Technology and Innovation

This category recognises women in research and development behind new methods and technology for hydrogen production, storage and transportation. We accepted nominations for women involved in corporate R&D divisions, universities and other research institutes.

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Caroline Hargrove is CTO of Ceres Power, a developer of low cost, next generation fuel cell and green hydrogen technology, following 3 years on the company's board. She was previously a founding member of McLaren Applied Technologies and is also a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. In 2020, she received a CBE for services to engineering.
Elena Stylianou is a technology manager for low-carbon hydrogen at KBR. She works to develop, optimise and commercialise cutting-edge technologies for low-carbon hydrogen production. She has worked on KBR’s blue hydrogen technology, which produces hydrogen from fossil fuels with >99% carbon capture, and is now leading the technical development and commercialisation of the company’s ammonia cracking technology.
Frances Tierney is an engineering programme manager for Gravitricity. She has been instrumental in driving forwards the company’s novel underground hydrogen storage systems which will use the natural strength of rock mass to contain hydrogen at high pressure in purpose-sunk shafts. The technology has completed a feasibility study and is attracting considerable interest from investors, end-users, technology partners and the UK government.
Katriona Edlmann is a senior lecturer and Chancellor's Fellow in energy at the University of Edinburgh, where she leads a subsurface storage research facility. The facility recreates in-situ subsurface conditions to enable pioneering investigations into the chemical, biological, mechanical and transport processes in rocks during underground hydrogen storage. Nominations note "her outstanding and impactful research in subsurface hydrogen storage that is a major point of reference" and recognise her dedication to mentoring, knowledge exchange, and engagement with policy makers and industry to advance the hydrogen sector.
Marcela Kamisaki is digital team lead at Protium. Her achievements include building an original in-house energy system optimisation model to optimise hydrogen production facility design and developing an app to enable quick calculations of electrolyser size, hydrogen demand and carbon emissions for general production or specific processes such as steam, power, methanol and ammonia production. She also oversaw the development and implementation of the first digital twin for Protium's first electrolyser deployment.
Marie-Khuny is electrolysis product line director at Air Liquide, with over twenty years of experience in hydrogen. She has been a key enabler of three of Air Liquide's flagship renewable hydrogen projects under development, namely Normand’hy (200MW) in France, ELYgator (200MW) and CurtHYL (200MW) in the Netherlands. She is also in charge of the technology aspect of the Air Liquide and Siemens Energy joint venture for large-scale renewable-powered electrolysers.
Rulande is process technology director at Johnson Matthey and a founding member of its electrolysis business, which creates technology needed to generate green hydrogen. She and her team have developed novel methods of manufacturing catalysts for electrolysers. In 18 months, she set up a new plant to scale up these manufacturing processes, with commercial samples now being supplied to customers. Since her appointment as process technology director in October, Rulande leads a growing team of 30+ engineers developing processes and scaling them for both electrolysers and fuel cells.
Shaima Almajed is an energy transition engineer currently working on multiple hydrogen-related technologies to eliminate CO2 emissions. She is contributing to new ideas for one of the world's largest blue hydrogen programmes and works with licensors to improve SMR design. She is also exploring new burner technology with 100pc hydrogen with a blending option of methane as a transition and evaluating new boiler technology burning hydrogen and oxygen in a vacuum chamber to create high-temperature heat and steam with zero greenhouse gases.
Shreya Shah is director of technology and founding member of Syzygy Plasmonics, a spin-off from Rice University developing high-performance photocatalysts. She has scaled its technology output by 200-fold in the last year alone, as well as managing a multidisciplinary team of engineers, scientists, technicians and operators on their day-to-day work, all while being a safety champion to her peers.
Valentina is principal technology process engineer at Wood. She has achieved revolutionary work on low-carbon-intensity hydrogen solutions, such as a new low-emissions steam-methane reforming (SMR) technology which aims to counter inefficiencies in energy, heat production and industrial processes.