project Manager/Consultant, Ludwig-Bölkow-Systemtechnik GmbH (LBST), Germany
Mr. Patrick Schmidt joined LBST in 2002 and has been working on a wide range of topics in the field of sustainable energies and mobility, focusing on sustainability assessments and the integration of fluctuating renewable power into the energy system. Patrick has been leading and contributing to a number of publications in the field of electricity-derived fuels, including e.g. hydrogen and power-to-liquids for aviation.
Sven Schreiber is the Managing Director of Alfa Laval Mid Europe and responsible for the activities of Alfa Laval in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. He holds an executive Msc from the KIT in Karlsruhe in products and operations manager and since more than 15 years he is active in the field of energy efficiency and renewable energy. Before joining Alfa Laval he has been General Manager at ABB AG and Business Unit Manager at SMA Solar Technology AG. The transformation of the energy landscape must be considered as one of the greatest challenges for the human mankind. P2X does play a vital role not only for the transformation of the transport sector but also for the industrial transformation. Not only has Alfa Laval set itself ambitious targets with regards to sustainability but also Alfa Laval’s products and solutions for heat transfer and separation are an essential element across the value chain of P2X applications.
Chief, Division on Climate and Technology Partnerships, Directorate of SDG Innovation and Economic Transformation, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Austria
Petra has long-standing experience in managing international technical cooperation programmes and networks for inclusive and sustainable industrial development. She has been working with UNIDO since 2004. She has worked with governments, private sector, NGOs and academia in more than 40 countries.
In her current position at UNIDO, she heads the development of innovative climate and technology partnerships and related technical cooperation programme. She designed and manages UNIDO’s Global Programme for Green Hydrogen in Industry.
She studied economics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration and environmental management at the University of London. She designed and manages UNIDO’s Global Programme for Green Hydrogen in Industry.
Global Business Development Manager, Saint-Gobain Composite Solutions, Düsseldorf, Germany
After finishing university with a diploma degree in engineering Frank Sonnenschein started his career in 2006 at Ford Motor Company, where he was part of transmission integration. After working as project lead for transmission development at General Motors in Germany he worked as Application Engineer at SKF sealing solutions and Federal Mogul. In 2014 je joint Garlock as Product Manager for dynamic seals before he moved to Saint Gobain as Business Development Manager for Hydrogen and diaphragms in 2018. Since 2023 he has that role globally.
Project Manager with a focus on H2 transport and transformation at SRP Consulting AG, Cologne, Germany
Daniel Sorger studied industrial engineering. He then started his professional career in 2017 at PEM Motion advising automobile manufacturers in the context of plant construction and electromobility. Within the sector, he moved to SRP Consulting AG in 2020, where he manages strategic projects, particularly in the rail sector. The project presented here can be assigned to its focal points of industrial transformation and low-emission energy sources.
Dr. Ivan Spremo
Director Engineering, Robert Bosch GmbH, Stuttgart, Germany
Dr. Ivan Spremo started his career at Bosch in 2005 as a scientist in the corporate research division. In 2022, after more than a decade in various positions (quality, internal consulting, testing & validation, product engineering) within Bosch powertrain division on different locations in Germany and Czech Republic, he took over the responsibility for electrolysis system engineering and Smart Electrolysis Module development on Bosch location in Stuttgart-Feuerbach. He holds a PhD in theoretical physics.
Consultant for Market Research and Business Development at DB Netz AG, Hannover, Germany
Pascal Steidel have gained a Master of Science at the University of Bonn with a focus on rail infrastructure development in Kenya in 2020. He joined the Market Research and Business Development Team of DB Netz AG in 2020. Within his position, he works on projects to increase traffic on the railways by advising and analyzing new traffic for DB Netz AG as the biggest rail infrastructure manager in Germany. Since the beginning of 2022, he has been investigating the new topic of hydrogen transport by rail.
Prof. Dr. Michael Sterner
Professor for Energy Storage at the Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule Regensburg (OTH Regensburg) and one of the heads of the Research Center for Energy Networks and Energy Storage (FENES).
Sterner was born in Passau. After an apprenticeship in the electrical trade and the Technical Baccalaureate, he was in the development service in Kenya from 1998 to 2000. From 200 to 2005 he studied mechatronics at the OTH Regensburg, before that technical computer science at the HS Augsburg; he did several internships and theses on solar energy and energy economics in Spain and Chile; KAS vocational college for international politics and economics, several scholarships. From 2005 to 2007 Master’s degree in Renewable Energy at the University of Oldenburg and work on biomass in India and at the German Biomass Research Institute in Leipzig. From 2007 to 2011 he was scientific advisor for Prof. Dr. Schmid at the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU). 2009 PhD in electrical engineering at the University of Kassel. From 2007 to 2012, collaboration and management of the research group Energy Economics and Systems Analysis at the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology (IWES) in Kassel. Since 2012 professor for energy storage and renewable energies at the OTH Regensburg. Michael Sterner is married and has three children.
Chief Strategy Officer, CMB.TECH, Chelmsford, England
Paul is a Degree qualified engineer with 42 years in the automotive engineering sector 38 of which has been spent in R&D.
Paul specialised in automotive powertrain and specifically engine controls/emissions development, working at Weslake Developments, Ricardo, SAGEM, Roush/Revolve and now as the Managing Director of CMB.Tech’s UK R&D centre.
Paul was the Engineering Director for Revolve Technologies for the last 21 years and is passionate about developing low carbon and emissions compliant vehicles to combat climate change.
In August 2019 Revolve Technologies was acquired by CMB to continue the development of hydrogen combustion in the marine sector and Paul leads the teams now solving the carbon challenge of the MW scale power requirements of the shipping industry.
Manager Strategic Projects, GP JOULE, Hamburg, Germany
Before joining GP JOULE Henning Uck worked as consultant at umlaut (part of Accenture) and Siemens Advanta. His work covered technology strategy, energy efficiency and business model innovation in sectors ranging from aviation to utilities, with a strong focus on the German energy landscape.
He holds a Master degree in Energy and Environmental Management from University of Flensburg.
Dr. Jörg Walter
Director of Hydrogen Technical, RWE Generation SE, Essen, Germany
Dr.-Ing. Jörg Walter has more than 20 years of experience in the area of mining, renewables, conventional power plants and H2. In the moment he is serving as the Technical Director of the hydrogen hub within the RWE Group and advises the RWE Group on technical matters related to projects, engineering and M&A. The hydrogen hub at RWE Generation shapes and implements RWE’s global hydrogen strategy to position RWE as a driver of the energy transition.
Dr. Philipp Walter
Executive Vice President, New Business Development, Heraeus Precious Metals
Philipp is a chemist by education and received a PhD from the University of Freiburg, Germany. He held several management positions in the chemical industry in new business development, marketing, sales and business management in Norway, USA, Switzerland and Germany. He joint Heraeus in 2016 and is now leading Innovation and New Business Development for Heraeus Precious Metals. Philipp is based at the Heraeus’ Headquarters in Hanau, Germay.
Head of Technology Management, Rolls-Royce Solutions GmbH, Friedrichshafen, Germany
Martin Miller is Head of Technology Management at Rolls-Royce Power Systems, a leading provider of drive and energy solutions. In this role, he is responsible for technology strategy, technology scouting, the technology radar and the acquisition of funding. After studying chemical engineering at the Technical University of Munich, he began his professional career in 2011 at Zeppelin Systems GmbH, an international plant engineering company. He worked there as a laboratory manager in process engineering from 2011 to 2015.
He then moved to Rolls-Royce, where he worked as a fuel expert and deputy Head of Laboratory from 2015 to 2019. From 2019-2022, he was the Head of the Laboratory at Rolls-Royce and was responsible for fuels, oils, coolants, process materials, technical cleanliness and gravimetric emission determination.
Branch Manager, KLINGER Germany, Idstein
Dipl.-Ing. Norbert Weimer started his career 1982 at Leybold-Heraeus in Hanau, Germany, where he worked as product manager for analytical instruments and later for thin film production plants for electronic application. After a degree at IHK Frankfurt as marketing specialist in 1991 he joined the sealing specialist KLINGER in Idstein, Germany. Here he supported the technical change of customer from asbestos containing material to non-asbestos types. Via Marketing Manager, Export Manager he is responsible today for KLINGER GmbH as the Branch Manager at the site at Idstein.
Managing Director NEUMAN & ESSER DEUTSCHLAND GmbH, Germany
- 1998 – 2011: German Armed Forces Limited Term Officer
- 2012 – 2014: Project Manager and Engineering Mentor NEA China at NEUMAN & ESSER Deutschland GmbH & Co KG
- 2014 – 2016: Area Sales Manager for the regions Germany and Sub Sahara Africa at NEUMAN & ESSER Deutschland GmbH & Co KG
- 2017 – 2019: Head of Operations NEUMAN & ESSER Übach Production Company
- 2019 – 2021: Managing Director Operations of NEUMAN & ESSER Übach and Wurzen Production Companies
- Since 2020: Global Sales Coordinator
- Since 2014: Green H2 Business Development