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June 18, 2024

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Tickets to the HYDROVERSE CONVENTION are available via Eventbrite. Attendance at our event is free of charge, but booking a ticket is mandatory. We look forward to seeing you! 

Even though the ticket is free of charge, we kindly request that you inform Carolin Nickel ( or send your cancellation via Eventbrite in case you are unable to attend. This helps us to plan more sustainably. Your cooperation is appreciated.


About the Event

Welcome to the HYDROVERSE CONVENTION, where we focus on start-up innovation, venture building, implementation of innovative hydrogen technologies, financing and funding, recruitment, and much more! 

Last year’s HYDROVERSE CONVENTION was a huge success with more than 350 hydrogen experts gathering in Essen, Germany. We’ll be back again this year with even more start-ups, speakers and an expanded program: Join us for the next round of hydrogen innovation!


Experience the HYDROVERSE CONVENTION in our exciting trailer – an insight into inspiring start-ups and speakers. Stay tuned for more information and ideas that will shape our second event.

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Until we can give you more information about our start-ups and speakers, take a stroll down memory lane and discover the first HYDROVERSE CONVENTION in our recap.

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Discover insightful pitches, thought-provoking panels and inspiring networking sessions. We are designing the program to create an engaging experience for attendees of all backgrounds and interests.

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Our program will be announced soon. Stay tuned!

10:30-10:50 AM

Opening address

10:50-11:15 AM

Keynote #1

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11:15-12:00 AM

Pitching Session: H2UB SPRINT #5 on stage

#HYDROVERSE Jury: Cristina Doumitrachko (DeepTech & Climate Fonds), Dörte Hirschberg (Climentum Capital), Dr. Charlotte Kirk (Fortescue Energy), Dr. Johannes Triebs (Earlybird-X) and more tba soon!

12:00-12:30 PM

Panel #1 - Push and Pull: Stimulating and financing the H2 economy to catalyse growth

With Guillaume Lesueur (Hy24) and Katherina Reiche (Westenergie)

12:30-02:30 PM

B2B Meeting – One-on-One Sessions – Exhibition

02:30 - 02:45 PM

Keynote #2

02:45 - 3:30 PM

Pitching Session: Start-ups ready to scale

3:30 - 4:00 PM

Panel #2 - Open for collaboration with Start-ups: hydrogen production, steel industry and hard-to-abate emissions

With Nils Aldag (Sunfire) and Dr. Sopna Sury (RWE)

04:00 - 04:45 PM


04:45 - 05:10 PM

Panel #3 - Start, Scale, Grow! From prototyping to industrial scaling

With Isabel Fisch (Ineratec) and Luc Graré (Lhyfe)

05:10 - 05:45 PM

Fireside Chat: Climate challenge calling! Serial Entrepreneurs moving into Hydrogen

With Florian Hildebrand (Greenlyte Carbon Technologies)

05:45 - 06:00 PM

Award Ceremony

Presentation of the HYDROVERSE CONVENTION Award

06:00 PM

Aftershow Party



Meet our start-ups

A wide range of European Hydrogen Start-ups will give you unique insights into their business ideas and pilot projects.

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Participating start-ups will be announced soon. Stay tuned!
Stargate Hydrogen
H2UB Sprint Batch #5
Teams from the whole Hydrogen Value Chain



Our speakers and jurors come from a wide range of backgrounds, including academia, industry, and government. They provide a diverse and comprehensive perspective on the latest developments of hydrogen technology and innovation. 


Nils Aldag

Nils was appointed to the CEO group of the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance by the European Commission in 2020. As a board member of the leading association Hydrogen Europe, he also helps to represent the interests of the hydrogen industry and its stakeholders and to promote hydrogen as a fuel of the future. Previously, he was active as Vice-Chair of the Renewable Hydrogen Coalition in Brussels from 2021 to 2023. 

Philipp Engelkamp

The company uses modular Power-to-X plants to boost the availability of sustainable fuels, enabling the shift from fossil fuels into the next era of mobility. Philipp leads the business development and the sales department of INERATEC. He presents INERATEC as a Top Innovator in SAF selected by the World Economic Forum, to drive the sustainable transformation of the aviation sector.

Luc Graré

Prior to that, he was global Vice President Sales & Marketing at NEL. He has more than 12 years’ experience in Renewable Energy and served as global Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing at Norwegian solar panel manufacturer REC. Before that, Luc Graré was commercial director at LG Electronics in Europe for seven years. Until March 2017, he was member of the Board of the European solar association SolarPower Europe.

Katherina Reiche

Since June 2020, she also has been serving as the honorary Chairwoman of the National Hydrogen Council, which advises the German Federal Government on implementing Germany’s National Hydrogen Strategy. And since April 2023, she has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Schaeffler AG. Previously, she was a member of the German Bundestag for 17 years, six of them as a member of the federal government and state secretary in two federal ministries. 

Dr. Sopna Sury

RWE Generation SE

She is responsible for the group-wide coordination and expansion of RWE’s hydrogen activities. Under her leadership, RWE has set a growth target of 2 GW electrolyser capacity by 2030, supported by a 10 GW project pipeline. Sopna Sury has been Chair of the Hydrogen Europe association since April 2023. In May 2023, she started her mandate as a member of the Hydrogen Delivery Council. 

Marko Virkebau

Stargate Hydrogen

Founded in 2021, Stargate builds electrolysers and develops alkaline electrolysis technology. They developed a new catalyst material, based on ceramic materials, that offers  higher efficiencies and lower cost compared to traditional nickel and PGM-based solutions. Stargate was one of the few electrolyser OEMs that received IPCEI support and is currently executing MW-scale projects in a number of EU countries.

Hendrik Wüst

State of North Rhine-Westphalia

Hendrik Wüst was born on 19 July 1975 in Rhede. Since 27 October 2021, Hendrik Wüst has been the 12th Minister President of North Rhine-Westphalia. On 28 June 2022, he was re-elected by the members of the state parliament.


Dörte Hirschberg

She is a seasoned entrepreneur and investor with a strong network, including from her time in consulting with McKinsey. She led the global HR team as well as the incubation programme at Rocket Internet, scaling more than 50 startups from the idea stage to Series A. In addition she built her own SaaS company (IdeaFox) and was part of the global leadership team of the unicorn HelloFresh.

Dr. Charlotte Kirk

She is a recognized specialist in zero-carbon and hydrogen-based solutions that unlock deep decarbonisation and enable a renewables driven industrial transformation. Her deep scientific expertise in the Power-to-X sector stems from her PhD research analysing renewable hydrogen and ammonia technologies. Since then she has almost a decade of experience working with a diverse and global client base.

Dr. Johannes Triebs


Earlybird‑X backs deep tech innovation, including AI, novel computing, industrial & climate tech – tapping into a network of leading European universities. 



The HYDROVERSE CONVENTION #2024 will be held at the Colosseum Theater in Essen, Germany.

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Colosseum Theater

Altendorfer Str. 1
45127 Essen

The Colosseum Theater is easily accessible by public transport (Berliner Platz station) – including various lines of the subway (U11, U17, U18), tram (101, 103, 105, 106, 109) and bus lines.

To protect the environment, we recommend using public transportation to get to the venue. If you arrive by car, we suggest using the nearby parking space at Nordhofstraße. A day ticket costs 4 Euro.

Address for navigation:
Nordhofstraße Westviertel 45127 Essen

Please note that hotels in Essen and the surrounding area are currently charging higher rates due to the European Football Championship in June. We therefore recommend that you book your accommodation in good time for the HYDROVERSE CONVENTION on June 18, 2024.

The following hotels are in walking distance to the Colosseum Theater Essen:

Motel One Essen
Phone: +49 (201) 437 537-0
Distance to venue: 0,9 km

Ramada by Wyndham Essen
Phone: +49 (0) 201 / 1779-175
Distance to venue: 1,1 km

Flowers Hotel Essen
Frohnhauser Straße 55
45127 Essen
Distance to venue: 0,3 km

Holiday Inn Essen City Center
Frohnhauser Straße 6
45127 Essen
Distance to venue: 0,3 km

B&B Hotel Essen
Helmut-Käutner-Straße 4
45127 Essen
Distance to venue: 0,4 km

Boutique Essen City
Hoffnungsstraße 19
45127 Essen
Distance to venue: 0,5 km




H2UB is Europe’s leading open innovation platform for the whole hydrogen value chain. We collaborate with the brightest entrepreneurs, companies and investors to reach one goal: net-zero.  The HYDROVERSE CONVENTION is the European hydrogen start-up event of the year. If you are into hydrogen innovation, don’t miss it! 

Read more about the H2UB, our start-up programs and events on our website:



Pictures 2023

Here you can find pictures from last year for free use. When using the photos, please refer to the source H2UB. 

Logo-Kit #2023

All pictures #2023

Press Releases 2023

English press release

HYDROVERSE CONVENTION brings 350 experts from the hydrogen industry to Essen

Deutsche Pressemitteilung

HYDROVERSE CONVENTION holt 350 Expert*innen aus der Wasserstoff-Wirtschaft nach Essen

Press & Media Information

FAQ – Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, press representatives can be accredited for free for the HYDROVERSE CONVENTION #2024. More information will be available as soon as tickets are on sale.

No, a press card is not necessary for accreditation.

No, there is no limit to the number of press tickets available. We can provide press tickets to all interested media representatives.

Just come to our registration desk, check in with your name, and you will receive a press badge.

We are happy to facilitate interviews with your desired interview partners. Please submit your interview request to Marina Scheider, PR & Communications ( Once we have received all the necessary details, we will notify the requested speaker and provide them with your contact information so they can reach out to you directly.

Yes, we provide a dedicated business area on-site for accredited press representatives to conduct interviews.



Feel free to contact us if you have any questions, requests or suggestions.

Marina Scheider

PR & Communications