Hydro­gen-the­med busi­ness forum
in Oulu, Fin­land
14th FEB 2024 at 10 am – 5 pm | Tul­li­sa­li

Hydro­gen in
a sus­tai­nable socie­ty

Nort­hern Power busi­ness forum pre­sents the cur­rent sta­te of hydro­gen eco­no­my for com­pa­nies and deci­sion-makers, focusing on the uti­li­sa­tion of hydro­gen in mobi­li­ty, logis­tics, industry, and pro­per­ty mana­ge­ment. The hydro­gen fleet expo will faci­li­ta­te the discus­sions during the networ­king breaks.

The event is pro­duced by Business­Oulu, the busi­ness deve­lop­ment orga­ni­sa­tion of City of Oulu, in coo­pe­ra­tion with Oulu Auto­mo­ti­ve Clus­ter.


The event is free of char­ge.

For cate­ring pur­po­ses, all par­tici­pants must regis­ter to the event.

The regi­stra­tion dead­li­ne is Februa­ry 7th, 2024.

We are part of the Nor­dic Hydro­gen Week
13–15 Februa­ry 2024


Mor­ning ses­sion

8.30–10.00 Mor­ning cof­fee and networ­king.
Hydro­gen fleet expo

10.00 Welco­me to Nort­hern Power!
Mr. Jan­ne Hie­ta­nie­mi, Key Account Direc­tor, Industry and Clean­tech, Business­Oulu

10.05 Mr. Riku Hut­tu­nen, Direc­tor Gene­ral, Mini­stry of Eco­no­mic Affairs and Emplo­y­ment of Fin­land

10.25 Green Hydro­gen for hard-to-aba­te industries.
Ms. Cari­na Kras­tel, Mana­ging Direc­tor, EIT Inno Ener­gy

10.45 Green Hydro­gen Busi­ness – solu­tions to make it sus­tai­nable. Mr. Sami Pel­ko­nen, EVP Green Hydro­gen, Andritz AG

11.00 Hyca­mi­te — Clean Hydro­gen Pro­duc­tion by Met­ha­ne Split­ting. Ms. Lau­ra Rahik­ka, Foun­der, CEO, Hyca­mi­te TCD Tech­no­lo­gies

11.20 Green Hydro­gen invest­ments. Mr. Herk­ko Plit, CEO, P2X Solu­tions              

11.45–13.15  Lunch and networ­king. Hydro­gen fleet expo.

Note, pro­gram may be sub­ject to chan­ge.

After­noon ses­sion

13.15 Ms. Sara Kär­ki, Senior Vice Pre­si­dent, Gasgrid Vety­ver­kot Ltd.

13.35 Ms. Hei­di Berg­man, Head of Invest­ment Pro­jects, Renewable Hydro­gen at Nes­te.

13.55 Com­men­ta­ry, TBC

14.15 Key­no­te from event part­ner / use case

14.45 Cof­fee break and networ­king. Hydro­gen fleet expo.

15.15 Hydro­gen in real esta­te deve­lop­ment.
Mr. Tee­mu Oksa­nen, Part­ner, Aal­to Deve­lop­ment
Mr. Joa­kim Berg, CTO, Gen‑H Ltd

15.30 Hydro­gen powe­ring per­sis­tent aerial moni­to­ring, Kel­luu

15.45 The role of educa­tion in hydro­gen eco­sys­tems
Mr. Mic­hael Diet­rich, Foun­der and Gene­ral Mana­ger, leX­so­lar GmbH

16.15 Wrap­ping up the day. Networ­king and hydro­gen fleet expo.

17.00 End of the event


Riku Huttunen

Riku Hut­tu­nen

Riku Hut­tu­nen is the Direc­tor Gene­ral of Ener­gy at the Mini­stry of Eco­no­mic Affairs and Emplo­y­ment of Fin­land since 2015. The Ener­gy Depart­ment over­sees natio­nal and EU ener­gy policy issues as well as coor­di­na­tion of natio­nal cli­ma­te policy mea­su­res.

Pre­vious­ly Riku Hut­tu­nen has ser­ved as Direc­tor Gene­ral of the Fin­nish Ener­gy Aut­ho­ri­ty and befo­re that in seve­ral posi­tions at the Ministry’s Ener­gy Depart­ment. He has also wor­ked as Coun­sel­lor for the Mini­stry for Foreign Affairs in Finland’s Per­ma­nent Repre­sen­ta­tion to the Euro­pean Union in Brus­sels.

Carina Krastel

Cari­na Kras­tel

Cari­na Kras­tel is a sus­tai­nable ener­gy engi­neer with expe­rience in engi­nee­ring, busi­ness, and inno­va­tion. Since 2009, she has wor­ked in con­struc­tion and the industrial gas industry on sus­tai­nable ener­gy, air qua­li­ty, and inno­va­tion topics. Prior to joi­ning InnoE­ner­gy, Cari­na has wor­ked as the Direc­tor for New Offers for the Ener­gy Tran­si­tion for the Lar­ge Industry Busi­ness of Air Liqui­de, a French industrial gas com­pa­ny, focusing on offers for green hydro­gen and car­bon cap­tu­re solu­tions.

Hei­di Berg­man

Hei­di Berg­man is Head of Invest­ment Pro­jects, Renewable Hydro­gen at Nes­te. Nes­te crea­tes solu­tions for com­ba­ting cli­ma­te chan­ge and acce­le­ra­ting a shift to a circu­lar eco­no­my. The com­pa­ny refi­nes was­te, resi­dues and inno­va­ti­ve raw mate­rials into renewable fuels and sus­tai­nable feeds­tock for plas­tics and other mate­rials. At the moment, Nes­te is wor­king on renewable hydro­gen pro­jects to dec­rea­se the car­bon footprint of its refi­ne­ries and in order to be able to offer its cus­to­mers high-qua­li­ty fuels with low emis­sion inten­si­ty.

Hei­di Berg­man is Stee­ring Group mem­ber of the Hydro­gen Clus­ter Fin­land and holds MSc in Che­mical Engi­nee­ring & Industrial Mana­ge­ment from the Åbo Aka­de­mi and MBA from Aal­to Uni­ver­si­ty, School of Busi­ness.

Sami Pelkonen

Sami Pel­ko­nen

Sami Pel­ko­nen has more than two deca­des of expe­rience in pro­ject busi­ness for the che­mical industry and a strong focus on green hydro­gen. Befo­re joi­ning ANDRITZ in 2023, he led the che­mical plant buil­der thys­senk­rupp Uhde. Prior to that he was the CEO of the elect­ro­ly­sis com­pa­ny thys­senk­rupp Nuce­ra GmbH and held seve­ral execu­ti­ve and ope­ra­tio­nal roles in the elect­ro­ly­sis busi­ness of thys­senk­rupp Uhde.

Laura Rahikka

Lau­ra Rahik­ka

Lau­ra Rahik­ka is a foun­der and the CEO of Hyca­mi­te TCD Tech­no­lo­gies Oy, a com­pa­ny com­mercia­li­sing the tech­no­lo­gy to split met­ha­ne into hydro­gen and solid car­bon. She is a M.Sc. (Tech.) in Process Engi­nee­ring and has 20+ years of expe­rience in process and che­mical engi­nee­ring.

Herkko Plit

Herk­ko Plit

Herk­ko Plit is the foun­der and CEO of P2X Solu­tions Oy, a fore­run­ner in the Fin­nish hydro­gen and e‑fuel industry. He leads P2X with his visio­na­ry atti­tu­de and acti­ve­ly par­tici­pa­tes in the crea­tion of the Fin­nish and Euro­pean hydro­gen eco­sys­tems in seve­ral forums.

Plit is Vice-Chair of the Fin­nish H2 Clus­ter and Chair of the World Ener­gy Council ‘WEC’ Fin­land. Befo­re establis­hing P2X Solu­tions, Plit has been in lea­ding posi­tions in com­pa­nies such as Bal­tic Con­nec­tor, For­tum, and TVO. He has also wor­ked as Depu­ty Direc­tor Gene­ral at the Mini­stry of Eco­no­mic Affairs and Emplo­y­ment, Ener­gy Depart­ment, and in the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion.

Sara Kärki

Sara Kär­ki

Sara Kär­ki has long expe­rience in the ener­gy sec­tor, especial­ly with new tech­no­lo­gies, fuels, busi­ness deve­lop­ment and R&D. She is cur­rent­ly works as SVP at Gasgrid Fin­land, res­pon­sible for hydro­gen infra­struc­tu­re deve­lop­ment. In addi­tion, she acts as COO for Gasgrid Vety­ver­kot Oy, a Gasgrid affi­lia­te establis­hed for advancing hydro­gen infra­struc­tu­re and mar­ket deve­lop­ment, and cross-bor­der col­la­bo­ra­tion.

Kär­ki is also a Co-Chair of the Euro­pean Hydro­gen Back­bo­ne (EHB) ini­tia­ti­ve con­sis­ting of a group of 32 ener­gy infra­struc­tu­re ope­ra­tors, uni­ted through a sha­red vision of a cli­ma­te-neut­ral Euro­pe enabled by a thri­ving renewable and low-car­bon hydro­gen mar­ket.

Joakim Berg

Joa­kim Berg

After a 22-year career in elect­rical plan­ning, Joa­kim Berg star­ted wor­king with ener­gy efficiency, renewable ener­gy pro­duc­tion, self-suf­ficient pro­per­ties, and hydro­gen as ener­gy sto­ra­ge and for mobi­li­ty. Today, he has seve­ral dif­fe­rent hydro­gen pro­jects in various sta­ges that stretch from nort­hern Fin­land and Swe­den to India. He has also deve­lo­ped various solu­tions for sec­tor inte­gra­tions for real esta­te and mobi­li­ty.

Joa­kim Berg is a mem­ber of the ECH2A Round Table for Resi­den­tial Applica­tion and Round Table for Mobi­li­ty. He is also mem­ber of the EU Hydro­gen Alliance wor­king groups for per­mit mana­ge­ment and stan­dar­di­sa­tion, mem­ber of the Fin­nish stee­ring group for the NER (Nor­dic Ener­gy Research) pro­jects, and mem­ber of the Nor­dic NER pro­ject part from Swe­den H2SIPP.

Janne Hietaniemi

Jan­ne Hie­ta­nie­mi

Jan­ne Hie­ta­nie­mi is a C‑level lea­der and a sea­so­ned stra­te­gist when it comes to buil­ding busi­nes­ses, networks, and plat­forms wit­hin envi­ron­men­tal sus­tai­na­bi­li­ty. He has 25+ years of expe­rience in the clean­tech busi­ness. Co-foun­der of seve­ral star­tups. He cur­rent­ly works as a Key Account Direc­tor for Business­Oulu.


Pia Erkinheimo

Pia Erkin­hei­mo

Pia Erkin­hei­mo works at The Fin­nish Cli­ma­te Fund as a mem­ber of the execu­ti­ve team res­pon­sible for dealflow and cus­to­mer rela­tions­hips. Her background is from com­pa­nies like Nor­dea, Nokia, and Cap­ge­mi­ni. The Euro­pean Com­mis­sion has bene­fi­ted from her S&T&I expe­rience for 15+ years as inno­va­tion expert and jury mem­ber, and she has advi­sed he G7 count­ries in digi­tal tech­no­lo­gies, advanced robo­tics, and data eco­no­my.

Besi­des that, she is a mem­ber of the board at Lap­peen­ran­ta Uni­ver­si­ty of Tech­no­lo­gy, Fin­land, and is or has been invol­ved in half a dozen growth com­pa­nies eit­her as an inves­tor, board mem­ber, or mem­ber of the execu­ti­ve team. She is a mem­ber of FiBAN, Fin­nish Busi­ness Angels Network whe­re she was also a mem­ber of the board in 2018 and regu­lar­ly wri­tes columns to Tek­niik­ka & Talous (Tech­no­lo­gy & Eco­no­my) weekly pro­fes­sio­nal magazi­ne. Pia is a co-foun­der of Women in Tech Fin­land, a network of com­pa­nies stan­ding for diver­si­ty and inclusion.

Simo Kekäläinen

Simo Kekä­läi­nen

Simo is a mul­ti­lin­gual com­mercia­li­sa­tion and mar­ke­ting expert with near­ly 10 years of expe­rience in the industry. He now works as Chief Mar­ke­ting Officer of a Fin­nish health tech com­pa­ny but divi­des his time and inte­rest with his own host/speaker com­pa­ny cal­led Pret­ty Good Hosts.

Simo is an aspi­ring voice actor and TEDxS­pea­ker who has also appea­red in many TV quiz shows in Fin­land. His dream is to tra­vel the world and some­day beco­me the ori­gi­nal voice of an ani­ma­ted Dis­ney cha­rac­ter.

Nort­hern Power 2023 pho­tos

Arri­val at Oulu

Tra­vel by train

Oulu has also frequent Pen­do­li­no and InterCi­ty train con­nec­tions from Hel­sin­ki and Tam­pe­re, and dai­ly over­night train con­nec­tion from Hel­sin­ki and Tur­ku. The fas­test jour­ney to Hel­sin­ki takes 5 hours 40 minu­tes. You can also access Oulu by train from Stock­holm (via Haaparanta–Tornio).

Tra­vel by bus

Tra­ve­ling by bus is also an option and the bus network is vast across the Fin­land.

Fly to Oulu

Oulu’s air­port, the second busiest in Fin­land. Fin­nair has mul­tiple dai­ly flights between Oulu and Hel­sin­ki. Esti­ma­ted flight time is just under 1 hour.

Luft­han­sa has direct flights from Munich (MUC) to Oulu (OUL).

Sat, Feb 10th, 2024 MUC – OUL
08:40 – 12:55
Wed, Feb 14th, 2024 OUL – MUC
17:05 – 19:20

It takes around 20 minu­tes from the venue Tul­li­sa­li to Oulu air­port

How to get to event venue Tul­li­sa­li

Address: Tyr­nä­vän­tie 16, 90400 Oulu

Tul­li­sa­li is easy to reach by public trans­por­ta­tion: buses from the south stop at Limin­gan­tul­li P and buses from the north stop at Limin­gan­tul­li E. Both bus stops are ca. 500 met­res from Tul­li­sa­li, which is loca­ted behind the big green Pris­ma hyper­mar­ket. Check the sche­du­les at www.ouka.fi/oulu/public-transport/

If you come with your per­so­nal car, the­re is plen­ty of par­king space around Tul­li­sa­li free of char­ge.


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