Bart Biebuyck
Executive Director at FCH JU, Belgium

Date: Monday, 10 July, 9:45-10:20 Panorama hall
Lecture: TBD

Bart Biebuyck is the Executive Director of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), a public-private partnership aiming at facilitating the deployment of fuel cells and hydrogen technologies in Europe.
Before the FCH JU, Bart Biebuyck was at the Fuel Cell department of Toyota Motor Europe where he held the position of Technical Senior Manager. His expertise in the automotive industry includes extensive knowledge related to the deployment of new technologies in the European market. It is as part of the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) programme in Berlin that Bart worked at reinforcing European trials for the Toyota Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle. He also had the opportunity to develop and expand his know- how in Japan, where for two years he worked on the PSA-Toyota Small Vehicle Development Project which resulted in the launch of the Toyota AYGO in 2006.
In addition to his industrial experience, Bart has been politically active in his local town since 2006. In 2013 he became the vice president of the City Council, responsible, among others, for the local economy and education.
Bart joined the FCH JU as the new Executive Director on the 16 May 2016.

John P. Kopasz
Argonne National Laboratory, USA

Date: Monday, 10 July, 11:25-12:00, Panorama Hall
Lecture:  Advances and Progress in the US DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program

Dr. Kopasz is the leader of the Fuel Cell Technology Management Group at Argonne National Laboratory. He has been working in the fuel cell and hydrogen field since 1999, and looking at interactions of hydrogen with materials since he started his career at Argonne in 1986. John led Argonne’s research efforts on high-temperature membranes for PEM fuel cells and efforts determining fuel composition effects for hydrogen production from petroleum-based fuels. John is a member of the USDRIVE Fuel Cell Technology Team and was co-chair of the US DOE High Temperature Membrane Working Group.

Christian Sattler
DLR, Germany

Date: Wednesday, 12 July, 9:00 – 10:00 Panorama Hall
Lecture: Concentrated Solar Radiation – An option for large scale renewable hydrogen production

Prof. Dr. Christian Sattler is head of the Department of Solar Chemical Engineering of the German Aerospace Center’s Institute of Solar Research ( He is also professor for solar fuel production at the Technical University of Dresden; As the key area of his work is the production of fuels especially hydrogen by solar thermo- and photochemical processes.

He published over 460 titles on GoogleScholar – including 151 refereed journal papers, and 14 patents.

He serves as vice president of the research association N.ERGHY ( a member of the European Joint Technology Initiative for Fuel Cells and Hydrogen and he is the national representative to tasks of the IEA’s SolarPACES and Hydrogen Implementing Agreements.

Filip Smeets
Managing Director, Hydrogenics Europe NV, Oevel, Belgium

Date: Tuesday, 11 July, 9:00 - 10:00, Panorama Hall
Lecture: Renewable hydrogen: decarbonising solution for the transport and fuel sectors

Filip Smeets is Managing Director of the Hydrogenics’ Belgian based On-Site Generation (OSG) business, a world-wide leading provider of hydrogen generation products for industrial, hydrogen fueling and energy storage applications. His organization is part of Hydrogen Europe, the European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE), the Flemish Power-to-Gas Cluster, among others.
Mr. Smeets was previously a General Manager with Cabot Corporation, a global performance materials company, headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts USA. During his tenure at Cabot Corporation, Mr. Smeets held increasingly responsible positions in marketing and business leadership. Mr. Smeets received his Master's degree in Chemistry from the University of Antwerp.
Hydrogenics Corporation ( is a world leader in engineering and building the technologies required to enable the acceleration of a global power shift. Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, Hydrogenics provides hydrogen generation, energy storage and hydrogen power modules to its customers and partners around the world. Hydrogenics has manufacturing sites in Germany, Belgium and Canada and service centres in Russia, China, India, Indonesia, Europe, the US and Canada.

Hirohisa Uchida
Tokai University, School of Engineering, Japan

Date: Monday, 10 July, 10:50-11:25 Panorama Hall
Lecture: Change in Japan's energy policy and prospects of hydrogen energy in Japan

Dr. Hirohisa UCHIDA has been involved in research and application of metal-hydrogen systems since 1975 at Max Planck Institute for Metals Research, Stuttgart, Germany, then at Tokai University, Japan since 1981. He is active in realizing hydrogen society by collaborations among academic, industrial and governmental sectors as Professor of Tokai University, CEO of KSP Inc., Fellow & Vice President of International Association for Hydrogen Energy, President of Asian Science Park Association, and Honorary Editor of Journal of Alloys & Compounds, Elsevier. His contribution to materials science was awarded as Honorary Membership of the German Society of Materials Science (DGM).


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