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1 - 2 June 2023

BotH2nia goes Helsinki - WCEF2023 Accelerator session

8.30 - 18.00
Helsinki, Finland

Towards Sustainable Hydrogen Economy - WFEC2023 Accelerator session

by H2 Cluster Finland

Time: June 1st, 2023 at 8:30

Place: Helsinki Central Library Oodi,  Töölönlahdenkatu 4, 00100 Helsinki, Finland


  • Morning coffee at 8.15
  • 9.00 Opening of the event, Petri Peltonen, Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Employment and Economy
  • Role of Hydrogen in climate change mitigation, Stefan Rahmstorf, Co-Head of Research Department on Earth System Analysis of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and Professor of Physics of the Oceans at the University of Potsdam
  • The role of Hydrogen in net zero emission targets – global perspectiveSimo Säynevirta, ABB
  • Inflation Reduction Act of the U.S. and its implications – initial observations from a Finnish perspective, Mikko Puustinen, Ministerial Adviser, Unit for EU and International Affairs, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment
  • The Hydrogen Market: the Current State and Pathways to AccelerationSalah Mahdy, Global Director – Hydrogen, Howden & Chart Industries  Chair – Industry Working group of Hydrogen Europe
  • Lunch at 12.00
  • Why invest in Finland, Panel discussion     
    • Tuukka Hartikka, Helen; Pia Erkinheimo, Climate Fund; Markku Kivistö, Business Finland; Sara Kärki, Gasgrid
    • Moderator Riitta Silvennoinen, St1
  • Comment speech, Riitta Silvennoinen, St1
  • BalticSeaH2 Valley, CLIC Innovation, Estonian Hydrogen Cluster    
  • Technology companies and start-ups in the Hydrogen Economy, Panel discussion
    • Erkko Fontell, Convion; Marko Virkebau, Stargate; Marko Niskanen, QPower; Asla Koskinen, Siemens; Anne Särkilahti, Hytrade
    • Moderated by Joonas Laitila, UPM
  • End of the Event at 16.00

BotH2nia goes Helsinki Field Tour - WFEC2023 Accelerator session

By BotH2nia, Council of Oulu Region, VTT, and Helsinki Partners


Meet and greet the first hydrogen movers

Time: June 1st, 2023 at 18:00

Place: Maria 01, Lapinlahdenkatu 16, 00180 Helsinki

Evening reception & pre-registration for Helsinki Field Tour

  • "Decarbonising a Capital - from Coal to Hydrogen": welcome speech by Kaisa-Reeta Koskinen, Project Manager of the City of Helsinki’s Emissions Reduction Programme
  • "Green Hydrogen - a Crucial Part of the Energy Transition": welcome speech by Maiju Westergren, SVP, Sustainability and Public Affairs, Helen

Visit the first hydrogen movers in Helsinki metropolitan area

Time: June 2nd, 2023

Place: Helsinki City Hall, Pohjoisesplanadi 11-13, 00170 Helsinki

  • 8.30 Registration and morning coffee
  • 9.00 Welcome to Helsinki!
    • Johanna Huurre, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Helsinki Partners
    • Juha Lehtonen, Research Professor, VTT
    • Sari Tasa, Steering Group Member at National Hydrogen Network, and Minna Näsman, Contact Person, BotH2nia 
  • 9.30 Welcome to Inkoo!
    • What does it take to decommission coal and harness hydrogen in energy?
      • Esa Suoninen, Senior Project Manager, Industrial Electrification at Fortum
    • What does it take to say "yes, please" to a major investment project?
      • Robert Nyman, Mayor of Inkoo, and Eric Roselius, Head of Planning
    • What does it take to develop a low-carbon steel plant from scratch?
      • Antti Kaikkonen, Managing Director of Blastr Green Steel Oy
  • 10.30 Start of bus tour: Aleksanterinkatu 26 (the Senate Square side of the City Hall)

Two buses to

  • VTT Bioruukki pilot center, Ruukinmestarintie 2, Espoo 
    • Introduction to E-fuel project, P2X demonstration
  • Elcogen's solid oxide fuel cell and electrolysis stack factory, Niittyvillankuja 4, Vantaa
    • speakers TBC
  • Valmet Valve Technology Center, Vanha Porvoontie 229, Vantaa
    • Andreas Pischke, Industry management of PtX, Flow Control: Valmet Flow Control Valve Solutions for Technologies of Energy Transition
    • Jukka Borgman, Technology Development, Flow Control: Emissions & Safety
    • Heikki Tanner, Energy & Process industry, Automation: Valmet DNA
    • Factory bridge visit by factory managers Mika Vilén & Matti Sääskilahti

Both buses visit all three sites during the day. Both buses return to the main railway station in Helsinki before 18.00 o'clock. One of the buses drives via the Helsinki Vantaa airport before returning to Helsinki.

All events are free of charge. In case of a no-show, a fee of 100 € is charged.

Registration is now closed. Please cancel your registration if an obstacle occurs, to give room for people on the waiting list. 

Email if you want to sign up for the waiting list for Accelerator Session 1) Towards Sustainable Hydrogen Economy. Mark the topic field with "Waiting list Oodi". If you need to cancel, mark the topic field with "Cancel Oodi".

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This event is an Accelerator Session at the World Circular Economy Forum 2023, providing even practical information like pre-negotiated hotel rates.


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