Conference panel: HYDROGEN - COMPOSITES - FUTURE

On the first day of the Fair, September 28, 2022, there will be two special conference panels, under the common title Accelerate the Process: Hydrogen - Composites - Future, on the development of hydrogen technologies, their promotion, implementation and cooperation in this field.


The first panel of a political nature will bring together speakers who deal on a daily basis with the creation of policies and conditions for the implementation of specific hydrogen solutions in practice. The topic of current conditions and trends that influence specific decisions among decision-makers - both at the national and international levels - will be discussed. Also presented will be the concept of inter-regional cooperation, opportunities for joint projects and action strategies to be actively pursued in order to build a strong energy ecosystem around hydrogen as a fuel of the future. Guests will include representatives of regional and national authorities from across Europe, as well as officials from European institutions.


The second panel will bring together hydrogen practitioners, i.e. those actively involved in developing, testing and popularizing hydrogen technologies in various types of projects. They will be joined by business representatives representing companies from Poland and Europe that are active in industries directly or indirectly using hydrogen or providing solutions for its production, storage or transportation.


The first part of the conference, until 2:00 pm, will be translated simultaneously from Polish to English and from English to Polish.


Harmonogram Konferencji HYDROGEN-COMPOSITES-FUTURE - 28.09.2022

10:00 - 10:05  Ewa Woch Wiceprezes Targów w Krakowie - Otwarcie targów/ Fair opening

10:05 - 10:15  Józef Gawron Wicemarszałek Województwa Małopolskiego / Deputy Marshal of the Malopolska Region. "Działania Małopolski na rzecz wodoru. Wyzwania. Działania. Realizacje"/ "Malopolska's Hydrogen Activities. Challenges. Actions. Realizations"
Józef Gawron
He is the Deputy Marshal of the Małopolska Region and the councilor to the Małopolska Region Parliament from the Tarnów district. Józef Gawron is a graduate of the Cracow University of Technology, Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering with the specialization in Machine Technology. He also completed post-graduate studies in IT, post-graduate studies in economics, specializing in Entrepreneurship and post-graduate studies in Healthcare Manager. Between 2015 and 2018 he held the position of the Vice-Voivode of the Małopolska Region. For his activities for the local community, he was awarded the Silver Cross of Merit by the President of Poland.






10:15-10:30 Reinier Zweers, Chairman of the Vanguard Initiative - "Vanguard: Join forces to innovate your industry"
Reinier Zweers is the Program manager European cooperation for the province of Gelderland (NL) and current chairman of the Vanguard Initiative. For 15 years active in European networks, the Lobby and European programs for our region in the east of the Netherlands. Together with companies and knowledge institutions, we are always looking for European partners to strengthen the European economy. We do this from a joint profile: Th!nk East. The Vanguard Initiative is one of the important players in this for us.







10:30 - 10:35 Szymon Strzelichowski, Wiceprezes Zarządu Małopolskiej Agencji Rozowoju Regionalnego/ Deputy chairman of the board of the Malopolska Regional Development Agency - "Wsparcie dla strategii wodorowej."/"Supporting the Hydrogen Strategy."

10:35- 10:50 Tomasz Salomon - Ministerstwo Rozwoju i Technologii/ Ministry of Development and Technology - "Znaczenie umiędzynarodowienia działalnosci polskich przedsiebiorców." / "The importance of internationalization of the activities of Polish entrepreneurs."

10:50 - 11:05 dr inż. Andrzej Czulak - Polski Klaster Technologii Kompozytowych/ Polish Cluster of Composite Technologies - "Kompozyt + Wodór= rozwiązanie przyszłości."/ "Composite + Hydrogen= the solution of the future."
Andrzej Czulak
PhD, currently Leader of the Polish Cluster of Composite Technology, has over 20 years of experience in the composite technology industry. He focused on designing manufacturing technologies of structures for hydrogen transport and storage as a researcher at the Technische Universität Dresden, Institute fur Leichtbau und Kunststofftechnik, and as a managing director in Polish and German companies in the composite materials industry. Founder and President in 2016 of the Polish Cluster of Composite Technologies (Polski Klaster Technologii Kompozytowych), which brings together 100 companies and institutions, and which was awarded the status of National Key Cluster in 2021. Member of the Polish Academy of Sciences, the Committee on Materials Engineering and Metallurgy and the Malopolska Innovation Council.





11:05 - 11:15 Dr. Bastian Brenken, Composites United e.V - "Introduction of Composites United with special focus on Hydrogen Activities"

11:15 - 11:30 Dr. Lars Gutheil - Prezes AHK Polska. Niemiecka Izba Przemysłowo Handlowa/ German Chamber of Industry and Commerce - „German-Polish Trade - Still an Anchor of Stability?”
Dr. Lars Gutheil (born 1972 in Marburg) joined the network of German chambers of Industry and Commerce in 2004 after working as a journalist before. From 2006 to 2015 he headed the public relations and member marketing departments of AHK Netherlands in The Hague. After four years as deputy CEO of AHK Baltic States in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, Gutheil took on the role of CEO of the AHK Poland in Warsaw.




11:30 - 11:45 Dr. Rainer Müller, Germany Trade and Invest, "The German Lightweight Ecosystem in a Nutshell."

11:45 - 12:00 Dr. Thomas Heber - Leichtbau Zentrum Sachsen, "How to select the hydrogen tank solution? – Materials and Technologies"
Dr. Thomas Heber 
Since 2011: Managing Director Cluster CU Ost of Composites United e.V.
Since 2016: Customer Success Manager at LZS GmbH
Since 2019: CEO of Composites United Leichtbau-Forschung gGmbH (AiF research association)











12:00 - 12:15 Daniel Chade, Hydrogen Tech & RND - "Innowacyjne, dwustronne ogniwo paliwowe SOFC - Technologia przyszłości"/ "Innovative double-sided fuel cell SOFC - Technology of the future"
Daniel Chade
PhD, engineer / scientist professional with 12 years experience on hydrogen and fuel research and development activities. His scientific interests focus mostly on solid oxide fuel cell technology and general aspects of hydrogen/fuel cell technology commercialization. During his career he worked for industrial companies Elcogen Oy (Finland), PGE S.A. and academia University of Strathclyde (UK), University of Southampton (UK), Smith College (US). In 2020 he joined HydrogenTech Sp. z o.o. where he holds a position of Test and Validation Lead.







12:15 - 12:30 Ilja van Veen, PROTIUM P.S.A - "From ash to hydrogen"

12:30 - 12:45 Jana Gebauer - Fraunhofer IWS, "Overcome challenges in future applications of hydrogen by laser technologies"
Jana Gebauer
University of Technology Chemnitz B. Sc. in Sports Engineering
University of Technology Chemnitz M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering
Since 2016 Fraunhofer Institute of Material and Beam Technology IWS Dresden, since 2019 PhD student








12:45 - 13:00 Erich Fries, HRC - "Manage complexity and sustainability: Fast and data driven road map for prototyping and industrialisation of advanced high-pressure hydrogen storage vessels.”
Erich Fries
He works a HRC Group as Director of Global Business Development to coordinate the global activities with development Partners and customers.










13:00 - 13:15 Dr. Mathias Köhler - Prof. Holger Seidlitz, "Tailored lightweight solutions for the energy transition through holistic process chains"
Mathias Köhler studied chemistry at the Friedrich Schiller Universitiy Jena till 2012. Afterwards he did his PhD thesis also in Jena on the field of organometallic chemistry with the research focus on synthesis of alkaline earth metal based catalysts for polymerization reactions.
After finishing his PhD 2015 he went to the Fraunhofer Intitute for applied polymer research IAP and investigated optical polymers, light weight structures and UV curing systems. Since 2019 he is leader of the group "structural testing and analytics" at the research division polymeric materials and composites PYCO at the Fraunhofer IAP.







13:15 - 13:30 Prof. Maik Gude, TU Dresden, ILK - "Lightweight technologies as enablers for hydrogen-based mobility."
Prof. Maik Gude
Since 2014, Prof. Maik Gude holds the Chair of Lightweight Design and Structural Assessment, and in this role is a member of the management board of the Institute of Lightweight Engineering and Polymer Technology of the Technische Universität Dresden.

He also leads the following scientific entities:
Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre (UTC) Dresden “Lightweight Structures and Materials and Robust Design“ since 2016,
Field of competence „Lightweight Design/Exterior” of the Automotive Cluster Ostdeutschland (ACOD) since 2015,
BMBF Research and Technology Centre for Resource-Efficient Lightweight Structures for the E-Mobility (FOREL) since 2013,
Research Complex “European Centre for Emerging Materials and Processes (ECEMP)” within the Saxony Excellence Initiative and of the associated International Graduate School (IGS) since 2009.
Furthermore, Prof. Maik Gude is a member of the following scientific associations: Scientific Alliance of the University Professors of Plastics Technology (WAK), Materials Research Network Dresden (MFD).
13:30 - 13:45 Laura Semprini & Michele Ferrazzini, ESE Engineering - "Hydrogen in Italy. Why so fast, why so slow?"
Laura Semprini
I am Laura Semprini, I am 28 years old, and I strongly believe in the integration of hydrogen in our society, even if I recognize the challenge we will have to face in the next years. Given my previous experience as a research fellow at the Milan Politecnico University, ESE gave me the opportunity to become the "Hydrogen Woman" of ESE. My desire is at the moment to acquire the best knowledge basis on hydrogen technology in order to help with this transition. I have been working on various feasibility studies of green hydrogen production (from small projects to 600MW mega-project), I’ve been the responsible for the development of an internal ESE SW for the optimization of the renewables to reduce the LCOH of green hydrogen, I am supervising a master thesis on new kind of hydrogen storage and I have the chance to participate in the weekly meetings of a think tank (Econscience-H2) entirely centered on hydrogen.


Michele Ferrazzini received the “Laurea” degree in Electric Engineering from the Politecnico of Milan, in 1992. From 1992 until today, he worked in the power generation industry in some of the world largest companies in this field, from Ansaldo Energia to ABB, from Alstom (now GE) to Sadelmi. He worked on energy projects in four continents, ranging from fossil to renewable energies, from hydro to coal, from gas to biomass, from photovoltaic to wastes, from geothermal to pumping storage. In the latest 13 years, he joined ESE, a consultancy and engineering company devoted to the power generation, energy storage and hydrogen, starting as Technical Manager and becoming Partner in 2013 and Managing Director in 2015. Since 2018, ESE has started working in the field of green H2 (RES, production, storage, transport, end use and other aspects) carrying out many different studies and projects, co-creating a dedicated international H2 think-tank (Econscience-H2) and becoming a member of the Italian H2IT Association (through the Consortium STREAM).

13:45 - 14:15 PRZERWA/ BREAK

14:15 - 14:30 Sergio Torriani, Simplifhy - "Lombardy Experiences in Real Life hydrogen applications"
Sergio Torriani
He is hydrogen enthusiast for reasonable application and President of the board of Simplifhy SB Srl, first Italian hydrogen solution provider. He has a 25 years experiance in process industry, in automation, IOT, instrumentation. His key roles and experience has been shaped in companiec: GE, Emerson, Schneider, Flowserve, Krohne. He is fully devoted on decarbonizing world through the use of Hydrogen.








14:30 - 14:45 Prof. Blaž Likozar, Department of Catalysis and Chemical Reaction Engineering at the National Institute of Chemistry - "Innovative pathways to low carbon society."
& Nina Meglič, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Štajerska -
"Slovenia towards the use of clean hydrogen for industry decarbonization."
Prof. Blaž Likozar is a head of the Department of Catalysis and Chemical Reaction Engineering at the National Institute of Chemistry (NIC), leading the programme “Chemical Reaction Engineering”, as well as numerous research projects (15 H2020 / 20 in Horizon Europe alone). His expertise lies (among others) in heterogeneous catalysis materials, modelling, simulation and optimization of process fluid mechanics, transport phenomena and chemical kinetics. He worked at the University of Delaware in 2014–2015 as a Fulbright Program researcher. He has authored >270 articles, was cited >5000 times, having a h-index of 36.




Nina Meglič is the Head of Project Management Office at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Štajerska as well as national coordinator of the Strategic Research and Innovation Partnership (SRIP) – Networks for the Transition to a Circular economy. SRIP is a cluster of 90 members from academia, research, companies and NGOs aimed to establish new value chains according to the economic principles of closed material flows. Nina has more than 10 years of experience in EU project management, especially in the research and innovation field related to circular economy, bio-economy and sustainable development.







14:45-15:30 - Dyskusja i podsumowanie I dnia targów/ Discussion and summary of the first day of the fair