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Innovate Summit at CGHM2024

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2024 Innovate Summit Agenda

April 25, 2024

Held in parallel with Connecting Green Hydrogen MENA 2024 Strategic Conference, H2Innovate Next is a dynamic and engaging platform dedicated to driving innovation and advancing the hydrogen industry. This exclusive technology-focused event focuses on the latest technologies, trends, and opportunities in low-carbon hydrogen production, efficient storage, distribution, and applications.


H2Innovate Next is open to all delegates, exhibitors, and visitors.

​April 25, 2024

Morning - Stream B H2Innovate Next Summit

09:00 - 09:20 (20 mins)

[Opening Keynote] Cutting-Edge Technologies in Hydrogen

09:20 – 10:10 (50 mins)

[Panel] Exploring the Potential of Integrating Hydrogen in More Industries to Achieve Decarbonization

  • Possible application scenarios: Steel, aviation, shipping, oil Refining etc.

  • The emergence of hydrogen as a source of energy in more scenarios

  • Case study: what we could learn from demonstration projects

  • Inspiration for energy system or infrastructure design


Val Miftakhov
Founder & CEO


Dr. Steven Griffiths 
Senior Vice President, Research and Development
Professor of Practice

Khalifa University of Science and Technology, United Arab Emirates

Break & Exhibition

10:40 - 11:30 (50 mins)

[Panel] Local Use-Cases - How to Soaking Up Small Volumes and Incrementally Build Demand

  • What role does mobility play (forklifts, buses, trucks, mining vehicles)?

  • What other local use-cases are best suited for hydrogen in the immediate term?

  • What role do hydrogen refuelling stations play in local markets? 


Uwe Zwiefelhofer
Managing Director, Head of Region MENA

Linde Engineering Middle East LLC

Manuel Kuehn
SVP, Sustainable Energy Systems

Siemens Energy

11:30 – 11:50 (20 mins)

[Keynote] Reserved for Shandong Auyan New Energy Technology Co., Ltd


14:00 – 14:50 (50 mins)

[Panel] Using Synthetic Fuels to Build a Value Chain

  • What role might synthetic fuels (sustainable aviation fuel, e-methanol, etc) play in a viable value chain for hydrogen producers? 

  • How can actors in electricity production, hydrogen, CO2 capture, and synfuels production get coordinated? 

  • How might synfuels act as a key to bankable projects?


Takeo Akamatsu
General Manager, Green Innovation Business Unit

ITOCHU Corporation

Bruno James
Head of New Energy Business Development


Juan Carlos Latasa López
Technology Director of the Oil & Gas Area and Head of Downstream and Advanced Fuels 


Khalid Saad Mohammed Al Fuhaid

Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) 

Hans Vrijenhoef

Ammonia Energy Association

Ali Zerouali
Chief Development Officer Middle-East, Africa

HIF Global

14:50 – 15:10 (20 mins)

[keynote] Reserved for Vallourec

Senior Representative


Break & Exhibition

15:40 - 16:30 (50 mins)

[Panel] Innovative Technologies to Enable Storage and Shipping

  • What might be the role of metal organic frameworks (MOF)?

  • Advances in liquid hydrogen organic carriers

  • How to reduce the energy penalty of forming and cracking ammonia? 

16:30 – 17: 20 (50 mins)

[Panel] Crystal Ball the Cost Curve - How Quickly will Hydrogen's Cost Come Down?

  • What innovations are likely to drastically reduce the cost of hydrogen?

  • Aluminum as a source of hydrogen? 

  • Low-cost coatings on electrolyzers?  

  • Technology that doesn't use a membrane? 

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