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The Hydrogen Metal Lectures – Friday 26th November 2021

This special complimentary online event, under the theme “Green metals and hydrogen – The Pivot to a Cooler Planet” is a collaboration from Sibanye-Stillwater, Furuya Metal and SFA (Oxford) in Japan to address the key issues facing global hydrogen adoption and what the supply of these critical metals means for national decarbonisation goals. The event features presentations from distinguished experts, as well as the first launch of The Hydrogen Metals Standard.

The Hydrogen Metals Lectures

A top-level conference from Japan

As decarbonisation to address climate change has become an urgent priority worldwide, interest in the development of the hydrogen economy has intensified. The conference will showcase Japan’s expanding investment in clean energy and its growing hydrogen-based infrastructure. The event will also address the security of supply of the precious metals that are critical to enable this energy transition, permitting mainstream adoption of hydrogen across industry sectors.

Our speakers from Japan will show how supportive government policy over many years has helped enable some of the great successes already seen and how innovation will be needed to make best use of the critical metals over the long term. Speakers from companies based in Europe and South Africa will outline the importance of global partnerships in rolling out the hydrogen economy, and the event will culminate with a definitive view on the availability of the critical metals for the hydrogen economy.

This international online event will be brought to you from Japan where great progress has already been made to cut emissions in its aim to transition to a decarbonised society. Our speakers are leading international experts who will provide insightful, thought-provoking presentations not only on hydrogen adoption within Japan, but also from a global perspective. They will also each engage in Q&A sessions.

 

Presentations

  • Mr Tokutaro Nakai | Vice Minister, Ministry of the Environment, Japan: The Case for Global Decarbonisation & How Japan is Approaching its Decarbonising Goals
  • Mr Neal Froneman, CEO, Sibanye-Stillwater: Supply Circle: The Responsible and Effective Supply of Green Metals for Hydrogen Production (Both Primary and Secondary Supply)
  • Mr Takahito Furuya, President, Furuya Metals: Sustainability for the Green Metals: How to Optimise Iridium, Ruthenium, & Platinum Consumption with Nano Alloy Technology to Support Green Hydrogen Development and Furuya Refining Capacity to Support the Supply Cycle
  • Dr Katsuhiko Hirose WPI Visiting Professor, Kyushu University: Hydrogen Markets: Global Readiness for Hydrogen Adoption and Breadth of Applications Across Many Sectors
  • Dr Graham Cooley, CEO, ITM Power: Green Hydrogen & Economics: Addressing the Economics of PEM Technology (Supply & Production Side); How & When Green Hydrogen Can Become Competitive.


Each attendee will receive a complimentary copy of The Hydrogen Standard which provides SFA's view on the platinum, ruthenium and iridium markets and the key industry data and indicators for the past 12 months.

Our 2021 guest speakers

Mr. Tokutaro Nakai, Vice Minister, Ministry of the Environment, Japan

'The Case for Global Decarbonisation & How Japan is Approaching its Decarbonising Goals'

Tokutaro Nakai graduated from the University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law, and entered the Ministry of Finance in 1985. Having gained extensive experience across a number of government ministries, he was transferred to the Ministry of the Environment in July 2011 after the Great East Japan Earthquake and held prominent positions including Director of the Policy Planning Division, Environmental Policy Bureau; Director of the Policy and Coordination Division, Minister’s Secretariat; Director of the Personnel Division, Minister’s Secretariat; Director-General of the Waste Management and Recycling Department; and Director-General for the Environmental Policy Bureau. He was appointed Vice Minister of the Environment in July 2020.

 

Mr. Stephen Forrest, Executive Chairman, SFA (Oxford)

Stephen Forrest, Executive Chairman of SFA (Oxford), will be the host of the event and part of the expert panel during the Q&A sessions. Stephen is one of the green metal industry’s foremost authorities, known universally for his value-chain-spanning expertise, and has spent a career working for a portfolio of leading mining, investment bank and trading companies and clients. In more recent years, he has become the analytical link between producer and end-user, processor and investor, as Executive Chairman of SFA (Oxford), the leading consultancy he set up in 2001.

 

Mr. Neal Froneman, CEO, Sibanye-Stillwater

'Supply Circle: The Responsible and Effective Supply of Green Metals for Hydrogen Production (Both Primary and Secondary Supply)'

Neal Froneman was appointed Executive Director and CEO of Sibanye-Stillwater on 1 January 2013. Over the past eight years, Mr Froneman has led the transformation of Sibanye-Stillwater from a 1.5 moz South Africa-based gold producer into a leading critical metals miner with an international operating footprint ranking among the world’s top three PGM producers. The company is the largest independent producer of iridium, ruthenium and platinum – the critical metals for the hydrogen economy which will play a key part in decarbonising human activity to help avert global warming. Iridium and platinum are vital for the production of green hydrogen via PEM (proton exchange membrane) electrolysers, which are particularly suited to using intermittent renewable energy input. Ruthenium and platinum are used in PEM fuel cells, which find applications across the transport sector, including some exciting new markets in maritime, rail and aviation, as well as in a range of industrial applications. In addition to being a supplier of these metals into the wider net-zero market, Sibanye-Stillwater’s own commitment to environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) excellence aims to result in net-zero carbon emissions by 2040, in spite of its deep-level, energy-intensive activities. Sibanye-Stillwater is already active and well-placed in the hydrogen economy, with substantial investments and partnerships across renewable energy, materials development and recycling. Sibanye-Stillwater has a market capitalisation of US$10,75 billion, and 84,775 employees.

 

Mr. Takahito Furuya, President, Furuya Metals

'Sustainability for the Green Metals: How to Optimise Iridium, Ruthenium, & Platinum Consumption with Nano Alloy Technology to Support Green Hydrogen Development and Furuya Refining Capacity to Support the Supply Cycle'

Under its corporate philosophy of “contributing to the development of scientific technology and the prosperity of society”, Furuya promptly deals with issues concerning environmental and energy conservation as it pursues research and development of green metals and their industrial application.

 

Dr. Katsuhiko Hirose, WPI Visiting Professor at the International Institute for Carbon Neutral Energy Research, former Professional Partner at Toyota Motor Corporation

'Hydrogen Markets: Global Readiness for Hydrogen Adoption and Breadth of Applications Across Many Sectors'

Katsuhiko Hirose obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Physics and BSc degree in Applied Physics from the University of Nagoya and his PhD in Mechanical Science from Kyushu University. He joined Toyota Motor Corporation in 1981 where he played a central role during the development of the Prius, managing the fuel economy and emissions portfolio. Following this, he moved to the planning division to deploy hybrid technology worldwide. Katsuhiko subsequently worked in the field of fuel cell development and was for several years responsible for hydrogen energy and hydrogen infrastructure, playing an important role in the development and commercialisation of the Toyota Mirai, as well as Toyota’s wider hydrogen vision. He retired from his full-time Toyota role in 2015 but became a Professional Partner, providing insight and advice at a strategic level. In 2015 he took on a Visiting Professorship at Kyushu University, where he is particularly interested in not only the technical and scientific aspects but also in the societal role of renewable energy and hydrogen technology, including how to implement new low carbon technologies into society and how hydrogen will play an important role in creating businesses and jobs as well as reducing CO2.

 

Dr. Graham Cooley, CEO, ITM Power

'Green Hydrogen & Economics: Addressing the Economics of PEM Technology (Supply & Production Side); How & When Green Hydrogen Can Become Competitive'

Dr Graham Cooley joined ITM Power as CEO in 2009. Prior to this, he was Business Development Manager at National Power plc and spent 11 years in the power industry developing energy storage and generation technologies. ITM Power is committed to providing hydrogen solutions to alleviate the world’s dependence on fossil fuels. The company has globally-recognised expertise in hydrogen technologies, and designs and manufactures Hydrogen Energy Systems for energy storage and clean fuel production. ITM Power electrolysers are rapid-response and high-pressure, and available at the MW scale for power-to-gas energy storage. Hydrogen refuelling stations are provided as turn-key projects. ITM Power entered into a strategic partnership with Sumitomo Corporation in 2018, and in 2021 the company announced it was deploying its first electrolyser in Japan, along with Tokyo Gas, that will demonstrate how PEM electrolysis can make a major contribution to decarbonising industry and energy production in Japan.

Meet Gaia

Stephen Forrest will be supported in hosting this event by our specially-designed event Avatar that will use cutting-edge motion-capture technology to help bring the event to life and communicate the important core message in an entertaining and engaging manner.

The Hydrogen Metals Standard

This brand new publication from SFA (Oxford) will include analytical articles on critical issues facing the essential metals (platinum, iridium and ruthenium) needed for production of green hydrogen and for using hydrogen for transportation. It will map the connections and market drivers between the hydrogen economy and these key metals, along with an assessment of the COP26 United Nations Climate Change Conference and its implications for the hydrogen economy, as well as relevant industry data including supply and demand balances and historical price charts for platinum, ruthenium and iridium.

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