17 November 2021

9:00 am

EVENT OPENS

Online platform opens for structured 1to1 networking and virtual exhibition 
9:30 am

Welcome address from chair

Speaker

9:40 am

INCENTIVES AND REGULATION

9:40 am

How will regulators incentivise hydrogen solutions as part of the net zero journey?

What policy frameworks are in planning at an international, national and local level to encourage hydrogen investment and adoption. 

  • What are the market models and what incentives are needed for these models – impacts of the BEIS consultation 
  • Where and how can standards support, and possibly accelerate the local and national approach to decarbonisation?  
  • Expectations from the UK government’s net zero strategy white paper, the Energy White Paper and the 10-point plan 
  • How will the new Hydrogen strategy and Heat and Buildings strategy give guidance on the direction of travel for hydrogen 
  • If blending is a likely pathway, when will the price become clearer and what statutory instruments will be required to support accurate billing?

Speakers

10:15 am

PANEL: Delivering on the Hydrogen strategy, Net-zero and COP26: Let’s get practical

  • What steps can be taken now to reach the 2030 target for green hydrogen production in Europe? 
  • What does net zero really mean for utilities and how can hydrogen help towards this goal? 
  • What will the impact of focus on recovery from COVID 19 have on 2050 carbon neutrality targets  
  • Using CO26 as a catalyst for change – to inspire the nation and gain better buy-in for zero carbon 

Speakers

10:45 am

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11:00 am

INVESTMENT AND FINANCING

11:00 am

UK hydrogen economy and lessons learned from the global hydrogen economy – what will it all cost and who will pay?

  • Scenarios for UK hydrogen demand – in which sectors is it likely to be used?
  • What are the projected costs of production? How could global production play a role?
  • What key policies and regulation are likely to be required?
  • What are the options for cost allocation?

Speaker

11:20 am

Questions and answers

11:30 am

HYDROGEN SAFETY

11:30 am

Safety assurance for hydrogen development

  • As the safety regulator with regulatory responsibility for gas safety, HSE has a key role to play in advising on the safe use of many Net Zero innovations, including the use of blended hydrogen and 100% hydrogen for heating. 
  • This presentation covers the role that HSE is taking as an enabling regulator in the hydrogen and wider net zero space to help ensure that health and safety remain central considerations when adopting new technologies designed to support the net zero policy agenda.

Speaker

11:50 am

Questions and answers

12:00 pm

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12:15 pm

HYDROGEN SYSTEMS AND INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT

12:15 pm

Hydrogen production, supply, storage and transportation

  • From grey to green/blue hydrogen – where are we at?   Pre-green hydrogen planning 
  • What will be required from the electricity system to provide the level of power required to produce hydrogen in volume? 
  • Hydrogen supply corridor development:  Utility and business partnerships  
  • Local solutions for local networks: how much upgrading of existing gas networks will be required 

Speaker

12:35 pm

QandA: Hydrogen systems and infrastructure development

Your opportunities to ask specific questions of this session’s speakers and add your views to the online chat. 

12:45 pm

The role of hydrogen within whole systems transition and integration

  • What is the likely mix?  Electrification/hydrogen/renewables.  Where will hydrogen be part of the solution for intermittent supply and over supply. What impact could this have on electricity demand in future? 
  • How will gas networks adapt to hydrogen in the mix, which parts of the system can be repurposed for hydrogen at lower costs for conversion. 
  • What about the other ‘green’ gases – methane, biogas – what part will they play alongside hydrogen? 
  • How and where are the likely technology developments to create and produce and convert hydrogen into other forms of fuel? 
  • What are the anticipated effects of hydrogen on physical assets, how will this be measured and managed 
  • What impact will blending have – and what does 20% blending mean for those in the area if there is no other choice? 

Speakers

1:30 pm

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2:15 pm

HYDROGEN IN TRANSPORT

2:15 pm

Hydrogen in transport

  • Hydrogen within the transport system – hydrogen buses, HGV and heavy duty vehicles.  
  • How and where will local authorities use hydrogen within transport to kick-start hydrogen and create critical mass.
  • Potential for hydrogen in aviation and shipping – as a strong driver for hydrogen in the future. 

Speakers

2:35 pm

QandA: Hydrogen in Transport

Your opportunities to ask specific questions of this session’s speakers and add your views to the online chat. 

2:45 pm

HYDROGEN IN INDUSTRY AND IN THE HOME: WHERE NEXT?

2:45 pm

Industrial decarbonisation with hydrogen in the mix

  • Insights from heavy industry including steelmaking: where do they see hydrogen taking them on their net zero journey? 
  • Where are the most significant technology/innovation gaps? 
  • Where can the UK learn from international success in project development? 
  • Supply corridors around industrial clusters – will this focus on supplying homes around those areas use hydrogen, is it worth supplying hydrogen away from clusters?

Speakers

  • Dr Chris Williams

    Dr Chris Williams
    Head of industrial decarbonisation - Industry Wales (and Tata Steel)

  • Dr John Andresen

    Dr John Andresen
    Associate professor and reader in chemical and process engineering and Co-investigator - Heriot Watt University, Industrial Decarbonisation Research Innovation Centre

3:15 pm

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3:30 pm

Domestic heat: Ensuring the customer remains central to development planning

  • Update on developments in heat systems, hydrogen ready boilers 
  • Hydrogen v renewable gas v heat pumps 
  • What barriers would need to be overcome with public perception and uptake in the domestic environment? Ensuring customers are well informed and support to make the decision (Lessons learned from the smart meter rollout, and gas switch in 70s) 
  • Safety and maintenance of hydrogen systems in the home – new standards required? 
  • Upskilling and retraining the workforce for hydrogen equipment 

Moderator: Jane Gray, Content director, Utility Week

Speakers

4:00 pm

PANEL: How do we put the customer at the heart of the hydrogen revolution?

  • What will be the cost to the consumer, green/blue or otherwise? Will they have a choice? 
  • How do consumers perceive blue hydrogen with associated carbon creation 
  • If hydrogen is to be incentivised how will this be paid for – through taxation or billing – what does this  mean to the consumer? 
  • How will hydrogen impact heating and cooking and by when? 
  • Public perceptions of hydrogen 

Speakers

4:30 pm

Closing remarks and End of the Utility Week Hydrogen Forum