April 1 + 2, 2020
Vancouver Convention Centre, Canada

Topic Tables

Hydrogen storage and applications for mining sector – May 22, 2019, 14:30 – 15:30

Mining industry in general relies on heavy diesel powered vehicles and machines emitting CO2, CO, NOX and DPM. Currently challenges include, but not limited to high operating costs associated with ventilation costs, maintenance of diesel equipment and lack of automation and tele-remote operations. Thus, the underground mining environment is one of the promising applications for hydrogen fuel-cell implementation. This panel table will be centred on discussion about opportunity for coupling hydrogen and mining sectors. More specifically: to identify research and development gaps, required safety tests and related infrastructure, readiness level of LOHC technology for mining, as well as engagement with potential stakeholders.

Dmitri Bessarabov – Google Scholar Citations

Scopus Author ID: 55917816200

The Director of HySA Infrastructure Center of Competence, Dr Dmitri Bessarabov, was recruited for the position from Canada in 2010. He obtained his Master’s degree in Chemistry in Moscow and in 1996 his doctoral degree from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. Dr Dmitri Bessarabov is an expert in the area of hydrogen and electro-catalytic membrane systems for energy applications and fuel cells. Passionate about LOHC technology for hydrogen storage, PEM fuel cells, electrolysers, membranes, MEAs and catalyst layers structures. He worked for Kvaerner Group, Ballard Power Systems and AFCC (Daimler and Ford JV) in Canada. Current responsibilities include: leadership in the national hydrogen and fuel cell programme (HySA) in South Africa. He holds SA NRF rating, current Scopus H index 18. Recently co-authored a two-volume book on PEM water electrolysis.

Canada – EU SME innovation funding opportunities – May, 22, 14:30 – 16:00

Global Affairs Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service and the National Research Council of Canada are pleased to invite companies and researchers to join the technology matchmaking in Vancouver, May 22-24, 2019.

The topic table kicks off the activities at HFC+f-cell, and will provide information on funding opportunities under the EUREKA and NRC/IRAP ZIM industrial innovation support programs, individual support and a matchmaking/partnering event. Our goal is to establish collaborative industrial research and development opportunities in the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology sector between Canadian and European companies, leading to future economic benefits. Small and medium sized companies, researchers and large corporations from Canada and Europe can benefit from the programs, the topic table will also officially launch the B2B Matchmaking (please use the HFC+f-cell app to sign up)

Andrew Bauder
Industrial Technology Advisor
NRC-IRAP International Lead for Germany

Andrew Bauder is an Industrial Technology Advisor (ITA) with the National Research Council – Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP), Canada’s premier innovation assistance program for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). He joined IRAP in 2007 and has been part of IRAP’s International Networks Team since 2012. Andrew formerly led IRAP’s national program with Brazil and now acts as IRAP’s national lead for bi-lateral programs with Germany, including the ZIM program with BMWi and the “2+2” program with BMBF. In addition, he coordinates IRAP International projects in the province of Ontario.

Andrew holds an MBA from McGill University (Montreal) and ESADE (Barcelona), in addition to an MSc in Oceanography and an Honours BSc in Marine Biology, both from Dalhousie University (Halifax).