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Emperia Advisors, Founder
Dr. Ozlem Adiyaman Lopes
Senior Program Manager
Professional Profile: Dr. Özlem Adiyaman Lopes holds a Ph.D. degree, from the Paris Sorbonne University (France) in partnership with the Hacettepe University (Ankara, Turkey) and Blaise Pascal University (Clermont Ferrand, France); she has scientific research expertise in the fields of Earth Observation data processing and interpretation as well as Structural geological and Geochemical analysis of the active tectonic and volcanic zones. With her over 20 years professional experience in the corporate and public organisations as well as academic sector (i.e. Imperial College of London, ConocoPhillips Inc. USA and Department for Education in England), Dr. Adiyaman is specialized in geosciences communication, natural resources exploration, supplier/contract/programme management for the development and dissemination of new technical and scientific products and technology transfer. She lectured at the Geohazards Research Centre of Portsmouth University and worked with Conoco Phillips Inc. in Houston as an exploration geologist. During her service for the Ministry of Education, she established and delivered new change programmes in England to design and distribute the national exams and modernize this process by implementing strategic technical changes necessary. At Imperial College of London, she led grant proposal development activities and upon successfully receiving £5M EPSRC Programme Grant, she directed a team of cross-divisional scientists from several major UK and International Universities and industry (Airbus, EADS, NASA Langley). Since 2016, Dr. Adiyaman works for the UNESCO Natural Sciences Sector and is responsible for the implementation of the international collaboration projects and global initiatives related to the International Geoscience and Geoparks Programme (IGGP). She is fluent in French-English-Turkish languages and published peer‐reviewed papers.
Dr. Mickaele Le Ravalec
Expert, Head of Surface and Subsurface Science Department
Professional Profile: Dr. Mickaele Le Ravalec holds a Ph.D. degree in rock physics from Rennes University (France) and a HDR (habilitation to supervise research) from Louis Pasteur University of Strasbourg (France). After a post-doctoral position in rock physics at Stanford University, USA, she joined IFPEN (formerly named Institut Français du Pétrole, known today as IFP Energies nouvelles) as a research engineer in 1997. Her main research interest is geomodeling, which involves geostatistics, inverse problems, data integration or uncertainty among others. If it The combination of these various fields makes it possible to build numerical models used in hydrology or reservoir engineering to represent geological formations and study how fluids flow underground. Dr. Le Ravalec has been leading several projects since 2005. She was named IFPEN expert in 2010 before occupying the position of head of the Geology Department in 2014, the Georesources Department in 2016 and the Surface & Subsurface Sciences department in 2021. She also spent one year in an operational team from Total in 2008. Dr. Le Ravalec has been a member of CNE2 (national Assessment Board for research and the studies into the management of radioactive wastes and materials) since 2016 and was named vice-president in 2020. CNE2, which reports to the French Parliament, is in charge of the annual evaluation of the research works performed about the management of nuclear wastes in France. Dr. Le Ravalec is also a member of the International Geoscience and Geoparks Programme (IGGP) Scientific Board leaded by UNESCO. She has authored and co-authored 27 patents, 114 papers of which 48 peer-reviewed journal papers, 6 chapters in books, and 60 conference papers. She also authored one book, an e-book and co-edited a book. She was awarded the Michel Gouilloud-Sclumberger Prize by the French Academy of Sciences in 2011.
Abstract: Sustainable Earth, sustainable societies: Research and training in earth sciences, a key priority for the future
Ozlem Adiyaman Lopes (UNESCO), Mickaele Le Ravalec (IFPEN)
Sustainable development is a major concern for society, even more for young people. This concept was first introduced in the Brundtland Report (1987) as the “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. Global warming is caused by the release of greenhouse gases generated by human activities into the atmosphere. This phenomenon raises questions about the role of firms, those of the oil and gas sector more especially. To avoid irreparable environmental damage, a very fast energy transition has to be implemented. This is one of the biggest challenges humanity has ever faced.
Earth sciences are part of the answer. They play a fundamental role in research activities tackling new energy transition themes, such as the geological storage of CO2 and hydrogen, geothermal energy, the use of underground resources and the understanding of the interactions between climate changes and ecosystems from the study of sedimentary systems.
Since 1972, UNESCO, through the International Geoscience Programme (IGCP) and in partnership with the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS), has harnessed the intellectual capacity of a worldwide network of geoscientists to lay the foundation for our planet’s future, focusing on responsible and environmental resource extraction, natural hazard resilience and preparedness, and adaptability in an era of changing climate. UNESCO, the only United Nations organization with a mandate to support research and capacity building in geology and geophysics, and its flagship programme, the International Geoscience Programme, actively contribute to society and to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Within this framework, UNESCO developed a partnership with IFPEN. They both propose PhD thesis topics in line with new energy transition themes. The aim is to train future research engineers to enable them to overcome the scientific and technological challenges associated with the energy transition.
Gabriel .O. Otaru
Business Developer and Commercial
Professional Profile: Gabriel has over 20 years of experience in technical and commercial roles across the fossil fuel value chain. He has a proven track record working and leading multi-cultural/discipline teams in Europe and Africa, delivering projects aimed at achieving stakeholder value. In his current role within the Business Development and Commercial function (Neptune Energy), Gabriel is focused on providing global assistance in the identification and execution of portfolios opportunities (fossil Fuel and New Energy) to support it growth aspiration.
Abstract: Gabriel recently completed his MBA at the Warwick Business School. He will be sharing insights on his research which was focused on how independent oil and gas companies reconfigure their portfolio in response to energy transition. Further insights would be discussed on how the recent economic shocks could sway fossil fuel companies pivoting into the green ecosystem. Gabriel initially graduated with a first degree in Mechanical Engineering back in Nigeria and also gained a second degree in Petroleum Engineering from Heriot Watt University Edinburgh.
Bhaba Atomic Research Centre
Professional Profile: Rupsha is a nuclear chemical engineer working for 10 years in the field of development and deployment of nuclear and renewable assisted cogeneration projects with focus on their techno-commercial and sustainability characteristics. Her current activities are centred on process and energy systems modeling and analysing opportunities for nuclear hydrogen production, dispatch and storage to cater to decarbonizing requirements of some hard-to-abate sectors.
Abstract: The Paris Agreement of 2015 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals initiative launched in the same year are truly global blueprints for mankind to shape a safe, secure and equitable future for itself via massive transformations in practically every sphere of human activity. One of the most crucial enabling factors for this to happen is to ensure availability, accessibility and affordability of clean energy. Enhanced understanding of this fact in recent times has initiated what is probably the largest set of transformatory activities in the energy sector, ranging from huge growth of renewable energy systems with energy storage infrastructure, focus on hydrogen in place of hydrocarbons, renewed interest in nuclear power and the flexible roles it can play in the clean energy transition and growing importance of carbon capture and usage technologies. But it is also understood that such widespread change will not happen overnight and there will be a long transition phase especially with development of new infrastructure to support new energy systems. Thus it is important to find ways to retrofit existing infrastructure in the energy sector in the near term such that this transition can at least be initiated. In this presentation a few insights and ideas are presented as to how this can be achieved. The opportunities and challenges will be highlighted and a possible roadmap that may be followed will be discussed.
Tuesday 2 March 2021
Deep Wind Offshore
Professional Profile: Internationally experienced business develop professional. Heading up the development of renewable energy solutionsto supply sustainable energy to new geographical markets. Specialties: business and project development; utilities, government, regulatory affairs for energy related ventures.
Abstract: How can we together tackle the climate change? As the world’s population grows and people are brought out of poverty, more energy is required and emissions must be cut drastically. In this presentation, the CEO of Deep Wind Offshore, Knut Vassbotn, will talk about the company’s solutions for providing renewable energy from offshore wind. Offshore wind will produce energy that will promote new industries such as hydrogen production, battery factories and data centres, as well as decarbonizing existing industries. The solutions are found in size, technology and developing local supply industries, as well working with governments across the globe to ensure that we all deliver on our climate obligations.
Oscar Eduardo Llamosa-Ardila
EOS Geoscience Consulting; International Geothermal Association
Sr. Geologist; Consultant
Professional Profile: Oscar is a senior Colombian geologist and oceanographer (MSc) based in Barcelona-Spain. Currently, he is working as a consultant in partnership with the Germany-based International Geothermal Association. Also, he is a member of the advisory committee on geoscience, engineering, and energy transition at different international organizations and projects such as the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE), Colombian Geothermal Association (AGEOCOL), Project 636 by UNESCO-IGCP, and Project RIGS by Ibero-American Program of Science and Technology for Development (CYTED). Previously, he worked in the upstream oil and gas industry with international operating companies such as Occidental and Ecopetrol. He also has collaborated in several geoscience-related research and innovation projects in partnership with governmental institutions and university groups of Europe, Africa and South America such as CSIC-ICM (Spain), CNRS-ISTEP (France), CRAAG (Algeria), RHUL (UK), UNAL and UDEM (Colombia), and CEGA (Chile).
Abstract: In the climate change context, geothermal energy has the potential to contribute to sustainable developing as a clean renewable energy source. In this presentation, a brief overview of the current & future geothermal status in Ibero-America will be shown, with emphasis in growing economies with the interest to unlock its geothermal potential such as Colombia.
Professional Profile: Leading teams from an envision co-created digital strategy to large digital transformation. He is the connector between business and technology: leading teams that create Digital Strategies to enable Digital Business Model Transformation. He has over 16 years’ experience across various industries working for Oracle and Deloitte before joining DXC Technologies in 2019.
Abstract: coming soon…
Lennart van der Burg
Business Development Manager Green Hydrogen
Professional Profile: Lennart van der Burg is hydrogen expert and, as business development manager green hydrogen, responsible for the hydrogen R&D development program within TNO. In 2020 only, the program contains more than 50 projects related to hydrogen production, transportation, storage and application. Lennart also leads the Power-2-Hydrogen program line of the shared research initiative VoltaChem. Here, he works together with industry on the improvement of water electrolysers with respect to cost, performance and upscaling.
Lennart has a strong dedication to tackle climate change and, besides his TNO activities, is active as a local councillor and social entrepreneur on sustainable lifestyle. Lennart has over ten years of experience in the renewable energy and water technology sector and holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Economics and Water Management.
About TNO. TNO is the Dutch applied research organisation where over 3,400 professionals create innovations that boost the sustainable competitive strength of industry and the well-being of society. Visit the website, including the current Hydrogen innovations.
Abstract: During Lennart’s presentation he will discuss why we have no time left and should accelerate the energy transition to stay below 1.5 degrees global warming; how green hydrogen (electrolysis) plays a key role in the energy system as a whole and to decarbonise the hard to abate sectors (Steel, Aviation, Shipping); and the key challenges for accelerate electrolyser technology, what innovation is needed an how do we build a complete new supply chain.
Professional Profile: Dustin is the founder of V2 Subsea, a company focused on disruptive technology development in the Blue Economy. He is an established leader in the field of Maritime Operations. His areas of expertise include vessel operations, ship construction, marine safety, and facilities management. Dustin has a track record of providing leadership resulting in project completion on-time and within budget.
Dustin returned shoreside in 2016 to attend graduate school at Massachusetts Maritime. During that time, he worked as a supervisor of a submarine construction facility. After completing his graduate degree in facilities management, he joined a blue technology start-up company. He helped the company develop maintenance and safety procedures for their marine and subsea operations. He also worked with the company to establish a marine assurance program for vessel charters.
Dustin is passionate and focused on solutions to help advance the maritime industry. He uses his knowledge and experience to bridge the gap between technology and the realities of working on the water.
Dustin has a bachelor’s of science in Marine Transportation and received his graduate degree from Massachusetts Maritime Academy. He holds an unlimited master’s license from the United States Coast Guard and a dynamic positioning certificate from the Nautical Institute.
Abstract: V2 Subsea: We are disrupting subsea inspection.
Underwater inspection and data collection have historically been expensive and limited to the defense and offshore energy industries. An energy project involving an underwater robotic vehicle to collect reliable video and photo data offshore costs millions of dollars a decade ago.
Today the costs of underwater data collection have come down dramatically. There are reliable and capable mini-ROVs capable of advancing the industry and disrupting the offshore service sector.
This subsea technology is advancing so quickly that the industry is not keeping up with it. Many industry stakeholders are not aware of the opportunity to improve their capabilities, and others are not taking action on it. Offshore operations for subsea video collection look much the same as they did a decade ago and reflect very similar costs.
V2 Subsea is working to create process innovation that will disrupt the industry across the supply chain. Our goal is to empower scientists, engineers, and ship crew with the skills and equipment to collect underwater video and data. We see this will have a positive impact on the environment and will lower energy service costs dramatically.
Dr. Catherine Hickson, P.GEO. CEO
Alberta No. 1
Professional Profile: Dr. Catherine Hickson has been on a purposeful journey all her life with many milestones along the way. She is a geologist who has been fascinated with the physical world since she first became aware there was something beyond her grasp. A collector of pebbles as a child, she transformed this interest into scientific leadership and entrepreneurial challenges, over the forty year of her career. She is based in Canada and has a global practice in both high and low temperature geothermal energy developments. She continues her pioneering work as CEO of Alberta No. 1, the province’s first conventional geothermal power and direct use project. She was doing temperature logging with a max-min thermometer and hand winch back in 1981 and is now plugged into the world of high-tech drilling in Canada’s Western Canada Sedimentary Basin. During this most recent part of her journey, she has gained a much better understanding of what geothermal needs to do in order to help the world, and Alberta specifically, transition to a lower carbon economy and how to be a change maker in the world of oil and gas. You can find out more about Catherine from her Wikipedia page https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catherine_Hickson or by visiting the Alberta No. 1 website https://www.albertano1.ca/.
Abstract: ENERGY TRANSITION IN AN OIL AND GAS WORLD – THE STORY OF THE ALBERTA NO. 1 PROJECT
Alberta No. 1 is a conventional geothermal project set in the heart of oil and gas country in Alberta’s north west; an area more known for its tight shale plays, than geothermal resources. However, drillers and oil and gas developers in the area have long noted that the fluids pumped to surface are hot – in some cases needing chillers before the large water cuts (sometimes over 95%) can be handled and disposed of. Through funding from Canada’s federal department of Natural Resources (NRCan), the project has been underway for more than a year. Working within an environment that has a rich and illustrious culture of oil and gas drilling, but currently has no regulations for geothermal development, it has been a steep learning curve for Alberta’s department of energy and energy regulators (AER). Chief among the learning is for the Province and regulators to understand and grasp the differences between geothermal and oil and gas drilling and development. They have been quick to do so and a new bill for geothermal was passed by the Alberta government in October of 2020, but the attendant regulations are still unknown. Although geothermal has many significant attributes in the renewable energy space – base load, longevity, ability to use existing surface infrastructure, etc. – it has been a challenge for the project to attract private investment in an economy so dominated for so many years by hydrocarbons. Additionally, access to low-cost power and natural gas for heating is a further hurdle to attracting investment dollars and growing the industry in Alberta to take advantage of their significant natural endowment. Being green is not always easy in a well-entrenched environment.
HYZON Zero Carbon Alliance; HYZON Motor
Head; Customer Solutions and Project Development
Professional Profile: Claire Johnson is the Head of the HYZON Zero Carbon Alliance, HYZON Motor’s customer solutions and project development arm dedicated to establishing hydrogen supply chains around the world. Prior to this, Claire was the CEO of the Australian Hydrogen Council leading the industry advocacy efforts on behalf of the Australian Hydrogen sector. Claire got her first introduction to hydrogen while working for Toyota where she was involved in launching Toyota’s fuel cell vehicles in Australia. She is a passionate hydrogen enthusiast and believer in the important role it will play in the energy transition.
Abstract: HYZON Motors is a global supplier of zero-emissions hydrogen fuel cell powered commercial vehicles, including heavy duty trucks, buses and coaches. Established in 2020 as a spin-off from Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies, HYZON commercializes Horizon’s 17 years of hydrogen technology development for the transport sector.
With over 400 hydrogen fuel cell vehicles delivered to date and targeting 40,000 per annum from 2025, HYZON is pioneering the hydrogen mobility age, accelerating the energy transition by deploying clean technology in the hard to decarbonise heavy transport sector.
HYZON recognises that as a first mover they have an obligation to play a leadership role in the development of hydrogen value chains and use their standing as a leading fuel cell automaker to make a genuine impact on the sector’s realisation at scale. HYZON will present their journey to date and how the HYZON Zero Carbon Alliance is working to create hydrogen ecosystems worldwide.
DRIFT for transition
Professional Profile: Professor of sociology-economic transitions at Erasmus University Rotterdam and director of the Dutch Research Institute For Transitions (DRIFT). If you need more: he has worked for twenty years in sustainability transitions research and was one of the founders of the transition management approach. He combines academic work with consulting and is a frequently invited speaker.
Abstract: Energy transitions are inevitably disruptive shifts away from the fossil, unequal and extractive systems we have. Climate change, biodiversity loss, inequality and injustice are so inherent to the fossil energy system that everywhere people are reinventing new ways to produce and consume energy. Based on sustainability transitions research this presentation gives insight into the dynamics behind such transitions and what we can anticipate the coming decade: contested, non-linear and shock-wise changes towards a new equilibrium. But how can we make it a transition to just and sustainable futures? How can the Transformathon help?
DECOM North Sea
Interim Managing Director
Professional Profile: Will Rowley, Interim Managing Director of Decom North Sea, is an offshore markets specialist with 28 yrs experience supporting offshore oil & gas and service companies, multiple Governments and NGOs in the growth and development of offshore markets including oil & gas, offshore wind, marine and environmental services. He has published over 200 papers and key presentations and is passionate about the commercialisation and industrialisation of offshore services and their support for a positive environmental impact with scale and commercial sustainability.
Abstract: Offshore decommissioning – how do we move the discussion from an ‘end-of-life’ problem to a sustainable part of a circular economy that supports energy transition?
Multiple industries, technologies and sustained employment opportunities grew out of the development of offshore activities. Decommissioning was and will also be part of the natural life-cycle of development but why is it viewed differently to ‘new’ development and why has it stubbornly stuck to recycling rates as a measure of success, to the detriment of reuse and re-purposing? Will the offshore wind sector repeat the same mistakes?
Professional Profile: Anouk graduated with a MSc in Sedimentology from the VU Amsterdam. She joined Shell as a geologist and worked for 15 years in The Netherlands, the UAE, Oman and Brazil until she decided her energy would be better spent on decarbonising the energy system. From the Middle East to Brazil, Anouk founded professional technical women’s networks, convinced that the economic and social impact of technical women leaving the workforce is devastating for innovation and inclusive decision making.
She now runs her own company 75inQ where she works on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals’ #SDG7 and #SDG5; Accelerating the transition to clean energy by bringing gender balance to the top.
Abstract: Earth Scientists Don’t have Careers. They go on Fieldtrips. A career is often seen as a linear path, upwards. A single ladder standing against a steep wall. In real life, linear lifelong careers are rare. Career paths go up and down and bend around unexpected corners. Sometimes steep, rarely boring. Like fieldtrips.
So how do you move forwards on a winding road? Navigation skills and colour pencils are key to mapping your career on the go, a compass helps you setting direction. The most important ingredients for a successful career however are not what know, or the tools you master. To get the job, or join the next trip, it matters who you know and knowing where you want to go. Exploring opportunities means connecting with communities, and you setting direction. Let’s go!
Royal Scientific Society
El Hassan Research Chair in Sustainability
Professional Profile: Iain Stewart is the newly appointed El Hassan Research Chair in Sustainability at the Royal Scientific Society. The former Director of its Sustainable Earth Institute at the University of Plymouth, Iain’s long-standing research interests are in geological hazards, geology for sustainable development, and geoscience communication. His geo-communication work has built on a 15 year partnership with BBC television presenting Earth science programmes, including Earth: The Power of the Planet; How Earth Made Us, How To Grow A Planet, The Rise of the Continents and Planet Oil. Awarded an MBE for his services to geography and geology education, he currently holds a UNESCO Chair in Geoscience and Society and leads the UNESCO’s International Geoscience and Geoparks Programme project 685 on Geology and Sustainable Development.
Abstract: Beyond The Energy Transition: Repurposing Geoscience for Sustainable Development
Within the energy and minerals sectors, there is considerable attention focused on re-positioning geoscience to better address the challenges of moving to a low-carbon future. In the oil and gas sector, much of the emphasis is on re-directing technical expertise towards emergent areas such as geothermal and carbon capture storage, whilst in the minerals sector the emphasis is on highlighting the need for critical minerals to drive the renewable energy revolution and the accelerating pace of electrification of power and transport. However, these challenges are part of a wider sustainable development agenda (e.g. UN SDGs) that reflects a deeper-seated cultural shift towards re-purposing knowledge toward delivering social value and improving the long-term wellbeing of society for all. The talk explores how a deeper consideration of the societal purpose of geoscience is needed if these wider ambitions are to be met.
Professional Profile: Nick is a Copenhagen-based project manager with a background in geoscience. He is passionate about the energy transition, the digital transformation and student outreach. Nick has worked in the offshore oil & gas industry in a variety of subsurface roles in exploration, development and production in Denmark, the United States and the United Kingdom. After 3 years with Total E&P and almost 10 years with Maersk Oil, he is starting a new role as EPC project manager at GreenGo Energy this month, where he will be supporting the development of utility scale solar projects and leading their execution during the construction phase. He is a certified Project Management Professional, holds an MSc in Integrated Petroleum Geoscience from the University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom, and a BSc in Geology from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.
Abstract: The oil & gas value chain, environmental issues and green solutions.
The terms upstream, midstream and downstream are often used to refer to the major components of the petroleum industry. The upstream sector involves the exploration and production (E&P) of petroleum crude oil and natural gas. It includes exploring for potential onshore and offshore oil and gas fields, drilling of exploration, appraisal and production wells, and subsequently bringing the crude oil and/or raw natural gas to the surface. The midstream sector involves the storage, marketing and transportation of crude oil and natural gas. The downstream sector involves refining crude oil and processing of raw natural gas. It also comprises the sale and distribution of processed natural gas and the products derived from crude oil. It includes refineries, distribution and retail.
The oil and gas industry is a major consumer of water and energy resources the growth in oil and gas production raises concerns over the impact on the environment, in particular hydraulic fracturing, land use, methane emissions, heavy oil and oil sands, spills of crude oil and refined products, offshore drilling.
In response, fossil fuel companies are aiming to preserve local ecosystems, to reduce atmospheric emissions, to reduce water consumption, to preserve water quality, to minimise waste, and are investing in solar, offshore wind and CCUS.
Lead Sustainable Infrastructure
Professional Profile: Silvana Lefel is Sustainability Frontrunner at KPN. Her goal is to make KPN every day a little bit greener. Silvana is one of the founders of the KPN Battery Project and the KPN Energy Innovation Lab and she is one of the authors of the recently published report ‘Smart Energy Systems: Connectivity for a zero-emissions future’.
Abstract: The world is moving from a fossil fueled energy system into a renewable energy system. At the same time we are moving to a world of digital solutions. These transitions are combined in Smart Energy Systems. They create a world of renewable energy being used at the right moment in time for the lowest price available on the market.
Professional Profile: Lucy is a geologist, specialising in geothermal energy at GeoScience Limited in Cornwall. She joined GeoScience in 2017 after completing her MSc in Exploration Field Geology at University College Cork, and has been working as the site geologist at the United Downs Deep Geothermal Power project until May 2020. Lucy is passionate about the environment and sustainability and hopes that her current work at GeoScience can help provide low carbon heat solutions using abandoned flooded mine workings or favourable geological conditions.
Lucy has played a key role in the education and communication of geothermal energy in Cornwall and is both a STEM ambassador and the UK Ambassador of Women in Geothermal (WING) UK.
Abstract The pressure is on geothermal energy to deliver decarbonized heat and power.
Geothermal is an established global provider of heat and power with very good environmental credentials but it is under-utilised, particularly in non-volcanic regions. Today, more than ever, geothermal can contribute to regional, national and global targets for carbon reduction and it has the potential to supply significant amounts of decarbonized heat. The resources exist – even in the UK – and we know how to harness them. But to deliver to its full potential there also needs to be political will, policy support and financial incentives.