European RCS Strategy Coordination Group SCG Meeting on 9th of February

The next meeting on 9th of February in Brussels will provide information on the  new elected chair of the group. The PNR gap analysis and a survey of FCH JU projects will guide preparation of a priority list for PNR/RCS activities. There might be some updates on the European safety panel.

In particular industry partners are invited to participate actively.

HySafe will be represented by Thomas Jordan.

Project on Pre-normative Research for Liquid Hydrogen Safety PRESLHY started

The European project dedicated to pre-normative research on the safe use of liquid hydrogen LH2 officially started on 1st of January 2018.

The three years project will strive to fill current knowledge gaps with regard to dispersion, ignition and combustion of cryogenic hydrogen, LH2 respectively. The recent “hype” on hydrogen applications, like trucks, trains and ships, puts a focus on much more powerful supply infrastructure and this implies an increased interest in LH2.

The kick-off meeting of the PRESLHY project will take place in late March or middle of April at the premises of the project coordinator KIT. More details are provided on the project website www.preslhy.eu

FCH JU project call for Hydrogen Safety in Tunnels

The call of the European FCH JU for “PNR for safety of hydrogen driven vehicles and transport through tunnels and similar confined spaces” is open!

For details see http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/topics/fch-04-1-2018.html

Deadline for submitting proposals is 24 April 2018.

Because of the limited budget a small preliminary consortium has been formed within HySafe members. Interested parties shall just reply to this post or contact Thomas Jordan.

 

ICHS mentioned in major German newspaper

In an article labelled “Megatrend fuel cell at the turning point” published in one of the major German newspapers  (see https://www.welt.de/wirtschaft/bilanz/article172713241/Brennstoffzellen-Ist-Wasserstoff-besser-als-Batterie.html ) the safety topic is addressed with the “HySafe conference”.
Although there is a somehow strange summary of the conference findings (safety distance for HFS and investigated scenarios), the general notion is positive …. and it’s good to be visible.

Thanks to Mr. Schmidtchen providing the link.

HySafe General Assembly confirms board members

HySafe president Thomas Jordan gives the report about last year’s activities

Hamburg, 14. September 2017 – The annual General Assembly of the HySafe members, which was held today on the day after the closing of the International Conference on Hydrogen Safety, unanimously re-elected the board members whose term expired, namely Thomas Jordan (president), Hervé Barthélémy (vice president), Frank Markert (secretary), Iñaki Azkarate (treasurer) and Marco Carcassi (conference committee).

Thomas Jordan and HySafe treasurer Iñaki Azkarate check where the HySafe money went. Good news: they found it!
The members were obviously satisfied; they unanimously re-elected all those whose terms expired for a new one

In his report on the last year Thomas Jordan said that the membership of HySafe has increased; two new members were admitted during the meeting. That the ICHS 7 had been a success needed little explanation because everybody had witnessed this during the three days before.

An important part of the work in the months to come will be the support for the European “Hydrogen Safety Panel” to be founded soon by the FCH 2 JU. Another item was how the work of IEA Hydrogen should be supported in the future.

ICHS 7 closed – Hydrogen Safety community invited to Australia for 2019

Hamburg, 13. September 2017 – The 7th International Hydrogen Safety Conference was closed today after another day of technical papers, among them several about the outlook for the technology. Experts from UK, Germany, and USA gave an overview about achievements and expectations for their respective country. The focus was on storage of large amounts of hydrogen and its use in the existing natural gas grid.

Andreas Friedrich (left) with HySafe treasurer Iñaki Azkarate

During the closing session Andreas Friedrich and his co-authors were awarded for the best paper, a contribution on “Hydrogen combustion experiments in a vertical semi-confined channel”.

165 participants from 22 countries had attended the conference. 105 papers had been presented in 17 sessions. The number of participants was a bit below that of earlier conferences, the number of papers a bit above. Obviously the ICHS has meanwhile stabilize, and the outlook for 2019 is optimistic (though the travel costs for many participants will be higher than this year, see below).

After the conference is before the conference. Where will the next ICHS be held? HySafe president Thomas Jordan announced that ICHS 8 will be held in Adelaide, South Australia. Nick Smith, representing the state energy department, introduced the state capital to the participants making clear that the ICHS would be a valuable support for the plans of the state government in terms of hydrogen as part of a sustainable energy system.

“You will be surprised how little time is left until 2019”, is what HySafe president Thomas Jordan (right) apparently tells Nick Smith from South Australia
And finally everybody was happy (from left to right): Nick Smith, Thomas Jordan and Marco Carcassi, scientific head of the conference

2nd day of International Conference on Hydrogen Safety

Hamburg, 12. September 2017 – Among the highlights of the second day of the 7th International Conference on Hydrogen Safety there was a panel about how to make hydrogen safe and (above all) let people know about it.

HySafe does a lot of work to this end on a global basis. Every other year international experts meet for a Research Priorities Workshop. The last was held last year in the Netherlands. Jay Keller, HySafe Board member, presented the results as they are now and anncounced that the final report will be available in the near future.

Jay Keller (right) during his presentation with session chairman Andrei Tchouvelev, HySafe honorary president

Safety is not just a matter of technics. Building public acceptance also requires a lot of psychology. Experts from this field gave their opinions how to proceed to make hydrogen as trustworthy for the general public as elevators.

HySafe president Thomas Jordan (second from right) and Andrei Tchouvelev (left) during a podium discussion with Paul Upham, Leuphana University Lüneburg (second from left) and Christian Büscher, KIT (right)  on risk perception and public acceptance

European Hydrogen Safety Panel to be formed

Hamburg, 11. September 2017 – An European Hydrogen Safety Panel will be formed soon which will assist the FCH2 JU at both program and project level in assuring that hydrogen safety is adequately handled. This was announced today by Bart Biebuyck, Director of FCH JU during a speech to the participants of the 7th International Conference on Hydrogen Safety.

Bart Biebuyck giving his announcement

The European Hydrogen Safety Panel will assist FCH 2 JU in several areas: on Project Level, Program Level, Public Outreach and in the maintenance of HIAD (Hydrogen Incident and Accident Database). It is expected to contribute to a FCH 2 JU proactive safety management and to promote and disseminate a hydrogen safety culture.

A pool of experts will be called soon which will be broken down in various task forces, depending on their specific qualification. A corresponding call will be published in the near future on the website of FCH 2 JU: www.fch.europa.eu

ICHS 7 opened at Hamburg

Hamburg – 11. September 2017: The 7th International Conference on Hydrogen Safety was opened today. The venue this time is the former main customs office of the port of Hamburg.

The former Main Customs Office of the Port of Hamburg, now an event centre and venue of the ICHS 7

HySafe president Thomas Jordan welcomed the participants to the first conference of this series held in Germany. Welcome messages were also given from the city of Hamburg and from the National Organisation for Hydrogen Technology (NOW).

Thomas Jordan addressing the audience

The conference started with a political plenary session in which position from Germany, the EU, the USA, Japan, Australia and the recently founded Hydrogen Council were exchanged. Until Wednesday the participants will discuss the topic of hydrogen safety from all its sides.

Participants listening to the opening addresses