North-West Europe edition

14 december 2023


The Hydrogen Leadership Forum will be marked by true hydrogen leadership in the region. A jury of hydrogen organizations from all countries will together award great initiatives and leading figures in the transition. Join the Hydrogen Award and Dinner!

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In today’s rapidly evolving world, where sustainable energy solutions are paramount, we need to recognize and celebrate the visionaries and innovators driving the hydrogen revolution. Hydrogen, often hailed as the clean energy of the future, has the potential to revolutionize our energy landscape and mitigate climate change. To propel this transformative technology forward, but especially the persons driving change and take leadership will be awarded tonight.


These persons and organisations are awarded and have the title of the Hydrogen Leaders for the coming year:
FRONTRUNNER AWARD: Knud Erik Andersen, CEO, European Energy (Denmark)
NETWORKER AWARD: Ulco Vermeulen, special advisor to the Executive Board of Gasunie (Netherlands)
PROJECT AWARD: GET H2 Nukleus – RWE, bp, Evonik, Nowega and OGE (Germany)


1. Norway: Norwegian Hydrogen AS – For their work in the green hydrogen sector despite the current market risks. Both in production through an electrolyser, and in distribution with a network of H2 pumping stations, they will provide European consumers with clean hydrogen and push the transition! 2. Denmark: Knud Erik Andersen, CEO, European Energy – For taking great risk and constructing one of the first major Power-to-X projects in Denmark. In a period with a lot of market turmoil that is what is needed: Getting actual experience with actual plants so we can lower costs and bring more projects from Power Points to FID. 3. Germany: Elektrolyse Mitteldeutschland GmbH (EMG) – By deciding to invest (FID) despite the lack of a regulatory framework, EMG has acted as a “first mover” and pushed ahead with a major hydrogen project despite the remaining regulatory risk. With an electrolysis capacity of 30 MW, the plant is the largest currently under construction in Germany. 4. Netherlands: Rob Castien, CEO, Resato Hydrogen Technology – Resato’s hydrogen stations form an indispensable link in the chain of both light and heavier hydrogen mobility. The technical innovative power and knowledge of business concepts make Resato technology accessible to small and larger companies and thus makes a relevant contribution to the desired hydrogen transition.


1. Norway: André Risholm, CEO Amon Maritime – For setting up several successful businesses in the clean ammonia segment and leading the Ammonia Fuel Bunkering network. This enabled Scandinavia, and soon the rest of the region, to utilize green shipping. 2. Denmark: David Dupont Mouritzen, Director PtX Advocacy, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners He has been instrumental in realizing The ‘German-Danish Offtake Declaration on Green Hydrogen’. A statement, signed by 32 key companies representing the German offtake side of hydrogen, and the Danish production side of hydrogen. The Danish and German signatories are committed to developing a world-leading green hydrogen market. They strongly believe that green hydrogen and its derivatives have the potential to play a significant role towards a net-zero emission economy.. 3. Germany: Dr. Volkert Bartsch, H2vorOrt. The transformation of the gas distribution grids is crucial for the emergence of an H2 economy. H2vorOrt is making a very valuable contribution to this. With the Network “H2vorOrt” the German association for gas and water (DVGW) in cooperation with the German Association of Local Public Utilities (VKU) has initiated nothing less than the transformation of the German gas distribution network for hydrogen. Around 50 members have directly encouraged 240 companies to plan, which have now contributed 75% of the German gas distribution network to the planning process. 4. Netherlands: Ulco Vermeulen, special advisor to the Executive Board of Gasunie with a focus on the development of international hydrogen supply chains. He is a real innovator bringing parties together from energy infrastructure perspective. He is a strong believer that we have an unique role to play we can bring together the global and regional components for the distribution of hydrogen. Something no one can imitate us.” Ulco works at Gasunie for more than 30 years and has been a member of the Executive Board until 1 July 2023.


1. Germany: GET H2 Nukleus – With this project RWE, bp, Evonik, Nowega and OGE want to increasingly supply industrial companies and the mobility sector with green hydrogen via Germany’s first publicly accessible hydrogen network by 2025. It will create an important starting point for the hydrogen economy in the Emsland, Münsterland and Ruhr regions and, with its realisation, the basis for connecting further producers and consumers of green hydrogen from industry and SMEs. The project partners are thus creating a blueprint for solving the chicken-and-egg problem and developing an integrated and sustainable regional hydrogen value chain. 2. Netherlands: HyTrucks, Air Liquide – HyTrucks’ mission is to have 1,000 hydrogen trucks on the road by 2025, as well as to have the necessary hydrogen filling stations in use. The aim of the project is to make hydrogen trucks commercially viable for transport companies, which need a zero-emission transport solution that meets their short- and long-term needs in terms of range, payload, budget, versatility, flexibility, reliability and safety. Road freight transport is ready for decarbonization, and everything is in place to scale up the entire ecosystem. 3. Norway – Kollsnes 1, ZEG Power – The first operational blue hydrogen plant with an integrated CCS solution. ZEG Power has been working hard on developing the technology to make this kind of plant possible, with over 30 approved patents used for Kollsnes 1 alone! 4. Denmark: European Energys e-methanol facility in Kassø – This project is moving ahead very quickly with all 52MW of electrolyzers now installed, the first distillation tower erected, CO2 and methanol storage tanks on site and much more. The facility is to be supplied with green power from Northern Europe’s largest solar park, which European Energy is also building in Kassø. The total project has a value of almost DKK 2 billion.


Have a look at our programme for the awards of the 14th of December

16:15 Welcome

An introduction into the nominations and the jury organizations by the jury’s chair: Alice Krekt, Director NL Hydrogen

Listen to the inspiring stories and hardships of these trendsetters and pioneers, and learn what convinced our jury to nominate them for the Leadership Awards.

Watch the jury hand out the Hydrogen Leadership Awards: Frontrunner 2024, Networker 2024 and the Project Award 2024!

17:30 Closing Networking Drinks

18:30 Informal Networking Diner

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Chair of the Jury

Alice Krekt is the chair of the Jury of the Hydrogen Leadership Awards. She is director of NLHydrogen, the hydrogen industry association that connects, strengthens, and represents the Dutch hydrogen sector. The Jury consists of, next to NLHydrogen, DI Danish Energy Industries, Arena Pro Ocean Hyway Cluster, Arena Hyway Cluster, Missie H2 and Waterstofnet. Alice will also be moderating the evening as well.

Hydrogen Leadership Awards.

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Location & Parking

This edition will take place in Rotterdam. You are welcome at the Boompjes, next to the Maas in the heart of Rotterdam. This beautiful building used to be the office of the DNB, the Dutch National Bank. Near Train and Metro Station Blaak and with parking faclity below the building.


The event will bring together roughly 80 directors, senior managers, and policy makers from the energy and industry sectors, as well as ports, TSO’s, and consultants. Accompanying the main group, there certainly will be research institutes, financial actors, and other interested parties with a stake in the region and/or the transition.

Participating companies from the last iteration included:

AAB, Accenture, AECOM Netherlands, Air Liquide, Air Products, allesoverwaterstof.nl, Antea Group, ArcelorMittal Group, Avecom, Baker Hughes, BAS.F, Batenburg Installatietechniek, Berenschot, Bluebird Consultant, Bona iDea Advisory, Bosal, Bosch Rexroth, Bronkhorst High-Tech B.V., Brunei Shell, Bureau Veritas, CEFIC, CERI, Chemelot Campus, General-Consulate Antwerpen of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Corbion, DAF Trucks NV, DCM EMBA, Deloitte, Deltalinqs, DEME Concessions NV, DEME Offshore, DNV GL, Dow Benelux, Dredging International NV, EBN, Ecotradex GmbH, E-Group a.s., Enduris, Eneco, Eneco Wind Belgium, Energeia, ENGIE, ENGIE CC, ENGIE Electrabel, EOLY , Eon energy Projects, ERAC Innovation, E-Trucks Europe, European Commission, Evides Industriewater, EvoBus Nederland BV, ExxonMobil, Flanders Investment & Trade, Flow Meter Group International, Flow Meter Group International, Fluvius, Fluvius System Operator CVBA, Flying Fish Maritime Innovations, Gasunie, Gate Terminal, Municipality of Amsterdam, Municipality of Rotterdam, Greenspread, Groningen Seaports, H. Essers, Heerema Marine Contractors, Heylen Warehouses, University of Applied Sciences Rotterdam, Huisman Equipment, Hunter Douglas Europe, Hydrasun, Hystream, Hyundai Motor Netherlands, Iemants, IHI Hauzer Techno Coating, IMC, Imperial College London, InnoEnergy, Iv-Industrie, Jan De Nul group, JFCC, John Laing, KH Engineering, Knaap Tankstation, Linde Gas, Louwman & Parqui, Lucifer GCV, MarFlex Europe, MEvL – Future Energy Learning & Consultancy, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Kingdom Relations (NL), Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy (NL), NautaDutilh, Nav-Tech, Nel Hydrogen, Neptune Energy Netherlands, Netherlands Aerospace Centre, NIBC Bank, Nouryon, NRC Media, NV Bekaert SA, NV Vinçotte SA, Offshore Independents Personnel, Oiltanking Europe, East Netherlands Development Agency, Oranje-Nassau Energy, ORTEC, Otary RS NV, Petersburg Consultants | WSP, PMF Pressure Equipment, PMV, Port of Amsterdam, Port of Antwerp, Port of Duisburg, Port of Roenne, Port of Rotterdam, Pro6com BV, Province South-Holland, Purac Biochem, Rivermaas, Rosier SA, Rotterdam Mainport Institute, Royal Boskalis Westminster, RWE Generation SE, Saint Gobain Construction Products Belgium, SBM Offshore, SEA-invest, Shell, Shell Hydrogen, Shell New Fuels, Shell Switzerland AG, Siemens NV, Soltegro, Solvay, SPDG, Statkraft Markets, SUEZ Deutschland GmbH, Tata Steel, Tauw, Tech Tour, Teijin Aramid, TenneT, The Clean Technologies Design Desk, Thomas More, thyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG, TNO, Toyota Motor Europe, Toyota Tshusho Europe, Tradinco Instruments, TU Delft, TWI Ltd., Uniper Benelux, University of Antwerpen, UNO-X, Valve World, Van der Spek Vianen , Van Hool, Van Oord Offshore, Vattenfall, Vattenfall Vindkraft A/S, VDL Group, Viessmann Belgium, VIL, Visser & Smit Hanab, Flemish Energy Agency, Vopak Netherlands, Westfalen BV – SRL, Wienerberger NV, Witteveen + Bos, Wystrach GmbH, Yokogawa Europe BV, Yokogawa Europe Solutions

Registration fee

14 December – evening at 16.30: Hydrogen Leadership Awarda and Dinner
Tickets can be bought at €149,-(excl. VAT*) per person including awards, networking drinks, dinner and drinks.

14 December – conference day: Hydrogen Leadership Forum
The participation fee is €649,- (excl. VAT*) per person for the conference on the 14th of December. This includes lunch, refreshments and documentation.

14 December – combination ticket: Conference, Awards and Dinner
Buy a combination ticket and save money. The participation fee for both is €749,- (excl. VAT*) per person. This includes dinner  and conference, lunch, refreshments and documentation on the 14th.

Prefer more than 3 tickets for your company and contacts? Or want to join as partner? Please contact Alain Meijer by email or call +31 10 313 09 60.

Should you be unable to attend the conference yourself, a substitute delegate is welcome at no extra charge. Cancellations must be received in writing at least 3 weeks before the start of the event. The company regrets that no refund will be made available for cancellation notifications received less than 3 weeks before the event.

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