Industrial Use and Switching

This category recognises women involved in projects and R&D to switch hard-to-decarbonise sectors from fossil fuels to hydrogen. We encouraged nominations recognising women in aviation, refining, mobility and steelmaking who are exploring ways to decarbonise using hydrogen.

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Abigail Dombey is a carbon and sustainability engineer for Net Zero Associates. She recently led on a BEIS Industrial Fuel Switching (IFS) Feasibility project in the UK, trialling the deep decarbonisation of the brick manufacturing process by converting an existing gas kiln to run on hydrogen. The project was successful, producing the first bricks fired with 100pc hydrogen in a working kiln in the world.
Abigail Jablansky is head of project management at Amogy, which aims to use ammonia as a carbon-free fuel, leading on both the partnerships pipeline and project execution. She draws on her chemical engineering and operations background, as well as previous experience at ExxonMobil, to build Amogy’s partnership network to implement the world’s first ammonia-powered systems into ships, barges, and other industrial assets. She has also led on the execution and delivery of the world’s first zero-emission ammonia-powered tugboat.
Brita Holstad is the chief operating officer and co-founder of Transitus Energy, which is involved in several projects to switch natural gas fuel with hydrogen. She leads the commercial discussions and co-leads the technical project definition. She has been credited with working out usage solutions for CO2 for Transitus, bringing forward the timing of projects delivery because they are no longer linked to a sequestration solution.
Carolina Mesa Ivern is leading BP's renewable hydrogen development in Spain, with an ambition to deliver 2GW of electrolyser capacity. She is leading the set-up of the Valencian Hydrogen Cluster, HyVal, which will produce renewable hydrogen to fully replace grey hydrogen at BP's Castellon refinery. HyVal will also also enable a new SAF/biofuels plant and replace fossil fuels in the ceramic and chemical industries and heavy-duty transport in the region.
Kajsa Ryttberg-Wallgren is the head of the hydrogen business unit at Sweden's H2 Green Steel, which uses hydrogen to produce direct-reduced iron as part of a process with 95pc lower emissions than traditional steelmaking. H2 Green Steel has signed offtake contracts from firms including automakers BMW, Mercedes Benz and Scania for 1.5mn t/yr of the 2.5mn t/yr production capacity it aims to have online by 2025.
Karine Guenan is the vice president for Airbus's ZEROe ecosystem, leading on developing both zero-emission aviation and the wider hydrogen value chain to support the ZEROe aircraft's entry into service by 2035. She is also responsible for developing origination and operations for new energy segments such as synthetic fuels and carbon capture.
Katherine Orozco is a senior new business developer for Colombia's Ecopetrol. She currently leads the company's first two industrial-scale 60MW green hydrogen projects with FID expected in 2023 and 1 blue hydrogen project of 195,000t/year for refineries. Additionally she is leading on the first hydrogen buses and refuelling infrastructure in Bogota. Katherine has managed to mobilise different areas of Ecopetrol Group to include green hydrogen in its operations and go a step further to start pilot projects producing ammonia, e-fuels and methanol from 2025.
Madadh Maclaine is founder and secretary-general of the Zero Emissions Ship Technology Association, which champions shipping’s green transition to zero GHG emissions, including through hydrogen. The association has been granted IMO consultative status, subject to final IMO Assembly approval, and aims to influence conversations at regulatory level.
Michele Azalbert joined Gentari as its chief hydrogen officer in early 2023. She previously held the role of CEO of Engie’s hydrogen business unit between 2018-22, and prior to that she led the firm’s LNG division as COO. She focuses on the use of hydrogen in energy as a long-term storage solution for a renewables-dominated grid, in mobility as a zero-emission fuel and in heavy industry to replace grey hydrogen or natural gas.
Sarah Klimpton is vice president and low-carbon hydrogen lead for DNV’s energy systems business in the UK and Ireland. She draws on over 30 years’ experience working as a consultant to the natural gas industry with a focus on the impacts of gas quality on network operation, customers, and measurement systems, to demonstrate whether low-carbon hydrogen could safely replace natural gas. Together with industry partners and government, Sarah supports real-world tests at DNV’s Spadeadam R&D site in Cumbria to de-risk hydrogen and understand if it can be piped into people’s homes using existing natural gas infrastructure.