The Belgian Hydrogen Council (BHC) held its first public conference in Brussels, organized by WaterstofNet and Cluster TWEED.
With the BHC, launched in March 2023, WaterstofNet and Cluster TWEED joined forces between their regional clusters Waterstof Industrie Cluster and H2Hub Wallonia under the umbrella of the Belgian Hydrogen Council.
With around 400 registrations from companies, research institutions, governments, foreign embassies and journalists, the Dockx Dome Event hall was packed.
On the program for the day: opening speeches by regional Ministers Jo Brouns and Philippe Henry, 6 key note speeches by Tom Hautekiet (president of the BHC), Steven Libbrecht (CEO Hydrogen Council), Namibian ambassador Mekondjo Kaapanda-Girnus, CEO of CMB Alexander Saverys, professor at University de Liège Aurore Richel and Ruud Kempener who works at the cabinet of European Commissioner Kadri Simson. We had the honor of welcoming Federal Minister Tinne Van der Straeten to close our conference with an exiting speech.
The speeches were complemented by 4 dynamic panel discussions on Belgium as a large hydrogen offtake, a key technology supplier, a world leader on hydrogen R&D and as an important partner for regional, European and international collaboration.
The main message throughout the day: Realistic ambitions over euphoria !
The attendees were also introduced to a brand new BHC company directory brochure wherein we showcase our Belgian companies and expertise around the Belgian value chain.
Thanks to all speakers and participants to make this a successful first edition of the Belgian Hydrogen Council conference !