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Hydrogen and Renewable Gas Forum

Exploring innovative technologies to achieve a low carbon future/support the decarbonization of the global economy.

Hydrogen can be used as fuel in the transport sector, or heat generation in industrial, residential, and commercial sectors, as well as power generation. Currently it is neither as cheap and convenient as coal or natural gas nor as versatile as electricity. Hydrogen is an energy carrier, not an energy source; it needs energy from other sources to produce it. Hydrogen production typically comes from unabated hydrocarbons, but deployment of carbon capture and storage and water electrolysis to produce hydrogen from renewables could create an economic, low-carbon option in the future.

The IHS Markit Hydrogen and Renewable Gas Forum is a global service with detailed analysis for the main potential producers and consumers of hydrogen and renewable gas.

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The role of hydrogen and renewable gas in global energy

In recent years, multiple factors have come together to drive interest in hydrogen and renewable gas

Environmental policy – Poor air quality and climate targets to reduce CO2 emissions are key. The spread of low emission zones and other similar measures in many major cities around the world have increased, and the focus of decarbonisation is shifting to reductions of CO2 emissions in all sections of the economy.

Energy Independence – Some countries have a desire to reduce imports of fossil fuels and hydrogen produced from indigenous resources (renewable electricity, or domestic coal). This could displace natural gas and oil imports while improving air quality, reducing CO2 emissions and building technology exports. For resource poor regions, imports can provide supply diversification, while for major resource holders, hydrogen provides a new export product. The commonality of interest of both importers and exporters, makes hydrogen unique within the energy complex.

Technology Development – Developments in technology are making low-carbon hydrogen more affordable. Most of the hydrogen used globally is produced from unabated fossil fuels, but reductions in the cost of renewable power generation and developments in carbon capture and storage are lowering the cost of low-carbon hydrogen.

Versatility – Hydrogen is a very versatile fuel that can be used in all sections of the economy. This versatility can lead to significant economies of scale.

Low Carbon Alternatives – for each main fossil fuel there is a low carbon alternative. Solid fuel (coal) can be replaced by solid biomass; liquid fuels produced from energy crops or synthetic fuels; and low carbon gas.

Decarbonized Gas continues to play an important part in a low-carbon economy, particularly in four key areas: peak heat, process heat, storage and transportation.

Experts

Shankari Srinivasan

Shankari has specific expertise in global gas market fundamentals analysis, price forecasting, company strategy and scenario planning. She has authored numerous reports. Prior to joining IHS Markit, Ms. Srinivasan was Head of Energy Fundamentals at Centrica in the United Kingdom. She has covered the European gas market for many years and authored a number of reports as researcher and then leader of the European gas practice at CERA, which is now part of IHS Markit. She has also assessed the European and Russian gas markets with the International Energy Agency. Ms. Srinivasan previously worked at a New York brokerage firm as a corporate equity analyst. She holds three degrees from US Universities, a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University, a Master of Science from New York University, and a Master of Science from University of Pennsylvania. She also holds an Executive MBA from Cranfield University, United Kingdom.

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Deborah Mann

Ms. Mann was the project research lead on the IHS Markit studies "Hydrogen: The missing piece of the zero-carbon puzzle" and "Beyond the Flame: The transformation of Europe's heat sector," and she has authored numerous reports on subjects including energy storage, power to gas, sector coupling, renewable heat, energy efficiency, and carbon capture and utilization. Ms. Mann joined IHS Markit in 2007, leading a team producing European power market fundamentals analysis and modeling, as well as long-term European energy outlooks. Her previous experience includes 15 years in oil refining and gas conversion with BP, where she carried out various techno-economic appraisal and strategic studies, and for M W Kellogg, where she set up and ran a refinery planning group. A chartered chemical engineer, Ms. Mann is a member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and of the Energy Institute. Educated in the United Kingdom, Ms. Mann holds Master of Arts and Master of Engineering degrees from the University of Cambridge and a Master of Science from Kingston University.

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Catherine Robinson

Ms. Robinson has worked on numerous tailored consulting assignments for international oil companies, European utilities, and financial institutions, providing strategic advice and recommendations at the board and senior executive level. She specializes in market fundamentals, hedging, and risk management. Ms. Robinson is the author of numerous IHS Markit reports, which include analyses of the evolution of the European gas and power market and the implications for the strategy of market players; Europe's energy transition; and short- and long-term energy market fundamentals, among other research topics. She was the research lead for a number of Multiclient Studies looking at the long-term future of the European energy systems, including "Strategies for a Lean Europe: Meeting the Energy Efficiency Challenge," "Beyond the flame: The transformation of Europe's heat sector," and "Steady at 50: Balancing Europe's power grid," a study of European ancillary service markets. Before joining IHS Markit, Ms. Robinson held posts at Centrica and in HSBC's Capital Markets division. She holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science from the University of Glasgow and a Master of Science from the University of London, both in the United Kingdom.

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Sylvain Cognet-Dauphin

Mr. Cognet-Dauphin is responsible for the fundamental analysis of power markets across Europe to support asset valuation, retainer services, and Multiclient Studies. He also supervises the European long-term energy demand analysis. Prior to joining IHS Markit, Mr. Cognet-Dauphin was chief analyst at ENGIE's Center of Expertise in Economic and Modeling Studies, where he managed a team of consultants in charge of energy demand assessments, French energy policy and regulation, and operational optimization and analytics studies. He also directed long-term power and gas market assessment for France, Turkey, and African countries. Before ENGIE, Mr. Cognet-Dauphin was senior principal researcher at IHS Markit, where he contributed to consulting assignments related to power and gas markets in the Middle East, North Africa, and Wider Europe. Mr. Cognet-Dauphin holds a master's degree from Ecole de Mines de Paris, France, and attended corporate finance executive education programs at the London Business School, United Kingdom.

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Alex Klaessig

Mr. Klaessig specializes in understanding how environmental regulation, technology, and innovation drive change in North American electric power markets. In addition to cochairing the IHS Markit Energy Innovation Pioneers program, Mr. Klaessig has been instrumental in several IHS Markit studies, including "Hydrogen in the Golden State." He has authored numerous reports on research into air quality regulations and retrofit/retirement decisions on coal-fired generation, as well as trends in technologies like cogeneration. Prior to joining IHS Markit, Mr. Klaessig consulted for Abt Associates, primarily on US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) contracts. Supporting the EPA, Mr. Klaessig focused on modeling the economic impact of proposed rulemakings and identifying noncompliance with environmental regulations. Mr. Klaessig holds a Bachelor of Science in physics from the University of Delaware, United States, and a Master of Public Policy from American University, United States.

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Patrick Luckow

Mr. Luckow is experienced in the use of simulation and forecasting tools to conduct economic analysis and long-term scenario planning to support renewable and carbon market analyses. He produces regularly updated allowance price outlooks for the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and California-Quebec carbon markets. Mr. Luckow also contributes to IHS Markit REC market outlooks, forecasting pricing associated with state renewable portfolio standards. Prior to joining IHS Markit, Mr. Luckow was the modeling lead at Synapse Energy Economics, where he used industry-standard models for resource planning and market forecasting, as well as expert testimony for regulatory proceedings. Mr. Luckow holds a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University, United States, and a Master of Science degree from the University of Maryland, United States.

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Xizhou Zhou

Mr. Zhou has expertise in power and renewable market fundamentals analysis and forecasting, power market design and policy analysis, renewable energy business models, and company strategies, among other areas. He previously headed the firm's Power, Gas, Coal, and Renewables practice in Asia Pacific while based in Beijing, where he significantly expanded the group's research and consulting coverage across the region with new teams established in Singapore, Seoul, Tokyo, Delhi, Penang, and Brisbane. Mr. Zhou began his career at IHS Markit through one of its predecessor companies, Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA), as part of its Emerging Markets and Global Power groups in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Before that, he worked as a consultant on regulatory economics for Industrial Economics, Inc. in Boston and as a research analyst at the World Resources Institute in Washington, DC. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese and proficient in Spanish, Mr. Zhou holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Environmental Management, both from Yale University in the United States. He serves as an editorial board member of China Petroleum Society's official journal, Guoji Shiyou Jingji (International Petroleum Economics). He is currently based in Washington, DC.

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Jenny Nguyen Yang

Based in Beijing, Ms. Yang focuses on China's gas and power market fundamentals and policy analysis. Her recent research includes Chinese energy market reforms, small-scale LNG, coal-based synthetic natural gas, gas demand potential from the transport and power generation sectors, Chinese companies' LNG procurement strategies, and the impacts of Chinese gas demand and related policies on the global gas and LNG market. She also has extensive knowledge of electricity load forecast and peak demand management, pricing and structuring of electricity products, power retail operations, and electricity market deregulation. Prior to joining IHS Markit, Ms. Yang was vice president of pricing, products, and markets at Constellation NewEnergy, Inc. in Houston, Texas. Earlier, she was a quantitative analyst at Williams Companies, where she produced forward-looking price and volatility curves for energy-related trading commodities. Ms. Yang holds both a Bachelor of Business and Administration and a Master of Business and Administration from the University of Oklahoma, United States.

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Mark Griffith

Mr. Griffith focuses on long-term strategic energy market analysis, assessing how factors like climate change policy and the competition among fuels and energy technologies can influence market participants' strategic and operational decisions. He is currently investigating the impacts of economy-wide deep decarbonization on the US and Canadian power sectors, and was recently the project manager for the IHS Markit multi-client study "Hydrogen in the Golden State", which assessed the potential role of hydrogen in facilitating a low-carbon economy in California. Mr. Griffith advises a diverse group of clients, including electric and gas utilities, independent power producers, oil and gas producers, government entities, financial investors, and transportation and power equipment manufacturers. Prior to joining IHS Markit he held several senior positions in the energy consulting industry, leading power market analysis, asset transactional due diligence, and integrated resource planning projects for a wide range of clients. Prior to that, he spent 15 years in the electric utility industry, focused on power marketing, risk management, integrated resource planning, regulatory analysis, and fuel planning. Mr. Griffith has sponsored expert witness testimony in Iowa, Kansas, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and in private arbitration. He holds BS and MS degrees in Mineral Economics from The Pennsylvania State University.

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Soufien Taamallah, Ph.D.

Dr. Taamallah is a director at IHS Markit focused on energy technologies and hydrogen research. He is an expert in energy systems and a technical lead in the IHS Markit hydrogen initiative. He has extensive academic and industry experience in the energy field, from startups to large multinationals. Prior to joining IHS Markit, Dr. Taamallah was a senior research and development engineer at L3 Open Water Power, a startup developing novel fuel cells for powering unmanned underwater vehicles. He also worked at General Electric's Global Research Center as a combustion test and computational fluid dynamics engineer. Before that, he was a research assistant in the Reacting Gas Dynamics Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, pursuing his doctoral studies on fuel flexibility in gas turbine combustion. Dr. Taamallah served in the French Naval Aviation, and he holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering with a minor in economics from Ecole Polytechnique, France, a Master of Science in energy engineering and science from Ecole des Mines de Paris, France, and a doctorate in mechanical engineering and computation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States.

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