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.
The hydrogen-based ferry operated on the Alster, Hamburg, Germany caught fire during maintenance. The evil was not hydrogen but the batteries. The fire fighters successfully protected the hydrogen storage.
A German newspaper article is available at http://newsticker.welt.de/?module=dpa&id=24665034.
On 6th of April 9 am at the GE aviation site in Hooksett N.H. USA a quarter of a hydrogen tank (135 pounds) was incidentially released. The valve was opened during the installation. The staff in the vicinity was evacuated and the fire brigade managed to close the valve. That’s it.
For details see e.g. http://www.wmur.com/newsarchive/23066379/detail.html.
Regarding the EC activities there is (surprisingly?) not a word on safety on the next FCH JU General Assembly 26/27 October 2009 in Brussels; see http://ec.europa.eu/research/fch/pdf//stakeholders_general_assembly_2009_programme.pdf#view=fit&pagemode=none
Besides there is the research grouping assembly on Wednesday 28th October 2009. Let’s make sure HySafe is duly represented!