Edinburgh to host H2 safety conference in September 2021

28/05/2020 16:30
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The ninth edition of the biennial International Conference on Hydrogen Safety (ICHS2021) will be taking place in Edinburgh on 21st to 23rd September 2021.

The Scottish Government and HySafe are offering attendees to take an active part in ICHS2021, which will be on the overarching theme of ‘Safe Hydrogen for Net Zero’. HySafe is the International Association for Hydrogen Safety,  the focal point for all hydrogen safety related issues. It was founded as an international non-profit institution by the European Commission co-funded network of excellence. HySafe facilitates the networking for the further development and dissemination of knowledge and for the coordination of research activities in the field of hydrogen safety. HySafe supports cost effective hydrogen safety research, enables innovative technologies and engineering, and provides education and training on a professional level.

ICHS2021 is the ninth International Conference on Hydrogen Safety (ICHS 2021), and will be held at the McEwan hall in central Edinburgh. ICHS2021 is organised under the auspices of the International Association for Hydrogen Safety (HySafe). The first eight ICHS biennial conferences from 2005 to 2019 have attracted steadily increasing numbers of experts from all over the world, and provided an open platform for the presentation and discussion of new findings, information and data on hydrogen safety from basic research to applied development and from good practice to standardisation and regulatory issues.

Hydrogen is now beginning to play a greater role in the transition to clean, safe and sustainable energy systems. In May 2019 the Scottish Government announced the ambition to become Net Zero by 2045. This further reinforces Scotland as one of the leading locations for deployment of hydrogen and fuel cell solutions into developing low carbon energy systems. Highlights include the expanding hydrogen bus fleet in Aberdeen and hydrogen vehicles in Glasgow, along with many other innovative projects in locations such as Fife, the Western Isles, and the Orkney Islands. These projects are leading the way with a 'learning by doing' approach, and are willing to share best practice and experience.

The overarching theme for ICHS2021 is ‘Safe Hydrogen for Net Zero’ and the conference will address a wide range of hydrogen safety topics including: safety of large production and supply chain infrastructure, hydrogen and hydrogen carrier behaviours, physical effects, consequence and risk analysis, incidents, accidents and near misses, hydrogen effects on materials and components, safety of energy storage, power to gas/gas to power related safety issues, safety solutions for the implementation of hydrogen technologies, risk management, best practices, regulations, codes and standards, as well as communication strategies for wider public awareness and acceptance of hydrogen.

The ‘Net Zero Applications’ theme in ICHS2021 will address safety aspects of hydrogen solutions in industrial heat and feedstocks, commercial and domestic heat, energy storage & energy transportation, and decarbonised clean transport throughout regions and across continents.

A more detailed list of the ICHS2021 Themes and Topics will be published in June 2020. All contributions to ICHS2021 will be evaluated for their scientific content and relevance to the wider uptake and deployment of safe hydrogen as part of the transition to a low carbon energy system.

If you have any questions in the meantime about ICHS2021 please contact ichs@hysafe.org.

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