In April, gas and water industries association DVGW tapped Thorsten Kasten, 52, to co-lead hydrogen and fuel cell organization DWV. By unanimous vote, the DWV executive committee later confirmed the DVGW’s candidate as its new co-chair of the board. Kasten now serves alongside Werner Diwald, who has led the DWV since 2014.
Before joining the DWV, Kasten was CEO of VNG Innovation Consult and parent company VNG’s head of business and community development. He stressed his commitment “getting the word out on the advantages of hydrogen in all its forms and promoting its use in as many sectors as possible.” When asked by H2-international which forms of the gas Kasten was referring to, the DWV replied: “Green and climate-neutral hydrogen.”
The DVGW’s right to the co-chair position was part of an agreement the two German associations signed late last year to intensify their collaboration (see H2-international, February 2021). Following Kasten’s appointment, DVGW Chairman Gerald Linke announced that the two organizations will now act as “the biggest voice for the hydrogen industry in Germany.”