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HYDROGEN FORUM

- A pathway to environmental & regional prosperity -
Where to for Gippsland?

 

Hydrogen has been described as the fuel for the future, having no emissions other than water.  It has a high energy density and is seen as an essential pathway to a low emissions and sustainable future.  

What does it mean however for the people of Latrobe Valley and the wider Gippsland?

 

This seminar will bring together researchers, industry and community with an interest in understanding the pathways to hydrogen production - carbon and electrolysis based - and its uses and applications.  We will showcase some of the research into new technologies and the social, economic and employment opportunities that will come from hydrogen. Business, community organisations and individuals will have the chance to have their questions answered at this important event.

An exciting line-up of speakers including Dr Alan Finkel, Australia's Chief Scientist, and distinguished leaders in the field from CSIRO, Swinburne, J-Power Latrobe Valley, Global CCS Institute, University of Qld, University of Melbourne, Toyota Motor Corporation Australia and CO2CRC will discuss some of the latest advances in research into new technologies and products that will come from hydrogen.
 

Registrations are now closed for this event. If you are interested in joining a waitlist, please email Kirstyn Krausz at kkrausz@acinnovation.com.au

SPEAKERS

WELCOME BY ACI

GERRY MORVELL

Chairman

Australian Carbon Innovation

Gerry is a consultant on energy and environment issues and currently advising on a range of renewable energy, low emission technologies and waste management.

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VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT

STEVE DIMOPOULOS

Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer

Office of the Treasurer

Steve Dimopoulos is the Member for the Oakleigh District in Victorian Parliament. On being re-elected in 2018 Steve was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer.  

Prior to being elected to the Victorian Parliament, Steve was the mayor of the City of Monash and a councillor. 

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HYDROGEN – THE ECONOMIC VALUE TO THE REGION & MORE WIDELY 

RICHARD BOLT

Vice-President (Strategy and Innovation) 

Swinburne University of Technology

Richard Bolt has had a diverse career in public service, policy research, public advocacy and engineering.  He is currently Vice-President (Strategy and Innovation) at Swinburne University of Technology, having led three Victorian Government departments from 2006-2018.

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COAL TO HYDROGEN - WHAT IT MEANS FOR THE REGION

SEIJI HONGO

Director, Chief Operating Officer

J-Power Latrobe Valley 

Seiji Hongo joined J-Power Latrobe Valley Pty Ltd (JPLV) in 2018 as a director, chief operating officer for the management of the hydrogen production and refining project at Loy Yang. 

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HOW SAFE IS HYDROGEN?

 

PROF. MICHAEL BREAR 

Director, Melbourne Energy Institute

 University of Melbourne 

Michael Brear is the Director of the Melbourne Energy Institute at the University of Melbourne. He guides the Institute’s research on the technical, economic, environmental and social impacts of energy systems.

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PANEL

DR PATRICK HARTLEY

Research Director, Oil, Gas & Fuels

CSIRO 

Dr. Patrick Hartley is the research director of the Oil, Gas and Fuels research program within CSIRO's Energy Business Unit. The program comprises 85 research staff and students working on applied research projects which span the energy resources value chain....

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PANEL

PROF. PETA ASHWORTH 

Chair, Sustainable Energy Futures

University of Queensland 

Peta joined the University of Queensland in April, 2016. As Chair in Sustainable Energy Futures, Peta is Program Director for the Master of Sustainable Energy. Peta is well known for her expertise in the energy field, stakeholder engagement and technology assessment.

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WELCOME BY FEDERATION UNIVERSITY

PROF CHRIS HUTCHISON

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation), Federation University

Professor Hutchison commenced with Federation University on 1 March 2019, coming from Murdoch University, where he held the position of Director of Research and Innovation since 2014.  

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KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

DR ALAN FINKEL AO

Australia's Chief Scientist

Office of the Chief Scientist

Dr Finkel commenced as Australia’s Chief Scientist on 25 January 2016. He is Australia’s eighth Chief Scientist. Prior to his appointment, he served as President of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE), and for eight years as Chancellor of Monash University.

HYDROGEN - THE RENEWAL PATHWAY

GARIELLE HENRY 

A/g Executive Director, Commercial and Investment Attraction, Energy - Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning 

Gabrielle has over 20 years’ experience across technical, commercial, financial, IT and regulatory aspects of sustainable energy in the public and private sector both locally and internationally. 

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CARBON CAPTURE, 
UTILISATION AND STORAGE

BRAD PAGE  

Chief Executive Officer

Global CCS Institute

Brad joined the Global CCS Institute as CEO in August 2011, bringing extensive knowledge and experience on Australian and international energy and climate policy issues.

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TOYOTA AUSTRALIA -

FUEL CELL PROJECT

TROY D’SOUZA 

Senior Engagement & Education Specialist, 

Advanced Planning,

Toyota Motor Corporation Australia Limited 

Troy has worked in the automotive industry for almost 20 years and has been with Toyota Australia for over 10 years, working within Quality Engineering, Product Planning and now Advanced Planning departments.

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PANEL

DAVID BYERS

Chief Executive Officer

CO2CRC 

Prior to joining CO2CRC in July 2018, David was interim CEO of the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA).  
David has more than 30 years’ experience across oil, gas and minerals, in Australia and overseas. 

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PANEL

JANE OAKLEY 

Chief Executive Officer

Committee for Gippsland

Jane is currently the interim CEO for Committee for Gippsland. Prior to this role Jane was Project Manager for Gippsland Resource Recovery overseeing the delivery of a competitive market process for collaborative procurement and has held various senior management positions across Gippsland.

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WELCOME TO LATROBE CITY

CR GRAEME MIDDLEMISS

Mayor, Latrobe City Council

Councillor Graeme Middlemiss is the current Mayor of the Latrobe City and was elected to this role in November 2018. Cr Middlemiss has served as a Councillor of the Latrobe City since the formation of the democratically elected Latrobe Shire/City in 1997, and was last elected to Council for a four year term in November 2016.

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CSIRO ROADMAP

DR PATRICK HARTLEY

Research Director, Oil, Gas & Fuels

CSIRO 

Dr. Patrick Hartley is the research director of the Oil, Gas and Fuels research program within CSIRO's Energy Business Unit. The program comprises 85 research staff and students working on applied research projects which span the energy resources value chain....

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COAL TO HYDROGEN - WHAT IT MEANS FOR THE REGION

KOJI OMATA 

Managing Director, Chief Technology Officer, J-Power Latrobe Valley 

Koji Omata joined J-Power Latrobe Valley Pty Ltd (JPLV) in 2019 as a managing director, chief technical officer for the hydrogen production from Victorian brown coal project at Loy Yang. 

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THE SOCIAL LICENCE REQUIREMENT 

PROF. PETA ASHWORTH 

Chair, Sustainable Energy Futures

University of Queensland 

Peta joined the University of Queensland in April, 2016. As Chair in Sustainable Energy Futures, Peta is Program Director for the Master of Sustainable Energy. Peta is well known for her expertise in the energy field, stakeholder engagement and technology assessment. 

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PANEL

DR ALAN FINKEL AO

Australia's Chief Scientist

Dept. of Industry, Innovation & Science

Dr Finkel commenced as Australia’s Chief Scientist on 25 January 2016. He is Australia’s eighth Chief Scientist. Prior to his appointment, he served as President of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE), and for eight years as Chancellor of Monash University.

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PANEL

CR GRAEME MIDDLEMISS

Mayor, Latrobe City Council

Councillor Graeme Middlemiss is the current Mayor of the Latrobe City and was elected to this role in November 2018. Cr Middlemiss has served as a Councillor of the Latrobe City since the formation of the democratically elected Latrobe Shire/City in 1997, and was last elected to Council for a four year term in November 2016.

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