The American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ (AlChE’s) Spring Meeting saw US Department of Energy (DoE) Fuell Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) Director Sunita Satyapal announce a planned collaboration with the new Centre for Hydrogen Safety, launched by AlChE.

With support from multiple global entities as well as the FCTO, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and AlChE will join forces to facilitate information sharing on hydrogen safety and best practices among national and international stakeholders with an interest in hydrogen fuel cell technologies.

The centre aligns with recommendations made by the DoE’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee, with roots back to a previous DoE-funded efforted called the Hydrogen Safety Panel, established in 2003.

The US already produces approximately 10 million metric tonnes of hydrogen every year for industrial purposes. As the interest in hydrogen grows for any application, making information on hydrogen safety accessible to a wide group of stakeholders across multiple industries will be valuable.

DoE’s FCTO advances hydrogen and fuel cell technologies through an early-stage research and development portfolio focusing on key technical challenges in fuel cells, hydrogen production, delivery and storage, as well as safety, codes and standards.

The Centre for Hydrogen Safety will support these activities by identifying key hydrogen-safety research and development gaps, and by bringing together valuable resources of expertise to facilitate information-sharing and understanding of the safe use of hydrogen across sectors in the economy.

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