Sustainable Energy Council Announces World Hydrogen Advisory  Board of Industry Leaders

Sustainable Energy Council Announces World Hydrogen Advisory Board of Industry Leaders

June 17, 2021 0 By Press Release

London, UK – The London-based sustainable events, business council and training provider has published  the initial group of senior decision makers from global companies in the energy and hydrogen industry,  who will be a guiding force behind the SEC World Hydrogen Series of Events.  

In line with the recent and much-needed global momentum towards low carbon hydrogen energy, the Sustainable  Energy Council enlisted the group of leaders to give focus to the World Hydrogen Event Series proceedings to  ensure that key industry challenges and opportunities are addressed, enabling participants to take relevant,  informed decisions which will drive further collaboration and accelerate the hydrogen industry roll-out world-wide. 

The founding members of the SEC World Hydrogen Advisory board are: 

  • Allard Castelein, President & CEO, Port of Rotterdam Authority 
  • Paul Bogers, Vice President – Hydrogen, Royal Dutch Shell 
  • Andrew Horvath, Global Group Chairman, Star Scientific Limited 
  • Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, Secretary General, Hydrogen Europe 
  • Max Correa Achurra, Head of the Fuels & New Energy Division, Ministry of Energy, Chile Noé van Hulst, Chair at IPHE, Hydrogen Advisor at IEA & Gasunie 
  • Horst H. Mahmoudi, CEO & Executive Chairman, Smartenergy 
  • David Burns, VP Clean Energy, Linde 

Hydrogen is widely seen as a key element in the global race towards Net Zero. The Sustainable Energy Council  World Hydrogen series of events bring together governments and companies across the entire supply chain to  enhance global partnerships and ensure hydrogen plays a pivotal role in the energy transition.  

Allard Castelein, President & CEO, Port of Rotterdam said: “The energy transition is a fascinating journey.  Finding the best route towards a net zero economy, we have to learn from one another and set up new  partnerships. Rotterdam has the ambition to become Europe’s largest hydrogen hub, and it is my pleasure to  participate in this Advisory Board.” 

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Andrew Horvath, Global Group Chairman, Star Scientific Limited said: “Star Scientific is honoured to be invited to  join this prestigious board. It is welcome recognition of our Hydrogen Energy Release Optimiser, or HERO, which  companies and governments around the world are recognising as the missing link in the demand case for  hydrogen deployment, without combustion, for industrial heating and energy purposes. We are also proud to be  asked to bring the Australasian perspective to the Sustainable Energy Council’s deliberations on hydrogen.” 

Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, Secretary General, Hydrogen Europe said: “I am honoured to be a founding member of  the SEC World Hydrogen Advisory Board among such esteemed experts in the field. Hydrogen Europe is  committed to provide a significant contribution, bringing together stakeholders from across the whole hydrogen  value chain. Our collective efforts will enable meaningful exchanges on the future of the EU energy system and  the role of clean hydrogen.” 

Max Correa Achurra, Head of the Fuels & New Energy Division, Ministry of Energy, Chile said: “Chile is rich in  renewable energies, which combined with our robust institutions, transparent and non-discriminatory regulation,  and advanced energy markets, will unlock the potential to produce the cheapest green hydrogen on the planet. To  exploit the full potential of this clean energy carrier, we have laid out a National Green Hydrogen Strategy that sets  ambitious goals. Attracting international sources of financing for these projects, public-private cooperation and  dialogue is key to understand and reduce critical barriers for hydrogen deployment. I look forward to working with  the SEC Hydrogen Advisory Board to bring our perspectives to the table and continue enhancing crucial  international cooperation.”

Noé van Hulst, Chair at IPHE, Hydrogen Advisor at IEA & Gasunie said: “The global momentum for clean hydrogen  is incredibly strong, as we can see from the increasing number of countries with hydrogen strategies and public  funding commitments, as well as the private sector investment appetite. What we need now, is the appropriate  regulatory framework to scale-up clean hydrogen rapidly and de-risk the huge private investment required. We also  need smart policies that aim at creating integrated markets and facilitate the entire value chain across borders,  including infrastructure and storage. I am happy to join this advisory board.” 

David Burns, VP Clean Energy, Linde said: “As the world is shifting toward a new energy system where hydrogen  is set to play a key role, it is paramount to create programs that promote the dialogue between industry  stakeholders. This is necessary at both a regional and a global level, and in ways that contribute to the creation of  a robust knowledge base focused on the many ways hydrogen can help reach the Paris Accord goals. With over  100 years of experience in the field, Linde is well-equipped to support this mission and I am personally very glad  to be part of the founding members of the SEC World Hydrogen Advisory Board, along with other well-known  leaders in the energy industry.” 

Chris Hugall, Managing Director of the Sustainable Energy Council said: “We’re delighted to welcome these leading  experts as the founding members of the SEC World Hydrogen Advisory Board. I look forward to working closely  with the Board ensuring SEC continues to deliver highly relevant, solution-focused programmes facilitating  international collaboration and access to the latest hydrogen information and business opportunities.” 

Find out more about the SEC World Hydrogen Advisory Board and its members here: 

https://www.sustainableenergycouncil.com/hydrogen-advisory-board/