Dara O'Neill

Track K: Hydrogen
Thu/AM 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
National Sales Director
Plug Power
United States
Will Hydrogen End the Fossil Fuel Era

Some say it's the fuel of the future that will soon power large parts of our economies. Others say it's just a hoax propagated by the oil and gas industry. But either way, EVERYONE in the energy world is talking about hydrogen. Can it really help us get to net zero? Is Fossil Fuel in danger of becoming obsolete? We're destroying our environment at an alarming rate. But it doesn't need to be this way. So let’s explore the shift towards an eco-friendly world — and challenge our ideas about what dealing with climate change means. We look at the big and the small: What can we do, what are we doing, and how the system needs to change. There is a huge amount of Hydrogen hype at the moment about Hydrogen, the irony is, it is one of the oldest technologies we have, first invented in 1839 but wasn't commercially used until the 1960s. For decades Hydrogen has hidden in the background, plodding along slowly like the tortoise in the race, today I’d like to focus on the incredible advancements that have been made and take a little peek into the future.

Innovator committed to helping companies with their NetZero journey using the latest Hydrogen technology to replace fossil fuel and reduce carbon footprint, in a sustainable, cost-effective way.

O'Neill has spent the last two decades of his career combatting climate change as founder of multiple energy efficiency companies, promoting cutting edge energy efficiency technologies. Most recently O'Neill worked as to provide over $1 Billion dollars in finance to Energy Projects Globally prior to joining Plug Power in January of this year. In his role as National Sales Director, O'Neill oversees the strategic growth of the material handling partnerships in the US.

Born in Dublin Ireland, O’Neill emigrated to the US in 1987 to pursue a career as a professional golfer, building one of the largest independent professional golf tours in the World prior to switching his focus to sustainability and committing his talents to tackling climate change to help the planet.

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