Thomas Bystry takes over as new chairman of the Clean Energy Partnership
The Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) has a new Chairman: Thomas Bystry from the Shell Hydrogen team takes over the voluntary position from his predecessor Patrick Schnell of Total. Bystry, a native of Hamburg, now heads Europe's largest demonstration project in the field of hydrogen mobility. He says that “he will of course continue his duties at Shell” at the same time.
Bystry: “The CEP has set ambitious goals, but its partners are a very competent team, and together we will achieve what we have set out to do – to make hydrogen a success story.” Specifically, this means that the new Chairman will strive to significantly expand the national H2 infrastructure as well as advance the mobility and technology sectors. One focus of the work in 2016 will be to continue establishing the expert status of the CEP, which has evolved from a demonstration project into a sound source of knowledge. Thomas Bystry is a valued expert among specialists in the field of hydrogen technology and is regarded as a staunch advocate and ambassador: “Hydrogen is the fuel of the future: very application- and customer-friendly in the mobility sector, and environmentally one of the cleanest of all fuels.”
After 33 years with the company, Thomas Bystry is a veritable institution at Shell. Born in Hamburg, he began his career at Shell in 1982 as an apprentice industrial clerk. He subsequently took on various responsibilities in supply & distribution throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia and North America. Since 2014, he has been in charge of project management for Shell’s hydrogen activities and responsible for the introduction of project methodologies in the Alternative Energy department. In addition, Thomas Bystry serves as Deputy Global Hydrogen Operations Manager. He has already been active in various Clean Energy Partnership working groups and supported the launch of the H2 Mobility project for the expansion of the H2 infrastructure in Germany.
Thomas Bystry’s predecessor Patrick Schnell led the Clean Energy Partnership with commitment and passion from 2008-2015. Looking back, he says: “We have decisively advanced hydrogen mobility with our work in recent years. The Clean Energy Partnership can be proud of the results achieved so far.” Schnell lobbied for collaboration in the spirit of partnership within the CEP and established working groups as a permanent form of collaboration. In addition, during his tenure important strategic decisions were taken for the successful future of hydrogen mobility. For example, standardisation processes were implemented, the hydrogen filling station network was expanded, and new CEP partners were won.
Patrick Schnell had previously represented Total in the German Department of Transport’s Transport Energy Strategy (VES) working group, from which the Clean Energy Partnership was born in 2002. From 2003-2009 he was Head of Sustainable Development/New Energies at the Total Group. From 2009 to 2010, he was responsible for all of Total Deutschland’s hydrogen activities. Most recently, he was appointed Head of the Filling Station Network Development at Total Deutschland. Patrick Schnell hands over his function as CEP Chairman to Thomas Bystry and will devote himself to his new role as Director Sales in Total’s Lubricants division, effective immediately.
The Clean Energy Partnership – an alliance of nineteen leading companies – has set itself the goal of establishing hydrogen as the ‘fuel of the future’. With Air Liquide, BMW, Bohlen & Doyen, Daimler, EnBW, Ford, GM/Opel, H2 Mobility, Hamburger Hochbahn, Honda, Hyundai, Linde, OMV, Shell, Siemens, Stuttgarter Straßenbahnen SSB, Total, Toyota, Volkswagen and Westfalen as its partners, the ground-breaking future project includes technology, oil and utility companies as well as most German car manufacturers and two leading public transport companies. Germany’s National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP) has sponsored the CEP since 2008. www.cleanenergypartnership.de