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June 13th to 16th 2016


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The world’s hydrogen and fuel cell community came together in Zaragoza, Spain, from the 13th to the 16th of June 2016, to take part in the World Hydrogen Energy Conference 2016 (WHEC 2016). The event celebrated its 21st edition and took place at the Palacio de Congresos Expo Zaragoza.

WHEC 2016 was attended by more than 900 participants from all over the world and offered high quality plenary sessions, 600 scientific and technological presentations from 50 different countries, a Trade Fair, a Test&Drive zone, several parallel events and multiple networking areas and activities. The conference went over the past, present and future of the hydrogen energy sector worldwide, covering all the aspects related to hydrogen energy such as the progress in hydrogen production, storage, distribution and applications, the latest hydrogen technologies for mobility or the hydrogen strategies developed by the sector leading regions of the globe, among other issues of interest. 

After four intensive days, WHEC 2016 closed its doors having achieved a great success. The subsequent satisfaction survey distributed among all the attendees show an overall satisfaction about WHEC 2016 rated more than 4 points out of 5.

From the Spanish Hydrogen Association (AeH2), we would like to give a special thank you to all the people who contributed to make WHEC 2016 possible. 

Thank you indeed! We hope to see you all soon!

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WHEC 2016 Mobile App 

Stay connected during the conference

The official WHEC 2016 Mobile App is now available as a free download for Android and iOS.

The WHEC 2016 App has been designed to maximise your time and experience with the conference.


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The WHEC 2016 App provides full access to the programme -plenary, poster and oral presentations- and general information of the conference, including maps of the halls and the Trade Fair area.

Browse the programme and sort it by day, topics or categories in order to locate sessions that match your field of interest.

See who’s attending, search the full programme, save your favourite sessions in your personal agenda

 Scan the QR Code!

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Installation Instructions

Once in the conference venue, please connect to the Free Wi-fi network (password: whec2016)

Option 1:
The QR code pictured below will take you to the WHEC 2016 Mobile App. If your phone already has a QR code reader, simply scan the QR code to access the app. If your phone does not have a QR code reader, there are many free QR code readers available in the App Store (http://www.apple.com/ca/iphone-5s/app-store) and on Google Play (https://play.google.com/store).

Option 2:
Search for “WHEC 2016” in the App Store (http://www.apple.com/ca/iphone-5s/app-store/) or on Google Play (https://play.google.com/store) and install the official WHEC 2016 App on your mobile device.

Download the app today and start exploring!


Plenary Session 1: Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles and Hydrogen Infrastructures
Monday June 13th, 10.30 - 12.30 h

Chairperson: Mr Javier Brey SánchezChairman of WHEC 2016 and Chairman of the Spanish Hydrogen Association (AeH2)

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"Energy Union and Energy Infrastructure – the role for Hydrogen" 

Mr Tudor Constantinescu | Principal Adviser to the Director-General, DG ENERGY - European Commission

Dr Tudor Constantinescu is Principal Adviser to the Director General for Energy in the European Commission since March 2011. He is engineer and economist by education. Before joining the Commission, he set up as Executive Director the Buildings Performance Institute Europe. He was the president of the Romanian Agency for Energy Conservation and for the period 2008-2009 he ensured the presidency of the EnR network of European Energy Agencies. Between 1996-2007, he coordinated the energy efficiency and related environmental activities of the Energy Charter Secretariat in Brussels.

P1 Mattias Klietz

"BMW Group hydrogen fuel cell technology as a path towards zero emission mobility"

Mr Matthias Klietz | Vice President Research Powertrain - BMW AG

Since 2015: Vice president research powertrain, BMW Group.

2010 – 2013: Head of the department powertrain architecture and vehicle integration, BMW Group.

1998 – 2010: Head of the department engine testing, powertrain design and simulation Formula 1,   BMW Group.

1993 – 1998: Development engineer powertrain, Toyota Motorsport. Studies of Mechanical Engineering, Heilbronn University. 

 P1 Jacques Pieraerts

"Fuel the future" 

Mr Jacques Pieraerts | Vice President, Communication, External and Environmental Affairs - Toyota Motor Europe

Belgian, born in Antwerp 1959. Graduate in Business Management and International Trade.

27 years experience in the automotive sector including Sales, Marketing, Production and Sales Planning, HR, Governmental and Corporate Affairs. Most recent positions: 2010-2014 President & CEO Toyota Spain

Since January 2015, Vice President Communication, External & Environmental Affairs Toyota Motor Europe.

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"Ramping up for the commercial hydrogen refuelling station market"

Mr Bjørn Simonsen Director, Market Development and Public Relations - NEL ASA

Bjørn Simonsen is Director for Market Development and Public Relations in NEL ASA, a leading supplier of electrolysers for the industry and energy sector and hydrogen refueling stations. NEL is a publicly listed company on the Oslo Stock Exchange.

Earlier positions include Secretary General for the Norwegian Hydrogen Association and Secretary for the Norwegian Hydrogen Council. He has also been the Chairman of the HyNor hydrogen highway project. He started his career as a research scientist at Institute for Energy Technology (IFE), and holds a Master’s degree in Process Engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.



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