4th MAY, DAY 2 TOPICS

Plenary Session 

Hydrogen: Hope or Hype?

The Australian Government is investing $1.4 billion in building a hydrogen industry, developing a National Hydrogen Strategy which plans to grow this industry and position Australia as a major player by 2030. 

Hydrogen is also acknowledged as an essential element for Australia’s decarbonisation and for it to achieve its net zero emissions ambitions. As a fuel, it produces no carbon emissions, only water and can be used to fuel cells that generate electricity to power cars, trucks, buses, and trains. 

Not all hydrogens are created equal. Hydrogen itself is a clean fuel, however manufacturing hydrogen is energy-intensive and has carbon byproducts. The Australian Government is hedging its bets by supporting brown, grey and green hydrogen however there’s little doubt brown and grey hydrogen are not clean! 

Join our expert guests who’ll explain what hydrogen is, its various colors, its benefits & barriers and explore how it is likely to be adopted in Australia for transport. 

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    Behyad Jafari

    CEO, Electric Vehicle Council 

     

    As the CEO of the Electric Vehicle Council, Behyad represents companies from across Australian industry, working with governments to accelerate the electrification of road transport, for a more sustainable and prosperous Australia. 

    Behyad’s experience across a range of industries and advising government Ministers provides him with a unique outlook on opportunities for Australian policy and industry development. 

    As a strategic thinker in disruptive industries, Behyad is a respected voice in the Australian political, corporate and media landscape.  

    Dan Hilson  

    CEO and Founder, Evenergi

     

    With over 15 years of experience delivering state significant energy and mobility projects, Daniel is now leading the way to transport electrification as Founder and CEO of Evenergi. Operating in Australia, Europe and Singapore, Evenergi is a technology enabled zero-emissions consultancy.  

    Helping fleets, automotive companies, government agencies and energy companies seize the opportunities of an eMobility future, Daniel sets strategic direction, is lead consultant on major projects and works as an advocate for zero-emissions transport. He holds a MComm and MEnv Sci and is a frequent speaker on eMobility and energy markets, providing trusted thought leadership for the industry. Daniel is a trusted advisor to state and federal governments and fleet managers around Australia. 

    Neil Wang   

    CEO, Foton Mobility Pty Ltd 


     

    Kaiyuan(Neil) Wang, Experienced sales manager, CEO and team leader. 14 years’ experience in Australia bus market, delivered more than 1100 buses into Australia market. 

    CEO of Foton Mobility. Distributor of Foton New Energy Vehicle, Winline DC Charger and SnowSource Electric AC(Vehicles)  in Australia. 

    Neil is a new energy solution provider. Introduced EV city buses to Auckland, Brisbane, Canberra and Sydney. Importing hydrogen city buses, EV city buses and EV truck to Australia. 

    Patrick Luxton 

    General Manager, Hydrogen Ampol 

     

    Patrick Luxton is the General Manager of Hydrogen at Ampol Australia.  In this role he is responsible for developing Ampol’s Hydrogen business.  With over 80,000 business customers, Ampol recognises there will be a need for a variety of offers for its customers to decarbonise and hydrogen has a key role to play in the future energy mix. 

    Over the past 15 years with Ampol Patrick has held a variety of roles across Sales, Operations, Strategy and Supply. As GM Supply, he played a lead role in delivering Ampol’s largest commercial agreements for fuel supply and the development and management of critical supply chain infrastructure.

    Scott Nargar 

    Director, Australian Hydrogen Council and
    Senior Manager of Future Mobility & Government Relations

     

    Scott has over two decades of experience in the motor industry in technical, media, product planning and technology advocacy roles. At NRMA Scott worked in vehicle inspection, judging and writing on Australia’s Best Cars Awards and as a member of the Technical Working Group with the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP). 

    For the last 10 years Scott has been working for Hyundai Motor Company Australia in senior technical management, product planning, environment and Government engagement policy roles. Scott leads the company’s Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle project and future mobility programs. Scott was the co-founder of the Australian Hydrogen Council and is currently a Member of the Board of Directors. 

    As a passionate proponent of vehicle safety, renewable transport and autonomous vehicle technology, Scott has engaged with many levels of Federal and State Government, as well as policy and academic experts and key industry partners around the world.  

    Tony Blackie 

    Vice President – Customer Relations, H2X Global 


     

    Tony Blackie is Vice President, Corporate Relations, H2X Global Ltd, Australia’s hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicle company. He is former journalist with The Age, Australian Financial Review BRW and the ABC. Tony established and operated one of Australia’s largest independent marketing communication consultancies and has held several senior management positions in the Australia Public Service including within the Public Service Board in the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet. 

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