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.

Busy week for HySafe members and partners

A whole week full of meetings and discussions keeps HySafe busy between September 17 and 21 on the premises of the Health and Safety Executive near Buxton (Derbyshire, UK).

It started with a preparatory meeting of the Scientific Committee of the International Conference on Hydrogen Safety which will be held next year in Adelaide (Australia); see the separate post on this.

Tuesday morning (September 18) was devoted to a joint session of HySafe and the IPHE on the safety of the use of hydrogen vehicles or hydrogen transport on tunnels.

HySafe president Thomas Jordan presenting the state of the art on hydrogen in tunnels

While there are no problems in some countries, this is not so everywhere. In some cases (like the USA) the rules are not even uniform but depend on the state or local authorities. There is still some work ahead, but not so much on the technical side.

During the afternoon a meeting of the PRESLHY project took place; HySafe is a partner in this project which deals with the safety of liquid hydrogen.

Group picture of the PRESLHY meeting participants

While liquid hydrogen is handled safety in large amounts in the industry there are still open questions which merit more research. One of them is the behaviour of solid oxygen in liquid hydrogen. It is known that this mixture may react detonatively, but experimental research on this is rare, and this is a topic on which we need to know more.

Where we know already a lot and where we need to find out more was the topic of the Research Priorities Workshop (RPW) held on September 19 and 20. This biannual event is held by HySafe to discuss the strong and weak points and what to do next.

Participants of the Research Priorities Workshop

The General Assembly of the HySafe members will be held in September 21st. Elections of board members will be part of the program.

HySafe prepares ICHS 2019

The next International Conference on Hydrogen Safety (ICHS) will be held from September 24 to 26 2019 in Adelaide, South Australia. Preparations are of course under way since months ago.

On September 17, 2018 the Scientific Committee of the conference held a meeting in Buxton (Derbyshire, England) at the Health and Safety Executive to review the state of things and to prepare further steps.

The balance of the conference held im Hamburg last year was presented and approved. Details of the conference venue, the program structure, the schedule for the preparations and other things were discussed.

We look forward to meeting you “downunder” in September 2018!

Save the date for ICHS 8!

The 8th International Conference on Hydrogen Safety (ICHS 8) will be held from 24.-26. September 2019 in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.

More information will be published in due time.

O. k., please do not complain that you have not been warned. The project to have the next ICHS in Australia was clearly announced at the closure of ICHS 7 last year in Hamburg. You missed this? Then make sure that you will not miss the next ICHS as well!

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