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Aurora Hydrogen

Wednesday, 27 September 2023

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Scaling Up the European Hydrogen Economy: Unlocking Opportunities and Investment

Designed to provide actionable insights through a combination of analysis and focused debates, the Aurora Hydrogen Conference 2023 looked at unlocking opportunities and maximising the value of hydrogen production and utilisation in the short- to medium-term. Considering the role of hydrogen in reaching Net Zero, and the European policy and market landscape, this was an unmissable event.

Drawing over 470 delegates, the Aurora Hydrogen Conference proved once again to be the place to meet, interact, and share views with other major players in the hydrogen space. The event offered plenty of opportunities for networking during the day, including a drinks reception in the evening. Many policy makers, project developers, manufacturers, banks, and investors attended, and delegates had the chance to hear from key industry leaders.

Facing further acceleration due to the energy crisis, European nations have set out increasingly ambitious plans and targets to decarbonise the economy. Hydrogen and derived fuels will be a key enabler of this transition, playing a significant role in decarbonising industry and heavy transport. The European Union targets 130 GW of electrolysers by 2030, whilst the UK targets a further 10 GW of hydrogen production. The pipeline of electrolyser projects continues to grow, with Aurora tracking a total of over 1,000 GW globally, of which, more than 150 GW target deployment in Europe by 2030.

Whilst the ambition level is high, significant efforts are now needed to bring the vision to reality. The foundations of growth are being laid in the form of defined hydrogen standards and planned support mechanisms for hydrogen. Industry is rapidly innovating, and the scale of planned projects is ramping up quickly, but there are still significant barriers to address before the mass rollout of hydrogen can be realised—in particular, to find repeatable, investable business models and offtake agreements.

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Speakers 2023

Alexander Voigt

Co-Founder and Board Member, HH2E

Dalia Majumder-Russell

Partner (Energy), CMS

Bart White

Managing Director, Santander

Catherine Raw

Managing Director, SSE Thermal

James Richardson

Director of Analysis, Climate Change Committee

Liliya Ivanova

Director, Origination & Execution, InfraRed Capital Partners

Jeremy Smith

Head of Hydrogen Business Development - UK, RWE Generation

Paro Konar

Director for Hydrogen and Industrial Carbon Capture, DESNZ

Stefanie Hiesinger

Head of Unit - Low Carbon Solutions, DG CLIMA, European Commission

Colin Hudson

Managing Director of Banking and Investments, UKIB

Dilara Caglayan

Lead Expert, European Hydrogen, Aurora

Richard Howard

Global Research Director, Aurora

Emma Woodward

European Hydrogen Market Lead, Aurora

Dan Monzani

Managing Director, UK & Ireland, Aurora

Adjmal Sirak

Project Leader, Aurora

Previous Years

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