The 18th Ezra Memorial Lecture 2024

The Future Of Hydrogen The Ends Of The Rainbow

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The 18th Ezra Memorial Lecture will be held at 1745 for 1820 on Wednesday 13th March 2024 at City & Guilds Building, Imperial College London. It is being given by the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Professor Michael Mainelli.

For a colourless gas, hydrogen generates a lot of colourful prose, from blue to grey, green, black, brown, yellow, turquoise, white, and pink, if not purple. In this talk, Professor Michael Mainelli takes as his basic theme that the profusion of hydrogen colours is due more to the optics of economics than science and engineering. This lecture will examine various energy economic sub-systems from production, to transportation, to storage, to use. Increasingly these economic sub-systems lead the hydrogen markets to interact with the carbon markets. Along the way, the lecture will touch on market gaps, particularly the lack of baseload markets for electricity and financial tools for long-term government policy commitment. The lecture will conclude with some observations on how hydrogen economics is analysed, in particular using option theory and learning curves. The hope is that the lecture will provide ways to see the future of hydrogen through an economic prism, less darkly.

1745 - Doors open
1820 - Lecture starts
2005 - Reception
2115 - Carriages

Wednesday, 13 March 2024

17:45 - 21:15 GMT


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    Professor Michael Mainelli
    Lord Mayor of the City of London
    City of London Corporation
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    Jon Clark
    Partner, EY
    Chair of the Fuellers' Industry Group
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    Professor Stephen Skinner
    Professor of Materials Chemistry
    Imperial College London
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    Dr Angela Needle
    Vice President
    Hydrogen UK