The 5th International Conference on Hydrogen Safety (ICHS2013) will be held on September 9-11, 2013 in Brussels (Belgium). HySafe, the international association for hydrogen safety, announced this just two weeks after the successful conclusion of the 4th conference in this series which was held in San Francisco in September (ICHS2011).
The focus of the conference in Brussels will be on the role of hydrogen energy in the energy mix of the global markets. The Institute for Energy and Transport of the Joint Research Centre (JRC-IET) of the European Commission will host the event. Marc Steen, Head of the Cleaner Energy Unit of the institute, said: “The Institute for Energy and Transport of the Joint Research Centre (JRC-IET) is very pleased and honoured to host ICHS2013.”
The International Energy Agency Hydrogen Implementing Agreement (IEA HIA) endorsed ICHS2011 and welcomes participation in ICHS2013.
Based on the success of the recent ICHS2011 the representatives of HySafe are very optimistic about that of ICHS2013. HySafe president Andrei Tchouvelev said: “If only the amount of excellent hydrogen safety research done recently in Europe, in particular in the framework of EU programs, is an indication, the conference is simply bound to be successful. We have good reason to expect that the number of participants will exceed any of the previous conferences.”
Marco Carcassi from the University of Pisa, scientific head of the conference organisation, looks forward to a good turnout of submitted papers. He said: “From conference to conference we have seen an increase not only in the number of papers but also in their quality; assuming this trend remains, the conference in Brussels will be an event not to be missed.”
Details about venue, contact, conference website etc. will be announced by HySafe in due time.
The objective of the International Conference on Hydrogen Safety (ICHS) is to improve public awareness and trust in hydrogen technologies by communicating a better understanding of both the hazards and risks associated with hydrogen and their management.
The conferences have now been held in 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2011 in Pisa (Italy), San Sebastian (Spain), Ajaccio (France), and San Francisco (California, USA), respectively. Their success showed that the matter of hydrogen safety is of interest to the public and to the scientific and engineering community.
HySafe is the global focal point for all hydrogen safety related issues. Founded in 2009, it is an association under Belgian Law with seat in Brussels. Its purpose is to promote the safe use of hydrogen as energy carrier. The association facilitates the networking for the further development and dissemination of knowledge and for the coordination of research activities in the field of hydrogen safety. So it supports cost effective hydrogen safety research, enables innovative technologies and engineering, and provides education and training on a professional level. Based on its leading position in hydrogen safety research and development, HySafe determines the state-of-the-art in hydrogen safety and continuously develops further the associated strategic research agenda.
Dr. Ulrich Schmidtchen
BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing
Unter den Eichen 87, 12205 Berlin, Germany
Phone: +49 (30) 8104-4402; Fax: -343