Annual Conference 2019 - Programme

Wednesday 2nd October 2019, Hilton Treetops Hotel, Aberdeen, Scotland

Our 11th annual Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association conference (SHFCA2019) takes place at the Hilton Doubletree Hotel in Aberdeen on Wednesday 2nd October 2019. 

Our theme for SHFCA2019 is Delivering Scotland’s Energy Transition and the Net Zero Target, and will highlight the role for hydrogen and fuel cell technologies in delivering key ambitions for low carbon integrated power, heat, and mobility as part of the Energy Transition for Scotland and Europe:

We are delighted that SHFCA2019 is taking place in Aberdeen, which has been at the forefront of hydrogen deployment in Europe with the fleet of 10 hydrogen buses using Ballard fuel cells that became operational in March 2015. These buses have now carried one million passengers and travelled over 1 million miles, and form part of Scotland’s largest fleet of hydrogen vehicles. 

We have been working closely with SHFCA members Aberdeen City Council and the Scottish Cities Alliance to make SHFCA2019 a most memorable occasion, and on Tuesday 1st October all of the speakers and delegates will have the opportunity to attend an evening reception from 18:30 until 19:30, followed by the conference dinner at 20:00. Dress code for both is business casual. 


08:15 - 09:00 Registration, coffee and networking

Plenary Session 1: Scotland, EU, and International Opportunities

Chaired by Stuart McKay, Scottish Government

09:00 - 09:20 Opening: Gus McIntosh, Director of Energy Futures, SGN
09:20 - 09:40 Building the Hydrogen Economy. Rita Wadey, BEIS
09:40 - 10:00 Partnership Progress. Enrique Giron, the Fuel Cells & Hydrogen Joint Undertaking
10:00 - 10:20 Civic Welcome. Barney Crockett, Lord Provost of Aberdeen
10:20 - 10:40 Fuel Cell Power for Heavy Duty Transport. Nicolas Pocard, Ballard Power Systems
10:40 - 11:15 Morning coffee break

Session 2: Hydrogen & Fuel Cells for the Smart Energy Transition

Chaired by David Hogg, Arup

11:15 - 11:40 Keynote: Power to Gas experience from Germany. Christian Friebe, Thuga Gas
11:40 - 12:00 Zero Emissions Innovation at the Hydrogen Park. Martin Hanton, TUV-NEL
12:00 - 12:20 A Smart Hydrogen Transition for Orkney. Jon Clipsham, EMEC
12:20 - 12:35 Q & A Session
12:35 - 12:45 Get ready for networking... partner pitches from Europe
12:45 - 13:40 Lunch and Networking

Session 3: Low Carbon Heat for the Transition to Net Zero

Chaired by Judith Patten, All-Energy

13:40 - 14:05 Keynote: Building a zero carbon Energy System. Graham Bennett, DNV-GL
14:05 - 14:25 Integrating multi-GW Renewables with Hydrogen. Mark Crowther, Kiwa
14:25 - 14:45 Heating Scotland with Renewable Energy. Lorna Archer, SGN
14:45 - 15:00 Q & A Session
15:00 - 15:30 Afternoon coffee break

Session 4: Integrating Low Carbon Transport into the Energy System

Chaired by Ed Thomson, Transport Scotland

15:30 - 15:55 Experience with zero-emissions H&FC transport in California. Cory Shumaker, California Hydrogen Business Council
15:55 - 16:15 Aberdeen’s Operational Experience with Hydrogen. Mark Griffin, BOC Linde
16:15 - 16:35 Clean Mobility for Dundee. Rob Pedersen, Dundee City Council
16:35 - 16:45 Engaging with the New Generation. Team PrototAU, Shell Ecomarathon
16:45 - 16:55 Q & A session
16:55 - 17:00 Closing Remarks by Nigel Holmes, CEO of SHFCA