Christian Pho Duc

Managing Director H2 Projects
Smartenergy Invest AG

Christian Pho Duc is heading the hydrogen activities of Smartenergy and is also in charge of solar projects in Germany. His many years of international management experience, his marked technical background and, last but not least, his multicultural roots make him ideally suited for this task. After over 5 years of expanding E-Mobility on the water as SVP Sales at market leader Torqeedo he is now eager to provide clean energy to the installations worldwide. Christian spent already 5 years in the Solar Industry at Smartenergy Renewables, Nanosolar and Solyndra developing solar projects as managing director and VP Sales in EMEA and India. Prior to his engagement in the renewable energy space, Christian worked for 15 years in the semiconductor industry, always at the leading edge of technical innovations launching what were then the most highly integrated memory chips. He marketed high-end products for Infineon, Giesecke & Devrient and Siemens on the international stage, holding a number of management positions. Christian holds a master’s degree in semiconductor physics and microelectronics engineering from Cambridge University and master’s degree in physics from the Ludwig-Maximilian-University of Munich and showed an early interest in the market potential of new technologies. He undertook research at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics into high resolution detectors that today orbit the earth in satellites.

12 May
 - 10:30 BST (UTC +01:00)
Panel Discussion

• A deep dive into existing business models in the market, understanding the challenges and risks of each, and innovative ways to invest in hydrogen
• Building a business model when developing pipelines that includes hydrogen and its offtake from the beginning, and writing hydrogen into future offtake contracts
• Long term, what will the size of a commercial project be? Will it be 10s or 100s of MWs?
• What are the challenges which prevent hydrogen projects from being bankable assets?

12 May
 - 09:25 BST (UTC +01:00)

As the number of renewable energy sources rise, the volatile nature of solar and wind production means there is a risk that without additional offtake there could be excess production by 2025, causing the price per MW paid for PV and Wind generation to fall so low that energy providers may have to curtail renewables. Co-located electrolysis for hydrogen has the potential to smooth out the price peaks of production and achieve stable income, and in this session we will get a behind the scenes look at developers who have deploying electrolysis in their projects.

11 May
 - 11:25 BST (UTC +01:00)
Panel Discussion

As Green Hydrogen costs come down and it becomes a mature industry, countries may start looking to countries with high numbers of renewables and land mass, who are naturally suited to producing en-mass, to import hydrogen from. In this session we look at the complexities of developing an international export market.

• Examining how countries looking to develop large amounts of cheap hydrogen such as Spain, Portugal, Australia
and Scotland can look to develop an export market
• Understanding the size of financial opportunities in global vs regional markets
• Overcoming the lack of standardisation in regulation, technology and definitions of green hydrogen which might hinder the development of a global export market