Achievements of the EC network of excellence HySafe

Thomas Jordan, Paul Adams, Inaki Azkarate, Daniele Baraldi, Herve Barthelemy, Luc Bauwens, Alain Bengaouer, Sile Brennan, Marco Carcassi, Arief Dahoe, Norbert Eisenreich, Angunn Engebo, Espen Funnemark, Eduardo Gallego, Andrey Gavrikov, Erling Haland, Anne Marit Hansen, Gerd Petra Haugom, Stuart Hawksworth, Olaf JedickeArmin Kessler, Alexei Kotchourko, Gesa Langer, Stefan Ledin, Alexander Lelyakin, DV Makarov, Alessia Marangon, Frank Markert, Prankul Middha, V Molkov, Sandra Nilsen, Efthymia Papanikolaou, Lionel Perrette, Ernst-Arendt Reinecke, Ulrich Schmidtchen, Pierre Serre-Combe, Michael Stocklin, Aurelie Sully, Andrzej Teodorczyk, Delphine Tigreat, Alexander Venetsanos, Karl Verfondern, Nico Versloot, Ana Vetere, Manfred Wilms, Nikolay Zaretskiy

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In many areas European research has been largely fragmented. To support the required integration and to focus and coordinate related research efforts the European Commission created a new instrument, the Networks of Excellences (NoEs). The goal of the NoE HySafe has been to provide the basis to facilitate the safe introduction of hydrogen as an energy carrier by removing the safety related obstacles.The prioritisation of the HySafe internal project activities was based on a phenomena identification and ranking exercise (PIRT) and expert interviews. The identified research headlines were “Releases in (partially) confined areas”, “Mitigation” and “Quantitative Risk Assessment”. Along these headlines existing or planned research work was re-orientated and slightly modified, to build up three large internal research projects “InsHyde”, “HyTunnel”, and “HyQRA”. In InsHyde realistic indoor hydrogen leaks and associated hazards have been investigated to provide recommendations for the safe use of indoor hydrogen systems including mitigation and detection means. The appropriateness of available regulations, codes and standards (RCS) has been assessed. Experimental and numerical work was conducted to benchmark simulation tools and to evaluate the related recommendations. HyTunnel contributed to the understanding of the nature of the hazards posed by hydrogen vehicles inside tunnels and its relative severity compared to other fuels. In HyQRA quantitative risk assessment strategies were applied to relevant scenarios in a hydrogen refuelling station and the performance was compared to derive also recommendations.The integration process was supported by common activities like a series of workshops and benchmarks related to experimental and numerical work. The networks research tools were categorised and published in online catalogues. Important integration success was provided by commonly setting up the International Conference on Hydrogen Safety, the first academic education related to hydrogen safety and the Hydrogen Safety Handbook. Finally, the network founded the International Association for Hydrogen Safety, which opens the future networking to all interested parties on an international level.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2656-2665
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - Feb 2011


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