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Spring Training on Hydrogen and Fuel Cells (ST2022)

Monday – March 28, 2022


9:30 – 10:00

Associate Professor, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture

Director of Industry and Sustainable Development Sector at the Croatian Chamber of Economy

Managing Director of Siemens Energy d.o.o.

Executive Director of Clean Hydrogen Partnership

State Secretary, Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development


10:00 – 11:30

11:30 – 12:30

12:30 – 13:30

Tuesday – March 29, 2022

morning TRAINING

9:00 – 10:00

10:00 – 11:00

11:00 – 12:00

12:00 – 12:30

Afternoon TRAINING

15:00 – 15:15

15:15 – 15:45

15:45 – 16:15

16:15 – 16:45

16:45 – 17:15

Wednesday – March 30, 2022


9:30 – 10:15

10:15 – 11:00

11:00 – 11:45

11:45 – 12:30

Thursday – March 31, 2022


9:30 – 10:30

10:30 – 11:30

11:30 – 12:30

closing remarks

12:30 – 13:00

Director of Industry and Sustainable Development Sector at the Croatian Chamber of Economy

Associate Professor, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture

Strategic Partners


Ad van Wijk is part-time Professor Future Energy Systems at TU Delft, the Netherlands. He is guest professor at KWR Water Research Institute to develop and implement the research program Energy and Water. He is special advisor to Hydrogen Europe, representing European industry, national associations and research centers to develop European hydrogen policies with the EU commission. And he holds several advisory and supervisory board positions.
Van Wijk has studied physics and did his Ph-D on Wind Energy and Electricity Production at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. He worked as an Researcher and Associate Professor, between 1983 and 1997 in the Department of Science, Technology and Society at Utrecht University
In 1984, van Wijk founded the company Ecofys, which eventually grew into Econcern. Econcern developed many new sustainable energy products, services and projects. Examples include the 120 MW offshore wind farm Princess Amalia in the North Sea, several multi-MW solar farms in Spain, a solar cell manufacturing plant Solland and a bio-methanol plant in the Netherlands.
Since 2011 van Wijk is appointed as professor Future Energy Systems at TU Delft. His research focus on the energy systems of the future. Especially he will do research on hydrogen energy systems and fuel cell cars and has realized ‘’the Green Village’’ at the TU Delft campus.
Van Wijk achieved many important prizes for excellent entrepreneurship. Amongst others he was Dutch entrepreneur of the year in 2007 and Dutch top-executive in 2008. Van Wijk was honored by KWR, by appointing him Honorary Fellow in 2018.
Van Wijk has published many books, scientific articles and reports that can be downloaded from his website www.profadvanwijk.com Hydrogen related books and articles are depicted below.
Follow Ad van Wijk at twitter @advanwijk or via his website.


Alfonso Peschiera is a Product Manager within Atlas Copco Oil Free Air Division with experience on development and marketing gas compressors with a focus on renewable energy applications. He is part of a team that manages a portfolio of CO2, H2, CNG, biogas and helium compressors for applications including green hydrogen mobility, CNG refueling stations and biogas upgrading plants. Alfonso has also worked close to end-users and engineering teams developing a wide range of installations and, as such, have developed a reasonable knowledge of the main applications related to the gases mentioned above.

Director – Hydrogen Initiative, Edmonton Global

Brent Lakeman is Director for Edmonton Global’s Hydrogen Initiative, where he is leading the Metropolitan Edmonton Region’s activities to position the region as Canada’s preeminent hydrogen hub.  Brent collaborates with other regional partners in the transition to this low carbon fuel.  Activities include working closely with other partners, including the Edmonton Region Hydrogen Hub, to attract industries to the region, grow the region’s hydrogen value chain and support economic development within the region. Prior to joining Edmonton Global, Brent served as the Executive Director for teams within the Alberta government focused on the growth and diversification of the province’s economy, with a strong focus on the clean technology, life sciences and digital technology sectors.  Brent has worked to foster partnerships between advanced technology enterprises and Alberta’s research and innovation system to drive growth of the knowledge economy, attract investments and accelerate diversification. Brent has also had leadership roles at Alberta Innovates Technology Futures and the Alberta Research Council, including leading the organizations carbon management and environmental monitoring initiatives. Brent has over 30 years of experience working on Alberta’s technology, energy, environment, and economic diversification priorities, including clean energy systems, climate change mitigation and the development of Alberta’s artificial intelligence capabilities. Brent holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Queen University.

About Edmonton Global

The purpose of Edmonton Global is to radically transform and grow the economy of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region. Edmonton Global is the first ever regional economic development corporation in the region, working to create local, regional, provincial, national, and global partnerships. Priority sectors for Edmonton Global include Energy (with a specific focus on hydrogen), Life Sciences, Food and Agriculture, Manufacturing, Logistics, and Technology (with a strong focus on artificial intelligence and machine learning).



Director, Corporate Services
C-FER Technologies 

Brian joined C-FER in 1990 after completing a MSc in Engineering Geology at the University of Waterloo. He has worked on a variety of applied research projects including strain limit determination for Arctic pipelines, pipeline leak detection system evaluation and underground storage risk assessment. He is currently Director, Corporate Services and is developing projects related to hydrogen and CO2 transportation in pipeline systems, integrity of underground storage and spill response equipment performance for inland waterways.


Prof. Can Özgür Çolpan is a full professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of Dokuz Eylül University. He received his PhD degree from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering of Carleton University, in Ottawa, Canada, in 2009. He has conducted research in the field of fuel cells and hydrogen and the mathematical modeling of energy systems. He has worked as conference chairman, technical chair and organizing committee member in many conferences. In 2019, he won the Turkish Academy of Sciences Outstanding Young Scientist Award (TUBA-GEBIP) and METU Professor Dr. Mustafa N. Parlar Education and Research Foundation’s Research Encouragement Award.


Hannah is a senior consultant on the hydrogen team at Element Energy, a specialist zero carbon consultancy, and specialises in project development, techno-economic analysis, and funding acquisition.  As the project lead for the FCH JU funded Project Development Assistance for Cities and Regions programme, she has previously supported Zagreb to develop the concept for a hydrogen bus project. She holds a Master’s in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge.


Post Education (PhD + MBA) in England, Khaled has filled Senior technical as well as Managerial positions within the University (Sheffield University, England), ALSTOM (Major Infrastructure Projects), RENISHAW (Precision Engineering), IBB (Institute of Independent Businesses), Amec Foster Wheeler, Wood group and finally SHAWCOR Group (Corrosion Protection and pipeline products and services) where he heads International business (outside North America) for Composites.

Holder of 13 patents and a number of publications.

CEO of Toyota Croatia

Krešimir has graduated in 1992 from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture in Zagreb, after which he worked for two years in the engineering profession at EI KONČAR. Since 1994, he has held various positions in the automotive industry. As the director of Toyota Croatia he is working since 2014. Special focus in recent years on new technologies in the automotive industry and new forms of mobility.


Dr. Laurent Antoni is Public Affairs manager for hydrogen technologies at CEA Liten. He started his career as a senior scientist on material sciences at Mittal Group (Arcelor). In 2003, he joined the CEA, a Public Research Institute with a mandate to develop metallic bipolar plates for fuel cells. Before his current position, he has been Head of the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Laboratory and Division Manager to develop battery and fuel cell technologies for transportation. Laurent Antoni is since 2016 President of Hydrogen Europe Research, the European research association on hydrogen and fuel cells gathering more than 100 universities and research institutes, member of the Governing Board of the European Clan Hydrogen Joint Undertaking. He is also President of the Technical Committee of Fuel Cells at the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC/TC105) and a national representative in different working groups of international organizations (IEA Advanced Fuel Cells, IEA Hydrogen TCP, International Partnership for Hydrogen and fuels cells in the Economy – IPHE). He contributes to several peer reviewed books and publications.

Contact: laurent.antoni@cea.fr

Head of Technology Positioning and Initiatives – Industrial Solutions
Siemens Energy AG

Ljubiša Petković is an electrical engineer in charge for Industrial Solutions Technology positioning and Initiatives in Siemens Energy Headquarter in Erlangen, Germany. His main responsibility is assuring business acceleration in growth fields such as Sustainability, Decarbonization and Hydrogen value chain. In nearly 20 years long career, mainly in Oil&Gas and process industries, he performed various roles ranging from engineering, project management up to sales and business development mainly in Middle East, Central Eastern Europe as well as in Russia and Central Asia. Ljubiša speaks English, German, Russian and Serbian language.


Mario Krpan is an energy enthusiast with over twenty years of international experience as a business developer, lawyer, and trade and investment promoter in the energy industry. During his career, he has been involved in developing energy and infrastructure projects in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. For the last 15 years, he has resided in Canada, working for the Alberta Government on energy-related files such as electric power industry, oil and gas, hydrogen, clean technologies. In his current role in the Government, he is working with his team to promote Alberta businesses in Europe and Central Asia. He is a member of several boards, including The Centre for Gas and Liquids Monetization.

Co-Founder, Board Member & Chief Business Development Officer, Nilsson Energy

 Martina Wettin is the Co-founder and Board Member of Nilsson Energy and the company´s Chief Business Development Officer. Nilsson Energy is a pioneering renewable energy system integrator for stationary and mobile applications and was awarded Best Gas and Hydrogen brand in the World in the 2020 international Charge Energy Awards. Wettin holds an extensive experience as a serial entrepreneur, business owner, board member, senior advisor, management consultant and innovation advisor. She is frequently invited as a keynote speaker in her respective areas of expertise. Mrs. Wettin is passionate about the development of emission free infrastructure and mobility with green hydrogen as an energy carrier. She is a Board Member and Second Vice Chairperson of the Swedish Hydrogen Association. She is also a highly dedicated member of the EU Instrument European Clean Hydrogen Alliance, Roundtable on Buildings where she advocates the value that decentralised green hydrogen system solutions bring. In closing, Mrs Wettin´s experience as a serial entrepreneur has as rendered her start-up BipOn to be selected as one of the first companies qualifying to be a Member of the International ABB SynerLeap Growht Hub. BipOn´s method and system for automated Identity of Things “BIP – Built in Progression” was awarded the SIQ Quality Innovation Award 2017.

For further information see LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/martinawettin/

MITJA MORI, Assist. Prof. PhD

Assist. Prof. Dr. Mitja Mori is a member of the Department for Energy Engineering from University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. He is one of a leading experts in life cycle assessment in Slovenia working with industry, international projects and government. His main fields of research are strongly connected with life cycle assessment methodology, hydrogen economy and FCH technologies, eco design and problems inspired by the contemporary energy conversion systems, such as entropy generation identification, renewable energy systems, thermo-economic methods, numerical modeling, and analyses/optimization of complex energy systems. In recent time he was a technical coordinator of various national research projects dealing with hydrogen economy and LCA and participated as LCA expert in EU research projects (FP7 – Hyacinth, FP7-FluMaBack, H2020 – HyTechCycling, LIFE – SustainHuts). Currently he is work-packages for sustainable development and LCA in two H2020 funded projects: Best4Hy (SustainaBlE SoluTions FOR recycling of end of life Hydrogen technologies, https://best4hy-project.eu/) and eGhost (Establishing Eco-design Guidelines for Hydrogen Systems and Technologies, https://eghost.eu/).

Hydrogen Leader

 Pietro comes with over 36 years of experience, linking marketing, operations, sales and technology within the hydrogen, oil and gas, refining, sulphur, and petrochemical industries. His innovative approach to his work has resulted in being granted four patents and two company developments during his career.


Master of Business Administration in Strategic Management and International Finance, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, 1992

Bachelor of Chemical Engineering, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, 1985


Innovation Commercialization Focus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2006


Professional Engineer, Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta

Professional Engineer, Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec


Air Liquide Canada Refining and Chemical Process Industries* | Business Development Manager

Increased nitrogen sales by 20 million dollars over three contracts.

Air Liquide S.A.* | Paris, France | Global Market Manager, Oil and Gas Market (Upstream and Downstream)

Completed two corporate strategic plans between 2001 and 2012. Led four regional marketing personnel; market/geographical entry strategies (incl. sulphur).

Creator of a hydrogen optimization service for refiners.

Air Liquide S.A. Gasification and Biofuels Market Development* | Frankfurt, Germany | Director Market Development – Gasification and Biofuels

Advisor for Senior Executive Vice President to develop corporate position on gasification and biofuels.

Lurgi – Division of the Air Liquide Group – Chemical Conversion* | Director of Chemical Conversion Market

Promoted to lead a team of 10 experts to support Lurgi’s global sales team. Technologies included: methanol, methanol to gasoline, Fischer-Tropsch, natural gas conditioning, sulfur plants, Rectisol, air separation plants, hydrogen production and recovery technologies. Created and implemented the China entry strategy.

Lurgi GmbH Synfuels Commercialization* | Frankfurt, Germany | Synfuels Commercialization Manager

Lead for commercialization of GTL technology. License and E&P awarded.

Orascom Methanol Project* | Air Liquide E&C | Frankfurt, Germany | Sales Lead

Led sales team, awarded methanol license and E&P agreements.

Air Liquide Major Projects* | Director Major Projects – Business Development

Sale of three technology and engineering service contracts

Project Assessments* | Various clients

Advised and completed reports on the viability of petrochemical or hydrogen projects.

International Petrochemical Companies Project Development* | Advisor/Subject Material Expert

Ongoing support of project development. Utility supply definition and acquisition negotiations.

LNG supply* | KATE Energy | Vice President, Sales and Marketing

Completed KATE Energy’s first LNG supply agreement; agreement preparation / term sheets for LNG and power supply opportunities; marketing plans linked to capital budgeting estimation and prospects prioritization.

Market Assessments and Sales Support* | Various Technology Start-Ups

Completed market assessments for Solid Oxide Electrolysis Cell technology. Achievement: Sales support of high-performance distillation and reactor technology.

Shell Various Projects* | Shell | The Hague, Netherlands | Process Specialist

Catalytic reforming, hydrogen, hydrocracking, bitumen and lubes production


Robert Mikulandric is a Technology Engineer and a project lead in Atlas Copco Airtec (R&D department), Belgium.  He is responsible for scouting and development of new technologies in the domain of hydrogen and carbon economy. His current interests include techno-economic analysis and technical development of state-of-art hydrogen compression and CO2 separation techniques. He graduated mechanical engineering at University of Zagreb, Croatia and obtained his PhD at KU Leuven in Belgium.


Vjekoslav Jukić works in Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development as Head of Sector for Energy Policy and Planning. He is involved as expert working group for preparation of Hydrogen Strategy for Croatia and in preparation of Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan for Croatia. His main interest are new technologies, decarbonization, RES, etc.


Dr. Mehmet Fatih Kaya is an Assistant Professor in Energy Systems Engineering Department at Erciyes University, TURKEY. Mehmet Fatih has received his PhD degree in 2018 at Erciyes University on noble/non-noble catalyst development for PEM water electrolysers. He is currently working on the development of novel cost-effective gas diffusion layers for PEM water electrolysers as well as PEM Fuel cells, Microbial Electrolyzers and Alkaline Electrolyzers. He manages Erciyes University H2FC Hydrogen Energy Research Group and electric- hydrogen fuel cell car projects (VoltaCAR) with over 40 student members. He has received prestigious fundings in related topics from Turkish Scientific Research Council (TUBITAK) and Erciyes University. He also leads the industrial PEM water electrolyser stack development studies for the several applications from domestic components. He has authored over 12 papers on related to hydrogen energy and electrochemical conversion systems. He has also a start-up company called BATARYASAN Energy Co. Ltd. for the commercialisation of his scientific outputs in electrochemistry and transportation field.


Dr. Mehmet Fatih Kaya

​Energy Systems Engineering Department,

H2FC Hydrogen Energy Research Group

Erciyes University,

Talas, Kayseri/TURKEY, 38039,

Tel: +903522076666-32331-32304

e-mail: kayamehmetfatih@erciyes.edu.tr

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mehmet-fatih-kaya-b818486a/

Deputy Head of Energy Storage Unit
DG Joint Research Centre
European Commission


Nuclear Engineer graduated at the Politecnico di Torino with a thesis on behaviour of materials or the first-wall of a fusion reactor.

PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering at The University of Karlsruhe (Germany) with a cwork on tritium permeation of materials of a fusion reactor.

Since 1990 at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission, working on characterisation of energy conversion materials and technological and safety assessment of energy storage systems, with a specific focus on batteries and hydrogen solutions.

Co-chair (with the US DOE) of the Regulations, Codes, Standards and Safety Working Group of the IPHE and responsible for the operation and development of the European Hydrogen Incidents Database HIAD 2.0.


Iva is an energy analyst who has been dedicatedly pursuing her career in energy industry internationally. She has worked for International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, PetroChina in Beijing, energy consultancy Westwood Global Energy Group (WGEG) in London. In 2018, Iva joined Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs where she worked as an energy, trade and sustainable development specialist at the Permanent Mission of Croatia to the United Nations and World Trade Organization in Geneva. After foreign service Iva joined United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in Geneva to work on sustainable energy portfolio. At UNECE Iva is leading work on Carbon Neutrality and is working closely with the Member States and policy makers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the carbon footprint of the energy sector in the region. In 2020, Iva launched UNECE work on hydrogen and is currently leading a project on sustainable hydrogen production pathways in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.