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Identification, Preparation and Dissemination of Hydrogen Safety Facts to Regulators and Public Safety Officials. Presented by Christian Machens HyFacts Project Manager (TÜV SÜD Akademie). Background. Project duration: February 2011 – July 2013 (30 Months)

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Identification, Preparation and

Dissemination of

Hydrogen Safety Facts to

Regulators and Public Safety Officials

Presented by

Christian Machens

HyFacts Project Manager

(TÜV SÜD Akademie)

  • Project duration: February 2011 – July 2013 (30 Months)
  • European Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking funding of 1 M€
  • Fuel Cell and Hydrogen (FCH) technologies new to the public domain
  • Knowledge gap on hydrogen safety and environmental issues
    • Building regulations, local regulations, public safety and permission of technical installations or earlier in project development
  • Need to inform decision making institutions
  • Need for more effective approval procedures for hydrogen installations
  • Content:
    • Permission problems
    • technology
    • actual research results
    • realised projects and the
    • regulations, codes and standards (RCS)

currently in effect.


Coordinator: TÜV SÜD Akademie GmbH

    • Promotion of safe and environmentally friendly use of hydrogen
  • Develop modular training material for regulators and safety officials
    • Focus on hydrogen safety approaches and standards
  • Provide knowledge to decision making institutions
  • Shorten approval process for hydrogen installations and their use
  • Develop a vision and road-map for permanent training activities
  • Regulators and safety officials dealing with Fuel cell and hydrogen (FCH) installations
  • Address audiences to facilitate commercialisation of
    • Hydrogen refuelling stations
    • Decentralised hydrogen production
    • Hydrogen storage and distribution systems
    • Stationary fuel cells for combined production of heat and power (CHP)
technical content
Technical Content

Collection of technical material to be used to create training material:

  • All properties of hydrogen to be considered with regards to safety and environmental aspects
  • Safety approaches developed to ensure the safety of hydrogen technology based products
  • Safety approaches and requirements set by standards (published or under development) and their relationship with the above knowledge base
  • Implementation of requirements in different applications, installations, and products
technical content1
Technical Content
  • Potentially hazardous phenomena and safety approaches
    • Diffusivity and permeation
    • Metal embrittlement
    • Releases and formation of flammable Hydrogen-air mixtures,
    • Ignitions
    • Explosions
    • Pressure effects
  • Applied standards and safety practices
  • Actual product implementation and installations in EU (examples)
  • Actual status of certification processes in some EU member states
audience identification
Audience identification

Database of nearly 2.000 contacts

  • Individual regulators and code officials
  • Public safety and regulator organisations
    • National government, municipality, regional safety officials
  • Project managers
    • European and national coordinated projects
  • Hydrogen safety engineers
    • Fire brigades, Emergency services
  • Training institutions
  • Research/Academic
  • Industry
online survey
Online Survey
  • Building authorities, local environment and safety agencies, emergency services , fire brigades, training institutions for regulators and public safety officials


  • Function of interviewee
    • Provide background of audience
    • Confirm level of relevance
  • Format of Training Course
    • Current experiences with training courses
    • Focus in selected countries: D, UK, IT, BE, FR
  • Suggestions on format of education/training course
    • Structure, format, frequency, method, and audience of a training program
  • What should be included in the course?
    • Evaluation of 26 topical subjects
results of survey
Results of Survey
  • Have provided insight on
    • Further definition of target audience for training package
      • Target group is safety officials. They are very interested in participating in the test-courses
    • Current trainings on H2 and FCs in Europe
      • Most members of target group did not yet receive a H2-specific training
    • Appropriate format and length
      • 1 to 2 days
    • Topics to be addressed
      • Safety related topics as well as regulatory questions
training package
Training package
  • Slides
  • Handout
  • Pictures
  • Diagrams
  • Tables
  • Videos
implementation of training package
Implementation oftraining package
  • Short Course
    • 2 to 5 days duration (modular concept)
    • 3 “test courses” during project for feed-back and improvements
      • 2 days at TÜV SÜD (Germany) on 11/12.September 2012
      • 5 days at University of Ulster (GB) on 21st to 25th January 2013
      • 2 days at FAST/EHA in Italy (not scheduled yet)
  • Online distance learning
    • Facilitated through
  • Teaching material will be downloadable from project homepage
  • Information of the target group about the project on fairs, conferences, by mail and personal contacts as well as relevant print media and others.
thank you very much christian machens coordinator@hyfacts eu www hyfacts eu
Thank you very much!

Christian Machens