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Welcome to the Berlin Energy Forum


Join us for the second installment of the Berlin Energy Forum, an event series dedicated to exploring critical issues and innovations in the energy sector. Our events are held multiple times a year, each focusing on a pressing topic within the industry.


This session will delve into the compelling discussion on


"Germany’s Quest for Green Hydrogen: from Ukraine to Mauritania & back"

We'll  gather in Berlin to examine the comparative advantages and challenges of hydrogen as a sustainable energy solutions.


The exact venue will be announced shortly, ensuring a premier location for insightful discussions and networking opportunities.Our session will be expertly moderated by Ben Aris, with Tom O'Donnell leading the conversation. Together, they will guide us through the intricacies and future potential of the hydrogen industry. 

This event promises to be an engaging and informative experience, offering attendees a chance to gain valuable insights and contribute to the ongoing dialogue on sustainable energy. Stay tuned for further details about speakers and be sure to join us for this pivotal event.


We look forward to welcoming you to Berlin for a stimulating and productive discussion. Register Now, there will be limited space at this event, 50 seats max. 


Register Now for this event happening up on July 2nd 2024, secure your place, while spaces are available.


The Berlin Energy Forum will be the leading forum for discussion and analysis of the global energy market from leading industry experts, with particular emphasis on how developments affect Europe . 


The principles, Ben Aris, the publisher of IntelliNews and Newsbase, and Dr Tom O’Donnell, a nuclear scientist and top analyst, have spent their entire careers studying, analysing and reporting on the evolution of the global energy market and will leverage their extensive network of contacts in the business from around the world to bring top level experts to discuss the latest developments.  


Meetings will be held on a monthly basis for members of the Berlin Energy Forum to discuss and analyse the latest developments in the sector, bringing in expert analysts, industry leaders, politicians and other key players who bring an exclusive insight to the energy business.

Schedule and Event Details 

Germany’s Quest for Green Hydrogen: from Ukraine to Mauritania & back

German federal policy embraces “green hydrogen” (GrH2) production and imports as key to fully decarbonizing and de-nuclearizing the country. The GrH2 quest was began under Chancellor Merkel’s last energy minister, Peter Altmaier (CDU), and has been fully adopted under Chancellor Scholz’ energy and economy minister, Robert Habeck (Greens). 

Federal policy speaks of GrH2 as necessary for “hard to decarbonize” industries (e.g., steel, chemicals), for grid-scale storage to backup variable wind and solar, to replace continued coal and natural gas baseload power, and for various transport applications.

The rise of GrH2 policy followed the findings of the 8th Independent Monitors of the Energiewende Group’s finding that it will not be possible to produce sufficient renewable energy on German territory to power the country.  Accordingly, the Monitors advocated importing renewable energy as both electricity from neighboring countries, and green hydrogen from more distant countries where wind and sunshine are optimal.

The State and energy firms are now supporting development of GrH2 production in N. Africa, the Gulf, Sub-Saharan Africa, Central and Eastern Central Europe and, most especially, in Ukraine for export to Germany.  

This GreenH2 policy is controversial across the EU and overseas. Our expert panel will debate: 

·        Is GrH2 production and transport technically-scientifically feasible?

·        What new infrastructure is required?

·        How expensive would it be?

·        How soon could it replace German coal and presently expanding natural-gas generation? 

·        What are its greenhouse characteristics?

·        Will Eastern Europe, Gulf and African projects become “white elephants” once subsidies end?

·        Shouldn’t renewable generation optimally first decarbonize countries where it is produced?

·        What are competing solutions for the weather-induced limitations of renewable-based generation? 

Event Schedule

Date: 26/06/2024

Venue: Capital Club

Start Time: 4:00 PM

4:00 PM - 4:15 PM: Welcome & Introduction Speaker: Tom O'Donnell

4:15 PM - 5:30 PM: Panel Discussion - Dawud Ansari and Olena Pavlenko

5.30 PM - 6.00PM: Q & A
6:00 PM - onward:

Informal Drinks & One-on-One with Speakers

Times are estimates and are subject to change


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