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.
The results will be published soon.
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.
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.
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 September in Hamburg.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 22nd Group Exhibition on Hydrogen, Fuel Cells, and Batteries was held this year as part of the Hannover Fair, as it is already a tradition. A record number of 160 exhibitors shared the 5000 m² total area. They looked at the booths and also listened to the presentations given in the Public and the Technical Forum.
One of them was given by Thomas Jordan, president of HySafe. He gave a statement on “Research priorities for hydrogen safety”. It included a presentation of HySafe and of items where HySafe thinks more research is necessary to make hydrogen even safer than it is anyway.
Members of the Board of HySafe and of the Organizing and the Scientific Committee of ICHS 7 (to be held next year in Hamburg) met on April 29 in Hamburg to bring the preparations another step forward. They had a look at the facilities offered by the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce and discussed what would have to be done by when and budget matters.
They found that the Chamber of Commerce supports the event very generously, which is much appreciated.
As you can see, a few places are already taken. Stay tuned to register not too late!
Tokyo, October 22. The General Assembly of the HySafe members met today as guest of Kawasaki Heavy Industries in the company’s headquarters in Tokyo.
The board election promised to be of special interest this year because president Andrei Tchouvelev and secretary Benno Weinberger had decided not to run again for their respective office.
So this was the last time that Andrei Tchouvelev gave the report of the president to the assembly. The board had submitted a proposal for the succession to the members, who apparently liked it. No other nominations had been received. All elections were held without great discussion and unanimously (except for abstension of the candidates).
So the result was that Thomas Jordan, member of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany), was elected new president of HySafe. Mr. Jordan is an experienced researcher in the field of hydrogen, especially hydrogen safety. He contributed a lot to the impressive body of knowledge which was compiled by his institute over the years. Mr. Jordan was also the coordinator of the EU project with the same name, which in 2009 became the nucleus of the global association HySafe. His last position in Hysafe was vice president, so he is an insider and knows the association very well.
Mr. Jordan and the assembly as a whole expressed their thanks and appreciation to the outgoing president Andrei Tchouvelev who had taken over the office of president in a difficult phase. The present situation of the association has a lot to do with his tireless committment to the field and the institution.
Making the vice president the new president meant, of course, that the position of the vice president became vacant. It was filled by electing Hervé Barthélémy (Air Liquide).
Benno Weinberger from INERIS (France) had served the members and the board as secretary since 2010; like the president he had decided to step down. The assembly elected Frank Markert from the Technical University of Denmark as secretary.
Re-elected was Iñaki Azkarate (Technalia, Spain) as treasurer. Also elected for a two-year term was Marco Carcassi from the University of Pisa (Italy), who is the scientific head of the ICHS conference. (His term would normally have ended next year, just like that of the other committee chairs, but it was decided that the term of the conference chair should start and end in the ICHS years for practical reasons.)
All new board members are distinguished experts from the field, and they are also acquainted with the inner workings of HySafe. So we can expect that the association will keep making progress. The next big milestone will be the ICHS 7 to be held in 2017 in Hamburg.
Yokohama, October 21. Three days can appear very short. This must have been the feeling of many participants of the 6th International Conference on Hydrogen Safety when they attended the closing session of the conference today in Yokohama. The exchange of information and contacts will certainly have effects long after the conference.
Some 250 participants from 18 countries had been present. This can be considered as an indication of the rising interest for the topic, because the number is higher than for the last ICHS 2013 in Brussels.
Jay Keller, head of the research committee of the HySafe board, announced the installation of a fellowship program for students doing work in the field of hydrogen safety. He also told the conference that a “Best Paper Award” for the ICHS had been created. The award was given for the first time to a paper on quantitative risk analysis.
And after ICHS 6? HySafe vice president Thomas Jordan and the scientific conference head Marco Carcassi invited everybody to ICHS 7. It will be held in Hamburg (Germany) from September 11 to 13, 2017. Germany as a whole is a leading country on the way to sustainable energy, and within Germany Hamburg excels by quite a number of hydrogen activities. So a favourable climate for the conference appears to be guaranteed.
Many thanks were given to the local organizers of ICHS 6 which had done everything they could plus a bit more to make the stay of the participants in Yokohama pleasant and successful.
Organizer Akiteru Maruta mentioned that the organizers of the 2013 conference in Brussels had given him a small memory of Brussels to keep the spirit of Brussels alive. He presented HySafe vice chairman Thomas Jordan from Karlsruhe (Germany) with a beautiful handkerchief from Yokohama to make this spirit live longer, enhanced by a strong Yokohama component.
The first ICHS in Asia was an event which will not be forgotten very soon. The event gave strong impulses to the field from which the participants and their colleagues will profit for a long time – until ICHS 7.
Yokohama, October 19. “At home” is where you meet people with objectives similar to your own. Under this aspect the participants of the 6th International Conference on Hydrogen Safety, no matter from which corner of the world they had arrived, felt very much at home today during the opening of the conference. Representatives of the city of Yokohama, the prefecture of Kanagawa and the Japanese government all said that correcting the mistakes of the past, guaranteeing the quality of life for the citizens of today and laying a safe foundation for the future of the planet are challenges that must be met, and that hydrogen and fuel cells are part of the tools necessary for doing so. In this context the conference was very welcome at the place where it was held.
Mobility based on hydrogen is part of the future. This was emphasized by the fact that the speakers of the plenary sessions are standing between two fuel cell cars, one by Honda and the other the Toyota Mirai. But mobility is only one element, and the safety of stationary and portable applications of hydrogen is topic of the conference as well.
Both HySafe president Andrei Tchouvelev and Prof. Ken-ichiro Ota, chair of the Organizing Committee, stressed that hydrogen energy is important locally and globally and that safety of the use is a key element for public acceptance. There is little discussion about this fact. So right after the opening speeches another plenary session followed in which the government safety programs of four important countries or regions (Japan, EU, South Africa, USA) were presented. While approaches differ a lot depending on the various boundary conditions of these players the message was the same all over and matched the priorities of HySafe, which were presented as well.
The day closed with a welcome reception hosted by the city of Yokohama. All signs appear to indicate that the conference participants will keep feeling “at home” here.