Progress in Hydrogen Safety Workshop

When: 16 May - 20 May, 2011

The International Short Course and Advanced Research Workshop is ideally suited to those who wish to meet the growing demand for specialists in Hydrogen Safety Engineering i.e. industries and services such as aerospace, process industry, energy industry, civil works, transport and distribution, fire and rescue services, regulatory authorities, teaching and research institutes, various industrialist co operations, consultancies etc.

The course will be focused on Hydrogen Regulation, Codes and Standard and is aimed at researchers, professionals, industrialists and those who have an interest in working with hydrogen in this new and rapid advancing field. During round table sessions, presentions will be given on best practices and developments in hydrogen research,  refuelling,   storage and safety.

For more information see: University of Ulster

HYFACTS, Identification, Preparation and Dissemination of Hydrogen Safety Facts to Regulators and Public Safety Officials
06 Dec, 2010 HyFacts is a “Coordination and Support Action (CSA)” and aims to develop and initiate dissemination of training material for Regulators and Public Safety Officials, which are responsible persons and work for entities, having to position themselves in the increasing number of upcoming installation of hydrogen-related technologies in public areas, companies, universities, research centers, fairgrounds, harbor sites and other places where fuel cell and hydrogen (FCH) installations and mobile applications shall be installed and operated in the near future.
EHA in collaboration with FAST, will assist in identifying target audience and facilitate the understanding of the needs of requirements of training material.
More info >>
HyPROFESSIONALS, Development of educational programmes and training initiatives related to hydrogen technologies and fuel cells in Europe
06 Dec, 2010 The project is focused on the development of educational programmes and training initiatives for technical professionals to secure the required mid- and long-term availability of human resources capable to properly operate the technologies safely.
This will be done for various educational levels, including several countries with different experiences on the matter. Cooperation with other educational programs like Leonardo will be sought to launch new initiatives and projects which allow getting enough well-trained work force related to hydrogen technologies in a near future.
More info >>
HyLIFT, European demonstration of hydrogen powered fuel cell forklifts
06 Dec, 2010 The EHA in collaboration with the Italian Federation of Scientific and Technical Associations, FAST, is supporting the dissemination of this project. To provide a forum for debate and creative thinking regarding the opportunities of educational and training activities related to hydrogen technologies, improve public acceptance and perceptions of the hydrogen technologies and fuel cells, create a point to exchange knowledge, experiences and educational materials with stakeholders, building visibility.
More info >>

New EU Seveso II Directive keeps onsite H2 storage at 5 tons

The European Commission just before Christmas presented draft legislation of the Seveso II Directive that will align legislation to changes in EU chemicals law and will clarify and update other provisions. This includes introducing stricter inspection standards and improving the level and quality of information available to the public in the event of an accident. The new Directive should apply from 1 June 2015.

In view of the expected roll-out of hydrogen refuelling stations in the coming years the EHA, in collaboration with the European Industrial Gas Association, EIGA, has submitted a strong suggestion to double the treshold for onsite hydrogen storage form 5 to 10 tons. In the end this request has not been taken into account in the final Commission’s proposal as the number of larger hydrogen refuelling stations is considered still limited in the coming years. The Commission however refers to the possibility of using “delegated acts” to change non essential parts of the legislation if deemed necessary at a later stage. The EHA is currently considering lobbying Parliament and the Council to include the doubling of the treshold to avoid amending the legislation at a later stage.
The review of the Directive was prompted by the adoption of rules to align the EU classification system to the UN Globally Harmonised System (GHS). It will ensure that the same hazards are described and labelled in the same way all around the world. Other important changes proposed include stronger provisions relating to public access to safety information, participation in decision-making and access to justice, and improvements to the way information is collected, managed, made available and shared. The proposal also introduces stricter standards for inspections of installations to ensure the effective implementation and enforcement of safety rules.

TEN T Workshop February 15 and 16, 2011 Brussels
30 Dec, 2010 The Trans-European Transport Network, TEN-T, programme consists of hundreds of projects – defined as studies or works – whose ultimate purpose is to ensure the cohesion, interconnection and interoperability of the trans-European transport network, as well as access to it More info >>
The European Clean Vehicle Portal Launched
10 Dec, 2010 The European Commission has launched an easy-to-use website to help public authorities and anyone who cares about the environment choose the cleanest and most energy-efficient vehicles available More info >>
Progress in Hydrogen Safety Workshop
16 May - 20 May, 2011 The International Short Course and Advanced Research Workshop is ideally suited to those who wish to meet the growing demand for specialists in Hydrogen Safety Engineering i.e More info >>
Fundametals & Developments of Fuel Cells (FDFC)
19 Jan - 21 Jan, 2011 The international conference is aimed at (i) presenting scientific and technical results on fuel cell materials, fuel cell stacks and systems and their applications, and (ii) initiating international scientific exchanges between laboratories, fuel cells suppliers, component manufacturers and industrial end-users.
More info >>
Electro Power Systems SpA Launches Self Recharging Fuel Cell in India
14 Dec, 2010 Electro Power Systems SpA is launching its self-recharging fuel cell system, Electroself, in India for the first time More info >>
Coventry University Fuels Hydrogen Cars
09 Dec, 2010 On 1 December, Coventry University unveiled its award-winning Series 100 hydrogen fuelling station from leading provider Air Products. The station will be used predominantly to fuel a fleet of hydrogen-powered vehicles which are built in Coventry by the University’s own spin-off company, Microcab More info >>
Air Products’ Hydrogen Technology Fueling Boeing’s Unmanned Phantom Eye
08 Dec, 2010 Air Products is providing the hydrogen and fueling infrastructure for The Boeing Company’s Phantom Eye, a newly unveiled hydrogen-powered and unmanned airborne system demonstrator that is able to stay aloft at 65,000 feet for up to four days. Phantom Eye will soon begin a series of ground and taxi tests at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif More info >>