Hydrogen Days 2022 and
Czech-German Hydrogen Day

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, hydrogen has been considered as fuel of the future addressing our needs in the long ran. However, the situation has become clearer as more and more countries have decided to embark on their ways towards decarbonised economies while utilizing the very smallest molecule. Hydrogen has already become an instrument for reaching the net-zero emission target of 2050. New projects of hydrogen-based technologies are being launched every week.

Therefore, it is very appropriate that the motto of Hydrogen Days 2022 reads ‚‚Hydrogen for Decarbonisation‘‘. Hydrogen is no longer a distant vision of some hydrogen enthusiasts. Hydrogen based technologies are globally recognized and step-by-step utilized in energy production, transport, and industry. However, there is still a very long way to go in order to achieve our goals. Similar to all emerging technologies, even hydrogen still needs to be further developed and tested regarding its practical applications. Only than we can explore its full potential. Nevertheless, hydrogen technologies have already progressed immensely and they are definitely capable to help us to build our sustainable and decarbonised future. In line with this rapid development is need of stronger collaboration on all levels. It is traditionally supported by the format the conference keeps. However, rapid development asks for more intensive promotion of collaboration. Therefore, Hydrogen Days 2022 take slightly modified form this year. The conference covers two formally independent, although closely connected events.

The Czech-German Hydrogen Day replaces first half-day of the conference program. It is to be held on March 23rd, at the Czernin Palace, the premises of the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs. As a separate event, attendance will be free of charge. The programme of this day will focus, beside report on the current European, Czech and German national strategy in the hydrogen technologies development and implementation, on establishing and promoting collaboration between Czech and German innovators and entrepreneurs with the objective to identify areas of common interest. The event shall serve as a platform for deepening cross-border partnerships between various stakeholders and open-up new opportunities for research institutes and firms from both neighbouring countries. For that purpose, the event will also include a separate matchmaking session.

The Czech-German Hydrogen Day will be followed by the Hydrogen Days 2022 conference, an annual scientific gathering, on March 24th and 25th. The venue is the Comfort Hotel Prague City East. Following the already well-established structure, the Hydrogen Days 2022 will focus primarily on research and development of hydrogen technologies and present the progress made so far in turning hydrogen economy from laboratory experiment into the everyday reality.

Let us dive deep into the subject and see how the long-awaited future unfolds and how hydrogen technologies in their various applications are already serving our needs.

Karel Bouzek
Chairman of the Scientific Committee



HYDROGEN DAYS conference is an excellent frame for updates on hydrogen and fuel cell technologies and represents the best setting to show the latest advances in research, projects and products in the Czech republic, Visegrad regions and Central Europe.



  • hydrogen production, hydrogen storage, energy storage, infrastructure, co-generation systems, sector coupling, etc
  • fuel cells, reversible fuel cells, etc.
  • business cases, market implementation, etc.


  • fuel cells as an energy source for mobile applications, power trains based on hydrogen combustion, combined systems, etc.
  • forklifts, personal cars, trucks, buses, ship, trains, etc.
  • hydrogen infrastructure, etc.


  • education & information, legislation & safety, reliability, grid integration, etc.
  • market introduction, business cases, hydrogen valleys etc.
  • cooperation possibilities, national strategies etc.
  • decarbonisation potential
  • green hydrogen policy


Commercial, scientific, research and educational entities active in the field of advanced hydrogen and related technologies, investors, businesspeople, general public and decision-makers interested in hydrogen technologies.


To discover the latest progress in research, industry and the public policy scene. To find out issues that we have in common and areas for collaboration. To promote further development and, above all, the implementation of hydrogen technologies in our daily lives.


World-renowned experts, including government officials, entrepreneurs & students.

Czech-German H2 Day, March 23rd, 2022

Czernin Palace

Online streaming 23. 3. from 9 a.m. on https://mzv.webex.com/mzv-cs/j.php?MTID=m9e1c47b38968cfa7c40198487be41402

  • 8:30
  • 9:00

    Welcome addresses

    • Jan Lipavský, Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs
    • Jozef Síkela, Czech Minister of Industry and Trade
    • Patrick Graichen, State Secretary of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action
    • Karel Bouzek, HYTEP
  • 9:50


    • Stefan Kaufmann, Innovation Commissioner for Green Hydrogen, Federal Ministry of Education and Research: German Hydrogen Strategy
    • Petr Mervart, Special Envoy for Hydrogen, Czech Ministry for Industry and Trade: Summary of Czech Hydrogen Strategy
    • Bart Biebyuck, CEO Clean Hydrogen Partnership: Implementation of European Hydrogen Strategy
  • 11:00
    Coffee break
  • 11:30

    Panel Discussion: The potential of Hydrogen Technology from Spreewald to Šumava

    • Jan Wegener, Team Leader Europe, NOW GmbH
    • Aleš Doucek, Chairman of HYTEP and Head of the Department “Hydrogen Technologies” at ÚJV Řež a.s.
    • Stefan Dürr, Head of Technology and Innovation, Zentrum Wasserstoff.Bayern (H2.B)
  • 12:30
  • 13:30

    Regional best practice examples

    • Vladmír Maryška, Specialist in New Technologies, Region Moravia-Silesia
    • Thomas von Unwerth, Innovation Cluster “HZwo” Saxony and HIC – Hydrogen and Mobility Innovation Center
    • Karel Tichý, Project Manager, Economic and Social Council of the Ústí Region
    • Alisa Meyer & Alexander Stiehl, Alternative Drives, Regionalverkehr Köln GmbH
    • Geert Tjarks, EWE Gasspeicher GmbH, Hydrogen Valley Oldenburg
  • 15:00
    Coffee break
  • 15:30

    Transport and Infrastructure

    • Jörg Bergmann, CEO Open Grid Europe
    • Ralph Bahke, Deputy CEO FNB Gas e.V. and CEO Ontras GmbH
    • Andreas Rau, CEO Net4Gas Czech Republic
  • 16.30

    Parallel Matchmaking Sessions

    • Production and distribution
    • Mobility and end-use
    • Cross-cutting (e.g. Education, CPD, Normative aspects)

    Matchmaking Session

    Matchmaking sessions will be held from 16:30 until 18:00. Sessions will be held in parallel. Please register to each section according to your interest via registration form on our website. During registration write down your preferences. You can also present a short contribution during your session. Duration for each presentation is set to 3 minutes. If you intend to present, please bring your pptx. or pdf. file to the conference on your flash disc. You will be approached by organisers to submit your presentation in the beginning of the conference

    Parallel sessions are divided as follows:

    • Production and Distribution - hydrogen production, hydrogen storage, energy storage, infrastructure, co-generation systems, sector coupling, fuel cells, reversible fuel cells, business cases, market implementation

    • Mobility and End use - fuel cells as an energy source for mobile applications, drivetrains based on hydrogen combustion, combined systems, forklifts, personal cars, trucks, buses, ship, trains, hydrogen infrastructure, business cases, market implementation

    • Cross-cutting and Overarching (R&D, Education, CPD) - education, information, legislation and safety, reliability, grid integration, market introduction,

  • 19:00

    Dinner reception at the German Embassy

    (entrance from 18:30)

Due to capacity restrictions only online registration is possible from March 7th. Online participants will be provided with connection information by mail in due time.

Hydrogen Days, March 24th, 2022

The Comfort Hotel Prague City East

  • 8:30
  • Aspects of Fuel cell technologies

    Karel Bouzek
    University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague, CZ
  • 9:00

    Brief Overview of Current French Hydrogen Research Activities, Focus on electrolyte development for proton ceramic cells

    Olivier Joubert
    Université de Nantes, CNRS, F
  • 9:40

    Assessment of manganese- and praseodymium-substituted 5YSZ as interlayer materials for reversible solid oxide cells

    Aleksey Yaremchenko
    University of Aveiro, P
  • 10:00

    Oxygen Reduction Reaction Activity of Pt and Pt-W alloy nanoparticles synthesized by Spark-Discharge Generator

    Meenakshi Seshadhri Garapati
    Czech Academy of Sciences, CZ
  • 10:20

    MEA Fabrication Utilizing Direct Deposition of Catalytic Layers by Spark Discharge Generator – Scale-Up to 100 cm2 Active Area

    N. Zábojníková
    ÚJV Řež, a. s., Slovak University of Technology, CZ/SK
  • 10:40
    coffee break

    Harry Hoster
    The Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Center ZBT, D
  • 11:20

    Towards PEM fuel cell systems with improved durability

    Daniel Hissel
    University of Franche-Comte, FEMTO-ST, CNRS, F
  • 11:40

    Stability of phosphoric acid dopant and its interaction with catalyst in high-temperature PEM fuel cell

    Martin Prokop
    University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague, CZ
  • 12:00

    SteppinWolf – a pseudo-2D PEM fuel cell model based on MMM1D

    Jiří Hrdlička
    Technical University Chemnitz, D
  • 12:20

    Designing High-Performance Pt-alloy Intermetallics for Application in Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells"

    Matija Gatalo
    National Institute of Chemistry, SLO
  • 12:40
    lunch break
  • 13:40

    Poster session

  • H2 production

    Thomas von Unwerth
    Technical University Chemnitz, D
  • 14:20

    Clean hydrogen production from electro-reforming of bio-sourced oxygenated organic compounds

    Christophe Coutanceau
    Université de Poitiers, IC2MP, CNRS, F
  • 14:40

    PEM electrolysis: the potential role of paper factories in mass production

    Harry Hoster
    The Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Center ZBT, D
  • 15:00

    Comparison of Ni-W and Ni-Fe catalysts for hydrogen economy

    Jana Záchenská
    Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, SK
  • 15:20

    Comparison of various anion selective materials and catalysts used as components in membrane-electrode assembly for alkaline water electrolysis

    Michaela Plevová
    University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague, CZ
  • 15:40

    Utilisation of process gases using hydrogen separation membranes

    Ján Vereš
    Technical University Ostrava, CZ
  • 16:00
    coffee break
  • Industrial aspects of H2 implementation

    Karin Stehlík
    Czech Hydrogen Technology Platform, CZ
  • 16:20

    Green hydrogen for carbon direct avoidance in industrial processes

    Michael Gallwitz
    Fraunhofer-Institut für Keramische Technologien und Systeme IKTS, D
  • 16:40

    The Future of Hydrogen in the ORLEN Group

    Adam Giurg
    ORLEN UniCRE a.s., CZ
  • 17:00

    Legal aspects of hydrogen in EU - energy security and climate protection

    Zdeněk Petrášek
    Johannes Kepler University Linz; A
  • 17:20

    The Ruhr Valley: coal, steel, high-tech, hydrogen

    Harry Hoster
    The Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Center ZBT, D

Hydrogen Days, March 25th, 2022

The Comfort Hotel Prague City East

  • 8:30
  • H2 in mobility

    Jiří Vávra
    Czech Technical University, CZ
  • 9:00

    Hydrogen as future energy carrier for mobility

    Thomas von Unwerth
    Technical University Chemnitz, D
  • 9:40

    A circular carbon economy for green transport fuels

    Robert Steinberger-Wilckens
    University of Birmingham, UK
  • 10:00

    Advanced combustion system as a means for decarbonization of transportation

    Zbyněk Syrovátka
    Czech Technical University, CZ
  • 10:20

    Lightweight high-entropy alloys for hydrogen storage

    Dagmara Varcholová
    Slovak Academy of Sciences, SK
  • 10:40

    Material characterization of Mg-based metallic glasses and their hydrogen storage behaviour.

    Katarína Kušnírová
    Slovak Academy of Sciences, SK
  • 11:00

    Closing ceremony

    Karel Bouzek
    University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague, CZ
    Robert Steinberger-Wilckens
    University of Birmingham, UK
  • 11:30
    lunch break


  • Influence of the morphology of high surface area TiONx support on the performance of the oxygen evolution reaction for Iridium nanoparticles

    Leonard MoriauNational Institute of Chemistry, SLO
  • Reduced Graphene Oxide as a Superior Support for PEM Fuel Cell Electrocatalysts

    Luka PavkoNational Institute of Chemistry, SLO


  • Stability of Aquivion membranes in liquid water at elevated temperatures and pressures

    Martin ProkopUniversity of Chemistry and Technology, Prague, CZ


  • Development of a reversible alkaline fuel cell

    Eliška KosinováÚJV Řež, a. s., CZ
  • Tuning electric conductivity of non-platinum catalysts for oxygen reduction reaction in alkaline fuel cell

    Dita HronováUniversity of Chemistry and Technology, Prague, CZ


  • Hydrogen-powered trains: Risks related to railway engineering structures

    Šárka KošťálováCzech Technical University, CZ

Key speakers

Czech-German H2 Day, March 23rd, 2022

Ralph Bahke

ONTRAS Gastransport GmbH

Ralph Bahke, born 1964, studied Information Technology at the Technical University of Dresden. He joined VNG – Verbundnetz Gas AG in 1994 and became responsible for the planning of automation technology. In 2001 he changed to the Gas Transportation Department where he held various senior management positions.
Between January 2006 and November 2008, Bahke worked in senior management posts of the Network Marketing Department in the newly established transmission system operator ONTRAS. Since November 2008 he has been one of the two ONTRAS managing directors, responsible for the division controlling and development.
From December 2009 to December 2015 Bahke was board member of the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas (ENTSOG).
In 2011 Bahke was appointed member of the Energy Advisory Board of the German Free State of Saxony. Since December 2012 Bahke was Chairman of the board of "Vereinigung der Fernleitungsnetzbetreiber Gas e.V.", the association of German Transmission System Operators for Gas. He gave up this position in 2020 and joined GIE (Gas Infrastructure Europe) board in January 2021.

Jörg Bergmann

Focus: Strategy, Network Planning, Customer Services and HR

Chairman of the Board of Management at Open Grid Europe GmbH

Dr. Jörg Bergmann has been a member of the management board of Open Grid Europe GmbH since 2008 and was initially responsible for the Department of Commercial, Regulation and Asset Management. Since July 2017 he is chairman of the board of management and is responsible for the strategy and communication department, network planning and customer services.
After studying economics and working as a research assistant at the University of Münster, he joined E.ON Ruhrgas AG in 1994 after having received his doctorate.
There he worked in different management positions, most recently as Head of Controlling.

Vladimír Maryška

Marketing Specialist in Moravian-Silesian Region

Vladimír Maryška works as a specialist in new technologies in the department of Energy, Industry and the smart region under Regional council offices of Moravian-Silesian region, whose responsibility of the development of hydrogen technologies in the region.
He graduated the Heyrovsky High school of chemistry, specializing in organic chemistry. In professional practise he focused on strategic planning of projects in the field of chemical engineering nad enviromental operations.
Sice 2017 he has been an employee of the Moravian-Silesian Region, where he is developing the project „Hydrogen Valley of the Moravian-Silesian Region“ and coordinates all activities related to the evelopment of hydrogen technologies in the region, including development of infrastructure, research and scientific activies, industrial applications and energy.

Dr. Geert Tjarks

Hydrogen Valley Oldenburg „HyWays for Future”


Dr.-Ing Geert Tjarks has joined EWE GASSPEICHER GmbH in October 2020 and is responsible for Stakeholder Management in the business unit hydrogen. He is in charge of the political and economic networks for the implementation of the National Hydrogen Strategy at EWE AG.
Before joining EWE, he was with the National Organization Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology – NOW GmbH in Berlin for four years. At NOW he was responsible for international cooperation and represented the federal German government in various international multilateral bodies for hydrogen technologies. In 2019 and 202 he supported the federal government for the development of the national hydrogen strategy. In January 2017 he finalized a PhD at RWTH Aachen with a focus on water electrolysis systems.

Stefan Dürr

Head of Technology & Innovation

Center Hydrogen.Bavaria (H2.B)

Stefan Dürr studied chemical and bioengineering at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg and the École Polytechnique Montréal.
From November 2015 to June 2020, he worked as a research assistant at the Chair of Chemical Reaction Engineering. As part of his scientific work, he dealt with various issues in the field of chemical hydrogen storage.
Since 1 July 2020, he joined the the Center Hydrogen.Bavaria as Head of Technology and Innovation. In this role, he deals with the evaluation of current hydrogen technologies and specific hydrogen projects, including technical matchmaking for the stakeholders of the Hydrogen Alliance Bavaria.

Karel Tichý

Economic and Social Council of the Ústí Region

Karel Tichý is a professional consultant with broad experience in the several fields such as regional development (coal regions, just transition, restructuring activities, business development and innovation), public administration and preparation, realization and evaluation of projects of European funds. Between 2016 and 2020 he has been part of the national team preparing and implementing the Strategy of Economic Restructuring of Usti, Moravian-Silesian and Karlovy Vary Regions. Through its current position of Project Manager of the Economic and Social Council of the Ústí Region he is actively participating in the processes related to the preparation and implementation of the Just Transition Mechanism in Czech Republic and throughout supporting the activities of intensifying the cooperation of coal regions in the middle Europe in diverse fields. He is also active as a Developer of Strategic Projects in the field of hydrogen in Ústí Region.

Andreas Rau


Andreas Rau studied Mechanical Engineering at the Ruhr University in Bochum, and European Studies at RWTH Aachen.
His career in the energy industry began in 1997 with Ruhrgas AG Technical System Design in Essen. After holding various positions in technical and commercial gas transmission management with E.ON Ruhrgas AG, he was appointed member of the Board of Directors of eustream, a.s. in Bratislava in 2006, where he later took over as Chairman of the Board of Directors. By the end of 2011, he developed eustream into a separate and independent transmission system operator, which in terms of transmission volume belongs to one of the largest TSOs in the EU. In early 2012, Andreas Rau was appointed member of the Board of Directors of SPP, a.s. in Bratislava, where he was responsible for gas supply & sales, gas trading, electricity sales activities and portfolio optimization until early 2013.
He has been the CEO at NET4GAS since December 2013.

Bart Biebuyck

Executive Director

Clean Hydrogen Partnership

Bart Biebuyck is since 16th May 2016 the Executive Director of the Clean Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (Clean Hydrogen JU), a public-private partnership aiming at facilitating the deployment of fuel cells and hydrogen technologies in Europe. Under his leadership, a strong emphasis on cooperation with cities and regions led to the creation of the European Hydrogen Valleys partnership with around 40 European regions. Dissemination of project results, building technology awareness and enhanced basic research became his key focusing points.
Before, Bart Biebuyck was at the Fuel Cell department of Toyota Motor Europe where he held the position of Technical Senior Manager. His expertise in the automotive industry includes extensive knowledge related to the deployment of new technologies in the European market. It is, as part of the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) program in Berlin, that Bart worked at reinforcing European trials for the Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle. He also had the opportunity to develop and expand his expertise in Japan, where for two years he worked on the development of Toyota and PSA’s small vehicle.
In addition to his industrial experience, Bart has been politically active in his local town since 2006. In 2013 he became the vice president of the City Council, responsible, among others, for the local economy and education.
Bart’s term as the Executive Director of the Clean Hydrogen Joint Undertaking was extended for four years until 15 May 2023.
Bart studied Automotive engineering at the HTS Autotechnieken in Arnhem (previously Appeldoorn).

Stefan Kaufmann

Innovation Commissioner for Green Hydrogen

Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Dr Stefan Kaufmann has served as Innovation Commissioner for Green Hydrogen at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) since 19 June 2020. Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek appointed Dr Kaufmann, an experienced education and research policy maker, in the context of implementing the Federal Government’s National Hydrogen Strategy. The Innovation Commissioner for Green Hydrogen is a permanent guest on the State Secretaries’ Committee for Hydrogen of the participating ministries as well as the National Hydrogen Council. He is responsible for coordinating the focus of the BMBF’s research and development activities and the transfer of R&D results into practical application, cooperating with various stakeholders from politics, industry and research who are involved in this process. The Innovation Commissioner is also tasked with introducing promising, innovative approaches and ideas from BMBF-led research on the political stage and in public debate.
Prior to his appointment as Innovation Commissioner for Green Hydrogen, the fully qualified lawyer served as chair of the Study Commission “Vocational Training in the Digital Work Environment” and CDU/CSU spokesperson on the Committee on Education, Research and Technology Assessment of the German Bundestag. Dr Kaufmann served as directly elected Member of the Bundestag for his Stuttgart constituency from 2009 to 2021. He chairs the CDU Federal Committee on Education, Research and Innovation.

Dipl.-Ing. Alexander Stiehl

Dipl.-Ing. Alexander Stiehl joined the regional transport company Regionalverkehr Köln GmbH (RVK) in July 2021. He is responsible for the department Alternative Antriebe (alternative drives) with a focus on conception and operation of refueling infrastructure (hydrogen and CNG) and their safety aspects. Alexander Stiehl studied chemical engineering at the Hochschule Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences.

Alisa Meyer

Alisa Meyer joined the RVK in February 2020. She is part of the department Alternative Antriebe and is responsible for introducing and evaluating alternative drive systems including fuel cell buses and the corresponding infrastructure especially focusing on efficient applications with the target of reducing greenhouse gas emission. Alisa Meyer holds a master’s degree in human geography from the University of Cologne.

Jan Wegener

Jan Wegener has been working in the international department of NOW since 2017. As Team Leader Europe he oversees a broad field of topics ranging from hydrogen and fuel cells to charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. He deals mostly with EU regulatory aspects regarding hydrogen and alternative fuels. Currently, he is mainly assisting the German Federal Government in the context of the proposals of the Fit for 55 package but has also been working on the new state aid rules and miscellaneous other policies. Before joining NOW, he worked for an international consultancy active in the field of hydrogen, battery technology and electric mobility as well as renewable energies and transport policies.
His academic background is also based in the regulatory field: he obtained a Franco-German double degree in “Public administration and European Governance” focusing on policy analysis and quantitative methods. Stations of his academic career were Berlin, Lyon, Constance and Grenoble. During this time he gained experiences in several consultancies covering energy and transport policies as well as in development and journalism in Brussels, Berlin and Frankfurt.

Hydrogen Days, March 24th, March 25th, 2022

Prof. Olivier Joubert

Brief Overview of Current French Hydrogen Research Activities, Focus on electrolyte development for proton ceramic cells

Université de Nantes & CNRS

Olivier Joubert (1965) is presently full professor in Chemistry of Materials at University of Nantes and is Chair of electrochemical storage and conversion of energy group (ST2E) of "Institut des Matériaux Jean Rouxel (CNRS-IMN)". The major research interests of professor Joubert revolve around development of new materials for technological applications such as high and intermediate temperature ceramic Solid Oxide (SO) fuel or electrolyser cells (SOFC and SOEC). He is co-author of 120 publications, 25 invited talks and 5 patents. Olivier Joubert is chairing the French Research Network on Hydrogen Energy which assembles the major French academic research groups in the field of electrolysis production and storage of hydrogen and also its conversion to electricity using fuel cell.

Prof. Daniel Hissel

Towards PEM fuel cell systems with improved durability

University of Franche-Comte, FEMTO-ST, CNRS

Prof. Daniel Hissel obtained an electrical engineering degree from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Ingénieurs Electriciens de Grenoble, France, in 1994. Then, he obtained a PhD from the Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse, France, in 1998. Until 2000, he worked for ALSTOM Company where he was system engineer on electrical and fuel cell buses projects. From 2000 to 2006, he has been an Associate Professor at the University of Technology Belfort. Since 2006, he is a Full Professor at the University of Franche-Comté, France. Since 2012, he is the Head of the “Electric Actuators, Hybrid & Fuel Cell Systems” research team in FEMTO-ST (CNRS) Institute. His main research activities are concerning hydrogen-energy systems dedicated to automotive and stationary applications, modelling, non linear control, energy optimization and state-of-health estimation of these systems. Between 2012 and 2019, he has been the founding Director of the FCLAB Research Federation (CNRS), devoted to Fuel Cell Systems Research and Technology. Since 2020, he is the Deputy Director of the French national hydrogen research federation (CNRS), gathering about 300 researchers on hydrogen technologies in France. He is a Fellow of the IEEE since 2021. He has published more than 500 scientific papers in peer-reviewed international journals and/or international conferences (his h-index is 59 with more than 11000 citations – Google Scholar). He has been awarded by the Blondel Medal in 2017 for his work towards industrialisation of fuel cell systems. He has also been awarded by the Innovation Medal of the CNRS in 2020 for his exceptional research work that has led to ground-breaking innovation in the technological field.

Prof. Christophe Coutanceau

Clean hydrogen production from electro-reforming of bio-sourced oxygenated organic compounds

Université de Poitiers, IC2MP, CNRS

Christophe Coutanceau obtained his Ph.D. degree in Physical Chemistry in 1994 under the supervision of Prof. Claude Lamy at LACCO (Laboratory of Catalysis in Organic Chemistry, University of Poitiers, France). After his PhD, he obtained a post-doctoral position at the “Insituto Superior Tecnico” of Lisbon (1995–1997, Portugal) and was hired as Assistant Professor at the University of Poitiers (LACCO) in 1998 before being promoted in 2008 as full professor.
At present, he is Professor at IC2MP (Institute of Chemistry of Poitiers, University of Poitiers-CNRS) and head of the “Catalysis and Non-conventional Media” group. His current research interests include development of synthesis methods for nanostructured supported metals using green processes (microwave activation, electrochemical methods, etc.) and solvents (polyols, water) and their application as electrocatalysts in low temperature fuel cells, electrolysis cells and electrosynthesis reactors. He is also interested in electro-conversion of biomass into valuable compounds using electrochemical methods.
He is co-responsible of the research axis “Stationary applications” of the French Hydrogen Federation of CNRS (FRH2), project manager for the “Energy Hub” of the CNRS, and French representative at the Annex 31 (low temperature fuel cell) of the International Energy Agency.
He has more than 140 papers in international journals, 50 invited conferences, 2 books, ten book chapters and 4 international patents. His h-index are 53 (WoS), 54 (Scopus) and 60 (Google scholar) with more than 10,000 citations.

Prof Dr Robert Steinberger-Wilckens

A circular carbon economy for green transport fuels

University of Birmingham, UK

Prof Steinberger-Wilckens is a Physicist by training with a specialisation in renewable energies. He has been active in the areas of renewable energies, energy efficiency, hydrogen, fuel cells and electric vehicles over the past 30 years, both in business and academic contexts. He holds the chair for Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Research at the University of Birmingham, leading a group of 55 lecturers, PostDocs and PhD students, one of the largest academic units working in this field worldwide. His research interests cover fuel cell materials and design, system integration, green hydrogen production, and socio-techno-economical issues of hydrogen and fuel cell employment.

Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas von Unwerth

Chair for Advanced Powertrains

Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany

Mechanical engineer with a degree from University of Dortmund. Director of the Institute for Automotive Research, Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany, since 2014. Appointed Professor for Advanced Powertrains at Chemnitz University in 2010. Previously worked in Volkswagen AG Wolfsburg corporate research – in fuel cells, batteries and fuels, team leader fuel cell systems, project manager fuel cell vehicles in China, Project manager fuel cell APU-Systems. Member of the Association of German Engineers (VDI), head of group for hydrogen and fuel cells, Saxony, Germany.
Since 2017 President of the Saxonian Innovation Cluster for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells HZwo e.V.
Since 2018 Founder and CTO of FCP Fuel Cell Powertrain GmbH, Chemnitz, Germany

Important Dates

Abstract submission opensNovember 1st, 2021
Registration opensNovember 1st, 2021
Deadline for abstract submissionNovember 30th, 2021
Extended: Deadline for abstract submissionDecember 10th, 2021
Confirmation of acceptanceJanuary 28th, 2022
Early bird registration deadlineFebruary 16th, 2022
Authors‘ registration deadlineFebruary 16th, 2022
Final programmeMarch 4th, 2022
Matchmaking registration closesMarch 9th, 2022
Online registration closesMarch 18th, 2022

Registration Fees

Early bird8.500 CZK
Early bird (student)5.500 CZK
Regular (after February 16th, 2022)12.000 CZK
Regular student (after February 16th, 2022)7.000 CZK

Members of the Czech Hydrogen Technology Platform (HYTEP) are entitled to get a discount on the conference fee. For more information feel free to reach out to: d.tien@hytep.cz

Regular and Student registration fee include:

  • Participation at the conference 24.-25. March, 2022, at the Comfort Hotel Prague City East
  • Access to all lectures, posters and exhibitions during the conference
  • All press materials for the participant
  • Participant badge
  • Access to all refreshments during the conference

Attendance at the Czech-German H2 Days, matchmaking and evening reception on March 23, 2022 at Czernin Palace falls under separate FREE registration within the registration form. The organizer reserves the right to confirm the registration due to the limited capacity of the konference hall.

After closed online registration – registration on the spot and cash payment in CZK is possible.


Guidelines for Authors

Language – English

Lectures (20 min, aspect ratio 16:9)

Posters (size – max. 841 x 1189, vertical orientation)

Call for Abstracts

Abstract submission – 30th November, 2021, Extended: 10th December, 2021

Abstract acceptance - 1st January, 2022


Student Award 2022

To encourage high-quality work amongst young researchers, on the occasion of the Hydrogen Days 2022, Student Awards will be delivered in recognition of the best student contribution. The Student Awards Committee will award 2 attendees, one for the best presentation and the other one for the best poster. The student awards are sponsored by HYTEP. Each winner will receive a cash prize of 200€.

All student contributions will be automatically included in the contest for Student Awards, if not stated otherwise.

The student award committe will evaluate student contributions according to the following criteria

  • Quality of research
  • Compliance with ethical standards for publication
  • Clear structure and explanation of content
  • Poster resp. presentation design
  • Ability of student presenter to answer questions
  • Students awards will be announced during the closing ceremony on Thursday 25th March, 2022

Members of the student award committee

Robert Steinberger-Wilckens, University of Birmingham, UK, chairperson

Thomas von Unwerth, Technical University, DE

Karin Stehlík, HYTEP, CZ


The student award 200EUR for the be best poster won Ms. Šárka Košťálová.


The student award 200EUR for the be best presentation won Ms. Michaela Plevová


Scientific Committee

  • Karel Bouzek
    University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague
    Czech Republic
  • Aleš Doucek
    ÚJV Řež, a.s.
    Czech Republic
  • Martin Paidar
    University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague
    Czech Republic
  • Tomáš Němec
    Institute of Thermodynamics, CAS
    Czech Republic
  • Karin Stehlík
    Czech Republic
  • Robert Steinberger-Wilckens
    University of Birmingham
    United Kingdom
  • Jiří Vávra
    Czech Technical University
    Czech Republic
  • Thomas Von Unwerth
    TU Chemnitz

Organising Committee

  • Elizabeth Tien
    Czech Republic
  • Jan Sochor
    Czech Republic
  • Jiřina Čermáková
    ÚJV Řež,a.s.
    Czech Republic
  • Martin Prokop
    University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague
    Czech Republic
  • Luboš Machoň
    Dream PRO, s.r.o.
    Czech Republic

Honorary Committee

  • Jan Macek
    Czech Technical University in Prague
    Czech Republic
  • Jakub Kupecki
    Institute of Power Engineering
  • Vladimír Matolín
    Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of Charles University
    Czech Republic
  • Nobuyuki Nishimiya
    Nihon University
  • Christian Sattler
    German Aerospace Center
  • Tadeáš Ochodek
    Technical University of Ostrava
    Czech Republic
  • Matthias Jahn
    Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS
  • Daniel Jiřička
    ÚJV Řež
    Czech Republic
  • Kurt-Christoph von Knobelsdorff
    National Organisation Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NOW GmbH)


Sponsorship Packages

Sponsors will have the opportunity to select the package to receive acknowledgements, benefits and entitlements according to the level of sponsorship contribution. Sponsorship items will be allocated on a “first come, first served” basis.

Benefits will be allocated to sponsor based on the following table, suggestion of custom sponsorship opportunities is welcome and can be arranged on demand.

Cost in EUR20001000500
Free delegate registration21o
Exhibition space size64o
Priority in choice of exhibition space locationoo
Logo during sessions, breaks and in book of abstracts
Logo on the conference website, Facebook site and in official mailing
Reserved pages in book of abstracts211
Flyer inserted in a conference bag

Exclusive Sponsorship Opportunities

Conference bags500Company logo printed on each conference bag.
Conference lanyards500Your company’s logo will be present on lanyards, visible to delegates at all time.
USB flash drive with book of abstracts250Supply your company’s USB flash drive, given to all registered delegates.
Conference set250Sponsor may provide his own notepads and pens that will be inserted in a conference bag.

Individual Sponsorship Package

If you have any suggestions how to increase your company’s exposure that are not listed or you are not sure what sponsorship to select, please do not hesitate to contact us on email: sponzoring@hydrogendays.cz or tel. +420 728 042 987. We will find an optimal solution according to your demands and budget for sponsoring activities.

Sponsoring a Student Presentation Award

The STUDENT AWARD for the best student contribution on the conference, from presentations as well as posters, will be awarded with a prize of min 200 EUR each. HYTEP wants to motivate young students in the hydrogen field. Sponsor can decide on the additional price for students according to his consideration.

All student contributions will be automatically included in contest for Student Award. Students not wishing to participate are kindly asked to inform the Organising committee at registration committee.

The detailed information (name, account number) of the winners will be handled to the sponsor after closing the conference program.

Click here to open the Virtual Partnership Offer

For more information kindly contact sponzoring@hydrogendays.cz




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  • TÜV SÜD Czech


  • Swagelog
  • Metrohm







  • Hydrogen Europe Research



  • Ambassade de France en République Tchèque



  • MZP
  • MPO
  • MZV
  • Freistaats Bayern
  • Freistaat Sachsen


The event is held under the auspicies:

  • MZP
  • MŠMT



  • Czech Republic Ministry of Transport

Czech-German H2 Day
23. 3. 2022

Czernin palace

Loretánské nám. 5,
118 00 Praha 1-Hradčany
GPS: 50.0884146, 14.3907259

Evening reception
23. 3. 2022

German Embassy

Vlašská 19,
118 00 Malá Strana
GPS: 50.0877665, 14.3979858

German Embassy, https://prag.diplo.de/cz-de

Hydrogen Days
24.-25. 3. 2022

The Comfort Hotel Prague City East

Bečvářova 2081/14,
100 00 Praha 10 - Strašnice
GPS: 50.0762406, 14.4936025

The Comfort Hotel Prague City East, https://www.comforthotelpraguecityeast.com/en/

Special accommodation offer for our participants

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