2023 AEA AC APAC – Schedule

Ammonia Energy APAC 2023

Wednesday, August 16

Julian Atchison and John Mott welcome everyone to Newcastle for the fifth annual APAC conference, plus an Acknowledgement of Country from Uncle Raymond Smith (Awabakal and Worimi).

To start our event this year we check in with some of Australia’s key trading allies. How has their thinking around Australian ammonia exports evolved? Are some opportunities receding, while other possibilities are emerging?

Franziska TeichmannFranziska Teichmann – Senior Manager & Head of the German Secretariat for the Energy Cooperation with Australia and New Zealand, adelphi Consult

Green ammonia: Key for the German energy transition

Hugo KjilnHugo Klijn – Consul General, Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands | Sydney

Ammonia and the Netherlands

Susumu MiyazakiSusumu Miyazaki – Secretary General & Executive Director, Clean Fuel Ammonia Association

Development of Clean Fuel Ammonia Value Chain

Cindy LimCindy Lim – CEO, Keppel Infrastructure

Penelope HowarthPenelope Howarth (moderator) – Energy Decarbonisation Focal Point, Climate Change and Sustainability Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

GCMD recently released results from their much-anticipated study into ammonia bunkering in Singapore. With few technical barriers to deployment, the report concludes that all identified safety risks could be mitigated. The Centre is now looking beyond the report to the work that needs to be done for the first ammonia bunkering trials in Singapore – especially the regulatory, stakeholder engagement and public perception barriers that need to be addressed for the adoption of a new maritime fuel. For our conference keynote this year, GCMD’s Chief Technical Officer Dr. Sanjay Kuttan joins us to explore the study’s findings, discuss the next steps and answer your questions in an interactive session.

Sanjay KuttanDr. Sanjay Kuttan – Chief Technology Officer, Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation

Ammonia as marine fuel: Risk awareness vs risk adversity

What are Australia’s major ammonia producers currently doing to decarbonise production? How can existing brownfield assets be retrofitted to further the ammonia energy transition? Hear the latest project updates from ammonia plants across Australia.

Gary LoveGary Love Business Development Manager – Low Emission Industries, Incitec Pivot Limited

Incitec Pivot Ltd: Ammonia Decarbonisation


Daniel AllenDaniel Allen – Ammonia Plant Manager (Kooragang Island), Orica

Decarbonisation and low carbon ammonia

Hear updates from three start-up initiatives that are currently commercializing distributed, small-scale, next generation ammonia synthesis. From the laboratory bench to the farm shed and beyond, how will these technology platforms unlock different ammonia energy applications?

Behdad MoghtaderiBehdad Moghtaderi – Laureate Professor, School of Engineering, the University of Newcastle

AMMONIAC: A Chemical Looping-Based Process for Production of Green Ammonia

Paul GeraghtyPaul Geraghty – CEO, Liquium

Liquium: Clean liquid fuel for heavy industry

Dijon HoogeveenDijon Hoogeveen – Electrochemical Scientist, Jupiter Ionics

Jupiter Ionics: Enabling Net-Zero Nitrogen

Frere ByrneFrere Byrne – CEO & Co-founder, PlasmaLeap Technologies

PlasmaLeap – Zero Emissions eFuels & Chemicals

To close our technical spotlights, we’ll be joined by  while ammonia fuel innovator Amogy. The New York-based company is scaling-up demonstration of its ammonia-to-power platform over a series of vehicles: drones, tractors, semi-trucks, tugboats, barges and marine craft.

Seonghoon WooSeonghoon Woo – CEO & Co-founder, Amogy

Ammonia-to-Power to decarbonize heavy industries

Small group tours of the CSIRO site will take attendees through ammonia combustion engine R&D labs, as well as exploring the extensive renewable energy generating assets deployed onsite.

When it comes to momentum in the clean energy space, it’s hard to match current progress in India and China. The countries are combining a powerful set of drivers – high renewables potential, legislative support, political will and industry enthusiasm – to establish domestic industries for the full supply chain needed to produce renewable hydrogen & ammonia. Hear from some of the key players how progress is evolving, and what we can expect to see in the next few years.

Frank YuFrank Yu – Global VP of Envision Energy/Head of Envision Hydrogen

Leaping into Net Zero Future by Competitive Green Hydrogen

Prabhat MishraPrabhat Mishra – Chief Business Development Officer, International Business Development, Renew (*appearing virtually)

How India is building Green Ammonia Capacity?

This session will draw on well-known ammonia mega-projects that are being developed in Australia’s regions, and ask panelists to take a step further. How can these projects anchor sustainable regional economies? What other industries can establish & thrive around these projects? What lessons can we learn from previous boom-bust cycles in these regional areas? What work needs to be done with the local community, and how can these projects ensure their success over the long term?

Alana BarlowAlana Barlow – National Hydrogen Commercialisation Manager, Sumitomo Australia

Regional energy ecosystems in development: Gladstone

Mick ScrivensMick Scrivens – VP, Managing Director (Australia Pacific), Black & Veatch

Regional Green Ammonia Development – Planning for Truly Sustainable Development

Warner PriestWarner Priest – Midstream Director, InterContinental Energy

Australia’s Green Hydrogen Superpower Opportunity

Brian HowarthBrian Howarth – Project Director (Yara Clean Ammonia), Yara International (*appearing virtually)

Renewable Energy Opportunities – Pilbara

Kellie CharlesworthKellie Charlesworth (chair) – Associate Principal | Energy Transition – Australian Leader, Arup (*appearing virtually)

With the conclusion of the last panel session for the day, join other attendees directly outside the conference auditorium for some drinks & light refreshments. A chance to network, de-brief and connect with the APAC ammonia energy community.

Sponsored by Orica

Thursday, August 17

Hear from CSIRO’s research program leader on current ammonia energy and related initiatives. What’s on the horizon for CSIRO, and what industrial partnerships are proving critical to ongoing success?

Daniel RobertsDr. Daniel Roberts – Research Program Director, CSIRO

RD&D Supporting Ammonia Energy Systems

Get an exclusive, behind-the-scenes update on how this key technology is progressing, and what deployment will look like over the coming years. The update will be presented by CSIRO Project Manager & Team Leader Dr. David Wong and Fortescue Future Industries Director of Science & Technology Michael Dolan.

Dr. David WongDr. David Wong – Project Manager & Team Leader, CSIRO

CSIRO’s Metal Membrane Technology (MMT) – Technical Update

Michael DolanMichael Dolan – Director of Science & Technology, FFI

CSIRO’s Metal Membrane Technology (MMT) – Technical Update

Work is fast progressing on the AEA’s ammonia certification scheme, and we are thrilled to be able to share some methodology & design updates with conference attendees in Australia. Get a look “under the hood”, learn some details on how the scheme will operate, and ask your burning questions.

Kaja TegtmeierKaja Tegtmeier – Consultant, Hinicio (*appearing virtually)

AEA Carbon Footprint Methodology

Trevor BrownTrevor Brown – Executive Director, Ammonia Energy Association (*appearing virtually)

AEA Certification Initiative

Darren JarvisDarren Jarvis (moderator) – VP, Strategic Project Development, Incitec Pivot Limited

It’s not just the AEA that’s developing an ammonia certification scheme: governments in Japan, Korea, Australia and elsewhere in APAC are working on measures to ensure low-carbon products like ammonia can be imported and exported across national borders. How do we ensure interoperability between schemes, and what are some of the common building blocks being used? Learn more from key stakeholders in APAC, who will also reflect on where the AEA’s certification scheme fits into the picture.

James ErskineJames Erskine – Assistant Manager, Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (*appearing virtually)

Australia’s Guarantee of Origin scheme

Hiromasa ToyotaHiromasa Toyota – Assistant General Manager, New Energy Business Development Department, Marubeni Corporation

Japanese initiatives to establish Fuel Ammonia Supply Chain

Trevor BrownTrevor Brown – Executive Director, Ammonia Energy Association (*appearing virtually)

Dr. Fiona SimonDr. Fiona Simon (moderator) – CEO, the Australian Hydrogen Council

The NSW state government has launched a series of policies and incentive schemes to encourage renewable energy, hydrogen and ammonia in the state. Learn more about the incentives on offer, including the newly-launched green hydrogen electricity concession scheme.

Michael ProbertMichael Probert – Hydrogen and Clean Energy Policy Principal, NSW Office of Energy and Climate Change

NSW Hydrogen Strategy update

Small group tours of the CSIRO site will take attendees through ammonia combustion engine R&D labs, as well as exploring the extensive renewable energy generating assets deployed onsite.

Realizing Australia’s clean energy potential will require workers: and lots of them! The safe production, handling and transport of ammonia will require a well-trained workforce of its own, many times what the current refrigeration industry possesses. How do we train (or re-skill) these new workers, what level of safety competency will be required, and what extra support will be needed from governments, emergency services and the general public?

John MottJohn Mott – Affiliate Board Member, Ammonia Safety Training Institute

Building a safe, sustainable workforce: Ammonia Technicians

Julian McCoyJulian McCoy – Senior Policy Officer (Workforce Development), Clean Energy Council

The Renewable Superpower Workforce

Boris NovakBoris Novak – Industry Adviser, HunterNet Co-operative

The emergence of ammonia-fired gas turbines as a utility-scale power solution in Asia is one of the headline stories of the last year. Gas turbines join coal co-firing and industrial boilers as potential ammonia-fired power generation possibilities in Asia. In this session we will explore how the commercialization of key technologies is progressing, how NOx emissions will be mitigated &/or eliminated, and what new standards, operating practices and infrastructure needs to be developed.

Toshiyuki SudaToshiyuki Suda – Manager, Strategic Project Department, Corporate Strategy Headquarters, IHI Corporation

Creating Ammonia Value Chain for the Smooth Transition toward Carbon Neutrality

MHIMasanori Yuri – Senior General Manager, Gas Turbine Engineering Department, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

MHI Energy Transition and Ammonia Firing Gas Turbine

Kenneth KongKenneth Kong – Regional Director – Asia, KBR (*appearing virtually)

Global perspectives & regional updates (*presentation not available for download)

Cindy LimCindy Lim (moderator) – CEO, Keppel Infrastructure

Join us for our official conference dinner at a historic Newcastle venue – Fort Scratchley. Connect & de-brief with fellow attendees as we reflect on our speaking program, and celebrate another year of ammonia energy progress in APAC.

Sponsored by Envision Group Envision Energy

Friday, August 18

Transfer provided between CSIRO Energy Centre and Kooragang Island. Orica will outline current decarbonisation initiatives, operational capabilities and future plans for the plant. A great chance to ask questions & see a working ammonia production plant.

A registration link will be provided to attendees – limited spots are available.


CSIRO R&D posters – please click to access a hi-res .pdf version

Direct Ammonia Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

Dattatray Dhawale et al.

Low pressure green ammonia production for distributed scale applications

Mandar Risbud et al.

Solid-state electrolyte technology for low-emission hydrogen/ammonia production

Saheli Biswas et al.

Development of a Practical Site Specific Cost Optimization Model for Renewable Energy Technologies and Electrolyser for Green Hydrogen Production

Masud Rana et al.

Techno-economic Analysis of On-farm Hydrogen Production and Comparison in Two Continents

Beau Broen et al.