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HYPOS project develops safety guidelines for hydrogen applications

HYPOS project develops safety guidelines for hydrogen applications

The HYPOS project has successfully developed a safety guideline for hydrogen use following three and a half years researching safety in hydrogen applications.

The hydrogen safety parameters will be utilised as a guide in the future usage of hydrogen throughout the project with the guideline also offering safety-related and organisational information that could enable the safe operation of systems for hydrogen generation, transport, storage and utilisation.

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For more than three and a half years, the INES project partners, including TÜV SÜD Industrie Service GmbH, Technical University of Dresden, Dr.-Ing. Veenker Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH, Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg and Fraunhofer IMWS, have investigated the safety of new hydrogen technologies.

The aim of this project was to identify the specific hazards of hydrogen technologies in addition to the development of a methodology for an integrative safety assessment of the value chain.

The guideline thus forms an important building block for adapting and optimising the existing and the newly emerging hydrogen infrastructure.

In the future, the guidelines for hydrogen security will remain long-term for added value for current and future HYPOS projects.

Dr. Hartmut Neumann project coordinator from TÜV SÜD Industrie Service, said, “Safety when handling hydrogen is a fundamental requirement for projects on the use of hydrogen.

“In all elements of the hydrogen value chain there is a need to include safety-related aspects in process-specific issues.

“The guidelines not only give users, manufacturers or project developers an initial orientation, but also provide specific information on how to get started with the subject of hydrogen safety at all stages of the value chain.

“On the one hand, it provides the basis for considering safety-relevant aspects and, on the other hand, it can be the starting point for further technical discussions on dealing with real and relevant risks in a hydrogen economy.”

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