IPHE RCS Working Group and HySafe signed Memorandum of Understanding

The IPHE RCS Working Group and HySafe intend to collaborate on hydrogen safety, regulations codes and standards and awareness via common workshops, information exchange and further common actions like benchmarks and projects coordination. To this end a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed.

The first successful measure under this agreement was the common organisation of a workshop dedicated to the quite sensitive issue of “Tunnel Safety of Hydrogen Vehicles and Transport”. The workshop was held in the morning of September 18 in Buxtom, UK in advance to the LH2 workshop the PRESLHY project (www.preslhy.eu).

The related presentations will be published soon.

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!

Jules Verne Award for HySafe Honorary Member Andrei Tchouvelev

Our past president and honorary member Andrei Tchouvelev has been awarded the IAHE Jules Verne Award during the WHEC 2018.

Awarding Ceremony IAHE Price

Dear Andrei, we all hope that your unique and outstanding “hydrogen career” goes on. Congratulations to Andrei in behalf of the whole HySafe network!

HIAD 2.0 – free access to the renewed hydrogen incident and accident database

With almost 300 hydrogen events –  accidents, incidents and near misses –  collected in a database, HIAD was one of the main results of the NoE HySafe (2004-2009) and still represents one of the largest collections for hydrogen specific data.

With support of the FCH 2 JU JRC has updated the database, gave it new user interfaces and major release number (2.) and made it opened it for free access.

Just give HIAD 2.0 a try: https://odin.jrc.ec.europa.eu/giada/

Preparations for the Research Priorities Workshop 2018, September 18-20, 2018 in Buxton, UK on the way

The 2018 update of the research priorities will be done at the HSL premises in Buxton, UK. HySafe thanks HSL for hosting this important event.

The draft agenda including satellite meeting for ICHS2019 and HySafe: