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20 - 24 June, 2021

World Hydrogen Technologies Conference : “Empowering Hydrogen Innovation”

  • Time: 12:00 am
CNL is hosting a two hour workshop during the World Hydrogen Technologies Convention. The three day event will feature 180 speakers, and over 600 delegates from 50+countries. This year’s conference will be held in Canada “virtually”, and will include a significant contingent of government and industry representatives, including an opening plenary with the Hon. Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Natural Resources.

Keynote: Canadian Nuclear Laboratories – A Canadian Leader in Hydrogen Research

Dr. Jeff Griffin, Vice-President, Research & Development

As a multidisciplinary national research laboratory and home to a state of the art hydrogen research centre, our Chalk River facilities is key to Canada’s leadership position in hydrogen technologies, and in meeting net zero goals by 2050.

Panel 1: Nuclear’s role in a hydrogen economy

This session will look at the role of traditional nuclear power generation plants, as well as Small Modular Reactors (SMRs), and the potential for remote hydrogen production, including remote communities, oil and gas and mining sites. The development of such hybrid energy systems could make hydrogen a feasible energy source for communities not currently powered by traditional “green” hydro while supporting the adoption of hydrogen across Canada and beyond.

Moderator: Shawn McCarthy, Senior Council, Sussex Strategy and former Globe and Mail Energy Correspondent


  • Julia Pyke, SZC Director of Financing and Economic Regulation, EDF
  • Dr. Shannon Quinn, Vice President, Science, Technology and Commercial Oversight, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited
  • Mollie Johnson, Assistant Deputy Minister, Low Carbon Energy Sector, Natural Resources Canada


Panel 2: Moving Forward: Heavy Transport, Infrastructure, Oil and Gas, and Remaining Challenges

This session focuses on the potential for hydrogen to decarbonize heavy transport, including challenges and opportunities. The discussion includes research on hydrogen fuel feasibility for the rail and marine sectors, as well as research on reducing greenhouse emissions in the oil sands.  This session also explores significant remaining challenges, including infrastructure, storage capability, distribution networks and related technical challenges, as well as regulatory and safety considerations in decarbonizing the various sector.

Moderator: Ian Castillo, Head of Directorate, Hydrogen and Tritium Technologies, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories


  • Bob Stasko, Chair of Board, Hydrogen Business Council
  • Andrew Stewart, President and CEO, Hydrogen Optimized
  • Nirmal Gnanapragasam, Senior Scientist, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories
  • Carlos Giraldo, Program Lead, GHG and Water, Suncor

About the Speaker

Hongqiang Li , Catalyst Technologies

Hongqiang Li is Section Head of Catalyst Technologies in the Hydrogen Technologies Branch at Canadian Nuclear Laboratories. He has more than 20 years of research experience in diverse applications of electrochemistry and catalysis. His main research areas include: hydrogen production, hydrogen storage and purification, batteries (including redox flow batteries), fuel cells, and corrosion. In recently years, he has been the technical lead to experimentally demonstrate the feasibility of the hybrid copper- chlorine thermochemical process (CNL trademarked as HCuTECTM) with the potential for large-scale hydrogen production using nuclear and renewable energy. His expertise in nanomaterials and electrocatalysis has also contributed to the development of new technologies for tritium management and hydrogen isotopes separation.

Sam Suppiah , Technical Manager, Hydrogen Technologies

Canadian Progress towards Demonstration of the Copper-Chlorine Cycle for Hydrogen Production