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Oliver Teller and Amr Kobaisy, W.L. Gore & Associates

Our guests in this 7th episode are Oliver Teller and Amr Kobaisy of W.L. Gore & Associates. Oliver Teller is a Product Manager in the Clean Energy Business Group of W. L. Gore & Associates. In this role, he leads teams in the development of proton exchange membranes that enable the scale-up and commercialization of PEM Water Electrolysis systems. In Oliver’s 22 years at Gore, he has held various Product Management and Business Leadership roles, working with customers in a broad range of industries. Oliver holds a PhD in Electrochemistry.

Amr Kobaisy is a New Product Development Engineer in the Clean Energy Business Group at W.L. Gore & Associates. In this role, he leads the technical developments of advanced proton exchange membranes (PEM) to meet the future needs of PEM Water Electrolysis systems. In Amr’s 9 years at Gore, he has held various Technology and Product development roles, working with customers to clearly define product requirements and deliver appropriate and effective solutions. Amr holds a Master of Science in Material Science.


Andrew Emil, Vice President of Sales, H-TEC SYSTEMS

Fifteen years ago, Andrew launched his energy career in Germany, specializing in Oil&Gas and Renewables at a major engineering consultancy. He gained valuable experience in midstream/downstream and PV energy projects, understanding the crucial role of Oil&Gas customers as key hydrogen end users. Andrew held various roles, including owner’s engineer, front-end engineer, PMC, and concept studies. He then joined Linde, expanding his involvement in gases like hydrogen, nitrogen, CO2, and oxygen, primarily in the EMEA region. After that, Andrew oversaw global sales for a leading electrolyser manufacturer. Currently, at H-TEC Systems since June 2022, he drives commercial activities and utilizes his expertise to enhance product development and ensure technological superiority.

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Ahmed Wafi, Global Business Development, Industrial Automation, Schneider Electric

Our guest in this 6th Episode is Ahmed Wafi, Director of Global Business Development in the field of Industrial Automation at Schneider Electric. Ahmed is based in Paris and his focus is to develop business in emerging market segments and develop new offers to support the industry in the transition towards sustainability. Ahmed has more than 20 years’ experience in software and automation solutions for process industries where has held several roles spanning: Engineering, Strategy, M&A and Business Development. Ahmed believes that the implementation of hydrogen starts primarily in the hard-to-abate sector and is actively engaged with end users and technology providers to provide solutions to accelerate hydrogen implementation.


David Hodgson, Managing Director, TFP Hydrogen

Our guest in this 5th episode is David Hodgson, Managing Director of TFP Hydrogen, a specialist for advanced electrochemical materials from Kendal in the United Kingdom. David has over 35 years’ experience in the electrochemistry industry and is the recipient of the prestigious SCI Castner Medal for Electrochemical Technologies. He is a leading expert his field, his experience extends from working in R&D in multi-national corporates to CTO and CEO roles for Plurion, PV3 Technologies, Amalyst and others. Since 2009, David has managed a portfolio career, undertaking a wide range of advisory roles, including working together with the Department for International Trade in helping international companies understand the UK energy sector. In 2020 David joined James Cropper PLC as Managing Director of TFP Hydrogen Products Ltd as a result of James Cropper’s acquisition of PV3 Technologies.


Jean-Baptiste Choimet, Managing Director, Elogen

In this 4th episode our guest is Jean-Baptiste Choimet, Managing Director of Elogen, a PEM electrolyser manufacturer from France. Jean-Baptiste has a professional background in the LNG business, and after joining the French company GTT two years ago, a few weeks later GTT acquired the French electrolyser manufacturer that became Elogen, and he took the position of the Managing Director.


Thijs de Groot, Hydrogen Chemistry Company (HyCC)

Our guest in this episode is Thijs de Groot, a technology developer at the Hydrogen Chemistry Company (HyCC) based in the Netherlands, where he leads the innovation activities in the field of water electrolysis. He is also a part-time associate professor in the field of Electrochemical Engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology, where he focuses on improving the understanding of the “zero-gap” in alkaline, AEM and chlor-alkali electrolysis.


Stephan Reimelt, Bloom Energy

In this second episode our guest is Stephan Reimelt, who is currently active for Bloom Energy as Senior Advisor Germany. Stephan’s roots are in a family business, and later on he became a board member of several large engineering companies, such as MAN and Lurgi. In 2011 he joined GE as a CEO for Germany, and being later promoted to President of GE Europe. Besides this, he is a Professor at the Technical University (TU) in Berlin. Now serving as a Senior Advisor Germany for Bloom Energy, his task is to conquer the European market for high-temperature electrolysers.


Dr. Alejandro O. Barnett, Hystar

Our guest in this episode is Dr. Alejandro Barnett, CTO and Co-founder of Hystar in Norway, and also the co-inventor of the Hystar electrolyser technology. He has 15 years of experience working with low temperature electrochemical devices and a doctoral degree from The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, working in close collaboration with Swedish PEM fuel cell industry on fuel cell component such as bipolar plates, as well as operational strategies. In 2014, Dr. Barnett moved to Norway and started as a research scientist at SINTEF. Here Dr. Barnett continued to work on low PEM fuel cell research, but also performed public and private funded research within water electrolysis, including PEM, low and high pressure alkaline, and AEM electrolysis. He became senior research scientist at SINTEF in 2018 and contributed to the establishment of the Norwegian fuel cell and hydrogen centre, acting as the low temperature node leader. He also holds a position as an Adjunct associate professor at the department of Energy and Process Engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU.