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

Hysafe finalizes preparations for ICHS2017

During a meeting in Tirrenia (near Pisa, Italy) on May 29 and 30 the Scientific and the Organzing Committee of the International Conference on Hydrogen Safety (ICHS) made the final preparations concerning the program of the next conference to be held im September in Hamburg.

The last decisions were made which papers to accept and how to put them into plenary or parallel meetings or poster sessions so that a reasonable program comes out. This is by no means an easy task, but with joint forces it could be done.

It takes a lot of thinking to arrange everything well

The results will be published soon.

On y va! HySafe president Thomas Jordan gives details on the organization of the conference

Other points around the conference like accomodation etc. were clarified as well.

The meeting of the conference committees was followed by one of the HySafe board on May 31 during which the financial situation and the plans of HySafe for the rest of the year (other than ICHS) were discussed.

HySafe treasurer Iñaki Azkarate explains the financial status of HySafe

Beware of fake ICHS!

An international fraudsters group called WASET announces a lot of conferences about more or less every topic you can imagine, plus a few more. Among these are also conferences on hydrogen safety or similar topics.

WASET announces an “International Conference on Hydrogen Safety” to be held on January 18 and 19, 2018 in London, and also on January 21f, 2019 and January 19f. “All honorable authors are kindly encouraged to” submit papers even already to the 2020 conference. We trust that no truly honorable author will do so.

Please take note that the WASET “conferences” are “scavenger conferences”, or in simple terms: a fraud. There is only one International Conference on Hydrogen Safety® (ICHS®), which is held every other year by HySafe. The next conference will be held in 2019 at Adelaide, South Australia.

More about the last issue of the only, real, and true ICHS® here:


Details on the 2019 conference will be published by HySafe (and nobody else) in due time.

International Conference on Hydrogen Safety® is registered trademark of the International Association for Hydrogen Safety, HySafe. Every abuse will be prosecuted.

ICHS 7: Call for abstracts published!

If you want to contribute a paper to the 7th International Hydrogen Safety Conference® (ICHS® 7) to be held from September 11 to 13, 2017 in Hamburg, you better quickly look up:


There you will find the call for abstracts. More information for participants will be published later.

HySafe General Assembly held

The 9th annual General Assembly of the HySafe members was held in at the Institute for Energy and Transport of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission near Petten (North Holland, The Netherlands) on September 28.

HySafe president Thomas Jordan presenting to the members the report about the HySafe activities since the last meeting
HySafe president Thomas Jordan presenting to the members the report about the HySafe activities since the last meeting

The HySafe members approved the report of the board about what HySafe did since the last meeting which was held in Tokyo in 2015 as well as the reports of the various committee chairs (Dissemination & PR, Industrial Relations, Conference, Research).

An additional committee on Education was created. Prov. Vladimir Molkov (University of Ulster) was elected as chairman. The chairmen for Dissemination & PR (Ulrich Schmidtchen), Industrial Relations (Akiteru Maruta), and Research (Jay Keller) were re-elected.

HySafe president Thomas Jordan welcoming his predecessor Andrei Tchouvelev (r.) as new honorary member of HySafe
HySafe president Thomas Jordan welcoming his predecessor Andrei Tchouvelev (r.) as new honorary member of HySafe

The assembly also appointed Andrei Tchouvelev, HySafe president until last year, as honorary member of the association.

The next General Assembly will be held next year in Hamburg in conjunction with the International Conference on Hydrogen Safety from September 11 to 13, 2017.

HySafe makes safety a topic for the WHEC

The 21st World Hydrogen Energy Conference was held in Zaragoza (Spain) from June 13 to 16. A number of presentations had hydrogen safety as topic, but this was not the focus of the conference. HySafe therefore found it useful to arrange a session of its own about this.

Some technical problems could be solved quickly. The good advice from vice president Hervé Barthélémy certainly helped
Some technical problems with the presentation of HySafe president Thomas Jordan, left, could be solved quickly. The good advice from vice president Hervé Barthélémy certainly helped

HySafe president Thomas Jordan gave a brief overview about HySafe in general and also about the state of the art in Germany. Vice president Hervé Barthélémy brought the listeners up to date on the matters in France and also on standardization as far as it happens in CEN TC 268 WG 5.

The main hydrogen standards body in the world is ISO TC 197; Andrei Tchouvelev, chairman of the committee, presented the current work. He spoke also as chairman of the safety chapter of IAHE.

Sitzung HySafe
Andrei Tchouvelev, until last year HySafe president, gave a speech on standards and safety activities in IAHE

Also on the program were updates on the situation concerning hydrogen safety in Spain and the UK.

This was the fourth sequential edition of such a “Special Session on International Standardisation and Hydrogen Safety” which originated at WHTC2013 in Shanghai, China and successfully continued at WHEC2014 in Gwangju, Korea and WHTC2015 in Sydney, Australia. This time the focus was on Europe.

It became apparent that the close interaction between research, standards, regulations, and practical use is a key factor to let hydrogen remain a safe energy carrier. HySafe will continue to be a switchboard for information and communication for the field.

So at the end of the session HySafe president Thomas Jordan had every reason to be satisfied.

WHEC 2016 Saragossa