5 Plenary conferences for progress!

Covering strategy, foresight or best practices, our high level conferences feature international experts, leaders and disruptors talking about their vision, experience and passion.



Massive local production and/or importation of green hydrogen?

Against the backdrop of the conflict in Ukraine, in an attempt to recover its energy independence, and cut itself loose from Russian hydrocarbons in the process, Europe has revised its hydrogen needs upwards as part of its RepowerEU programme. The plan will see local electrolysis production, as well as imports from countries with abundant renewable energies. Certain EU countries, such as Germany, plan to call on partners as part of their strategies. At the other extreme, increasing numbers of nations are preparing to launch their own exports, such as Spain with its HyDeal España project in Europe, as well as Morocco and Namibia in Africa, Chile in South America, and Saudi Arabia in the Middle East. France, on the other hand, is banking on local production, particularly in industrial areas. Is it better to opt for one of these solutions? Or a combination of both?

Plenary in french and in english



Let’s preserve local territorial ecosystems

At a time when scaling up is a hot topic, with ambitious station deployments and projects for large-scale renewable hydrogen production, we might find ourselves wondering about “small” regional ecosystems. In France, local authorities have brought the first hydrogen mobility projects to fruition, starting with utility vehicles before moving on to buses and lorries. And it’s still the case with calls for projects, even if there is a tendency to group together stakeholders and consolidate production. Is this approach still relevant? Should we still be encouraging these projects, which allow independent producers to establish themselves, and help regions to become self-sufficient for energy? Or should we be turning to large production clusters with centralised management and pipeline connections?

Plenary in french and in english



Scaling up to become future hydrogen leaders

Competition is global with transport and energy multinationals preparing to act. Up against Asia and America, Europe is also having to develop enterprises that can play a key role. Whether it is in electrolysis, with its indisputable leadership, hydrogen fuel cells or large-scale hydrogen production using renewable energies, the continent is bursting with talents. IPCEIs (Important Projects of Common European Interest) are there to authorise member states to support these up-and-coming stakeholders, helping them with industrialisation. Some have also been listed on the stock market, and could eventually become unicorn companies. Highly ambitious newcomers are ready to set foot in the market and Europe needs to act quickly.

Plenary in french and in english



Industry: a major enabler for hydrogen production

While hydrogen cars, buses, lorries and even trains have left an impression, the biggest needs are seen in industry. Stakeholders in the steel, cement, chemistry, fertiliser and even oil (refineries) industries will be tomorrow’s biggest consumers as they need enormous quantities of renewable hydrogen to decarbonise their processes. These industry stakeholders are involved in ambitious projects and will be able to meet their needs and power mobility. A winning partnership is taking shape, with factories targeting various types of clients in large industrial, port or airport areas or more locally.

Plenary in french and in english



Restitution of the Labs' work

300 changemakers gathered to share their views and knowledge during our 3 innovation and acceleration Labs.

300 changemakers gathered to bring out new, concrete, measurable, and practical ideas in the short term.

From this unique opportunity to bring together needs and expertise around skills in action, the following will have emerged

– barriers to be removed

– actions to be undertaken

– collaborations to be nurtured.

The spokespersons of the “Adoption”, “Mobility and infrastructures” and “Industrial Scale up” Labs will present the results of their work to a panel of decision-makers on 9 November.



Plenary in french and in english

Plenary: Inspirational speaker

The frugal economy: using hydrogen to do better with less

At the dawn of the 21st century, given the dual societal and ecological emergency, it is no longer enough to just rethink the “business model” of companies. We need to find a new economic paradigm that would be socially inclusive and eco-positive.


The good news is that this new virtuous economy is already emerging, especially in the territories.


Digital technologies, new regulations, the growing need for energy sobriety, and millions of consumers and employees from generations Y and Z with an acute social and ecological conscience in search of meaning have already given rise to the frugal economy.


A frugal economy generates greater value—and values—for all stakeholders in an ecosystem or territory in a highly efficient, socially inclusive, and eco-sustainable way—using fewer natural resources and energy and without polluting.


The frugal economy, worth trillions of euros, is built on 3 pillars—business-to-business (B2B) sharing, distributed manufacturing and hyper-local value chains, and circular and regenerative economy principles—as well as advanced technologies such as AI, micro-factories, IoT and digital twins.


Navi Radjou will show how:


– Hydrogen, as a new vector of clean, affordable, and abundant energy, can fuel this frugal economy and scale it up


– The hydrogen sector can use the frugal economy – and its 3 pillars – as a virtuous model to accelerate its own development