May 29-30, 2024

Los Angeles Convention Center
Los Angeles, United States

May 29-30, 2024

Los Angeles Convention Center
Los Angeles, United States

Unlocking California's Hydrogen Potential

Conference Program

Wednesday 29 May 2024

Thursday 30 May 2024

08:30 09:25

Breakfast

09:25 09:30

Opening Remarks from the Chair

Roxana Bekemohammadi

Founder and Executive Director

United States Hydrogen Alliance

09:30 10:00

Welcome from State Representatives and the Conference Co-Hosts

Patricia Monahan

Commissioner

California Energy Commission

Eric Guter

Vice President, Hydrogen

Air Products

Johnny Baca

Marketing Manager

International Brotherhood of Boilermakers

10:00 10:20

Keynote Address

Eric Guter

Vice President, Hydrogen

Air Products

10:20 10:45

Presentation from the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers

Johnny Baca

Marketing Manager

International Brotherhood of Boilermakers

10:45 11:00

Fireside Chat: Overview of the H2Hubs program

Host: James Kast

James Kast

Executive Director of Hydrogen

Iwatani Corporation of America

Angelique Besnard

Stakeholder Engagement Specialist, Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations

U.S. Department of Energy

11:00 11:30

Opening Plenary: Update on The Alliance for Renewable Clean Hydrogen Energy Systems (ARCHES)

  • Exploring Arches and examining California's leadership, and efforts on developing hydrogen infrastructure
  • Accelerating hydrogen’s contribution to decarbonizing the California’s economy and building on California's long-standing hydrogen and renewable energy leadership
  • Highlighting California's cutting-edge policies, and green energy ecosystem to highlight why the State is the best place to develop a hydrogen hub
  • What will be the economic impact of ARCHES on the green economy and job creation?

Moderator: Lorraine Paskett

Lorraine Paskett

Executive Director, Clean Hydrogen

Air Products

Tyson Eckerle

Senior Advisor, Clean Infrastructure and Mobility

California Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GOBiz)

11:30 11:45

Fireside Chat: Past, Present, and Future of Hydrogen at NASA

Host: David Blekhman

David Blekhman

Professor, Sustainable Energy and Transportation

California State University, Los Angeles

Angela Krenn

Technical Integration Lead and Principal Technologist

NASA

11:45 12:00

Fireside Chat: The First Net Zero Energy City: What is Hydrogen’s Role in Moving Beyond Net Zero

Host: Kim Domptail

Kim Domptail

US West Regional Market Lead, Future Energy

GHD

R. Rex Parris

Mayor

City of Lancaster

12:00 13:15

Lunch and Exhibition Visit

13:15 14:00

California: On the Precipice of Becoming a Global Hydrogen Leader

  • Creating a network of hydrogen producers, consumers, and infrastructure to accelerate the use of hydrogen in multiple carbon-intensive sectors.
  • What is the latest on California’s hydrogen market development strategy to accelerate clean energy deployment and decarbonizing transportation sector and heavy industrial emitters?
  • What State agencies will be involved and what will be their roles and responsibilities?
  • How will the state of California engage relevant stakeholders, including local communities, to advance equity and deliver environmental and economic benefits?
  • What do the economics and procurement look like when shifting to a hydrogen economy?

Attendee insights: Delegates will learn about the significant achievements made toward California’s hydrogen economy and what potential challenges lie ahead. The panel will share key insights on the economic policies, infrastructure plans, and industry collaboration that will be needed for California to become a global hydrogen leader.

Moderator: Tom Soto

Tom Soto

Founder

Latimer Partners, LLC

Patricia Monahan

Commissioner

California Energy Commission

Hilary Norton

Commissioner

California Transportation Commission

Eric Guter

Vice President, Hydrogen

Air Products

Stephen Cheung

Chief Executive Officer

Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation

Tyson Eckerle

Senior Advisor, Clean Infrastructure and Mobility

California Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GOBiz)

14:00 14:15

Fireside Chat: Tackling the Hydrogen Storage Challenge with Atomic Precision

Moderator: Nico Bouwkamp

Nico Bouwkamp

Business Development Manager H2, Research Operations

GTI Energy

Neel Sirosh

Chief Technology Officer

H2MOF

14:15 14:30

Fireside Chat: Toyota

Host: Brent Lakeman

Brent Lakeman

Director, Hydrogen Initiative

Edmonton Global

Craig Scott

Group Manager

Toyota North America

14:30 15:15

Fueling the Future: How Advancements in Hydrogen Technology Will Reshape the Transportation Sector

Transport accounts for around one-fifth of global CO₂ emissions with three-quarters of the emissions generated derived from road transport in the form of private passenger vehicles such as cars and buses. Electric vehicles (EVs) have helped lower global emissions. However, limited driving ranges, higher costs, and the impacts on the electrical grid have limited their adoption. Recent advancements in hydrogen technology have helped power a new generation of vehicles.

Attendee insights: Understand hydrogen’s role in decarbonizing heavy emitting vehicles and aviation, examine which vehicles are best suited for hydrogen, and assess how long mass-scale adoption will take and strategies to expedite.

Moderator: Grace Quan

Grace Quan

President and CEO

Hydrogen in Motion Inc. (H2M)

Orville Thomas

Chief Executive Officer

California Mobility Center

Val Miftakov

Chief Executive Officer

ZeroAvia

Cory Shumaker

Director, Business Development

Hyzon

Ryan Harty

Assistant Vice President and Division Lead, Sustainability Development Division

American Honda Motor Co. Inc. (AHM)

Nicolas Pocard

Vice President Marketing & Strategic Partnerships

Ballard

15:15 15:45

Lessons Learned from Canada’s First Hydrogen Hub

With plans underway to implement a diverse portfolio of projects related to the production, transportation, and end use of hydrogen, including CO2 capture and storage, the Edmonton Region is on a path to net-zero and help create a future for the energy industry. The Edmonton Region is on track to be a global competitor and leader in the production and export of low-carbon hydrogen and strategic initiatives like the Edmonton Region Hydrogen Hub’s 5000 Hydrogen Vehicle Challenge are serving as models for the scale up of hydrogen use across a range of sectors.  The Hub is catalyzing a cross-Canada approach that will demonstrate how other regions can take advantage of the hydrogen opportunity and join forces to build a strong Canada-wide hydrogen economy.

Brent Lakeman

Director, Hydrogen Initiative

Edmonton Global

15:30 15:45

Networking and Coffee Break

15:45 16:30

Building the Future: Hydrogen Infrastructure Development in California

  • Examining the current state of hydrogen infrastructure in California including refueling stations and pipelines.
  • The challenges faced in expanding hydrogen infrastructure and the opportunities it presents for the State's economy and environment.
  • Explore the growth of hydrogen refueling stations, their distribution, accessibility, and plans for expansion.
  • Discuss the potential for hydrogen pipelines to transport hydrogen across California and connect production centers to demand centers.
  • Insights into funding mechanisms, investment opportunities, and financial support for hydrogen infrastructure projects.
  • What is the long-term vision for hydrogen infrastructure in California and plans for expansion and innovation?

Attendee insights: This panel discussion will provide attendees with valuable insights into the challenges, opportunities, and strategies related to hydrogen infrastructure development in California, fostering dialogue among experts, policymakers, and industry leaders to accelerate its growth.

Moderator: Roxana Bekemohammadi

Roxana Bekemohammadi

Founder and Executive Director

United States Hydrogen Alliance

Patrick Goodman

Technical Fellow

Fluor

Kirk Hamilton

Engineering Sales Manager

C-FER Technologies

Salim Rahemtulla

President and CEO

PowerTap Hydrogen Fueling Corp

Yuri Freedman

Senior Director, Business Development

Southern California Gas Company

Mothusi Pahl

Vice President Of Business Development & Government Affairs

Modern Hydrogen

16:30 16:40

Closing Remarks from the Chair

Roxana Bekemohammadi

Founder and Executive Director

United States Hydrogen Alliance

08:30 09:15

Breakfast

09:15 09:20

Opening Remarks from the Chair

Roxana Bekemohammadi

Founder and Executive Director

United States Hydrogen Alliance

09:20 09:30

Day 2 Welcome Address

Martin Adams

General Manager and Chief Engineer

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

09:30 09:45

Fireside Chat: How Carbon Management Can Enable the Growth of Hydrogen

Host: Elliot Anise-Hicks

Elliot Anise-Hicks

Chief Technology Officer & Co-Founder

Oberon Fuels

Mark Ackiewicz

Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, Department of Energy

United States Government

09:45 10:00

Fireside Chat: The Hub of Transportation Technology for Tomorrow

Host: Dave Park

Dave Park

Industry Affairs Director

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Partnership

Orville Thomas

Chief Executive Officer

California Mobility Center

10:00 10:45

Exploring Clean Hydrogen Production: Advancements and Opportunities in California

  • The current state of hydrogen production in California including electrolysis and natural gas to hydrogen
  • How are renewable energy sources being integrated into hydrogen production processes in California, and what are the challenges and opportunities?
  • Innovation in hydrogen production technologies to reduce cost of hydrogen production
  • Overview of government policies, incentives, and funding opportunities promoting the development and adoption of hydrogen production technologies in California.
  • Identifying the key challenges facing hydrogen production in California and the strategies for overcoming them.
  • Exploring the long-term prospects for hydrogen as an energy carrier.
  • Highlighting successful collaborations between industry, research institutions, and government agencies in advancing hydrogen production technologies.

Attendee insights: This panel discussion would provide attendees with a comprehensive understanding of the various hydrogen production technologies, their applications, and the role they play in California's energy landscape. It would also promote dialogue among experts, policymakers, and industry leaders to accelerate the growth of the hydrogen sector in the state.

Moderator: David Mercer

David Mercer

Director, Office of Technology

Fluor

Anna Caballero

State Senator, 14th District

California State Senate

Larry Tree

Chief Executive Officer

Proteum Energy

Ian Dunderdale

Chief Operating Officer

Element Resources

Robert Campbell

Chief Commercial Officer

Next Hydrogen Solutions Inc.

10:45 11:15

Navigating Green Waters: Hydrogen's Role in Decarbonizing Port Operations in California

  • Exploring the development and adoption of hydrogen fuel cell-powered ships and their impact on maritime emissions reduction
  • Deploying hydrogen refueling stations and distribution networks within ports.
  • What collaborations are required in order for hydrogen adoption in port adoptions tp be successful? What is the economic feasibility?
  • Identifying the key challenges and solutions in integrating hydrogen into port operations, such as infrastructure development and safety considerations.
  • Showcasing successful case studies or pilot projects that have demonstrated the feasibility and benefits of hydrogen in port operations.

Attendee insights: This panel discussion will provide valuable insights into how hydrogen can help reduce emissions and enhance sustainability in port operations, fostering dialogue among experts, port authorities, shipping companies, technology providers, and government representatives.

Moderator: Terry Tamminen

Terry Tamminen

Chief Executive Officer

AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles

Kristi McKenney

Chief Operating Officer

Port of Oakland

Pace Ralli

Chief Executive Officer

SWITCH Maritime LLC

Heather Tomley

Managing Director of Planning and Environmental Affairs

Port of Long Beach

Mike Galvin

Director, Waterfront and Commercial Real Estate

Port of Los Angeles

11:15 12:00

Collaboration and Partnerships in Advancing California's Hydrogen Sector

  • Why is global collaboration and partnerships more critical than ever in advancing California's hydrogen sector?
  • Exploring key international hydrogen initiatives, such as clean hydrogen alliances and cooperation agreements, and their relevance to California
  • What international collaborations and technology partnerships are taking place that have already have benefited California's hydrogen sector?
  • Highlighting the importance of knowledge sharing and technology transfer in international collaborations.
  • Discussing the economic opportunities and potential growth for California's hydrogen sector through international collaborations.

Attendee insights: This panel discussion will provide valuable insights into the role of international collaboration and partnerships in the California hydrogen sector, fostering dialogue among experts, industry leaders, policymakers, researchers, and advocates for a more connected and sustainable global hydrogen industry.

Moderator: Kelly Ratchinsky

Kelly Ratchinsky

Technical Project Manager, Hydrogen Infrastructure

CALSTART

Dr. Robert T. Do

Chief Executive Officer

SGH2 Energy Global Corp.

Tony White

Head of Vertical Market Chemical, Glass & Energy US Sales

Siemens Industry, Inc.

Hugo Wagner

Head of Hydrogen Strategy and Ecosystem

Airbus Americas

Arnaud Namer

Chief Operating Officer

Universal Hydrogen

Mike Hart

Chief Executive Officer

Sierra Railroad Company

12:00 13:30

Lunch and Exhibition Visit

13:30 14:00

Powering the Future: Hydrogen as an Energy Storage Solution in California

  • An overview of California's energy storage requirements, including the role of hydrogen in meeting these needs.
  • How can hydrogen storage support grid balancing, peak demand management, and supply-demand matching in California's energy grid?
  • Showcase ongoing or completed projects that use hydrogen as an energy storage solution in California.
  • Examine the regulatory and policy landscape in California that affects the deployment of hydrogen storage systems.
  • Discuss the economic feasibility of hydrogen storage projects, including cost-effectiveness and potential revenue streams.

Attendee insights: This panel discussion will provide attendees with valuable insights into the potential of hydrogen storage to enhance California's energy infrastructure and support the integration of renewable energy sources, fostering dialogue among experts, policymakers, and industry leaders.

Moderator: Kirk Hamilton

Kirk Hamilton

Engineering Sales Manager

C-FER Technologies

Natasha Kostenuk

Chief Executive Officer

Ayrton Energy

Matthias Rudloff

Chief Executive Officer

Ambartec AG

Neel Sirosh

Chief Technology Officer

H2MOF

14:00 14:45

Taking Hydrogen to the Next Phase Through Considered and Thoughtful Investment

  • Examining how to structure a bankable hydrogen project
  • To what extent is blending public and private capital the way forward?
  • Creating policy and regulatory frameworks that incentivize investment
  • Examples of pioneering projects that have reached successful commercial scale project build

Attendee Insights: Gain knowledge into the current funding models for hydrogen projects and other factors which will be key to the development of the hydrogen market.

Moderator: Nico Bouwkamp

Nico Bouwkamp

Business Development Manager H2, Research Operations

GTI Energy

Anthony McMaken

Director, Finance

HIF Global

Adam Wasserman

Managing Partner

Global Logistics Development Partners

Tyler Reitmeier

Business Development Leader-Industrial Gases & Green Hydrogen

Yokogawa

Kevin Barker

Senior Manager of Energy Policy

Southern California Gas Company

14:45 15:00

Networking and Coffee Break

15:00 15:45

Driving Sustainable Growth: Stakeholder Engagement in California's Hydrogen Revolution

  • Highlight the importance of engaging local communities, addressing concerns, and ensuring equitable access to hydrogen technologies.
  • Offering clear and accessible information about the role of hydrogen in achieving climate goals, energy security, and economic development to garner support and build trust.
  • Addressing the environmental benefits, challenges, and mitigation strategies associated with hydrogen projects in California.

Attendee insights: This panel aims to provide attendees with a comprehensive understanding of stakeholder engagement dynamics in California's hydrogen sector and inspire collaborative efforts towards a sustainable energy future.

Moderator: Dave Park

Dave Park

Industry Affairs Director

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Partnership

Jason Caudle

City Manager

City of Lancaster

Joy Langford

Chief Community Benefits Officer

ARCHES H2

Meha Bola

Senior Advisor

GHD

Steven Bradford

State Senator, 35th District

California State Senate

15:45 15:55

Closing Remarks from the Chair and End of Conference

Roxana Bekemohammadi

Founder and Executive Director

United States Hydrogen Alliance

Wednesday 29 May 2024

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