CLEAN AND RENEWABLE ENERGIES.

Renewable energy sources, such as solar, wind, hydrogen, biofuels and others, are at the heart of the transition to a less carbon intensive and more sustainable energy system. They have experienced rapid growth in recent years, driven by policy support and strong cost reductions. The role of renewables in the transport and heating sector remains critical to the energy transition. That is why at the Future Forum in February, we will take a closer look at Renewable Energies in three sessions and present topics that are important for decarbonizing our world. For this purpose, we invite revolutionary start-ups that contribute to the energy transition with their innovations and experts. They will present the important role of Green Hydrogen in the future. We will also explore the importance of Intelligent Energy Systems for the industry.

If you want to get to know more about the event series "Clean and Renewable energies", watch the recording of the three sessions here.

 

 

Session 1: Climate-Effective Technologies - Start-ups revolutionizing the industry.

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Greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase and our environment is threatened by climate change. To meet the commitment to keep global warming ideally below 1.5ºC, clear political decision and future-proof innovations are needed. In this session, we invite three start-ups to the Future Forum to share their innovations and ideas for a more climate-friendly world. 

 

OUR EXPERTS AT A GLANCE:

BMW Welt Nikolaus Röttger

Nikolaus Röttger is considered one of the leading technology journalists and future experts in Germany. He was editor-in-chief of the technology magazine WIRED Germany; of Gruenderszene.de, the most important start-up magazine in Germany; and of the business lifestyle magazine Business Punk.
Nikolaus is convinced: If you want to invent the future and make the world a better place, you need to tell better stories. He works on this every day: as author, moderator and keynote speaker as well as founder and Managing Partner of FutureStory, a future think tank and editorial driven communication consultancy. He also regularly publishes the KI-Briefing.de a newsletter about the most important developments and innovations in the field of artificial intelligence.

BMW Welt Nils-Arne Baden

Niels-Arne Baden is the Senior Vice President, Strategy and Public Affairs at Green Hydrogen Systems. Niels-Arne started as an Advisor to the Board in early spring 2014 and was soon appointed the CEO to head the company’s transition from the R&D phase into commercialization and international growth. As a part of the company’s further accelerated growth strategy initiated in November 2020, Niels-Arne stepped down to a position as Senior Vice President, Strategy & Public Affairs, reporting directly to the company’s new CEO Sebastian Koks Andreassen.   

Prior to joining Green Hydrogen Systems, Niels-Arne held a position as Group Chief Development Officer in a regional energy/utility company and Managing Director of their entity for energy management consulting. Niels-Arne is a business entrepreneur with extensive senior, C-level and executive experience - primarily with focus on business development, internationalization and sales/marketing as well as key account responsibility for strategic, global accounts in both BtB and BtG.

His business acumen is gained from positions in global corporations and innovative, fast growing SME's. Industry. Experience includes energy/utility, ITC and chemicals with focus on large integration projects, consulting, capital goods, infrastructure projects with long-term contracts and customer relations.

Other experience includes external board positions, a position as Chairman of a US based Joint Venture, interim management, advisory board positions, consulting including mergers and acquisitions.

Baden holds a B.Sc. in Business Administration & Marketing from Aarhus University.  

 

BMW Welt Tadeu Carneiro

Tadeu is Chairman and CEO at Boston Metal. He brings 40 years of metal industry leadership and technology experience to Boston Metal. As CEO of CBMM (80% global market share for niobium) he grew revenue from $100M to over $2B. In his 30 years with CBMM, Tadeu led a global strategy that grew the niobium market by over 8x through a rigorous program of customer-focused application and technology development. Tadeu is the lead independent director at Ivanhoe Mines (copper, zinc, nickel and platinum group metals). He is an invited lecturer at the Department of Material Science and Engineering at the MIT. Tadeu recently joined the advisory board of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Heart and Vascular Center in Boston, MA.

Rob McGinnis

Rob McGinnis is founder and CEO of Prometheus, a Silicon Valley startup that removes CO2 from the air and turns it into zero-net-carbon gasoline and jet fuels that are superior to fossil fuels at a lower price. Previously, he founded Mattershift, where he developed the first commercial-scale carbon nanotube membrane to develop medicines, chemicals, and fertilizers from molecular building blocks. He also founded Oasys Water, which reduced the energy and cost of brine desalination by > 50%. Rob has made key innovations in energy, nanotechnology, desalination and water purification. He invented the first direct-air-capture CO2 to fuels process that can produce drop-in replacements for fossil fuels, the first practical, scalable CNT membrane, and the NH3/CO2 forward osmosis process. Rob is a Veteran of the US Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal teams, where he was awarded a Navy Commendation Medal for valor in clearing naval mines off the coast of Iraq. He has a PhD in Engineering from Yale. 

Session 2: Green Hydrogen - The Fuel of the Future?

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"Green Hydrogen is efficient and 100% sustainable" (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, 2020). Some experts predict that it will be the fuel of the future. Green Hydrogen is taking off around the world and proponents say it will play a critical role in decarbonization. But there are also sceptics who question its safety and practicality. In this session, we will highlight the latest research on green hydrogen and discuss it with experts. 

 

OUR EXPERTS AT A GLANCE:

BMW Welt Nikolaus Röttger

Nikolaus Röttger is considered one of the leading technology journalists and future experts in Germany. He was editor-in-chief of the technology magazine WIRED Germany; of Gruenderszene.de, the most important start-up magazine in Germany; and of the business lifestyle magazine Business Punk.
Nikolaus is convinced: If you want to invent the future and make the world a better place, you need to tell better stories. He works on this every day: as author, moderator and keynote speaker as well as founder and Managing Partner of FutureStory, a future think tank and editorial driven communication consultancy. He also regularly publishes the KI-Briefing.de a newsletter about the most important developments and innovations in the field of artificial intelligence.

BMW Welt Sebastian Koks Andreassen

Sebastian Koks Andreassen is the Chief Executive Officer of Green Hydrogen Systems, a cleantech electrolysis manufacturing business offering leading, pressurized alkaline electrolysis equipment for production of green hydrogen. Sebastian has worked within energy for more than 15 years and has been the CEO of INEOS’ upstream oil and gas business across Scandinavia and prior to that CFO of Ørsted’s (formerly DONG Energy) oil and gas business in Denmark, Norway, and the UK, where he headed functions across finance, commercial, business development, and QHSE.

Before joining the energy industry in 2006, Sebastian worked with airport infrastructure investments, M&A, and divestitures and led asset and corporate M&A projects in China, Middle East, and Europe, including postings in Latin America.

Andreassen holds a B. Sc. Economics & Business Administration from Copenhagen Business School and executive training from The Wharton School and INSEAD. As a reserves soldier, he has served the Danish Army with the Royal Danish Lifeguards and Her Majesty the Queen’s Military Household from 1993 – 2006.

BMW Welt Christopher Hebling

Professor Christopher Hebling is the Director of the Division ‘Hydrogen Technologies’ and co-director of the Division ‘Energy Technologies and Systems’ at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy System, ISE. The Division of Hydrogen Technologies presently employs about 120 engineers, scientists and students and is mainly involved in hydrogen technologies (PEM electrolysis, Fuel Cells for mobile systems, thermochemical catalytical processes as well as energy system modellings). In addition, Professor Christopher Hebling is vice president and a member of the executive committee of the German Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (DWV), holds a seat on the German government's expert committee "Transformation Fund Automotive Industry" for the Ministry of Transport (BMVI), was appointed to the CEO Roundtable "Clean Hydrogen in Industrial Applications" of the "European Clean Hydrogen Alliance" of the EU Commission. He also represents Germany as an expert on the Executive Committee of the Technology Collaboration Program for Research and Development on the Production and Utilization of Hydrogen of the International Energy Agency IEA and is spokesperson for the Fraunhofer Hydrogen Network and the Fraunhofer Strategic Research Field (FSF) Hydrogen, which comprises 28 Fraunhofer Institutes.
In May 2019 Christopher Hebling was awarded an honorary professorship in Chemical Engineering at the University of Cape Town.

Session 3: Smart Energy - The Need for Intelligent Energy Grids.

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What does smart networking mean in the energy sector? Energy suppliers and network operators are facing major challenges. With the energy transition, the power supply and its network management are also becoming more digital and complex. In the future, we will have to integrate energy production from decentralized plants into our energy system. In order to optimally coordinate generation, distribution, storage and consumption and to ensure the stability of the grid, all stakeholders in the so-called smart grid will be connected with each other.  IT and energy networks will grow together in such a way that all networks can be coordinated in a self-organized manner right down to generation and consumer systems (Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie, 2020). In the last session under the topic of renewable energies, we will ask energy suppliers and grid operators how they master these challenges and how they want to coordinate the self-organized grids. 

 

OUR EXPERTS AT A GLANCE:

BMW Welt Nikolaus Röttger

Nikolaus Röttger is considered one of the leading technology journalists and future experts in Germany. He was editor-in-chief of the technology magazine WIRED Germany; of Gruenderszene.de, the most important start-up magazine in Germany; and of the business lifestyle magazine Business Punk.
Nikolaus is convinced: If you want to invent the future and make the world a better place, you need to tell better stories. He works on this every day: as author, moderator and keynote speaker as well as founder and Managing Partner of FutureStory, a future think tank and editorial driven communication consultancy. He also regularly publishes the KI-Briefing.de a newsletter about the most important developments and innovations in the field of artificial intelligence.

BMW Welt Christian Feisst

Christian is the founder and CEO of GreenCom Networks, a leading European energy IoT company. GreenCom enables new business models for utilities, ESCOs, and OEMs in a distributed, renewable and customer-centred energy world. Before, Christian was the founding father and Managing Director for Smart Grid at Cisco Systems and spent more than 20 years working in the utility industry for the management consultancies A.T. Kearney and Booz Allen Hamilton. He holds a PhD in business administration from the University of Hohenheim.

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