100% renewable targets will require power storage to manage flows on the net
Electrolysers utilise these intermittent power flows to produce H2 gas from water
H2 gas can be stored in large quantities underground and transported via existing gas pipelines
H2 vehicles recharge faster and are more durable than battery powered transport
Growing H2 demand in industrial processes will reduce costs and increase supply

The 5th International Conference on Hydrogen Safety (ICHS2013) will be held on September 9-11, 2013 in Brussels (Belgium). HySafe, the international association for hydrogen safety, announced this just two weeks after the successful conclusion of the 4th conference in this series which was held in San Francisco in September (ICHS2011).

The focus of the conference in Brussels will be on the role of hydrogen energy in the energy mix of the global markets. The Institute for Energy and Transport of the Joint Research Centre (JRC-IET) of the European Commission will host the event. Marc Steen, Head of the Cleaner Energy Unit of the institute, said: “The Institute for Energy and Transport of the Joint Research Centre (JRC-IET) is very pleased and honoured to host ICHS2013.”

The International Energy Agency Hydrogen Implementing Agreement (IEA HIA) endorsed ICHS2011 and welcomes participation in ICHS2013.

Based on the success of the recent ICHS2011 the representatives of HySafe are very optimistic about that of ICHS2013. HySafe president Andrei Tchouvelev said: “If only the amount of excellent hydrogen safety research done recently in Europe, in particular in the framework of EU programs, is an indication, the conference is simply bound to be successful. We have good reason to expect that the number of participants will exceed any of the previous conferences.”

Marco Carcassi from the University of Pisa, scientific head of the conference organisation, looks forward to a good turnout of submitted papers. He said: “From conference to conference we have seen an increase not only in the number of papers but also in their quality; assuming this trend remains, the conference in Brussels will be an event not to be missed.”

Details about venue, contact, conference website etc to follow shortly.