HydrogeNext 2021

Supported by Chemical Engineering and POWER magazines

Professionals from the chemical process industries and the power generation and distribution industries are developing technologies and know-how to advance the production and use of hydrogen in their efforts toward decarbonization. HydrogeNext, the power and chemical processing communities together to collaborate and learn about the fast-paced advances being made toward a hydrogen economy. Drawing on resources from both the chemical process and energy industries, this event poised to cover the full value chain from hydrogen production to distribution and use. Relevant topics include carbon capture, electrolyzer technologies, infrastructure, distribution, handling and storage, gas turbine developments, fuel cells, water use, and safety.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

11:00 – 6:00 pm Exhibit Hall Open

8:00 AM Keynote – Hydrogen: The Answer to the Future of Energy?

9:00 AM Experience POWER CEO Roundtable 

1:00 PM Session 1 – Fuel Cell Technology and Usages

The technology used in modern hydrogen fuel cells is not new—NASA used fuel cells for its manned space missions in the 1960s—but fuel cells have evolved. Advancements have led to longer-lasting, better-performing, more-efficient, and larger-scale fuel cell systems. Fuel cells are already being used in cars and buses, and fuel cell-based power plants with capacities as high as 50 MW have also been commissioned. This session will dive into the technology, explain where the market stands today, and help attendees better understand the role fuel cells could play in decarbonizing the world.

3:00 PM Session 2 – Gas Turbine Developments

Equipment manufacturers are in a race to enhance gas turbine technology. Not only are they working to improve gas turbine efficiency, but they are also trying to expand fuel flexibility including the capability to operate heavy-duty gas turbines on 100% hydrogen. Some experts believe combustion technology improvements will achieve this breakthrough by 2025. In this session, presentations will touch on the latest advancements in gas turbine technology and explain the path forward. Attendees will also learn about some of the side effects that combusting 100% hydrogen could have on complementary plant equipment including heat recovery steam generators at combined cycle facilities. 

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

10:00 AM – 6:00 PM – Exhibit Hall Open

8:00 AM Session 3 – Electrolyzer Technologies

This session will explore the different types of electrolyzer technologies that are used to produce “green” hydrogen from water. Attendees will learn about the different technologies, as well as latest technological developments, such as in membranes, catalysts and downstream processing. 

10:00 AM Session 4 – Carbon Capture Opportunities and Challenges

Hydrogen produced from natural gas via traditional means — such as steam-methane reforming or autothermal reforming — can still provide a clean source of fuel (“blue” hydrogen) when the carbon emissions are captured and stored.  This session will discuss the various industrial carbon-capture techniques and how  “blue” hydrogen can present a cost-effective solution in many applications and serve as a bridge to a fully “green” hydrogen economy.

1:00 PM Session 5 – Water Usage Concerns and Solutions

Large-scale electrolysis projects must not only ensure a reliable source of water, but also confirm that the feed stream is free of contaminants that could hamper the electrochemical process. This session will discuss water-related topics and provide best practices for water usage in electrolysis projects.

3:00 PM Vendor Showcase

Thursday, October 21, 2021

8:30 AM Session 6 – Handling, Storage and Transportation

Hydrogen’s unique qualities mean that it can present logistical and safety challenges that must be overcome to reach widespread adoption in the energy sector. This session will explore ways the industry can address such challenges, including metal embrittlement, flammability and leakage.