Summit Program

The 2022 Hydrogen Connect program is prolific and generous, with a variety of delivery formats, to facilitate relevance to our diverse audience including Specialist workshops, Skills workshops, Tech tours & Live demonstrations

Program Snapshot

H2 CONNECT Special Feature | Learn About the Latest Practical Hydrogen Issues in an Interactive 3 Hour Training Orientated Way

An opportunity for delegates to discuss topics in a practical, interactive, and training-orientated 3-hour workshop setting pre-day to the actual Summit.

Half Day (Choose A, B or C) Full day available

Workshop A
Workshop B
Site Tour
Hydrogen Market Economics and Policy Implications

IRENA’s recent report on GLOBAL HYDROGEN TRADE TO MEET THE 1.5°C CLIMATE GOAL predicts that three quarters of hydrogen trade by 2050 will be produced and consumed locally. This workshop will focus on the drivers, barriers and policy implications for developing the local hydrogen production and consumption markets in Queensland.

This session will consider which sectors of the Queensland economy can make use of hydrogen in their decarbonization journey and where there may be challenges. The workshop will include a facilitated session on applying a decision-making framework for identifying the potential policy mix to support hydrogen use in identified sectors of the economy. A discussion on policy initiatives associated with hydrogen market development globally will inform this.

The workshop will consider:

  • Market sectors for hydrogen demand in Queensland and potential policy initiatives to leverage these
  • Hydrogen market barriers and ways to address these through policy mechanisms, with insights on policy and regulatory approaches from across the world
  • How hydrogen policies might impact other priorities for Queensland and Australia. What economic and other benefits may Queensland expect from implementing these policy mechanisms?

The workshop provides an opportunity for industry stakeholders to discuss, develop and share common industry views with other participants as part of the H2Q Summit activities.

Ekaterina Milne, H2Q Policy and Advocacy Working Group Chair, H2Q

Dr Thomas Koller, Senior Hydrogen Consultant, DNV

Ariel Elboim, Senior Advisor, GHD

Nigel Lott, RPEQ

Improving the performance and cutting the costs of existing fuel cell technology with relevant and economically viable application

The workshop will review the principal types of fuel cell that are used for both mobile and stationary power systems and explore the issues that give rise to low performance and high costs. The most successful application of fuel cell technology has undoubtedly been for manned space flight, where capital costs have not been a key consideration.

For mass roll-out of fuel cells for vehicles, the high costs and relatively low performance has delayed their introduction. The workshop will explore what innovations in materials and engineering are necessary to build commercially successful fuel cell systems.

The workshop will cover:

  • Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) , Alkaline (AFC) and Phosphoric Acid fuel cell (PAFC) systems
  • High temperature solid oxide (SOFC) and molten carbonate (MCFC) fuel cell systems
  • Intrinsic efficiency losses and the performance curve
  • Stack components, engineering and manufacturing
  • System integration



Dr Andrew Dicks, Advisor to the Board, Lion Energy Limited; Convener of Australian Hydrogen Research Network, CSIRO; Adjunct Principal Research Fellow, Queensland Micro- and Nanotechnology Centre, Griffith University
BOC Bulwer Island Site Tour


Attendees are to make their own way to the BOC Bulwer Island Site, please be sure to arrive by 9:00am.

398 Tingira St, Pinkenba 4008 QLD

  • Introduction to the BOC Bulwer Island Site, the gases produced onsite and an overview of the end use applications/customers.
  • High level overview of the Bulwer Island Hydrogen production facility (key specs, necessary inputs, design and procurement timeline, safety systems etc)
  • Inspection of the hydrogen production compound including electrolyser, hydrogen storage, water treatment, power supply and safety systems)


Tour participants need to wear long sleeves, long trousers and their own steel toe-cap boots. Safety wear (high vis, hard hats, eye protection and ear plugs) will be provided onsite.


Half Day (Choose D or E) Full day available

Workshop D
Workshop E
Compliance Pathways and Risk Management for hydrogen applications within local councils and communities

The workshop will review typical hydrogen production and end-use projects that will be deployed in and around communities. These projects typically will fall within the remit of Work Health and Safety and/or Resources Safety Health Queensland. Hydrogen technology is rapidly changing, new applications are emerging, risk landscape is still being understood and public is building their understanding of hydrogen, therefore risk management will need to build future risk readiness for the ‘unknowns’.

We will explore the safety management expectations required by regulators, lessons learnt and best practices from industry so that proponents obtain a compliance pathway and be prepared for emerging risks.

Some of the topics we will touch on include:

  • Planning, environmental and hazardous facility regulations
  • Hydrogen hazards and the differences to conventional fuels
  • Safety management systems and/or safety case expectations
  • Case studies using typical projects addressing the above


Diane Hinson, Hydrogen Transformation Partner, Advisian; Chair of H2Q Regulations and Safety working group and technical advisor to H2Q

Delene Kock, Principal, Aurecon

Gaurang Joshi, Project Manager, GPA Engineering

Carbon Accounting and Reporting for Hydrogen Producers, Distributors and Users
  • Overview of carbon emissions accounting principles and boundary definitions
  • International IPHE Standards – latest developments
  • How do I certify low emissions hydrogen?
    • Guarantee of Origin
    • Other certifications
  • Alignment with Carbon Markets and National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Scheme


Cameron Mathie, Manager – Future Carbon Markets and Project Lead - Guarantee of Origin Implementation Clean Energy Regulator


Middle to Senior Decision Makers from:  Resources Companies – Feedstock Providers –  Mid-Large Scale Transition Users and Offtakers –  Energy Generators including Power, Gas, Hydrogen and Renewables – Infrastructure Design, Planning and Project Decision Makers – Engineering, OEM and Technology Providers representing fuel cell technology, liquid and gas storage technologies – Energy Consultants, and Government Agencies.

National and State Initiatives to Accelerate a Demand Driven Hydrogen Economy in Australia to Serve Global and Domestic Markets
Queensland Hydrogen Taskforce Breakfast
Govt & C-Suite QLD Business and Investment Breakfast Forum
A by-invitation-only closed-door session initiative by the Queensland Government, Trade and Investment Queensland and H2Q for invited Federal, State and Regional leaders, as well as select C-Suite hydrogen leaders from Australia, Japan, Korea and Europe. Any appropriate outcomes and highlights are planned to be shared during the conference’s morning governmental panel discussion. By exclusive invitation only - No further places available
Registration desk opens
Opening Remarks from the Chair and Welcome to Country

Renata Berglas, Chair, Queensland Hydrogen Industry Cluster (H2Q) & Member, Queensland Hydrogen Taskforce


0925 - 0945
Ministerial Keynote
Building Australia’s world-leading hydrogen future to rapidly lower emissions, create jobs, and boost regional economies
Hon Dr Steven Miles, Deputy Premier, Minister for State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Minister Assisting the Premier on Olympics Infrastructure, Queensland Government
Government Policies Incentives & Projects
Panel Discussion: Winning the hydrogen race: Leveraging Australia’s renewable energy future to accelerate the uptake of hydrogen through policy, incentives and projects
  • Key policy tools with enabling and agile regulatory regimes to deliver reliable and secure clean energy for domestic and global demand
  • Policy plans and rebates to activate end-user uptake of technology
  • Planned grants and government investments for hydrogen projects
  • How do Australia’s policies compare with EU, US and Asia to compete in the global race?
  • Plans to streamline pathways for approvals
  • Infrastructure corridors and common infrastructure initiatives


Tim Stock, Director of Hydrogen & Clean Energy, NSW Government

Richard Day, Director Strategy, Policy and Communication, Growth and Low Carbon Division, Department for Energy and Mining, Government of South Australia

Chris Shaw, Deputy Director General - Hydrogen, Department of Energy & Public Works, Queensland Government

Moderator: Professor Peta Ashworth, Director, Andrew N Liveris Academy for Innovation and Leadership, University of Queensland

Morning tea
Business Insights
Supercharging and superconducting our future energy transition
  • Future green energy requires a supercharged focus on integration of technologies and infrastructure not previously part of our knowledge base nor of our supply chain.
  • Massive innovation will deliver new technologies that contribute significantly to emissions reductions and efficient electrification prior to 2030-35.
  • Improvements in technologies provide cost-effective options to re-deploy existing infrastructure for extended lifetimes.
  • Superconductors can enable up to 95% efficiency with energy generation and storage compared to current industry averages of 80%–85%.
  • Active Magnetic Regenerative Refrigeration (AMRR) for hydrogen liquefaction is projected to provide efficiencies up to 50% better than conventional gas compression methods at critical temperatures.


Professor Ian Mackinnon, Centre for Clean Energy Technologies and Practices, Queensland University of Technology in conversation with Mike Straughton, Director, H2Q and Executive Director, CIRC Partners

National Domestic Demand
Panel Discussion: Growing domestic demand to fuel Australia’s green hydrogen revolution and accelerate early transition for end-users
  • What is the commercial scale generation and distribution capability/possibility to meet global and local demand for hydrogen in the next few years?
  • Are the decarbonisation incentives, funding, pricing and technology solutions sufficient to increase domestic demand and domestic use of green hydrogen (before exporting it)?
  • Benchmarking the pricing, safety and technological competitiveness of hydrogen over other renewables
  • Constraints, risks, challenges, technology maturity and opportunities for early adopters to switch from existing prohibitive high energy cost to hydrogen
  • Tackling the cost/benefit equation of switching
  • Unravelling the “known unknowns” that disrupt the transition required to achieve the seismic shift to build widespread domestic demand


Vikram Singh, Head of Hydrogen Development, Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG)

Emma Roberts, Acting Executive General Manager Future Energy, CS Energy

David Cavanagh, Chief Hydrogen Officer, Top Group - Hydrogen West

Charles Rottier, Chairman, Future Fuels CRC

Heather Bone, Director of ESG, Toll Global Express

Moderator: Paul Hodgson, Interim CEO, Scaling Green Hydrogen Co-operative Research

Pre-lunch address
Thomas Soulsby, Executive Chairman, Lion Energy
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Cost competitiveness & Economics
What will it take for hydrogen to win? An economic perspective on hydrogen pricing, costs and infrastructure competitiveness.
  • How will hydrogen win by giving heavy industry reliability; what they want, when they want it and at the right price
  • Determining the cost drivers, and the transport and storage constraints that limit H2’s capacity to compete on price in the energy sector and the solutions to mitigate costs
  • Leveraging low-cost renewable energy inputs and resolving other green hydrogen price point factors to compete with other fuels
  • Carbon pricing initiatives and incentives to make hydrogen attractive to users


Dr Alex Wonhas, EnergyCo Advisory Board Member, NSW Department of Planning & Environment; formerly EGM System Design, Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO)

Domestic Production
How Queensland can lead the green industrial revolution and create employment and requisites for Australia to become the world leader of green industry
  • Discussing transformation of supply chains and the role of manufacturing
  • Lessons to be learned from US Inflation Reduction Act to be competitive
  • FFI's ambitions to build demand, and commit to large scale production at an accelerated pace


Felicity Underhill, Director of East Australia & NZ Aotearoa, Fortescue Future Industries

Home Grown Case Study
Home Grown Case Study: Tackling diesel head on using green hydrogen
  • Grid scale problems don't need grid scale solutions
  • Hydrogen as storage - start small, think big


Paul Sernia, CEO, ENDUA in conversation with Andy Marsland, Board Director, H2Q, Business Manager, Stellar Recruitment

Afternoon Tea
Financing "Bankable" Hydrogen
Panel Discussion: Invigorating hydrogen finance, investment and funding: Determining bankability, risks and rewards
  • Harvesting superannuation’s increasing enthusiasm for green finance portfolio investments in renewable energy with commitment to future net zero
  • Offtake agreements and their instrumental role in validating hydrogen project bankability
  • “Green Certification” criteria for lenders and the multiplying effect on the attractiveness to financiers
  • Cashing in on Renewable Energy Target tradeable certificates
  • What financial assumptions should be used to calculate realistic and believable net present value?
  • Financing international collaboration on hydrogen projects
  • Withholding tax rates and economic models for infrastructure facilities for foreign investment – when will hydrogen projects fall within the approved (MIT) economic infrastructure regime concept?


Dr Cameron Kelly, General Counsel,  Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)

Rupert Maloney, Head of Hydrogen, Clean Energy Finance Corporation

Sam Reynolds, Managing Director, Octopus Australia

Moderator: Matt Baumgurtel, Partner Energy Lead, Hamilton Locke

Pitch Battle

Five of the best innovations will be invited to battle it out at the Hydrogen Connect Summit. The battle will showcase five start-up’s with novel and scalable low carbon or hydrogen technology and/or innovations.

A panel of industry experts will provide feedback and guidance on the day, and select an official winner.

The winner of the pitch battle will receive the opportunity to join H2Q for the 2022/2023 year, feature in the H2Q newsletter and LinkedIn page and be invited to present at our end of year event at Custom’s House, Brisbane.


Luciano Giangiordano, Founder and CEO, Hydroverse

David Bentley, CEO, Ardent Underground

Martin Newton, Founder, Zero Alpha Energy ( HiIoT)

Greg Perkins, CEO, Wildfire Energy

Jan Bilek, CTO, BBBlimp


Trevor Holmes, Managing Director, Advivo Innovation and Commercial Partners

Paul Sernia, CEO, ENDUA

Brett Spicer, Partner, Sustainability,BDO

Session Chair: Robert Hoffman, BDO

Networking Drinks

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Registration desk opens
Opening Remarks from the Chair

Renata Berglas, Chair, Queensland Hydrogen Industry Cluster (H2Q) & Member, Queensland Hydrogen Taskforce


Japan and Australia Collaboration
Panel Discussion: Collaboration in action: Japan-Australia partnership opportunities that benefit from world-class hydrogen technology transfer and accelerate national demand and export opportunities
  • Recent policy update and priorities, and outlook on Australia’s Clean Trade Programme and the role of Australian hydrogen for Japan’s carbon-neutral plans
  • Japan’s incentive programmes, green innovation funds and carbon neutral ambitions
  • Exploring Australia’s path to export hydrogen with key success factors that have contributed to a strong trading relationship between Queensland and Japan
  • Collaboration and cross border technology transfer fundamentals


Prof Masakazu Sugiyama, The University of Tokyo, and Queensland Hydrogen Envoy to Japan

Keisuke Miyoshi, Deputy Director General, Technology Department, Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC)

Ko Watanabe, Head of Business Development: Hydrogen, Sumitomo Corporation

Satoshi Kuwano, Executive Director Hydrogen Business Strategy, Kansai Electric

Moderator: Tak Adachi, Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner for Japan, Queensland Government

Diverse Demand
Panel Discussion: From theory to practice: Hydrogen's current place in the Australian energy market and opportunities for diverse industries
  • Defining hydrogen’s role for domestic and export demand
  • Facilitating the use of hydrogen in industrial processes such as heating, metals extraction, and ammonia
  • Getting hydrogen onto the GRID
  • Hydrogen and future zero emission mobility
  • Discovering compelling commercial opportunities for Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) to influence shareholders and investors
  • Are the timelines for Australia’s national hydrogen roadmap realistic?
  • Is the $2 price point realistic and how can this be achieved?
  • Practical applications to make hydrogen projects commercially viable from theory to practice


Daniel Kim, CEO, Ark Energy

Michael van Baarle, Co-Founder & CEO, ABEL Energy

Andrew Clennett, CEO, Hiringa Energy

Moderator: Florence Lindhaus, Cluster Manager – Energy, German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce

Morning Tea
Science & Innovation
Panel Discussion: Fostering innovation and harnessing the power of technology to build hydrogen scale
  • Driving collaboration between industry and the science and research community to make businesses better with real engagement between the two
  • Harnessing the power of hydrogen production and transport innovative catalysts
  • Recognising the time to build up scale for hydrogen energy
  • Necessary measures to bridge the technology gap to get to zero emissions with a renewable energy network
  • Highlighting developments in embrittlement, hydrogen storage and pipeline performance
  • Utilising agricultural waste and waste water to produce hydrogen
  • Using liquid organic carriers
  • Evolving green gas infrastructure requirements
  • Leveraging R & D incentives to deliver superior local technology across the hydrogen supply chain


Dr Alexander Klimenko, Director: The Centre for Multiscale and Renewable Energy Systems, The University of Queensland

Dr Muxina Konarova, Senior Lecturer, School of Chemical Engineering, The University of Queensland

Professor Xiwang Zhang, Director, UQ Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation

Dr Cristyn Meath, Director, Sustainable infrastructure Research Hub, The University of Queensland

Moderator: Professor Andrew Garnett, Director, Centre for Natural Gas/UQ Energy, The University of Queensland

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Quickfire Case Studies: Mobility
Hyzon Case Study: Harnessing recent emerging markets in Australia’s rapidly growing hydrogen society to decarbonise fleets
  • Reviewing capital efficiencies and inefficiencies when decarbonising fleets
  • What is the cross-over point of hydrogen vs batteries?
  • Determining our innovation priorities for robust commercial deployment
  • Partnering with feedstock providers, production, distribution, and dispensing leaders to ensure a reliable hydrogen supply for long-distance haulage
  • Reducing refuelling time and increasing payload


John Edgley, Managing Director, Hyzon

Reality check: how quickly can we decarbonise road freight?
  • Conflicting priorities: Net zero versus the freight task
  • Realities of the truck market
  • Lessons from other fuel failures
  • Placing hydrogen into the puzzle


Mark Gjerek, Director, MOV3MENT

Q & A Panel Discussion: Will hydrogen fuel the future of mobility?

John Edgley, Managing Director, Hyzon

Mark Gjerek, Director, MOV3MENT

Neil Wang, CEO, Foton Mobility

Moderator: Renata Berglas, Chair, Queensland Hydrogen Industry Cluster (H2Q) & Member, Queensland Hydrogen Taskforce

Mega Project Case Study
The Central Queensland Renewable Hydrogen (CQ-H2) Project: Integrating investment, feedstock, offtake, pipeline and OEM proponents to build a successful downstream, midstream and upstream industry wide partnership
  • From feedstock to production to liquefaction to shipping to use
  • How to connect (foreign) demand with supply chain opportunities


Phil Richardson, General Manager, Stanwell Corporation Limited

Masaru Nishimura, General Manager, Hydrogen Development and Commercial Lead, Iwatani Corporation

Caroline Beattie, GM Hydrogen & Fuels, APA Group

Dmitry Danilovich, Director Development, Acciona Energia

Moderator: Kevin Morrison, Australia and Pacific Correspondent, Argus Media

Best Practice Case Studies
Domestic Use
Long Haul Locomotive
Unlocking the hydrogen opportunity using domestic gas networks
  • Outlining AGIG’s renewable hydrogen projects in Queensland and throughout Australia
  • Discussing the key technical and economic findings of the Australian Hydrogen Centre on renewable hydrogen blending in networks
  • “Hydrogen-ready” appliance initiatives and innovations
  • Plant performance and customer experience from Hydrogen Park South Australia’s first year of operation


Owen Sharpe, Acting Head of Strategy and Innovation, Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG)

New Technologies to develop our hydrogen fueled future in Mining and Refining at Rio Tinto 
  • Hydrogen’s role in Rio Tinto’s decarbonization pathway
  • Discuss challenges with supply chain and importance of partnership
  • Discuss about Rio Tinto’s Yarwun Hydrogen calcination technology
  • Discuss learnings from the feasibility study associated with process safety, storage, partnerships and technology development


Sreeraj Balachandran, Manager Climate Change RTA Pacific Operations Environment & Sustainability , Rio Tinto Aluminium

Putting Aurizon's climate strategy into action
  • Aurizon is Australia's largest rail freight operator with diverse customers and hauls across the nation's rail networks
  • Aurizon generates ~0.5m tonnes of CO2e annually from its diesel-electric locomotives and is committed to achieving net-zero operational emissions by 2050
  • Extensive analysis and work with suppliers, universities and rail operators have identified that battery and hydrogen technology is required for net-zero
  • A "Learn by Doing" approach has been developed and adopted to achieve net-zero from prototypes to demonstrators and into implementation


Roger Buckley, Principal Engineer Fleet Decarbonisation, Aurizon

Damien Harding, Consultant to Fleet Decarbonisation Program, Aurizon

Distribution Challenge
H2 Storage Challenge
Hydrogen Certificates
Overcoming the cost and safety challenges in the transmission, intermediate storage, conversion and distribution of downstream hydrogen from the site of manufacture to the end-user
  • Getting H2 gas to liquefaction facilities safely new scientific discoveries
  • Assessing the importance of lab testing and the impacts of hydrogen embrittlement for safe transportation
  • Exploring existing gas transmission infrastructure and pipeline networks for hydrogen conversion


Dr Klaas van Alphen, Manager Hydrogen, APA Group

Harnessing Australia’s opportunity to store hydrogen: Identifying the right storage technology for evolving applications and growing scale
  • Australia’s unique challenges and opportunities
  • Transporting hydrogen overland; choosing truck, rail or pipeline.
  • Liquid vs gas or hybrid; cryogenic cost and other implications
  • Hydrogen as a transport fuel, considerations for different applications
  • Hydrogen generation, processing, storage and delivery optimisation and opportunities
  • Varying cost of storage, supply chain challenges and opportunities with scale


Andrew Lelliott, Director, Amarna Energy

The Australian Government's Guarantee of Origin Policy: Underpinning integrity of claims to support investment
  • The need for an Australian Government Guarantee of Origin (GO) scheme
  • Benefits of production based emissions intensity certificates
  • How the GO Scheme works
  • GO trials, who is involved and pathway to delivery


Mark Williamson, Executive General Manager, Clean Energy Regulator

Afternoon Tea
Visionary Keynote
Tim Jarvis, Environmental Scientist, Author, Adventurer, Climate Change Advocate
Social License and Collaboration
Panel Discussion: Fostering collaboration and maximising business and social license opportunities to develop hydrogen capability cohesively
  • How do we enable complex interactions between environmental and social impacts while achieving scale?
  • Does hydrogen energy supply need to be grid connected?
  • What are the essential skills needed to enable a successful industry to develop?
  • How might we balance domestic versus export supply?
  • How do we best engage with regional communities and local talent to access and develop new technology?
  • What are the opportunities for Indigenous and other remote communities from an emergent hydrogen industry?
  • What is required to ensure commitment to hydrogen safety standards?


Elise Ring, Head of Export and Infrastructure, Origin Energy

Ruby Heard, Member, First Nations Clean Energy Network Steering Committee

Tracey Holmes, Director Corporate Services, Townsville Enterprise, NQH2

Leisa Elder, Director, NERA

Moderator: Professor Peta Ashworth, Director, Andrew N Liveris Academy for Innovation and Leadership, University of Queensland

Queensland Hydrogen Future
Celebrating Queensland’s hydrogen success
  • Recap of the programme highlights
  • Progress report on industry collaboration and milestones to overcome challenges
  • H2Qs planned actions for 2022 - 2023


Heidi Breen, CEO, H2Q

Closing remarks from the Chair

Renata Berglas, Chair, Queensland Hydrogen Industry Cluster (H2Q) & Member, Queensland Hydrogen Taskforce

In the event of unforeseen circumstances MCI reserves the right to change the dates, speakers, venue, and/or topics.