Training facility for First Responders

The final meeting of the EU project HyResponse (Hydrogen Safety and Emergency Response Training for First Responders) was held on September 15, 2016 in Aix-en-Provence, France. The city is the site of the national French school for fire service officers (ENSOSP), which was one of the project partners.

During the project the partners developed procedures and advice for first responders (which are mainly fire service men) what to do and what not to do in case of a fire or another emergency concerning hydrogen cars, buses, filling stations, or other installations.

Simulated LPG fire in a car, safety valve has opened
LPG torch flame

The practical aspect of the matter played in important role. On the ENSOSP ground a new training facility was built which makes it possible to simulate various common emergency situations involving hydrogen and other gaseous fuels, in particular LPG and natural gas. Firemen can try to cope with torch flames, car fires, filling station emergencies, and tank fires.

Stichflamme LPG 2
Simulated LPG fire in a (simulated) car, safety valve has opened

Various training courses for firemen from different countries of Europe and other parts of the world were already held during the project, which will end on September 30, 2016. But the training facility in Aix-en-Provence will still be there and can be used in the future as well.

Lesson to be learnt?

After rupture of a VW Touran CNG vessel during refueling gas company ARAL recommends not to refuel any VW CNG vehicle any further. VW has issued before a recall of about 36000 CNG cars because corrosion problems with the vessels have been known.

For further details see http://www.forbes.com/sites/bertelschmitt/2016/09/16/europe-volkswagen-cars-explode-in-gas-stations/#c533fbb6c6b1 for instance and the included link to a German automotive online magazine.

How such serious events might be excluded? More frequent inspections with suitable determination of state of health might be an approach. Probably the reaction to a similar event with hydrogen would be even stronger.

Presentations of the FCH JU 2010 Stakeholders General Assembly available

November 9th and 10th the yearly Stakeholder General Assembly took place in Brussels. This year the meeting took place in an office building a little bit out of the EC district. It was well attended, even by non-European players.

Not really surprising was, that only one presentation (this of Mac Steen JRC) was dedicated to the cross-cutting items, which were grouped with early market. The meeting was used by other related groups, like IPHE, research grouping, and industry grouping for combined meetings. 

On http://ec.europa.eu/research/fch/index_en.cfm?pg=sga2010_presentations you find all presentations. I could not find minutes which reflected comments made by Joaquin Martin-Bermejo of the EC. The comments were quite interesting as they somehow were balanced regarding pros and cons of the JU results so far.

Conference: 3rd FCH JU Stakeholders General Assembly 9-10 November 2010

Conference: 3rd FCH JU Stakeholders General Assemblyhttp://ec.europa.eu/research/fch/index_en.cfm?pg=sga2010-intro]

The Stakeholders General Assembly is an annual event aimed at informing all interested parties about the activities of the FCH JU and acquiring feedback for future planning of the programme. It is also a key platform for European and global stakeholders across sectors to come together to examine and assess the current position of this emerging industry, exchange ideas on next steps and make contact. It is planned this year 9-10 November 2010 in Brussels, Belgium. The Joint Undertaking website is ready for registration.

2nd FCH JU Brokerage Event on May 17th 2010 at the WHEC 2010

In June 2010, the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) will launch its 2010 Call for project proposals. To help our members with the preparation of drafting proposals and search for the right consortium partners, NEW-IG and N.ERGHY will organise the 2nd FCH JU Brokerage Event, in Essen, Germany during the second day of the World Hydrogen Economy Council (WHEC). This 3-hour international event will take place on Monday, 17 May.

All details and application for participation on http://ec.europa.eu/research/fch/index_en.cfm?pg=call2010