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the framework of the EU2020 growth strategy, the EU has set ambitious goals with the aim of making the European economy smarter, more sustainable and more inclusive. Sustainable production and consumption, and an increased use of key enabling technologies are essential to achieve these goals.
Hydrogen technology applications have the potential to contribute to the realisation of these objectives by reducing carbon dioxide emissions, decreasing the dependence on fossil fuels and creating more growth and employement.
Facilitating the economic transition to a more competitive and sustainable economy is an important mission of the Federal Public Service of Economy as well. In this context, this conference will bring together industrial academic and other key players from Flanders, Brussels, Wallonia and abroad, with a view to sharing experiences and enhancing cooperation between them.
Venue: Palais des Académies, Brussels
Language: Simultaneous interpretation in English, Dutch and French will be provided.
9:00 – 9:15 Welcome and Introduction: Jean-Marc Delporte, President of the Federal Public Service of Economy, SMEs, Self-employed and Energy
9:15 – 11:15 Situation “AS IS” in the Industry
Special guest: J-M Solvay, President International Solvay Institutes for Physics and Chemistry
Introduction: Mr Martens, Director “WaterstofNet”
Presentations by the Belgian industrial players
o Air Liquide Belgium (Ch. Nachtergaele, Director Public Affairs)
o Hydrogenics (F. Smeets, General Manager On-Site Generation)
o Solvay (P. Françoisse, Sustainable Energy Manager, Advanced Innovation Office, Solvay R&D)
o Umicore (M. Meeus, Energy Storage Technology Director)
o Van Hool (P. Jenné, Transit Bus Project Manager)
o Colruyt (S. Windels, Business Unit Manager WE Power)
Conclusion: B. De Colvenaer, Executive Director FCH-JU
11:15 Coffee break
11:30 – 13:30 Research and Development
Introduction: Ph. Mettens, President of the Federal Public Planning Service Science Policy "Belspo"
Presentations by Research Centres
o ULG (Dr. Ir./Prof N. Job, Department of Applied Chemistry, Nanomaterials, Catalysis, Electrochemistry)
o ULB (Prof P. Hendrick, Dept. Aéro-Thermo-Mécanique)
o UCL (Prof. J. Proost, Secteur des sciences et technologies, Ecole polytechnique de Louvain, Institute of Mechanics,
Materials and Civil Engineering (iMMC), Materials and process engineering (IMAP)
o RUG (Prof. S. Verhelst, Dept. Internal Combustion Engines)
o IMEC (J. Poortmans, Scientific Program Director PV )
Conclusion: Ph Mettens, President of the Federal Public Planning Service Science Policy "Belspo"
13:30 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 15:45 Future Perspectives and Needs
o GIMV: financing of the programme Mc Phy. (P. Egot, Principal at GIMV)
o McPhy: technology for hydrogen storage in solid form (L. Demiddeleer, President McPhy)
o EADS / Cassidian CASE STUDY “conductive storage for solid hydrogen fuel project”? TBC
o The 2050 strategy of Denmark – An example to follow for Belgium (A. Mortensgaard, Managing Director,
"Partnerskabet for brint og brændselsceller", Danish Government
o IEA: Advanced Fuel Cells (B. Ridell, Swedish Representative in the IEA Advanced Fuel Cells Executive Committee)
15:45 – 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 – 16:30 Discussion panel
Moderator: Journalist Luc Pauwels
Mr Delporte, President of the Federal Public Service of Economy of Belgium
Mr Mettens, President of the Federal Public Planning Service Science Policy "Belspo"
Mr Solvay, President International Solvay Institutes for Physics and Chemistry
Mr Demiddeleer, President Board of Directors McPhy
Mr Smeets, General Manager On-Site Generation Hydrogenics
Mr De Colvenaer, Executive Director FCH-JU
Mr Mortensgaard, Managing Director, "Partnerskabet for brint og brændselsceller", Danish Government)
Mr Ridell, Swedish Representative in the IEA Advanced Fuel Cells Executive Committee
16 :30 – 16 :45 Concluding remarks: Mr Busquin, Minister of State and former European Commissioner for Research
16:45 – 17:15 Reception & Networking