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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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).
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.
The ICHS2017 conference preparations are well on track. We will present quite soon the final program with almost 130 presentations filling quite densely our three days in Hamburg. We have an exiting list of confirmed panel speakers, guided tours to the Hafencity Refueling Station and we are planning a webinar for first responders on Monday.
We have almost 100 registrations and expecting another 100.