New HySafe president sees association in an important phase

Buxton (England), September 21st – The annual General Meeting of the HySafe members was held on September 21st in Buxton (Derbyshire, England) at the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). This assembly was the conclusion of a busy week of meetings of very general kind, but all of them having to do with hydrogen safety.

Outgoing HySafe president Thomas Jordan presenting his report

One agenda item was the election of a new HySafe president and a new chair of the PR and Dissemination committee. Before this outgoing president Thomas Jordan gave his report on the activities of the year since the last General Assembly. He highlighted that the ICHS 2017 was a success, both scientifically and financially. Now the challenge is to prepare ICHS 2019 such that the success is repeated.

The assembly approved the report of the activities of board and discharged both the president and the outgoing PR and Dissemination chairman Ulrich Schmidtchen.

General Assembly voting

Stuart Hawksworth from HSE’s Centre for Energy was elected new president of the International Association for Hydrogen Safety. He said that it is a great time to be president, as hydrogen development is now in an important phase and starting to realise its true potential for a number of applications in the energy system and transport. He acknowledged that the work of the Hysafe community has significantly contributed to these developments so far, and moving forward he is certain it will make an even greater contribution to ensure that future development occurs smoothly and safely.

Thomas Jordan (left) and Stuart Hawksworth

Olaf Jaedicke from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology was elected as new PR and Dissemination chairman.