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Panel moderated by Mishal Husain, Broadcaster

New technologies  New technologies

Panel members were invited to share their perspectives on hydrogen project investment and potential.

Ms. Hildebrand explained how Equinor is working to decarbonize hydrogen and move from natural gas to hydrogen in powering homes and businesses. They hope to achieve this in the near future, and see it as more than learning to produce hydrogen from natural gas, but as how to create the entire value stream.

Mr. Marx said that IVECO is designing a fully electric, zero-emission LNG truck that uses fuel-cell technology.

Mr. Muraki described how ammonia may be the most economical option for transporting hydrogen, and that it has no CO2 emissions when combusted. He believes that ammonia is a game-changer in the energy market.

Ms. Kadri offered insight on the aviation industry, as Solvay has spent 30 years finding ways for aircraft to consume less fuel. They can do the same thing for cars, by replacing metal with lighter materials.

The discussion touched on the challenges faced when trying to create solutions to reach net zero by 2050. The industry is shifting its mindset toward the ultimate goal and the associated cost, and panelists felt that customers and governments must do the same.

Panel Partecipants
Chief Technology Officer, Senior Vice President Research & Technology, Equinor

Sophie Hildebrand

  • Position: Senior Vice President in Equinor ASA since April 2019
  • Experience: Hildebrand has previously worked more than 20 years for BP, where she has held key exploration leadership positions in London, Houston, Calgary…
CEO, Solvay

Ilham Kadri

Ilham Kadri is CEO and President of the Executive Committee of Solvay, an advanced materials and specialty chemicals multinational based in Belgium, since 1 March 2019. Before Solvay, she was CEO and President of Diversey,  a  U.S.- headquartered…

CEO, Iveco

Gerrit Marx

Gerrit Marx joined CNH Industrial and assumed the role of President Commercial and Specialty
Vehicles in January 2019. Ad interim he has also been appointed Commercial Director of the IVECO

Mr. Marx has some 20 years…

Executive Adviser, Tokyo Gas

Sam Muraki

Sam Muraki joined Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd. in 1972 after graduating from Applied Chemistry department of the University of Tokyo. He was appointed chief representative in New York from 1989 to 1994. From 1996 through 2004, he worked at Gas Resources…