Conference 'Joining forces on hydrogen - Belgium, Benelux and its neighbours', Oct 16th 2023

16 oktober 2023, 08:30 - 17:00
Conference 'Joining forces on hydrogen - Belgium, Benelux and its neighbours', Oct 16th 2023

Under the umbrella of the Belgian Hydrogen Council (BHC), WaterstofNet and Cluster Tweed are organising the conference 'Joining forces on Hydrogen - Belgium, Benelux and its neighbours'. The conference takes place in Dockx Dome Eventhall in Brussels on Oct 16 2023.

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The BHC was recently established to represent the Belgian hydrogen industry on national and international level. It unites the two regional clusters (Waterstof Industrie Cluster in Flanders and H2Hub in Wallonia) and represents the entire Belgian hydrogen value chain.

The ministers concerned will attend the conference to express their support to the Belgian Hydrogen Council and to cooperation on national level.  We welcome Tinne Van der Straeten, Federal minister of Energy, Jo Brouns, Flemish Minister of Economy and Innovation and Philippe Henry, Vice President and Minister for Climate, Energy and Mobility. Ruud Kempener (Member of Cabinet of European Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson) will present the role of of hydrogen in a European perspective.  A number of prominent speakers of the top of the Belgian Hydrogen industry will present their status and ambitions on hydrogen. In lively panel discussions they will exchange their views on how to accelerate the hydrogen developments in our region. With this conference the BHC wants to strengthen the links with its neighbouring regions. With representatives of the neighbouring hydrogen councils (The Netherlands, Germany, France), we'll discuss possibilities for cooperation.

Also the ambassador of Namibië will attend the conference. She will talk about the cooperation with Belgium on hydrogen supply.

Practical Info
When: October 16th., 8.30h - 17.30h
Where: Dockx Dome Event hall, Lambermontlaan 1, 1000 Brussel – België
How to get there by publix transport or car? Please find all info here.

Programme Conference 


Registration & coffee



Welcome & introduction 

WaterstofNet and Cluster Tweed





Jo Brouns,
Flemish Minister for Economy, Innovation, Work and Agriculture
Philippe Henry,
Minister of Wallonia for Climate, Infrastructure, Energy, & Mobility


Belgium as a key player in hydrogen

Tom Hautekiet, President of the Belgian Hydrogen Council


Global hydrogen developments


Steven Libbrecht, Interim Executive Director Hydrogen Council

Theme 1: Belgium as an important H2 consumer, developing its supply value chain


Namibia - Belgium Building Hydrogen Partnership

Mekondjo Kaapanda-Girnus,
Ambassador for Namibia in BE


Panel discussion:
Facilitating the transition of our industry towards sustainable hydrogen
Moderator: Bert de Colvenaer

Cedric Osterrieth, Engie
Steven Van Caekenberghe, Fluxys
Xavier Pontone, Air Liquide
Stephan Windels, Virya
Wouter Bleukx, Ineos
Philippe Alboort, ArcelorMittal
Charlotte Herman, North Sea Port
Jean Baptiste De Cuyper, Deme


Coffee break


Theme 2: Belgium has key technology suppliers


Shipping as an enabler of the energy transition

Alexander Saverys, 


Panel discussion:
Supporting our technology players to excel on the international scene
Moderator: Cédric Brull


Raphael Tilot, John Cockerill
Patrick Vanschoubroek, Accelera-Cummins
Vincent Wille, Agfa
Edouard de Masson d'Autume, Bekaert
Geert Van Hecke, Van Hool
Sven Duchatelet, Solenco Power


Network lunch


Theme 3:
Belgian research & innovation in hydrogen


Hydrogen : promises and challenges.
From Past to Nowadays, review of academic research directions

Aurore Richel, 
Professor at the University of Liège


Panel discussion:
Establishing a coherent Belgian hydrogen research program that feeds our industry
Moderator: Isabel François

Jan Rongé, Solhyd
Rik Vreys, Hyve
Marijke Mahieu, UGent
Pieter Jan Jordaens, Sirris
Cathérine Archambeau, CRM-group
Fabrizio Maseri, Materia Nova


Coffee break


Theme 4: Belgium and international collaborations


The importance of European collaboration on hydrogen

Ruud Kempener, Member of Cabinet of European Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson


Panel discussion
The role of the national councils
and opportunities for collaboration
Moderator: Jorgo Chatzimarkakis

Elisa Hörhager, German Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Alice Krekt, NL Hydrogen
Christelle Werquin, France Hydrogène
Jan Molema, Benelux Secretariat
Tom Hautekiet, Belgian Hydrogen Council


Closing speech
Tinne Van der Straeten,
Belgian federal Minister of Energy




Participation for members of the Waterstof Industrie Cluster  and Cluster Tweed is free of charge.
Participation for non-cluster members costs: 250 € (excl. VAT).

We are looking forward to meeting you there.

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Registration is open until Friday Oct 6th 2023
Cancellations can also be made until Oct. 6th. 2023

After that date we won't accept registrations or cancellations.