The new Leadership Team has been introduced during the celebration of the 93rd Executive Committee Meeting, which is taking place on the days 28th & 29th of June at the Hyatt Regency — Casablanca — and online.
During the first day of the 93rd ExCo agenda, a presentation of the New Leadership Team is being held, presenting their background and motivation to become a Leadership Team member.
Below is a brief presentation of the professional career of each member of the group:
Chair — Paul Lucchese
Paul Lucchese, a dedicated employee of the French Public Research Institute known as CEA, has devoted his career to the fields of renewables, hydrogen, and fuel cells since 2001. Throughout his professional journey, he has shouldered various responsibilities such as head of the new energy R&D program at CEA for 10 years, involved in many national — vice chair of the French Hydrogen Association —, European — chair of Hydrogen Europe Research for 8 years, members of FCH JU governing board — and international organizations. Moreover, he has also managed a research laboratory in material science, plasma spraying technologies, specifically.
His current job is shared between his position as CEA Expert on energy systems, in charge of mid and long-term perspectives for energy technologies and energy systems, and as Chair of ExCo IEA Hydrogen TCP since 2017. Secondee at IEA for 4 months to contribute to the IEA Hydrogen report to be delivered in June 2019 for the G20 summit.
Moreover, he carries out his expertise through international expertise and network: Review of international reports, communications, and conferences in many countries, Review or participation in national Road Map exercises or strategies, and Member of different scientific committees.
About his background education, Paul Lucchese holds an Engineer Degree in nuclear engineering with a two-phase flow thermohydraulic speciality from Ecole Centrale de Paris (1983), as well as a master’s degree in applied chemistry from the same institution (ECP, 1983).
He states “We are in the middle of Hydrogen TCP transformation and modernization. The next 3 years will allow us to finish what was started in 2017, with a more flexible, resilient TCP, a more visible and recognized TCP as the first international collaboration platform for R&D and analysis platform on Hydrogen”.
Vice-chair — Marcel Weeda
Marcel Weeda is a senior consultant at the Netherlands Organisation of Applied Scientific Research (TNO) in the Energy Transition unit. He has a background in Chemistry with a specialization in Chemical Technology and obtained his PhD in research into coal gasification about alternative iron and steel processes.
Furthermore, he has been working at ECN, now TNO Energy Transition, since 2000, and from studies related to the former fuel cell development at ECN, he has been working for a long time on projects in the field of hydrogen and the role of hydrogen in the energy system since 2005.
“The preconditions to become the premier global resource for hydrogen expertise are present. The current network of experts on various hydrogen technologies, the relationship with the IEA in Paris and the IPHE, and the connections with other TCPs and Mission Innovation, among others, are important elements and should be nurtured”, declares Marcel.
Vice-chair — Eric Miller
Eric Miller is a globally recognized pioneer in the RD&D of photoelectrochemical hydrogen production technologies that directly split water using sunlight.
Currently serving as Chief Scientist in the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, he focuses on strategic development and technical oversight of high-impact RD&D as well as national and international collaborations.
Plus, he has been instrumental in the Department’s Hydrogen Shot and H2@Scale Initiatives, aligned with the U.S. National Clean Hydrogen Strategy and Roadmap.
With prior RD&D experience spanning multiple decades, he has worked at esteemed institutions such as Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Sunpower Inc., and the NASA Glenn Research Center.
Dr Miller holds undergraduate degrees in Applied & Engineering Physics and Computer Science from Cornell University, along with Master of Science and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, where his research focused on RD&D of energy conversion materials and clean hydrogen production.
“I feel that my history and experiences with the IEA-HTCP and with the other synergistic global efforts put me in a unique position to help facilitate the much-needed adoption of clean hydrogen technology deployments across sectors, and across the world; such adoption is so vital to help ensure a re-energized, de-carbonized, and healthy Planet Earth for our children and all of the posterity”, states Miller.