The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) has announced a new centre for hydrogen safety. The centre will officially launch on Tuesday 2nd April (2019).

The hydrogen safety centre will promote the safe handling and use of hydrogen across industrial and consumer applications in the global energy transition.

The centre for hydrogen safety will provide international partner organisations with innovative tools and resources that address traditional uses of hydrogen and hydrogen’s growing use as a fuel source globally.

“This global, non-profit centre identifies and enables information sharing on the safe use of hydrogen – as a sustainable energy carrier, in commercial and industrial applications, and in hydrogen and fuel cell technologies,” said Nick Barilo, Director of the Centre.

“It will facilitate access to hydrogen safety experts; develop comprehensive safety guidance, outreach and education materials; and provide a forum to partner on world-wide technical solutions,” Barilo continued.

AIChE is working to transition hydrogen safety resources developed at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to the centre. The institute is also forming strategic partnerships with other coordinating grounds on the forefront of the hydrogen energy transition, such as the California Fuel Cell Partnership.

The centres current founding members include Air Liquide, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., Alakai Technologies, Deutsche Gesellschaft für chemisches Apparatewesen, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Protium Innovations LLC, Sandia National Laboratories, Shell Oil Company, the Society for Chemical Engineers Japan, and Washington State University.

The centre will launch during the 2019 AIChE spring meeting and global congress process safety in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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