There's just under a month to go to the on-line
International Conference for Hydrogen Safety (ICHS2021), the
leading technical event for hydrogen safety research and
development, hosted by the International Association for Hydrogen
Safety (HySafe) and the Scottish Government.
Earlier this month, the UK Hydrogen Strategy was launched, which
identified low-carbon hydrogen as a key element in the government's
plan to build back better with a cleaner, greener energy
In his introduction, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy
& Industrial Strategy, The Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP, identified
the need to fully understand the costs around hydrogen, its safety
where it is being used in new ways and just how far it can
contribute to reducing our emissions.
ICHS2021 brings together the hydrogen safety community for the
9th time and will be a truly international event. The conference
programme features plenary presentations by leaders in hydrogen
from across the globe as well as 139 refereed papers from the most
eminent hydrogen safety experts within government, research
organisations, industry and academia, including 8 papers presented
by HSE scientists and engineers:
- Experimental study of the explosion severity of vented
David Torrado, James Fletcher, Ed Sanderson, et al.
- Approaches and methods to demonstrate repurposing of
the UK's Local Transmission System (LTS) pipelines for
transportation of hydrogen
Adam Bannister, Zoe Chaplin, Simon Gant, et al.
- Mitigation of CO poisoning hazard in malfunctioning gas
appliances through use of hydrogen blended gas
Mark Pursell, Doug Wagstaff, Paul McLaughlin, et al.
- Hydrogen Wide Area Monitoring of LH₂ Releases at HSE
for the PRESHLY Project
William Buttner, Tashi Wischmeyer, Jonathan Hall, et
- Condensed Phase Explosions involving Hydrogen
- Experimental Parameters of Ignited Congestion
Experiments of Liquid Hydrogen in the PRESLHY Project
Kieran Lyons, Graham Atkinson, Simon Coldrick, et
- An investigation into the change in leakage when
switching from natural gas to hydrogen in the UK gas distribution
Andrew Garrison, Simon Gant.
- Characterisation, dispersion and electrostatic hazards
of liquid hydrogen for the PRESLHY project
Jonathan Hall, Philip Hooker, Kieran Lyons, et al.
In addition to the technical sessions, the event will be opened
by Stuart Hawksworth, who heads HSE's Centre for Energy and is the
current president of HySafe.
HSE's Kate Jeffrey, who is also a member of HySafe's executive
board will be chairing technical sessions, as will Simon Gant, who
spoke alongside Stuart and Kate at HSE's recent free webinar on
Commenting on HSE's involvement in the event, Stuart Hawksworth
'Understanding how to safely employ hydrogen in novel
applications is key to its success and acceptance by society as an
energy vector to help deliver a 'safe net zero'. HSE has been
working on hydrogen safety for over 20 years, and events like ICHS
are a valuable platform for us to share our knowledge, learn from
others and build effective relationships within the hydrogen
I'd encourage anyone with an interest in hydrogen safety, to get
involved. By working together and building in safety, we'll stand
the greatest chance of getting things right first time.'
Access our previous HSE hydrogen safety events for free:
Safe Net Zero 2021 - Hydrogen
Hydrogen Safety - Achieving Safe Net Zero