Programme

13 November 2013

 

The final agenda can be downloaded below in a PDF version: Agenda

08:30 – 09:00  Registration & welcome coffee

09:00 – 09:15  Opening & Welcome Address:“Strategic importance of clean technologies for Europe” Hydrogen and fuel cells sector at the forefront of innovation                           

Welcome address: Robert-Jan Smits, Director General of DG Research & Innovation. European Commission

09:15 – 10:40 PANEL I: “Role of FCH technologies in a joint European approach” An exchange between top EU representatives and industry leaders
National energy strategies cannot succeed in isolation. A clear European vision and close coordination between regulatory authorities and industry is needed to create a competitive, secure and sustainable Europe. Political representatives will have an exchange with industry leaders of some of the market’s top players on why fuel cells and hydrogen are necessary for a joint European approach.

High-level speakers:

  • Vladko Panayotov, MEP and Rapporteur for FCH 2 JU Report
  • Philippe Baptiste, Strategy Director of the Directorate General for Research at the French Ministry of Research and Higher Education
  • Marc Florette, Member of the Executive Committee and Director of Research and Innovation, GDF SUEZ
  • Georg Frank, Senior Manager Fuel Cell Advanced Engineering and Research, Daimler AG
  • Akihito Tanke, Vice President of Toyota Europe
  • Graham Cooley, CEO of ITM Power
  • Olivier Onidi, Director for Innovative and Sustainable Mobility, DG Mobility and Transport, European Commission

Followed by Q&A with audience

10:40 – 11:00 “Fuel cells and hydrogen in the context of global energy challenges”

Keynote address
The EC Commissioner for Energy will take stock of the EU state-of-play regarding fuel cells and hydrogen. What are the key achievements so far? What is expected in the next decade? How does the changing global energy context impact policy thinking about innovative technologies?
Keynote address:Günther Oettinger, European Commissioner for Energy

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break & networking
11:30 – 13:00 PANEL II: “Progress in FCH deployment in Europe and the world” Major international initiatives, business cases and research highlights
Geographies such as North America, Japan and Korea are progressing quickly with development and market introduction of advanced FCH applications. The H2USA initiative launched in May 2013, deployment of stationary applications in Japan or production of FCEVs in Korea are among leading examples. What lessons can be learned from these projects? What is the status of H2Mobility,Europe’s leading deployment initiative? To ensure its competitiveness, does Europe need to change gear and boost its FCH policy?

High-level speakers:

  • Henri Winand, CEO of Intelligent Energy - Presentation
  • Yuji Nagata, Director and Chief Technology Executive of Toshiba Fuel Cell Power Systems and Chairman of the “Stationary FC working group” of the FCCJ,Japan - Presentation
  • Tobias Brunner, Head of Hydrogen Fuel Cell, BMW Group - Presentation
  • Unni M. Steinsmo, President and CEO of SINTEF- Presentation
  • John Sheridan, CEO of Ballard and Chairman of Dantherm Power - Presentation

Followed by Q&A with audience

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch break & Networking
14:00 – 15:30 PANEL III: “FCH JU 2008-2013: Key achievements and successes” Presentation of progress reports from FCH JU Review Days 2013
The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking launched in 2008 has provided a unique platform for cooperation, investment stability and - with a budget of almost €1 billion - funding support for circa 150 projects. What are the main results of this effort? Key flagship projects? A high-level summary will be presented by the FCH JU Executive Director, followed by reports from the FCH JU Review Days 2013 and an exchange with stakeholders in the audience.

Opening presentation:

  • Bert De Colvenaer, Executive Director of the FCH JU -  Presentation

Rapporteurs from FCH JU Review Days 2013:

  • Florence Lefebvre-Joud, Chair of FCH JU Scientific Committee, CEA/LITEN, France -  Presentation
  • Daria Vladikova, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria - Presentation
  • Alan Atkinson, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, United Kingdom - Presentation
  • Andreas Dorda, Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology, Austria - Presentation

Followed by Q&A with audience

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break & Networking
16:00 – 17:30 PANEL IV: “Vision 2020: FCH as key enablers of EU objectives” Public-private commitment to FCH development under Horizon 2020
The European Commission has proposed a regulation to continue the FCH JU activities under Horizon 2020. Based on a strong commitment of the public and public stakeholders as well as the research community, the new programme will provide a strong push towards deployment of a portfolio of fuel cells and hydrogen solutions. What are the principles and strategic priorities of this renewed programme? Where will this take Europe by 2020? Members of the partnership will present their joint vision for 2020.

Video message:

Maire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research & Innovation

FCH JU Members:

  • Pierre-Etienne Franc, Chair of FCH JU Governing Board, Chair of the NEW Industry Grouping, and Vice-President, Advanced Business& Technologies Network, Air Liquide
  • Rudolf Strohmeier, Vice-Chair of FCH JU Governing Board and Deputy Director General, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
  • Paul Lucchese, Chair of the European Research Grouping of the FCH JU and Vice Chair of AFHYPAC, French association on hydrogen and fuel cells Scientific Directorate of CEA-TECH, Technology Division of CEA, Atomic and Alternative Energies Institute of France

Followed by Q&A with audience

17:30 – 17:45 Conference conclusions Bert De Colvenaer, Executive Director of the FCH JU
Event moderator: Jacki Davis, Journalist and commentator on EU affairs

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