Safety plays a decisive role when it comes to the topic of hydrogen. However, not because H2 gas is exceptionally dangerous, but because there are many questions and uncertainties in dealing with this energy storage. For this reason, the HYPOS network has developed a guideline within the framework of the project, which summarises safety-related and organisational instructions that enable the safe operation of plants for hydrogen production, transport, storage and utilisation.
For more than three and a half years, the project partners (TÜV SÜD Industrie Service, TU Dresden, Dr.-Ing. Veenker Ingenieurgesellschaft, Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg, Fraunhofer IMWS) analysed and researched all conceivable safety aspects in connection with hydrogen applications. The 133-page paper can thus now – beyond the HYPOS network – act as a guide for future hydrogen projects for many stakeholders.
Project coordinator Dr. Hartmut Neumann explained that the focus was on the specific hazards of H2 technologies and the development of a methodology for an integrative safety assessment of the technical-technological value-added chain of power-to-X technologies. He said: “The guide not only gives users, manufacturers or project developers an initial orientation, but also concrete advice on how to get started with the topic of hydrogen safety at all the value-added stages considered.”