october, 2022

13oct14:0016:15Eurogas TECH Conference 'European Gas Tech: Delivering on 2050’online


(Thursday) 14:00 - 16:15

Event Details

13 October 2022 | 14:00 to 16:15 (CET) | online

The event will address how innovative renewable and decarbonised gas technologies are contributing to the decarbonisation of Europe, delivering the objectives of carbon neutrality before 2050 and the benefit such technologies bring to the EU in terms of innovation and clean tech industrial leadership, as well as providing European communities with high quality non-seasonal jobs.

This year the event will shed light on EU’s leadership in electrolysis and CCS technologies.

The conference is moderated by Sasha Twining, Journalist, radio & TV presenter


14:00 | Welcome speech
Didier Holleaux, President, Eurogas

14:10 | Keynote speech
Hélène Chraye, Deputy Director Clean Planet – Clean Energy Transition, DG Research, European Commission

14:20 | Panel 1 – European Leadership in Renewable Tech – Electrolysers
This session discusses the EU’s leadership in electrolysis and its roll out at scale and pace to meet the targets of the RePowerEU initiative.

Ana Quelhas, Managing Director for Hydrogen, EDP Renewable
Vaitea Cowan, Co-founder & Communications, Enapter
Christian Pho Duc, CTO & Managing Director H2 Projects, Smartenergy Group
Graham Cooley, CEO, ITM Power

15:05 | Coffee break

15:15 | Keynote speech
Catharina Sikow-Magny, Director Green Transition and Energy System Integration, DG ENER, European Commission

15:25 | Panel 2 – European Leadership in Low Carbon Tech – Carbon removal 
This session discusses the opportunities for tech leadership in Europe on low carbon solutions such as CCS, pyrolysis and low carbon hydrogen from nuclear energy.

Torbjørg Klara Fossum, VP Global CCS Solutions, Equinor
Klaus Langemann, Senior Vice President Carbon Management & Hydrogen, Wintershall Dea
Martin O’Neill, VP Strategy, GE Gas Power
Guloren Turan, General Manager – Advocacy & Communications, Global CCS Institute

16:10 | Concluding remarks
James Watson, Secretary General, Eurogas

16:15 | End

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Speakers for this event

  • Ana Quelhas

    Ana Quelhas

    Managing Director for Hydrogen, EDP Renewables

    Ana Quelhas is the Managing Director for Hydrogen at EDPR, leading the Group’s strategy on the renewable hydrogen business. Prior to that, Ana was the Head of Energy Planning at EDP, being responsible for supporting the Executive Board of Directors in the decision making processes, contributing with a long term perspective of the energy sector and an integrated vision of the company across businesses (renewables, conventional electricity generation, retail and distribution) and geographies (mainly Europe, US and Brazil). Before joining EDP, Ana worked in the Directorate-General for Research of the European Commission, in Brussels, supporting the development of the strategic research agenda in the field of energy. Prior to that, she was at the California Independent System Operator providing strategic energy consultancy to the wholesale power market and grid operator in the State of California. Ana holds a PhD with distinction in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University. She also holds a master’s degree in Economics and a master’s degree in Engineering from the same university, being graduated from the University of Porto with a degree in Electrical Engineering.

    Managing Director for Hydrogen, EDP Renewables

  • Catharina Sikow-Magny

    Catharina Sikow-Magny

    Director, DG ENER, European Commission

    Catharina Sikow-Magny joined the European Commission in 1997 and is currently the Director responsible for Green Transition and Energy System Integration in the Directorate General for Energy. Before that, she was the Head of Unit in charge of Consumers, Local Initiatives, Just Transition. Before that she was the Head of Unit responsible for Networks and Regional Initiatives. She has as well worked on international transport, trans-European network policy and financing, internalisation of external costs, and strategic policy research. Before joining the Commission, Catharina Sikow-Magny was a team leader and chief economist in the private sector in Finland. She has also worked for the United Nations Development Programme in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She holds a Master of Economics degree from the Aalto University, Finland.

    Director, DG ENER, European Commission

  • Christian Pho Duc

    Christian Pho Duc

    CTO & Managing Director H2 Projects, Smartenergy Group

    Christian Pho Duc is the CTO & Managing Director H2 & PtL Projects at Smartenergy Group AG and the Vice Chair of the Renewable Hydrogen Workstream at Solar Power Europe. He graduated as a Physicist from Munich and Cambridge University. Christian has accumulated 25 years working experience in Semiconductors (Siemens, IBM, G&D, Infineon Technologies), Renewable Energies & Hydrogen (Solyndra, Nanosolar, Smartenergy) and Electric Mobility (Torqeedo) in various management positions. With his multi-national background he speaks fluently German, English, French, Italian and some Spanish.

    CTO & Managing Director H2 Projects, Smartenergy Group

  • Didier Holleaux

    Didier Holleaux

    President of Eurogas

    After graduating as an Engineer (Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale des Mines de Paris), Didier HOLLEAUX started to work as an Engineer in the car-manufacturing and in the oil industry. He then made a career in the French Civil Service which led him to the position of head of the departmental staff (“Directeur de Cabinet”) of the Energy Minister (1992-1993). Didier HOLLEAUX joined Gaz de France (merged in GDF SUEZ in 2008 and renamed as ENGIE in 2015), in 1993. Since then, he held different managing positions in the transmission, distribution, and LNG businesses of the company. He also founded and managed the North Sea Exploration and Production (1997-2000) and managed the worldwide Exploration and Production of the group (2007-2015). Since 1st of July 2015, he is Executive Vice President of ENGIE. He is currently in charge of special projects particularly in the field of renewable gases and external representation. Didier HOLLEAUX has been elected President of Eurogas in June 2021.

    President of Eurogas

  • Graham Cooley

    Graham Cooley

    CEO, ITM Power

    Dr Graham Cooley joined ITM Power as CEO in 2009. ITM Power was the first hydrogen related company to be listed on the London Stock Market, and has been developing electrolyser equipment for over 20 years. Graham started his career in the power sector in 1989, joining the CEGB and becoming Business Development Manager at National Power plc and then International Power plc, developing energy storage and new generation technologies. Before joining ITM Power, Graham was CEO of Sensortec Ltd, founding CEO of Metalysis Ltd, a spin out from Cambridge University, and founding CEO of Antenova Ltd. Graham has a PhD in physics, an MBA, and is a Fellow of both the Institute of Metals, Minerals and Mining (FIMMM), and of The Institution of Engineering and Technology (FIET). Graham is also a member of the UK Government’s Hydrogen Advisory Council, and a board member of RenewableUK.

    CEO, ITM Power

  • Guloren Turan

    Guloren Turan

    General Manager - Advocacy & Communications, Global CCS Institute

    Guloren is responsible for the Global CCS Institute’s Advocacy team globally, including its international climate policy activities focused on the UNFCCC and its related bodies. Guloren has extensive experience in the energy and climate fields. From 2015 to 2017, Guloren led the Government Affairs activities at the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline. Prior to this she held a number of roles over the course of 9 years at BG Group, including Head of Climate Change Strategy, Head of Business Risk for the Group and Lead Corporate Strategist. Guloren holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School of Government, an MBA from Cornell University and BSc Industrial Engineering from Istanbul Technical University.

    General Manager - Advocacy & Communications, Global CCS Institute

  • Hélène Chraye

    Hélène Chraye

    Deputy Director Clean Planet - Clean Energy Transition, DG Research, European Commission

    French State Civil Engineer by education, Hélène Chraye graduated then in Economics and Public Law at Sciences – Po / Paris. After a stay in the French Administration to build the Energy Observatory and then on State Aids to the industry, she joined the European Commission and worked successively on various domains of the European Transport policy: Inter-modality, Trans-European Networks, Single Sky, as well as dealing with enlargement to 12 new member states. After a few years as Head of Operations in the EU Delegation to Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine, she joined DG RTD where she built the European Research Council Executive Agency and then managed financially and legally the EU programme NMBP, part of FP7 and H2020. She later on revamped the EU policy on materials and nanotechnologies, also designing the new European system of materials innovation testbeds. Since 1St June 2019, she is heading the unit in charge of designing and implementing the European Research policy for Clean Energy Transition within the Directorate Clean Planet.

    Deputy Director Clean Planet - Clean Energy Transition, DG Research, European Commission

  • James Watson

    James Watson

    Secretary General, Eurogas

    Dr Watson is the Secretary General of Eurogas, a role he has held since January 2019. Eurogas is the association representing the European gas wholesale, retail and distribution sectors. Prior to taking the helm at Eurogas, Dr Watson was the Chief Executive Officer of SolarPower Europe, the European solar industry association. Before joining SolarPower Europe, Dr Watson worked as the Director of Public Affairs for Weber Shandwick, specialising in energy and trade policy. Before coming to Brussels, Dr Watson worked for the Commonwealth Secretariat on a European Commission project on trade and sustainable development based in Ethiopia. Earlier in his career James worked for various UK government bodies in London and worked as a lecturer in Environmental Law at the University of Manchester. He holds a Ph.D in International Trade and Environmental Law from the University of Leeds, and is currently a Visiting Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

    Secretary General, Eurogas

  • Klaus Langemann

    Klaus Langemann

    Senior Vice President Carbon Management & Hydrogen, Wintershall Dea

    After studying chemistry at the University of Bielefeld and at the University of California at Berkeley, USA, Klaus Langemann received his doctorate from the Max Planck Institute for Coal Research in Muehlheim an der Ruhr in 1997. After 3 years in research at BASF, Klaus came to Wintershall in Kassel in 2000. There he worked in strategy and coordinated the negotiations on Achimgaz. Back at BASF, he took on the role of Board Executive Assistant before being responsible for business development and M&A at Wintershall. After returning from the United Arab Emirates as General Manager in 2014, he held several positions in the technology area and most recently headed the Digitalization & Technology division before taking over the Carbon Management & Hydrogen division as Senior Vice President in May 2021.

    Senior Vice President Carbon Management & Hydrogen, Wintershall Dea

  • Martin O’Neill

    Martin O’Neill

    VP Strategy, GE Gas Power

    Martin is Vice President of Strategy at GE Gas Power and leads activities centered on decarbonization, working horizontally across GE’s global energy business portfolio. He has over 20 years of experience in market, product, program and technical leadership roles spanning Power Generation, Marine, Aviation and Transportation sectors. He joined GE in 2010 and since then has split time between the US & Europe. He has a keen interest in the developing power market, technological and commercial disruptors and geo-political factors that are influencing the pace of the energy transition globally. Prior to joining GE, Martin held leadership positions in product, engineering and program management at Bombardier and Rolls Royce, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics from Brunel University in London and a master’s degree in Program Management & Systems Engineering from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology.

    VP Strategy, GE Gas Power

  • Torbjørg Klara Fossum

    Torbjørg Klara Fossum

    VP Global CCS Solutions, Equinor

    Graduated with an M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Trondheim and joined Equinor (former Statoil) in 1997. She currently holds the position as Vice President for Global CCS. Through various leadership positions she has gained insight in Equinor’s unique capability and experience within Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS). These capabilities are based on decades of technology development, Technology Centre Mongstad (the world’s largest test centre for developing CO2 capture technologies), 25 years of operational experience (CCS projects Sleipner, Snøhvit, InSalah) and the current development of the CO2 transport and storage projects in the North Sea that are crucial to enable European industries to de-carbonise (Norway’s Northern Lights, Smeaheia and Polaris and UK’s Northern Endurance Partnership).

    VP Global CCS Solutions, Equinor

  • Vaitea Cowan

    Vaitea Cowan

    Co-founder & Communications, Enapter

    Vaitea Cowan is one of the three cofounders of Enapter. Sebastian, Jan and Vaitea worked on the Phi Suea House in 2016, which became a lighthouse project for green hydrogen in Southeast Asia. In 2017, they cofounded Enapter and grew the team from 11 to 250 by 20222. Today, Vaitea heads Enapter’s communications and is based in the Berlin office. Vaitea is on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for Energy 2020. Among other awards, she supported Enapter in winning the inaugural Earthshot Prize “Fix Our Climate” launched by Prince William and The Royal Foundation. Vaitea graduated with a Bachelors in Commerce from Concordia University, John Molson School of Business (Montreal). Her personal mission is to bring green hydrogen to the islands, and to hire more women along the way. Her TED talk on green hydrogen is available in September 2022.

    Co-founder & Communications, Enapter