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21 November 2023

Nordic Hydrogen Forum - Side Event of Kokkola Material Week

9.00 - 14.00
Kokkola, Finland

Nordic Hydrogen Forum 

Side Event of Kokkola Material Week


The Nordic Hydrogen Forum, a Kokkola Material Week side event, marches the entire green transition value chain on stage. The two-part event starts with a session dedicated to clean energy production.

The Baltic Sea region is on its way to becoming a pioneer in the clean transition, but electricity production must first leap forward. Industry is electrifying at a rapid pace, and billion-dollar investments require renewable energy. How do we ensure that there is enough clean energy available? The morning's presentations and panel will focus on industrial needs, local impacts and concrete solutions.

The second part of the event will explore the implications for the energy market of the hydrogen economy that has taken off in Kokkola, looking to Japan, Europe and America.

After lunch, the speakers will hear the perspectives of major global companies on how hydrogen will be used to replace fossil fuels and raw materials. The panel discussion will summarise the value that the development of the hydrogen economy, which has already taken off in Kokkola, will create from an economic, research and climate perspective.

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Place: Kokkolasali at Kokkola City Hall, Kauppatori 5, Kokkola

Languages: Part I in Finnish (with translation to Swedish for a limited amount of participants), Part II in English


9.00-11.00 Mistä riittävästi puhdasta energiaa teollisuudelle?  (In Finnish, produced by OX2)

9.00 Avaussanat 

  • Teemu Loikkanen, maajohtaja OX2 

9.05 The important role of renewable energy for the future of industry

  • Peter Tornberg, kaupallinen johtaja OX2

9.15 Uusiutuvan sähkön merkitys Pohjanmaan teollisuudelle ja tulevaisuudelle 

  • Paula Erkkilä, toimitusjohtaja Pohjanmaan kauppakamari

9.25 Uusiutuva energia Pohjanmaalla nyt ja 2030 

  • OX2

10.00 Paneeli: Mistä riittävästi puhdasta energiaa teollisuudelle?

  • Harri Leppänen, ympäristöjohtaja SSAB 
  • Heli Virkki, kehityspäällikkö, Vetylaaksot, Gasgrid
  • Jyrki Kaiponen, Keski-Pohjanmaan maakuntajohtaja 
  • Torbjörn Witting, toimitusjohtaja Kokkolan Satama 
  • Teemu Loikkanen, maajohtaja OX2 

11.00-12.00 Lunch at one's own cost

12.00-14.00 The added value of hydrogen on the world market (In English, produced by BotH2nia)

Hydrogen as the new oil – the ammonia route 

  • Mrs Åsa Hedman, Head of Operations, Flexens  
  • Mr Thomas Barbot,  Business Developer, Trammo Inc. 

Hydrogen as the new natural gas – the synthetic hydrocarbons route 

  • Mr Chris Kroeker,  Business Development Segment Manager, NW Natural 
  • Mr Chandrasekhar Gavannavarapu, Director, Net Zero Tech and Risk Management, LyondellBasell

Hydrogen business from the perspective of a Japanese general trading company

  • Mr Masahiko Endo, Manager, Environment & Life Science Department, Chemicals Division, Sojitz

Why does Europe need clean hydrogen? 

  • Mr Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, CEO, Hydrogen Europe 

Conclusion: What’s the added value of hydrogen (from Kokkola) on the world market? 

Panel debate, participants:

  • Ulla Lassi, Professor, University of Oulu / Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius
  • Matti Malkamäki, Chairman of the Board, Hycamite
  • Jenni Silvola, Climate Specialist, City of Kokkola
  • Berndt Schalin, CEO Flexens, founding member of H2 Cluster Finland

Registration for the on-site event is now closed.

You can follow the live stream from the event on the Kokkola Material Week webpage.


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