Vancouver, British Columbia–(Newsfile Corp. – July 18, 2022) – First Hydrogen Corp. (TSXV: FHYD) (OTC Pink: FHYDF) (FSE: FIT) (“FIRST HYDROGEN“or the”Company“) is pleased to announce that its subsidiary, First Hydrogen Limited, has appointed Afkenel Schipstra as Chief Operating Officer to develop the Energy division. Ms. Schipstra joins First Hydrogen from multinational utility ENGIE, where she held the as Senior Vice President of Hydrogen Business Development, she was responsible for large-scale hydrogen projects in the Netherlands, including HyNetherlands, a 1.85 GW green hydrogen value chain, which spans the production, transport and use of green hydrogen.She is also a non-executive director and Chairman of the audit and risk committee of HydrogenOne Capital Growth plc., the first hydrogen fund to be listed on the Stock Exchange. London.
Prior to ENGIE, Afkenel was head of the hydrogen program at TSO Gasunie NV, where she developed a roadmap for the company’s hydrogen business and, in her previous role as senior business development manager, she worked on capturing , Carbon Utilization and Storage (CCUS) and District Heating Projects. Passionate about bringing more women into the industry, she is an active member of Women in Hydrogen and a founding member of VIEN, a community of energy leaders committed to bridging the diversity gap to create a sustainable and inclusive future for the sector.
Afkenel holds a master’s degree from the Rotterdam School of Management, is a Chartered Financial Controller and has over 15 years of extensive experience in corporate leadership and financial management for the energy sector. At First Hydrogen, she will help the Company establish environmentally friendly green hydrogen production sites and supply its fueling solutions, a key part of First Hydrogen’s ambition to secure green hydrogen supply to its clients.
Nick Wrigley, President of First Hydrogensays: “Afkenel brings both her passion and deep expertise in managing and financing hydrogen projects to the team. She joins us at an exciting time in our development of hydrogen infrastructure; planning is underway for our first green hydrogen production sites in the UK and we are working with FEV Consulting to develop our refueling technology and leading this work will build our Hydrogen-as-a-Solution model, which tackles to chicken and egg problem that challenges the adoption of hydrogen vehicles and will help deliver a zero-emissions future. We’re also excited that it’s helping us drive diversity in the energy and automotive sectors, as this milestone helps us accelerate innovation and change. »
Afkenel Schipstra, Chief Operating Officer for First Hydrogen Energycommented: “Profound changes are underway in the global energy system. Governments, industries and consumers are shaping a net-zero economy, with clean hydrogen set to play a vital role as a raw material, vector of energy and fuel. This is an opportunity to be part of a forward-thinking, game-changing company with a truly talented international team fully committed to developing a more sustainable future. By growing this emerging economy, we will also be able to encourage more people to find rewarding careers in this rapidly changing industry.
I am thrilled and privileged to begin this new journey and work across the value chain to help First Hydrogen chart the course towards a zero-emissions future. »
About First Hydrogen Corp. (FirstHydrogen.com)
First Hydrogen Corp. is a Vancouver and London UK-based company focused on zero-emission vehicles, green hydrogen production and distribution, and supercritical carbon dioxide removal systems. The company designs and builds demonstration light utility vehicles (“LCVs”) powered by hydrogen fuel cells under two agreements with AVL Powertrain and Ballard Power Systems Inc. The LCV will have a range of more than 500 kilometres. At the same time, the company has launched its bespoke vehicle design phase which will develop its fleet of zero-emission clean vehicles. First Hydrogen is also developing refueling capability in conjunction with FEV Consulting GmbH, the automotive consultancy of the FEV Group of Aachen in Germany. The Company is also looking for opportunities in the production and distribution of green hydrogen in the UK and elsewhere.
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FIRST HYDROGEN CORP.
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