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Bringing on the hydrogen revolution!
There’s a lot of buzz around hydrogen. By now we all know its ability to revolutionize industry. It’s about time we start building business with it!
VTT's virtual event for prominent energy companies, equipment manufacturers, process engineering enterprises, and other companies exploring hydrogen technology in their operations, was held on Thursday 27th May 2021.
Key speakers included Fortum’s EVP Per Langer, who directed the conversation on how energy transition and decarbonisation can boost global competitiveness. The technology director from Elcogen, Matti Noponen shared his views on how we revolutionise energy with hydrogen. Antti Arasto, VP, Industrial energy and hydrogen, VTT, explored how to build a business case for hydrogen.
Our round-table panel concluded the event with discussions on the crucial actions and next steps required towards hydrogen in society. The panel was led by Jussi Manninen, EVP, Carbon neutral solutions, VTT. The event was moderated by Erik Bäckman, Partner/Miltton Group, Managing Director/Miltton Sparks.
14:00 - 14:05 Opening - Jussi Manninen, EVP, Carbon neutral solutions, VTT
14:05 - 14:25
Energy transition and decarbonisation! From only environmental focus to become a question of global competitiveness.
   Per Langer, EVP, City Solutions, Fortum
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14:25 - 14:40
Hydrogen in energy revolution – what is needed to make it happen?
   Matti Noponen, Director of Technology, Elcogen
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14:40 - 14:45 Break
14:45 - 14:55
How to build a business case for hydrogen?
   Antti Arasto, VP, Industrial energy and hydrogen, VTT
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14:55 - 15:10
Round-table discussion
Key actions and next steps towards hydrogen in society
15:10 - 15:15 Summary - Jussi Manninen, EVP, Carbon neutral solutions, VTT
Per Langer, EVP, City Solutions, Fortum Corporation
Executive Vice President and long standing member of the Management Team at Fortum, a leading Nordic energy provider. Accomplished leader with international experience in development and oversight of energy production related operations and growth projects. Per has been leading multinational teams and providing strategic direction in a wide range of  areas starting from portfolio management and trading, through hydro power, heating and cooling to recycling and waste management. He is known as a keen promotor of the circular economy concept and established thought leader supporting technological developments enabling energy and resource efficiency.

For over a decade, he has been driving strategic change towards what Fortum labels as "Solar Economy", whereby all energy is produced by renewables and societies are interconnected via smart appliances and smart distribution grids. He is personally convinced that the future energy production will be CO2 free and that active and responsible societies will lead the transition for their own sake and for the benefit of future generations.

As a strong believer in the value of flexibility, Per has always been pushing for identification and deployment of new business models as well as investments in concepts and solutions which would be better suited to deal with the demands of the energy system of tomorrow, including smart energy, climate change and IoT. Also hydrogen and battery technologies development have been high on his agenda over the past few years and he has been leading the way Fortum is taking both of these on board in its strategy development.
Matti Noponen, Director, Technology, Elcogen
Matti is a world-leading SOFC expert. He has developed deep experience in designing and evaluating SOFC stacks and systems for a variety of applications. He has spent his career specializing in fuel cells (SOFC and PEM), thermodynamics, multi-physics, and electrochemistry.

Previously, Matti was a Manager of Product Platforms for Wärtsilä Finland Oy in the fuel cell department, where he was responsible for leading the SOFC system product development team.

He also worked as a Senior Research Scientist at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and was responsible for SOFC cell and stack development. Matti has over 50 publications and patent applications in the fuel cell field.
Antti Arasto, VP, Industrial Energy and Hydrogen, VTT
Antti is a leader, with wide perspective to energy and research. He is expert in techno-economic assessment especially related to bioenergy, biofuels use and conversion, decarbonisation of industry, biorefinery and carbon capture utilisation and storage technologies in addition to energy strategy assessments and roadmaps. He has wide knowledge on energy and system evaluation of various carbon neutral energy and bioeconomy related concepts backed up with know-how on energy related policies and strategies. In addition to offering development and project acquisition, he is experienced in modelling and process simulation of energy production processes with various simulation tools, specializing in Aspen Plus process simulation software. Antti’s experience in energy sector extends from research to power plant construction and commissioning.

Previously Antti has acted as a Research Manager of Sustainable energy and Chemical Technologies research area, Business Development Manager of Biofuels and Bioenergy Research area and a Research Team Leader of Energy Concepts Research Team for five years developing and managing resources, competences and project portfolio of the team. Leadership skills extend to experience from program management of the national research programs, IPMA C certified project management skills to operating as a member of the secretariat of European Energy Research Alliance. He has international experience especially within European energy related networks and projects being currently an ETIP Bioenergy Vice Chair, IEA bioenergy agreement ExCo alternate representative of Finland, personal representative in EERA ExCo, member in ETIP Bioenergy WG2 and active in World Energy Council. Antti is a member of Finnish Climate Change Panel.
Jussi Manninen, EVP, Carbon Neutral Solutions, VTT
Jussi Manninen is since May 1st 2021 Executive Vice President at VTT responsible for the business area of Carbon Neutral Solutions. The business area focuses on systemic and technological solutions to de-carbonize the economy and society. Previously Jussi was Executive Vice President for the business area of Solutions for Natural Resources and Environment at VTT for 5 years. Jussi moved to VTT from the Ministry of Employment and the Economy of Finland, where he was responsible for the implementation of the Finnish Government’s key projects on the Bioeconomy and Cleantech and the Finnish bioeconomy strategy.

Previously Jussi worked at VTT for 15 years in research, development and innovation management in the fields of energy, the forest sector and the bioeconomy. Jussi holds a PhD in Process Integration from University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST).
Erik Bäckman, Partner / Miltton Group, Managing Director / Miltton Sparks
Erik works with leadership training, strategy, branding and crisis communication. He enjoys training top industry executives and experts in becoming charismatic thought leaders.
No one can build a successful hydrogen business alone. It takes a collaborative effort, across the board.