NZ’s first hydrogen summit attracts big hitters
International and local experts are set to highlight the potential for hydrogen to transform Aotearoa
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A who’s who of speakers has been confirmed for the H2 2 ZERO Summit, New Zealand’s first-ever conference on hydrogen’s role in replacing fossil fuel use throughout the Aotearoa New Zealand economy.
The line-up includes international and local leaders of the emerging hydrogen economy from the government and private sectors. Organiser of the event, CEO of the New Zealand Hydrogen Council Dr Linda Wright says the calibre of international speakers shows how excited the rest of the world is about New Zealand’s hydrogen opportunity.
“We’ve been overwhelmed by the response from some of the most important names in the emerging global hydrogen economy. Without exception they’re making time for us because they’re excited about Aotearoa New Zealand’s potential advantages as a hydrogen producer in the post-fossil fuel world. We’re hoping the Summit will shake off some complacency that there seems to be at home about the potential for hydrogen”.
Speakers from the government and intergovernmental agency sector include Mary Burce Warlick, deputy executive director of the International Energy Agency, World Bank senior energy specialist Janina Franco, Japanese ambassador Koichi Ito and Ok-Heon Lee, lead of hydrogen economic policy at South Korea’s powerful Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy. New Zealand Minister of Energy and Resources, Hon Megan Woods will deliver the opening keynote.
International private sector leaders in the line-up include Kenichi Ando, from Japanese construction and green energy giant Obayashi Corporation; BOC’s hydrogen lead Chris Dolman; Alan Thomson, energy lead at global engineering powerhouse Arup; and Kaoru Umehara, from Mitsui Corporation's energy and infrastructure division.
Southern Green Hydrogen will also be well represented in the speaker line-up. Advisory Board members Sam Muraki from the Japanese Green Ammonia Consortium will take the stage, as will Meridian Energy CEO Neal Barclay, Contact CEO Mike Fuge and Meridian GM of Development Guy Waipara.
Dr Wright says both international and local developments will be under the spotlight across the two-day programme.
“The summit is going to highlight how fast the hydrogen economy is set to grow in New Zealand, and how broadly hydrogen will be used beyond the obvious sectors like transport. We also want to show how New Zealand’s technological leadership and collaborative partnerships give us a head start in the rapidly evolving international hydrogen supply chain,” said Dr Wright.
Grant Dalton will update the Summit on Team New Zealand’s hydrogen chase boat project via video link from Barcelona; Steve Murray from the Tuaropaki Trust will talk about their joint geothermal hydrogen project with Obayashi; and Hiringa Energy will share their plans for their hydrogen refuelling infrastructure.
The need for hydrogen in the transport sector will also be discussed in a section featuring Neeraj Lala, CEO of Toyota New Zealand, the Summit’s lead sponsor.
Tickets are still available at www.h22zerosummit.nz