The one event covering the full hydrogen value chain from production to distribution and end-use, bringing together power generation and chemical process industry professionals to collaborate and learn about the fast-paced advances being made toward a hydrogen economy.
HydrogeNext’s program will cover key topics vital to power generation and chemical process industry professionals including the future of hydrogen in energy, key projects/case studies, and lessons learned, as well as the latest news and updates on electrolyzer technologies, infrastructure issues, handling & storage, carbon capture, combustion turbine developments, fuel cells, and safety.
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There has been on-again, off-again interest in hydrogen as an energy resource for decades. However, with countries around the world aiming to decarbonize their power supplies, more focused attention will likely be placed on hydrogen going forward. Therefore, the next significant step in the energy transition may revolve around the hydrogen economy. In the end, it will come down to cost. The key to expanding the hydrogen economy is developing a supply chain that can produce green hydrogen at a price customers are willing to pay. This session will provide an overview of the hydrogen economy and how it could evolve.
Sr. Technical Sales Manager Turbomachinery & Process Services
Mechanical Associate III
Sargent & Lundy
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.
This session will explore the different ways to produce Hydrogen from water. Attendees will learn about the different technologies, as well as latest technological developments, such as in membranes, catalysts and downstream processing.
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.
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 and the expanding use of fuel cells beyond cars and buses.
Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Advanced Grid Research and Development Division
U.S. Department of Energy
The U.S. Department of Energy funds some of the most cutting-edge research and development being done in the power industry. With its support, advanced solutions are often created that would not otherwise have been possible. Our keynote speaker leads the group division responsible for the development and management of projects for "next-generation" electricity delivery technologies and supporting activities to accelerate their introduction to the marketplace. Join us as Michael Pesin, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Advanced Grid Research and Development Division at the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Electricity, covers topics that will greatly affect the future of the power sector. He will cover:
• Department of Energy Goals and Objectives
• Enabling Technologies Available and in the Works
• The Challenges That Come with Zero-Carbon Goals, including Resiliency and Reliability Issues
• Energy Storage and Hurdles to Be Overcome
Take advantage of your trip to San Antonio to see some real-world technology first hand! Take a short ride over to the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) campus to visit the Supercritical Transformational Electric Power project known as STEP Demo (www.stepdemo.us). This project will demonstrate a next-generation electricity generating plant with dramatically improved efficiencies, economics, and environmental performance.
Under this $155+ million Department of Energy public/private partnership, GTI, SwRI, and GE Research will design, build, and operate a first-of-a-kind 10 MWe pilot power plant to advance the supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2) Brayton power cycle.
The test facility is configured to enable optimization of system performance and characterization of critical components and subsystems over a range of operating conditions.
This initiative will integrate and prove compact, modular technologies that can be applied to generate clean, low-cost power from fossil fuels (natural gas and coal), renewable power (concentrated solar, biomass, geothermal), next-generation nuclear, industrial waste heat recovery, and shipboard propulsion.
Don't miss this opportunity to visit this newly constructed 22,000 ft2 building and see firsthand how things are coming together at this exciting demonstration site. In addition, visitors will visit SwRI's Turbomachinery Research Facility, a 10,000 ft2 laboratory with flexible test capabilities including 3 MW closed-loop compression facilities, 1 MW-scale supercritical CO2 test loops, hydrogen combustion and compression facilities, seal and bearing test rigs.
This special site tour will follow the end of sessions on Thursday, October 21 and will take about 2.5 hours. SwRI's campus is conveniently located in San Antonio, about 20 minutes away. Guests will be transported there by bus and provided with a lunch to eat on the way back to the convention center.
We look forward to seeing you at the tour!
Aaron Larson joined the POWER team in September 2013 as an associate editor and was named executive editor in 2017. Aaron has a bachelor's degree in nuclear engineering technology and a master's degree, specializing in finance. He spent 13 years in the U.S. Navy nuclear power program, advancing to Chief Petty Officer. He has worked at commercial nuclear, biomass, and coal-fired power plants, functioning in operations, maintenance, safety, financial, and management capacities. Aaron holds a Chief A Engineer boiler operator license in the state of Minnesota.
President & CEO
Paul F. Browning was appointed President and Chief
Executive Officer of Mitsubishi Power Americas on April 1,
2016. On October 1, 2021 Mr. Browning was named
Mitsubishi Power's Chief Executive Officer of Energy
Transition & Power in the Americas; Chairman of the Board,
Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Region; and Deputy
Head of Energy Transition & Power Headquarters in Japan.
As CEO of Mitsubishi Power Americas, he leads two global
businesses headquartered in the United States and three regional businesses in North, Central
and South America. As Chairman of the Board EMEA Region, he works with chief executives and
their management teams to coordinate strategic planning, brand management and other long-term
planning in the region and globally. As Deputy Head of Energy Transition & Power, Mr. Browning
will support the global expansion of the company beyond traditional power generation to include
hydrogen, battery energy storage, renewable power and artificial intelligence.
Mitsubishi Power Americas headquartered in Lake Mary, Florida, has more than 2,300 employees.
The company's mission is to provide power generation and storage solutions to its customers,
empowering them to affordably and reliably combat climate change and advance human prosperity.
Mitsubishi Power Americas operates four manufacturing and repair centers and provides a wide
variety of products and services. Power generation solutions include gas, steam and aeroderivative turbines; power trains and power islands; geothermal systems; PV solar project
development; environmental controls; and services. Energy storage solutions include green
hydrogen, battery energy storage systems, and services. Mitsubishi Power also offers intelligent
solutions that use artificial intelligence to enable autonomous operation of power plants. Mr.
Browning has led the company's expansion into Central and South America, positioning Mitsubishi
Power Americas as a top competitor in the Latin American energy market. He has also expanded
the business into renewable power project development, energy storage and artificial intelligence
products and services.
Mr. Browning has extensive global leadership experience in distributed and centralized power
generation, as well as in North American midstream and downstream oil and gas operations. He
has worked in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Germany and has commercial experience
around the world. He has also served on the boards of directors of eSolar and Fuel Cell Energy.
Prior to joining Mitsubishi Power Americas, Mr. Browning was President and Chief Executive
Officer of Irving Oil Company Limited. Irving Oil owns and operates Canada's largest oil refinery
and crude oil import terminal and is a joint venture partner in Canada's only liquefied natural gas
import terminal. The company markets its products in eastern Canada and the northeastern United
Before joining Irving Oil, Mr. Browning was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Thermal
Products Division of GE Power & Water in Schenectady, New York. At General Electric, he and his
team developed new products for the power generation industry and sold and executed utility scale
power generation projects throughout the world.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Browning worked for Caterpillar Corporation in a variety of leadership
positions, including Managing Director of Caterpillar Motoren in Kiel, Germany, Vice President of
Turbomachinery Products for Solar Turbines in San Diego, California, and General Manager of a
manufacturing facility in Tijuana, Mexico. He began his career at GE Corporate Research and
Development in Niskayuna, New York.
Mr. Browning holds a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from Carnegie
Mellon University, as well as an M.S. in Materials Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic
Operations and Maintenance Manager
Entergy New Orleans, Inc.
Long has more than 35 years of experience with the development and construction of large capital projects.
As vice president of Entergy's power development organization, Long is responsible for the development of power generation projects for Entergy's regulated utility business, a role he has performed since 2006.
From 2017 until 2021 Long also had overall responsibility for the development and construction of all major power generation and transmission projects as vice president of Entergy's capital projects organization. In mid-2021, Long setup a team to focus full-time on power generation projects that will ensure that Entergy meets its decarbonization goals.
Prior to 2006, Long was vice president of asset management for Entergy's non-regulated, non-nuclear generation portfolio. In this role, he was responsible for the profit and loss of a portfolio of merchant and contracted capacity with a range of technologies extending from natural gas turbines to conventional coal-fueled steam electric stations to wind farms.
Long joined Entergy in 1995 as a project manager tasked with the development of new non-regulated power generation plants. He participated in the formation of Entergy's London office in 1996 and was a key member of Entergy's European team in London until June 2003.
Prior to joining Entergy Long spent eight years with a joint venture of Constellation Energy and LG&E, engaged in the operation and maintenance of independent power projects.
Long received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Mississippi State University and a master of business administration from Pepperdine University.
Founder & President
Green Hydrogen Council
Janice Lin is the Founder and President of the Green Hydrogen Coalition and the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Strategen. She brings more than two decades of experience in clean energy strategy, market development, and corporate strategy to Strategen. During this time, she has advised a diverse range of clients including renewable energy equipment manufacturers and service providers, large corporations diversifying into clean energy, and real estate developers building sustainable communities.
acting Power Resources Manager
Burbank Water & Power
Scott Mellon is currently leading the Power Resources group at Burbank Water and Power (BWP) for the City of Burbank in California. His team's responsibilities include managing BWP's Renewable Portfolio Standard, establishing and negotiating new renewable purchase power agreements, energy trading, generally managing the regulatory and legislative landscape, and establishing strategies to reach 100% zero-carbon energy by 2045. Aside from his current role, in Scott's 20+ years at BWP he has served as Principal Electrical Engineer for the Power Supply Division, lead grid operations as the Energy Control Center Manager, and performed as Project Manager for various SCADA and Smart Grid control system software implementations.
Prior to the utility sector, Scott worked at an aerospace prototyping facility designing power and communication systems for a broad spectrum of platforms from spacecraft to lighter than air vehicles, and whose power sources varied from conventional chemical batteries to fuel cells and solar arrays.
Scott holds a BS in Electrical Engineering with a specialization in Power System Design from the University of California, Irvine.
Lead, Integrated Energy Systems
Idaho National Laboratory
Dr. Shannon Bragg-Sitton is the Idaho National Laboratory Lead for Integrated Energy Systems in the Nuclear Science & Technology Directorate. In this role, Shannon leads research in the innovative application of nuclear energy alongside other clean energy generators, seeking to maximize energy utilization, generator profitability, and grid reliability and resilience through systems integration. She also serves as the co-Director for the INL Laboratory Initiative on Integrated Energy Systems and is the National Technical Director for the DOE Office of Nuclear Energy Integrated Energy Systems program.
Prior to her current position, Shannon has held multiple leadership roles in DOE Office of Nuclear Energy programs since joining INL in 2010, including program leadership for space nuclear power and propulsion systems, advanced nuclear fuels, and microreactor development.
Dr. Bragg-Sitton holds a PhD and MS in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Michigan, an MS in Medical Physics from the University of Texas at Houston, and a BS in Nuclear Engineering from Texas A&M University.
Senior Director, New Reactors
Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI)
Marc Nichols joined Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) in 2011 and is the Senior Director of New Reactors. In this role, he leads industry's efforts to improve the regulatory, policy and business environment for new reactors.
Marc has previously worked for Duke Energy, and Toshiba in the areas of used nuclear fuel management, operations and new plant projects.
The role Nuclear will play in Hydrogen
Director, Generation Services
Kiewit Engineering Group, Inc.
Diane the Director of Generation Services for Kiewit Engineering Group. She has over 29 years of experience in the power industry, including project management and system engineering, consulting, client advocacy, business development, EPC contract development and oversight, equipment specification, equipment procurement contract development and negotiation, vendor management, conceptual design, front end engineering design studies, regulatory permitting and support, program management, and scenario planning.
As Director of Generation Services, Diane is responsible for overseeing all services provided for fossil generation and long-term energy storage. Diane works with her clients to help solve their design, operation and maintenance needs for studies, environmental issues, component and system engineering, facility evaluations, and feasibility analysis. Diane supports clients in developing and implementing solutions to meet the challenges and demands of a low carbon energy market.
Diane is a graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineer and is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Missouri.
Hydrogen Firing for Gas Fired Generation
Richard Gasaway, Manager of Hydrogen, PV and Microgrid Technologies, Kiewit Engineering Group, Inc.
According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), gas generation through May of 2021 decreased 7 percent from the same period in 2020. Given that in a period when overall generation increased by over 6 percent compared to the same period in 2020, this represents almost a 14 percent swing in gas fired generation from a year ago. It is clear that renewables are becoming a greater percentage of the US energy portfolio. As a result, owners of gas generation will need to explore new ways to become a more relevant part of the new energy market. One option receiving a fair amount of evaluation in the industry is hydrogen firing.
This presentation will explore options for burning hydrogen in combustion turbine applications. This includes evaluating alternative use cases, delivery vs. storage options, potential site specific issues that can affect costs associated with firing hydrogen, rough order of magnitude costs, potential design issues, the state of OEM progress in firing capability, and areas that will likely require further advancement for hydrogen firing to be economical. In addition, Kiewit will discuss the general results of early design activities.
Sr. Technical Sales Manager Turbomachinery & Process Services
Colleen Rimlinger is a Technical Sales Manager for Baker Hughes Energy Services in the North America Region Equipment &Processes Sales Team. Most recently, Colleen worked as a new units Gas Turbine Application Engineering for Baker Hughes supporting the Nova LT GT introduction for the Unconventional, Industrial and Upstream markets. Colleen has over 30 years of technical experience with Gas Turbines. Her career began with GE Industrial Power Services as a High Temperature Materials Engineer during which time she was awarded a US Patent for her repair coating work. She subsequently worked for 15 years with Solar Turbines, first as a Materials Research Scientist and then transitioning into the Applications Engineering role working in both the Industrial Power Generation and Oil & Gas segments. Colleen then joined GE Oil & Gas in Houston as a New Units Centrifugal Compressor AE. Colleen earned a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Union College and an M.S. degree in Materials Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Colleen has one son, Nathan, and lives in Houston, TX.
CHP Hydrogen Capabilities
Mechanical Associate III
Sargent & Lundy
Marc is a Senior Mechanical Engineer with eight years of experience in mechanical design, engineering, and the project management of multidisciplinary EPC and non-EPC capital projects from both the owner and contractor sides. He is a registered professional engineer and holds a B.A. in physics and a B.S. in mechanical engineering. Marc has performed work related to various industries, including oil and gas, renewables, carbon capture, hydrogen, and power. Marc is a member of S&L's decarbonization group and a founding member of S&L's hydrogen group.
The Balance-of-Plant Impacts of Hydrogen Cofiring in Gas Turbines
Marc Prasse, Mechanical Engineer, Sargent & Lundy
Gas-powered electric generating units (EGU) provide key flexibility and stability to the electrical grid and are likely to continue playing a significant role in peaking power generation and grid stabilization as decarbonization progresses. Given the ambitious goals for the power sector to have net zero carbon emissions by 2035, however, these assets must find ways to reduce carbon emissions while maintaining flexible and reliable operation. The cofiring of hydrogen in gas turbines (GT) presents an opportunity to decarbonize without significant impacts to turbine operation. While some GTs can already burn 100% hydrogen, not all existing gas turbines are currently capable of cofiring significant amounts of hydrogen. However, many existing GTs and most new units can accommodate at least 30% hydrogen cofiring now with greater capabilities planned for the future of up to 100%. While OEMs are focusing on the challenge of expanding hydrogen cofiring capabilities for the turbines themselves, there remain several balance-of-plant (BOP) impacts that must be addressed by others. Whether hydrogen is to be produced and stored on site or delivered to site via tube trailers or pipelines, many considerations need to be evaluated. Several modifications to piping systems, water systems, emissions control and monitoring systems, safety systems, and more may be required to enable the cofiring of hydrogen. As the percentage of hydrogen cofiring increases, further modifications can be necessary. This presentation will cover the BOP related topics that a gas-powered EGU should consider in order to enable safe and reliable hydrogen cofiring.
Mr. Fredric C. Fletcher
Power from the Prairie
Fred is an Executive Consultant for Schulte Associates LLC. He is the former Assistant General
Manager - Power Supply for Burbank Water & Power. Fred currently consults a wide variety of
clients requiring a unique approach in electric utility applications. He has extensive experience in
electric utility executive management, having led power supply operations and planning at the
executive level for nearly 40 years in both the Eastern and Western Interconnections.
Throughout his career Fred has accepted many strategic challenges and has successfully
addressed those challenges in creative and cost-effective ways that were aligned with overall objectives and mission of the organization. He has worked almost exclusively for Public (Municipal) Power, most recently as Assistant General Manager of the City of Burbank electric utility.
Throughout his career, Fred has provided both managerial leadership and support, as required, to develop, define, and, ultimately, fulfill specific objectives in a timely and economic manner. He has worked with a wide variety of constituents, including not only utilities and regulators of utilities, but also environmentalists, technology providers, governing bodies, media companies, and regional planning entities.
Fred has taken many significant concepts from a goal to a set of objectives, to a cogent plan, secured the governance, organized the resources, and maintained the managerial connection to assure the timely and cost-effective fulfillment of those objectives, with a minimum of drama.
A native of South Dakota, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines.
Fred is co-author with Bob Schulte of multiple industry articles on interregional transmission, renewable energy swaps and ways to achieve 100% clean energy.
Green Hydrogen Project
Business Development Manager - North America
Matt Weaver joined Nel Hydrogen in February 2021 as Business Development Manager - North America. Mr. Weaver has been in the electrolyser industry for more than 15 years. Prior to his current appointment at Nel Hydrogen Mr. Weaver was a Senior Project Manager at Plug Power where he supported Plug's electrolyser and electrochemical hydrogen compressor development activities. Prior to that he held Sales Manager positions in several hydrogen companies such as PDC Machines and Teledyne Energy Systems. Mr. Weaver holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from North Carolina State University.
Green Hydrogen: Enabling Cross Sector Pathways to Decarbonization
The rapid expansion of renewable electric generation capacity, and the retirement of coal and uncompetitive nuclear power stations, is creating electricity market volatility - dramatic time-of-day and seasonal swings in electric power rates. The dynamically evolving decentralized power generation market, combined with a lack of widespread commercial electrical storage capacity, is creating supply/demand mismatches that enable flexible electricity-using technologies to arbitrage value differentials. Advanced large-scale electrolysers offer the capability to utilize an electric generation plant's curtailed or undervalued power to make hydrogen at highly attractive costs. Electrolysers enable utility companies to store low or zero value electricity in the form of hydrogen, often referred to as "power-to-gas". In times of peak demand, the stored hydrogen can be used to generate clean electricity using fuel cells or gas turbine generators to meet demand without relying on added fossil plant generators. Hydrogen gas can be stored in tanks or injected directly into a natural gas grid to achieve the necessary storage capacity. Coupling hydrogen production with natural gas infrastructure could provide the necessary scale for utilities because natural gas grids can store vast amounts of fuel gas. Nel Hydrogen is a true market and commercialization leader in electrolysis technology, with a 90+ year history of providing reliable and safe hydrogen generation solutions for the industrial and power generation markets. Nel Hydrogen pioneered grid scale electrolysis, and it is rapidly gaining acceptance for emerging energy applications such as grid services and long duration shifting of energy resources. This presentation will discuss the commercial readiness of grid scale electrolysers, and the potential use cases for hydrogen in the power-to-gas market sector.
Dr. Robert Do
Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Do is the author and inventor of SGH2 Hydrogen Production technology. With graduate degrees in BioPhysics and Medicine from Georgetown University, as well as Executive MBA Program at Harvard University Business School, Dr. Do has over 25 years of experience and expertise as an Entrepreneur, Scientist, and Executive. Dr. Do is responsible for the overall strategy, technology offering and management of SGH2 Energy. As CEO and Expert in hydrogen production technology, Dr. Do has led the growth of SGH2 Energy globally rolling out SGH2 production facilities from California to Europe, Australia, Latin America, Asia to South Africa. With experience in project development in both public health, resources and waste management, renewable energy production including green power as well sustainable aviation fuels production, Dr. Do has successfully created Public Private Partnership with municipalities, strategic partnerships, and Hydrogen contracts with the largest energy companies in the world. Green Hydrogen will be responsible for 1/4 the of the world energy and will be the key green energy molecule to help decarbonize and achieve Net Zero emissions by 2050m which is essential to keep global temperature rise below 2 C.
Negative Emissions Hydrogen to Achieve NetZero
Whitaker B. Irvin, Jr.
Chief Executive Officer
Whitaker Irvin, Jr. is President and Chief Executive Officer of Q Hydrogen, based in Park City, Utah. A seasoned entrepreneur, he has wide ranging experience in industries including finance, aerospace/defense, energy and green high-technology companies, including Raytheon, where he managed technology deployment for the northeast region.
Irvin's family has been actively engaged in the Western US oil and gas sector for five generations. In 2010, he left Raytheon to guide the development and commercialization of carbon-free hydrogen production technologies invented by his father, Whitaker B. Irvin Sr. He is responsible for crafting the company's commercialization strategies and is known for his relationships within the commercial and equity communities.
He graduated from Babson College in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Global Business Management. He is also a certified Project Management Professional ("PMP").
Revolutionizing the Energy World with Breakthrough Hydrogen Science
Hydrogen is potentially a carbon-free fuel and can be a valuable energy storage solution. Unfortunately, the two industrial methods to produce it, steam reformation of methane and electrolysis, are more energy-intensive than the hydrogen they create.
Q Hydrogen has now transformed the economic landscape and developed a solution that is significantly less energy-intensive. It employs "waveform discs," machined plates with special metallurgy and the innovative heart of a dynamic turbine for creating Hydrogen.
Over 25 years ago, Whitaker Irvin, Sr. began the search for a solution to produce affordable green energy. About ten years ago, Q Hydrogen started developing the production unit at its Utah testing facility. A real-world, economically competitive demonstration facility for the technology is nearing completion in Groveton, New Hampshire, in the former power plant that previously ran a paper mill from 1891 to 2007. New Hampshire's deregulated energy market and hospitable political and regulatory environment made it the perfect fit.
When Q Hydrogen's New Hampshire facility is complete, hydrogen produced from up to 300K gallons of water daily from the nearby Upper Ammonoosuc River will power modified reciprocating engines to produce electricity. The process does not involve a heat reaction, and all required power will come from an existing, nearby hydroelectric dam.
Q Hydrogen's commercial implementation in New Hampshire will be the world's first power plant fueled by clean, economical Q Hydrogen. This presentation will discuss how Q Hydrogen's technology will be used to produce clean, affordable energy and provide a sneak peek regarding what is to come for the imminent hydrogen economy.
Senior Environmental Associate
Sargent & Lundy
Ms. Kunkel is a registered professional engineer with a BS in Chemical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology. For the last 8 years, she has served as part of Sargent & Lundy's Environmental Services group for the application of new and retrofit emission control systems for power generation. In this role, she has been active in applications of SO2, NOx, CO2 capture, gasification systems, and heat rate reduction at coal- and gas-fired power plants.
"Grey to Blue: Keys to Applying Carbon Capture Technology to Large-Scale Hydrogen Production"
Marc Prasse, Mechanical Engineer, Sargent & Lundy
The demand for hydrogen is already well-established for use cases such as hydrocarbon refining, ammonia production, and methanol production and is poised to increase dramatically in the future as more end uses become economically viable. Today's hydrogen supply is dominated by production technologies like steam methane reforming (SMR), autothermal reforming (ATR), and the gasification of fossil fuels and/or waste. These technologies are capable of producing large quantities of hydrogen at low costs, but all emit carbon dioxide as a byproduct. In order to develop a decarbonized hydrogen economy quickly and effectively as "green" production assets scale up in the coming decades, these "grey" hydrogen production assets can be coupled with carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) infrastructure to become "blue".
There are several proven technologies of carbon capture that can present cost-effective ways to provide low carbon blue hydrogen to the economy in the near term while carbon-free hydrogen technologies scale up and bring prices down. This presentation will provide an overview of current and developing CCUS technologies and how they can be applied to grey hydrogen production assets. The presentation will cover the key considerations for integrating these technologies into existing facilities, including balance of plant considerations, as well as utilization and storage of carbon dioxide from the capture processes. Finally, the presentation will discuss the role of financial incentives and regulations for CCUS in advancing the deployment of blue hydrogen.
R&D Director, Gas Processing
Gas Technology Institute
Howard Meyer is a Senior Institute Engineer at the Gas Technology Institute. He has over 40 years of experience at GTI in separations research for natural gas, synthesis gas, renewable gas, and industrial gas with emphasis for the last 10 years on carbon capture and utilization. Mr. Meyer is developing processes and equipment from the laboratory- through plant-scale for governmental agencies, including the US Department of Energy's Fossil Fuel and Carbon Management Program and the Advanced Research Projects Agency, and private industry, including Chevron and Schlumberger. Previous to joining the Gas Research Institute, he performed research at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory and Bee Chemical Company. He holds a B.E. and M.E. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Chicago and the University of Idaho, respectively.
Carbon Capture Technologies for Power, Industry, and Hydrogen Production
Strategic Business Development Manager/Trillium
Loves Travel Stops
Kim Okafor is the Strategic Business Development Manager for Trillium and Love's Travel Stop. This includes the development of the EV fueling, hydrogen fueling and solar businesses. Kim also manages the sales efforts for Trillium's Design Build and Operation and Maintenance team. She has been with Trillium since Love's Travel Stop acquired the company over 5 years ago. Kim also actively serves on the Board of Directors for the California Hydrogen Business Council. Kim has a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Houston. Kim's goal as the Strategic Business Development Manager is to develop business and sales opportunities that provide economic advantages for our customers.
Mr. Brian Weeks
Gas Technology Institute
Brian Weeks is the Senior Director, Business Development for Gas Technology Institute (GTI). GTI is an independent, not-for-profit research and development institute that has been bringing innovative technology to the energy industry for 80 years.
Mr. Weeks has authored several papers on hydrogen infrastructure, LNG, and energy storage technologies for GTI's client organizations. In his current role, Mr. Weeks manages technology demonstration projects for GTI, including those that address advanced fuel infrastructure systems for hydrogen, natural gas, and hybrid electric vehicles. He is a sought-after advisor on technical, market, and regulatory issues surrounding the introduction of emerging energy technologies - especially those involving hydrogen.
Mr. Weeks is a graduate of Vanderbilt University where he received his engineering degree. He also has an MBA and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.
Hydrogen Transportation Areas of Interest
Mr. Weeks will discuss some of the issues surrounding the transportation of hydrogen via pipelines. Power-to-gas, hydrogen embrittlement, and hydrogen blending in the natural gas pipeline network are topics that will be addressed in this session.
Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Advanced Grid Research and Development Division
U.S. Department of Energy
Michael Pesin is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Advanced Grid Research and Development Division at the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Electricity. His organization is responsible for the development and management of projects for "next generation" electricity delivery technologies and supporting activities to accelerate their introduction to the marketplace.
Mr. Pesin has over 30 years of experience in the electric utility industry. He is licensed professional engineer and most of his career worked for electric utility companies leading engineering organizations and directing development and execution of advanced technology programs.
Prior to joining DOE Mr. Pesin was also the founder and president of a consulting company working with utilities, technology companies, and investors. He was a board member at several technology organizations, is actively involved with a number of electric power industry groups, and is frequent speaker at the industry events.