PNNL Collaboration Promotes Hydrogen Safety

Agency: 
Dept. of Energy

(Photo credit: PNNL)

Automobiles, trains, ships, and forklifts. Even cell phone towers. Globally—from the U.S. to Germany to Japan and beyond—transportation and other industries are increasingly looking at hydrogen as a relatively new but efficient, clean, and quiet power source.

While hydrogen has been used safely in industry for nearly a century, its use as a fuel is still relatively new. Hydrogen is a fuel, and just like any other fuel it must be handled properly, depending on the application. The proper methods for hydrogen handling, storage, transport, and use are often not well understood by those who will either participate in or be impacted by hydrogen demonstration and deployment.

That’s why a conglomeration of organizations have banded together to form the Center for Hydrogen Safety, which will launch April 2. DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is partnering with the American Institute of Chemical Engineers to establish the Center—a global-oriented nonprofit that will promote hydrogen safety and best practices worldwide. The Center will enable information sharing about the safe use of hydrogen as a sustainable energy carrier, in commercial and industrial applications, and in hydrogen and fuel cell applications such as transportation and energy storage.

The Center will provide industry, stakeholders, and others with access to hydrogen safety experts; develop comprehensive safety guidance, outreach and education materials; and provide a forum for worldwide technical solutions.

“PNNL has been a recognized leader in hydrogen safety since 2003, and we will be sharing our expertise and leadership with the Center,” said Nick Barilo, program manager for PNNL’s Hydrogen Safety Program. Barilo, who will also serve as director of the Center, added, “We are in a pivotal moment for transitioning to electrification, and hydrogen is well-positioned to serve as a key part of all of the above portfolio.”

The Center is being stood up in collaboration with the DOE’s Fuel Cell Technologies Office, which will transition its Hydrogen Safety Panel and H2Tools website—a repository for hydrogen safety forums and tools—to the Center. Initially, however, the Center will focus on first responder training.

The Center is also forming strategic partnerships with leading hydrogen groups at the state level, as well as agencies and other organizations worldwide. It has strong support from various industries, some with longstanding experience in hydrogen and many that are relatively new to industrial and process safety. Founding members of the Center so far include Air Liquide, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., Alakai Technologies, Deutsche Gesellschaft für chemisches Apparatewesen, FirstElement Fuel, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Protium Innovations LLC, Sandia National Laboratories, Shell Oil Company, the Society for Chemical Engineers Japan, and Washington State University.

According to Barilo, “Having trustworthy and impactful resources like the Center will be critical for the safe and timely rollout of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.”

To view the original press release, visit https://www.pnnl.gov/news-media/pnnl-partnering-center-hydrogen-safety.

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T2 News
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Far West