Last week, The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, based in Brussels, was a host of the 5th International Conference on Hydrogen Safety. Various hydrogen technologies were presented by international research teams from all over the world.
This year, the organizers aimed at improving public awareness by showing the progress associated with health and safety of hydrogen technologies, so that the transition to zero carbon system is enabled.
Researchers from a wide range of leading institutes across the world gathered last week to see and discuss innovations in the field of hydrogen safety, H2 infrastructure, hydrogen blends, consequence analysis, safety of energy storage, safety issues of fuel cells, and management practices. Among the new technologies presented over the past week was a Hydrogen Tools app, developed thanks to funding from the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
Considering that ensuring safety is one of the most important aspects when it comes to using hydrogen cells, the hydrogen app comes as a very useful technology, which can be installed on any smartphone. It provides help to various stakeholders, who are willing to take a step further towards a carbon free future, but are concerned about possible issues associated with hydrogen and fuel cells.
The app includes a module that allows sharing of experience with safety handling when using hydrogen, a module that locates incidents, a conversion and separation calculators, which allow phase points of hydrogen and distances to gas systems, a safety check list, and planning guidance instructions.
According to the project manager, Nick Barilo, making such app available is a very important step, especially when hydrogen is being increasingly used in various applications. By providing this service, Barilo is certain that users can become fully aware of practices for safety handling of hydrogen, ventilation of hydrogen, and ways to store the gas, so that they can start living a “greener” and more reliable lives.