Development of H2 Safety Expert Groups and due diligence tools for public awareness and trust in hydrogen technologies and applications

H2TRUST
Project Information
Framework Programme: 
FP7
Call for proposals: 
2012
Application area: 
Cross-cutting issues
Logo: 

Although many predictions for the hydrogen economy in the last decade have proven optimistic, the maturity of it is now increasingly evident by the substantial investments in R&D, demonstration and industrialisation made by public and private institutions in Europe. The USA and Japan are leading the hydrogen based energy infrastructure, becoming a mainstream solution for society’s need to transition to clean, renewable and widely available energy sources. To ensure that non-technical barriers to the deployment of Fuel Cell and Hydrogen (FCH) technologies are properly addressed, the H2TRUST project has been created by a team of highly experienced and qualified industry and academic experts with the following objectives:

-   Assess industry efforts to assure FCH technology is safe and that there is an adequate regulation, hazard awareness, incident readiness and ability to respond to public concerns.

-   Hazard and risk assessment in the FCH industry in each of the main application areas (H2 Production, Storage and Distribution, Mobility and Vehicles, Non-vehicles and residential power generation).

-   Systematically map safety issues and assess how they are addressed.

-   Compile information demonstrating safety due diligence and best practices.

-   Seek input from previous, on-going and upcoming Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) demonstrations and pre-normative and training projects and from similar international activities.

-   Make recommendations for further safety efforts by FCH community.

-   Develop communications network to manage public reaction to incidents and give documented responses.

-   Disseminate the results so as to create a long lasting culture of safety practices in the industry and a legacy of tools and knowledge serving to reinforce best practices and assure public confidence.

H2TRUST is a response to the FCH JU call for proposals in their Annual Implementation Plan of 2012, page 101(Topic SP1-JTI-FCH.2012.5.5:  Assessment of safety issues related to fuel cells and hydrogen applications).

Project details
Project reference: 
325357
Topic: 
SP1-JTI-FCH.2012.5.5 - Assessment of safety issues related to fuel cells and hydrogen applications
Contract type: 
Collaborative Project
Start date: 
Saturday, June 1, 2013
End date: 
Monday, December 1, 2014
Duration: 
18 months (originally), extended to 21 months
Project cost: 
€ 1,208,415.82
Project funding: 
€ 796,678
Coordinator: 

MATGAS 2000 A.I.E., Spain

Contact: 
Dr. Lourdes Vega
Contact email: 
Other participating organisations: 
Organisation Country
AIR PRODUCTS PLC United Kingdom
FAST - FEDERAZIONE DELLE ASSOCIAZIONI SCIENTIFICHE E TECNICHE Italy
SOLVAY SPECIALTY POLYMERS ITALY S.P.A. Italy
POLITECNICO DI MILANO Italy
McPhy Energy SA France
SOL S.p.A. Italy
CIAOTECH Srl Italy
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN Netherlands
Patents and Publications
Publications: 
N. Psara, M. Van Sint Annaland, F. Gallucci, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 01/06/2015, under review, "Hydrogen Safety Risk Assessment Methodology applied to a Fluidized Bed Membrane Reactor for Autothermal Reforming of Natural Gas"
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