Breakout Sessions A1: Hydrogen Technologies

March 16, 2022 / 11.45 -13.15 EDT (Ottawa), 16.45 -18.15 CET (Bern)

The Hydrogen Technologies session focuses on state-of-the-art technologies for hydrogen production and mobility applications. Hydrogen use to reduce emissions in the on-road freight sector is identified as an early opportunity in hydrogen strategies from around the world, including the Hydrogen Strategy for Canada. Switzerland is deploying 1,600 Hyundai fuel cell trucks – one of the largest early deployments in the world, supported by refuelling infrastructure. This commercial scale deployment will generate essential knowledge which can be replicated elsewhere.


For over a century Canadian clean technology companies have been at the forefront of innovation, including some of the world’s first large-scale hydrogen production technologies and fuel cell applications. They continue to be recognized as global leaders, selling their products and services to the global market. As demand for clean hydrogen continues to grow, Canadian companies are adapting their products to meet the evolving needs of the market, including through the development and commercialization of very large-scale electrolyzers.


Researchers from both countries have been collaborating on hydrogen for more than three decades, in areas such as hydrogen storage, safety, and production, through multilateral fora such as the International Energy Agency. In this session, innovative companies and researchers will present their current activities, and areas in which they are looking for collaboration.


The session will conclude with a discussion on the latest market developments in Switzerland, Canada, and globally.

Aaron Hoskin

Session Lead and Moderator

Aaron Hoskin

Aaron Hoskin

Senior Manager-Intergovernmental Initiatives, Fuel Diversification Division, Clean Fuels Branch, Natural Resources Canada
Speakers CH

Speakers - Switzerland

The Swiss Hydrogen Association HYDROPOLE

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Andreas Züttel, President Hydropole

Hydrospider AG

Speaker: Bruno Meuriot, Business System Engineer

Hydrospider produces, trades and distributes green hydrogen. The company is a JV between H2 Energy, Alpiq and Linde Gas (PanGas). At the Alpiq Gösgen hydropower plant, Hydrospider commissioned the largest electrolysis plant in Switzerland for producing green hydrogen, which is currently being distributed at 10 hydrogen refueling stations across the country, mainly for the consumption of Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility heavy duty trucks.

Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Thomas Justus Schmid, Head of Energy

University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO)

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Fabian Fischer, Professor

HES-SO is a network of 28 schools of higher education offering degree programs in six key fields to approximately 21,000 students. Our university plays an important role in the social, economic, and cultural development in Western Switzerland. A primary mission is to foster applied research, development, innovation, and creation –to address our society’s needs and resolve most pressing challenges.

EH Group

Speaker: Mardit Martian, Director

GRZ Technologies

Speaker: Noris Gallandat, CEO

GRZ Technologies is a supplier of hydrogen technology. The company was founded in 2017 as a spinoff from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. GRZ aims at contributing to the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources by developing innovative technologies. Three products are commercialized: a hydrogen storage system (DASH), a hydrogen compressor (HyCo) and a methanation reactor (UPSOM).

Speakers CA

Speakers - Canada

Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association CHFCA

Speaker: Nicolas Pocard, Chair of the Board

Aurora Hydrogen

Speaker: Murray Thomson, Co-Founder

Aurora Hydrogen is developing a low-cost distributed hydrogen production technology that uses microwave energy to convert methane to hydrogen and solid carbon with no CO2 generation. Its founding team has deep technical expertise and proven industrial tech scale-up, commercialization, and sales experience. Hydrogen production using Aurora's technology could potentially reduce global CO2 emissions by over 500 million tons/year.

Next Hydrogen Corp.

Speaker: Alan Tan, VP Business Development

Founded in 2007 and based in Toronto, Next Hydrogen is a designer and manufacturer of water electrolysers. Our innovative alkaline water electrolysis technology can convert intermittent renewable energy to green hydrogen at infrastructure scale economically. Next Hydrogen’s patented cell architecture offers operational flexibility rivalling PEM electrolysers while delivering the lifecycle economics of market proven alkaline systems. We offer a range of packaged alkaline water electrolysers from 100 to 500 Nm3/h. Following successful pilots, Next Hydrogen is scaling up its technology to deliver commercial solutions to decarbonize transportation, industrial and energy sectors.

Hydrogen In Motion Inc. (H2M)

Speaker: Grace Quan, President & CEO

National Canadian Nuclear Laboratories Ltd., Hydrogen and Tritium Technologies Directorate

Speaker: Sam Suppiah, Technical Manager

CNL is Canada’s premier nuclear science and technology organization, a world leader in developing nuclear technology for peaceful and innovative applications. We are supporting Governments’ initiatives towards Net Zero Emission by accelerating the transition to a hydrogen economy with advanced hydrogen production, clean fuels and energy storage technologies. We partner with industry, academic institutions, and national and global organizations towards our commitment to innovate and assure quality.

Research Council, Energy, Mining and Environment Research Center

Speaker: Jennifer Littlejohns, Program Director

The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) is Canada's largest federal research and development organization.  The NRC partners with industry to take research impacts from the lab to the marketplace, where people can experience the benefits. The NRC is conducting research across the entire hydrogen value-chain in order to support Canada’s hydrogen strategy and emerging hydrogen economy.

This is a Third Party Event. The Swiss-Canadian Cleantech innovation Summit is jointly organized by the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI), the Swiss State Secretariat of Economic Affairs (SECO), the Embassy of Switzerland in Canada, Global Affairs Canada (GAC), Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), and the Embassy of Canada in Switzerland, with the invaluable support of Innosuisse, Switzerland Global Enterprise, the Swiss National Science Foundation, the National Research Council Canada.







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