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EHEC 2018 opened – HySafe supports safety session

Malaga (Spain), 14. March 2018 – The European Hydrogen Energy Conference 2018 (EHEC 2018) was opened today in the Convention Centre of the capital of the Costa del Sol in Spain. Javier Brey, head of the Spanish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association, welcomed some 225 participants, of which some 75 came from outside Europe.

Javier Brey (centre) opening the EHEC 2018

Not only papers were presented, participants could also get a feeling for fuel cell cars on the wheel of either a Toyota Prius or a Hyundai Nexo.

One Nexo (left) and two Mirais were available for test drives

One of the parallel sessions on the first day was about safety. HySafe supported this session. As introductory speaker Olaf Jedicke (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) gave an overview on HySafe, in particular the ICHS conference and the biannual workshop on research gaps.

Olaf Jaedicke (KIT) outlining the HySafe activities

PhD positions in the Hydrogen Safety topic available at University Ulster

The deadline for applications for PhD studies at Ulster University in the area of hydrogen safety is 19th of February 2018.

Three topics of doctoral studies in hydrogen safety are published at Ulster University website:

The studies are funded via Vice-Chancellor Research Award (PhD fellowship is “not less than 14,553” per annum not subject to tax, no fee). The funding is competitive by submission of a research proposal within a topic followed by a phone interview in due course. You are welcome to contact supervisors to discuss your proposal, or just get in contact with Prof. Molkov (v.molkov@ulster.ac.uk).

Research Priorities Workshop RPW 2018 – Save the date!

The pair years workshop will be organised this year in week 37 (September 10-14, 2018) in Buxton, UK. HSL will be the host.

A more detailed open invitation will be provided soon by the chairperson of HySafe’s research committee, together with the final electronic version of the report of the RPW 2016.

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