Building Up the Greek Hydrogen Value Chain

DESFA and the MSc in Energy: Strategy, Law & Economics of the University of Piraeus organize jointly the conference “Building up the Greek Hydrogen Value Chain".

This one-day conference is taking place in Athens, on Monday, July 4th 2022, at Electra Palace Hotel.

With recent developments calling for an acceleration of the transition to a more sustainable energy future, distinguished speakers from the Greek and European energy industry, financial and technical institutions, national authorities and academia will discuss the role of hydrogen in the future energy mix of Greece, analyzing all aspects for the creation of an effective hydrogen value chain, including hydrogen projects in the Greek market, existing and future technologydevelopment of hydrogen infrastructure, as well as the economic viability and financing opportunities for hydrogen projects.

Discover the agenda:

09:00 - 09:30     Registration                                                 

09:30 – 09:45    Welcome notes

  • Maria Rita Galli, CEO, DESFA
  • Nikolaos Farantouris, Jean Monnet Professor of EU Energy Law, Director of MSc in Energy, University of Piraeus

09:45 - 10:15     Keynote speeches

  • Kostas Skrekas, Minister of the Environment & Energy
  • Adonis Georgiadis, Minister of Development & Investments
  • Daniel Muthmann, Chairman, European Hydrogen Backbone (via Zoom)
  • Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, CEO, Hydrogen Europe (via Zoom)

10:15 - 11:00     Panel I: The role of hydrogen in Greece 

  • What are the trends of the hydrogen market development? Can Greece become a hub for hydrogen transportation? What are the main targets of the future national strategy for hydrogen? How will the political and regulatory framework support the hydrogen development in Greece
  • John A. Paravantis, Associate Professor, Department of International and European Studies, University of Piraeus
    • Hydrogen, Climate Change, and the Energy Transition 
  • George Loizos, Head of Electricity Networks and New Technologies, RAE
    • Regulatory and market aspects of Hydrogen: Practical regulatory tools 
  • Constantinos Papalucas, Coordinator of the National Hydrogen Committee, Ministry of the Environment & Energy (click to download)
  • Andrea Spessa, Head of Department, Offshore, Midstream & Downstream/Southern Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America Region, DNV

Moderator: Nikolaos Farantouris, Jean Monnet Professor of EU Energy Law, Director of MSc in Energy, University of Piraeus

11:00 - 12:00     Panel II: Hydrogen projects and market in Greece       

  • What are the plans for hydrogen production and consumption projects? How can these projects be supported? What is the expected market? Is hydrogen a future commodity in EnEx? ​
  • Spyros Kiartzis, New Technologies and Alternative Energy Sources Manager, HELPE Group
  • Katerina Sardi, Country Manager and Managing Director, Energean Greece
    • Carbon Capture Storage and Hydrogen Production in Greece: Options and challenges (click to download)
  • Michalis Verroiopoulos, General Manager, TERNA
    • Green Hydrogen Production – Challenges and opportunities from a Renewable’s Producer perspective (click to download)
  • Theodora Kouloura, Chief Operating Officer, Kavala Fertilizers LtD: 
    • The Greek fertilizers experience in the production of H2 and the expectations for the green H2 consumption (click to download)
  • George Ioannou, CEO, EnEx: Hydrogen in the Greek market: The perspective of the Energy Exchange

Moderator: Panagiotis Panousos, Energy Transition Senior Manager, DESFA

12:00 - 12:30     Coffee break

12:30 - 13:30     Panel III: Hydrogen infrastructure development

  • What are the transportation projects necessary for the market development? What is the role of the interconnections with other systems? Hydrogen storage: is it an option or a necessity for Greece? ​​​
  • Michael Thomadakis, Strategy & Development Division Director, DESFA
    • The role of infrastructure in enabling the development of the H2 value chain (click to download)
  • Nikola Delev, Acting Director, Strategic Planning and Development, Bulgartransgaz EAD
  • Aris Stefatos, CEO, Hellenic Hydrocarbon Resources Management
    • Gas infrastructure, a hydrogen highway towards a net-zero emissions economy (click to download)
  • Ioannis Maris, Country Representative Greece, TAP

Moderator: Fernando Kalligas, Corporate Affairs, ESG & Communication Division Director, DESFA

13:30 - 14:30     Light lunch

14.30 - 15:30     Panel IV: Hydrogen technology in Greece

  • How are R&D institutes responding to the new needs? How is our industry responding to the necessity of new products? What kind of skills do we need to develop for the future hydrogen economy?  
  • Thanos Stubos, Director of INRASTES, Research Director, Dimokritos
  • Melissa Verykiou, BoD of Hydrogen Europe & the Governing Board of the CHJU, Metacon
  • Sofoklis Makridis, Assoc. Prof. Dr.-Eng., Director of the Environmental Physics and Hydrogen Technologies lab, University of Patras
  • Vasileios Kyriazis, Business Development Manager, Advent Technologies
  • Nikos Voudouris, Senior R&D Manager, Corinth Pipeworks​

Moderator: Spyros Voutetakis, Director, CERTH

15:30 - 16:15     Panel V: H2 projects: economic viability and financing opportunities

  • How can an H2 project become viable? Are financing institutions willing to invest in hydrogen projects in Greece? What are the preconditions necessary?  Which are the financing tools available? How do they see the investment climate in this sector?​
  • Alexandros Petrakidis, Head, Large Corporate Division, Corporate & Investment Banking, Eurobank
  • Georgios Mitkidis, Head Alternative Energy & Renewable Fuels and Konstantinos Chatzifotis, EU Affairs Manager, Motor Oil Hellas
  • Yannis Vougiouklakis, Director, Strategy, PwC Greece

Moderator: Marc Vercruysse, CFO, DESFA

16:15 - 16:45     Open discussion: What do we need to accelerate the decarbonisation of the economy - Way forward

Panagiotis Panousos, Energy Transition Senior Manager, DESFA

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