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Safe Net Zero 2024 - Safety considerations for materials used in hydrogen environments




13 February 2024

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Following the success of our hydrogen safety conference back in March, HSE Training and Events is delighted to announce a follow-on 'deep dive' event for 2024 as part of the 'Safe Net Zero' series.

'Safety considerations for materials used in hydrogen environments' takes place on Tuesday 13 February in Manchester and focuses on a key theme that many in industry, academia, research and development are keen to explore: the selection, technical performance and safety of materials used in hydrogen environments.

As the UK decarbonises to meet its net zero ambitions, the aim of the event is to dive deep into the challenges associated with the use of materials in hydrogen environments and highlight the work being done to understand the implications for safety.

This event brings together anyone with an interest in the safe development and use of materials in hydrogen environments to share current knowledge and experiences, identify where there's more to do and build relationships so that we can collectively work together to enable a safe net zero.

Agenda and speakers

Registration from 8.30 am

Welcome David Johnson - Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser at HSE
Keynote Professor Paul Monks - Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero
Session 1:  Materials Fundamentals and Selection - State of the art
Introduction by session chair David Knowles - CEO at the Henry Royce Institute
Qualification testing of metals in gaseous hydrogen environments Shengqi Zhou -  Senior Research Scientist at the National Physical Laboratory
The other phase: Metals and liquid hydrogen Tim Illson - Principal Specialist at DNV
Recommended properties of thermoplastics to study after exposure to hydrogen

Bernadette Craster - Technology Fellow at TWI

Composites and hydrogen - addressing the challenge of cryogenics Marcus Walls-Bruck - Head of Hydrogen Technologies at the National Composites Centre
Hydrogen sealing with polymers - overview of currently available options Andrew Douglas - Material Engineering Group Manager at James Walker
Engineering considerations for cryogenic hydrogen applications Cameron Blackwell - Senior Research Engineer: Materials Technology at the Manufacturing Technology Centre
Current state of the art in testing Mark Eldridge - Director of Hydrogen at Element Materials Technology
Panel discussion
Session 2:  Industry Applications and Case Studies
Introduction by session chair

Stuart Hawksworth - Head of the Centre for Energy and Major Hazards at HSE

Materials challenges in bringing solid-state hydrogen storage to the off-road industry Marcus Adams - Energy Systems Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham
Decarbonising UK ceramic manufacturing - hydrogen's role, research and implementation Lee Brownsword - Associate Director of Industrial and Environmental Policy at Ceramics UK
Firing critical ceramic material in hydrogen atmospheres Noor Ali - Group Business Development Director at Lucideon
Materials challenges for hydrogen in aerospace Louise Gale - Materials Specialist at Rolls-Royce
Panel discussion
Session 3:  Future Trends and Collaboration
Introduction by session chair Chris Scales - Head of the Centre for Asset Integrity at HSE
Materials for end-to-end hydrogen Robert Sorrell - Independent Technology and Policy Advisor at the Henry Royce Institute
Overview of the UK-HyRES project with a focus on materials Alasdair Campbell - Senior Lecturer at the University of Sheffield and Co-Investigator on the UK-HyRES project
Overview of the HII project with a focus on materials James Hunt - Future Propulsion Lead at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre
Overview of the HCN project with a focus on materials Timothy Davies - Aerospace Test Infrastructure Lead - Hydrogen Capability Network (HCN) at the Aerospace Technology Institute
Panel discussion
Conclusions and closing remarks approximately 5.15 pm David Johnson - Deputy Chief Scientific Advisor at HSE

Thank you to our headline event sponsor

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Thank you to our event exhibitors


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Sponsorship opportunities

We have a number of sponsorship and exhibition packages available. Please contact to find out more about these opportunities.


Learn what our previous event delegates have to say about our Safe Net Zero series:

'The quality of the speakers' presentations provided new insight into an ever changing and evolving path towards net zero.'
'I thought the event was great - I learned a lot about the different industries who will be looking to utilise H2 (aviation, marine etc) and areas of innovation.'
'Very useful conference. Good to see how other industries are getting to grips with hydrogen and hydrogen safety.'
'Hands down one of the best hydrogen events I've ever attended and would definitely attend again. The calibre of speakers was excellent and undoubtedly made the event what it was. Loved every second, took an unholy amount of notes, HSE's reputation remains at its peak.'
'Really great balance between a broad range of industry/academic speakers and always being focused on hydrogen safety.'
'The event was very well organised and covered a wide range of different business types that have, or may use hydrogen in its different forms. That breadth gave me the opportunity to use the lessons learnt and learn about the research being carried out in different industries to tackle some of the safety issues with production, distribution and use of hydrogen.'
'Great event. We need this forum to understand the future of hydrogen and the energy supply portfolio for the UK and its risks.'


View previous hydrogen events from HSE

Visit our listings page to catch up on previous free and chargeable hydrogen events from HSE.


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