MEInetwork22 Seminar #5: Green hydrogen as an alternative to natural gas

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This seminar is the fifth instalment in the MEInetwork22 Seminar Series. With a focus on Green hydrogen as an alternative to natural gas, the seminar was presented by Mr Michael Bielinski, Chief Executive Officer of Siemens Energy. Discussion was moderated by Professor Michael Brear, Director of the Melbourne Energy Institute.

The presentation takes a holistic view of the drivers for green hydrogen, in particular the national goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050, and explores the role that green hydrogen has to play in the future energy landscape in Australia in replacing natural gas as well as other fossil fuels. The renewable electricity generation that is required to produce the green hydrogen is analysed, as well as the various likely uses of green hydrogen, directly as a gas, and as various chemical derivatives. The presentation concludes with a review of the challenges facing the nation to produce the volumes of green hydrogen that will be required both for domestic energy supply and for export.

The seminar was hosted as a hybrid event, delivered in person and streamed online.

Date: Tuesday 13 September 2022
Time: 3:00 - 4:30 pm AEST
Venue: Manhari Room (Room 7212), Level 7, Melbourne Connect, 700 Swanston St and online


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To transform our energy system, we first need to understand how it works. The MEInetwork Seminar Series aims to give participants a sound understanding of the current technical and economic factors that underpin the Australian energy system. Knowledge of these market factors is critical in determining the changes required to move towards a clean energy system.

Each year, the Seminar Series takes a deep dive into the complete supply and value chain of one of our primary energy vectors. In 2022, the MEInetwork22 Seminar Series will be comprised of seven seminars covering the gas supply chain, including discussion of the prospects of hydrogen displacing natural gas.

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Michael Bielinski

Mr Michael Bielinski
Chief Executive Officer
Siemens Energy

Michael Bielinski is Chief Executive Officer of Siemens Energy in the Australia Pacific region. Michael has spent over 35 years working in the energy sector. Beginning as a cadet engineer with the Electricity Commission of NSW, he spent a decade working in operational power plants. He joined Siemens in 1996 and has subsequently work in plant design, project management, and business management. He has worked on projects and sites in Australia, England, Germany, Thailand and Brazil. In his most recent role at Siemens, Michael has been responsible for Siemens’ Australia and Pacific businesses in Power Generation, Oil & Gas, HV Transmission, Marine, and Hydrogen. He is a member of the advisory board for the Melbourne Energy Institute.


Michael Brear

Professor Michael Brear
Melbourne Energy Institute 

Michael Brear is a mechanical engineer and the Director of the Melbourne Energy Institute (MEI) at the University of Melbourne. MEI facilitates the University’s research on the technical, economic, environmental and social impacts of energy. Michael is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, the Combustion Institute, Engineers Australia and the Australian Institute of Energy. He previously established the University’s multi-disciplinary degree, the Master of Energy Systems. Prior to commencing at the University of Melbourne, Michael worked for ICI Australia (now Orica), and then undertook graduate studies at Cambridge University and post-doctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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