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Project Hysafe

Network of Excellence (NoE) HySafe

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Full project name HySafe "Safety of Hydrogen as an Energy Carrier"
Project (geographical) scope and type European Network of Excellence
Project acronym HySafe
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Project main goal(s)

The overall goal of HySafe is to contribute to the safe transition to a more sustainable development in Europe by facilitating the safe introduction of hydrogen technologies and applications. The objectives of the network include:

  • To contribute to common understanding and approaches for addressing hydrogen safety issues
  • To integrate the European experience, knowledge hardware and software tools relevant to hydrogen safety
  • To integrate and harmonise the fragmented research base
  • To provide contributions to EU safety requirements, standards and codes of practice
  • To contribute to an improved technical culture on handling hydrogen as an energy carrier
  • To promote public acceptance of hydrogen technologies.
Key issues The IPHE recognised HySafe network focuses on safety issues relevant to improving and coordinating the knowledge and understanding of hydrogen safety and to supporting the safe and efficient introduction and commercialisation of hydrogen as an energy carrier of the future.

The research activities are structured along all levels of safety control and along all relevant applications mainly in the private sector. The required long term integration will be provided by the European Hydrogen Safety Centre, which will be founded by the HySafe consortium during the subsidised phase.

Funding € 13 Mio total budget

including € 7 Mio EC funding (€)

Project start 1 March 2004
Project end 28 February 2009
Coordinator contact details
 Dr.-Ing. Thomas Jordan
 Institute for Nuclear and Energy Technologies IKET
 Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe
 Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1
 D-76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen/ Germany
 Tel.: +49 7247 82 6105
 Fax: +49 7247 82 4777
List of participants (organisation name, country)
  1. Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH DE
  2. L’Air Liquide FR
  3. Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing DE
  4. BMW Forschung und Technik GmbH DE
  5. Building Research Establishment Ltd UK
  6. Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique FR
  7. Det Norske Veritas AS NO
  8. Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft ICT DE
  9. Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH DE
  10. GexCon AS NO
  11. The United Kingdom’s Health and Safety Laboratory UK
  12. Foundation INASMET ES
  13. Inst. Nat. de l’Environnement industriel et des RISques FR
  14. European Commission - JRC - Institute for Energy NL
  15. National Center for Scientific Research Demokritos EL
  16. Norsk Hydro ASA NO
  17. Risø National Laboratory DK
  18. Russian Research Centre Kurchatov Institute RUS
  19. TNO NL
  20. University of Calgary CA
  21. University of Pisa IT
  22. Universidad Politécnica de Madrid ES
  23. University of Ulster UK
  24. VOLVO Technology Corporation SE
  25. Warsaw University of Technology PL
Organisational structure
 15 Work Packages in 4 Clusters
 Work package / project title	Work-package / project no	Lead contractor

 Cluster Phenomena
 Hydrogen release, mixing and distribution	WP8	NSCRD
 Hydrogen ignition and jet fires	WP9	HSL
 Hydrogen Explosions	WP10	FZK
 Mitigation 	WP11	NH
 Material Compatibility and Structural Integrity	WP18	INASMET

 Cluster Tools
 Integration of Experimental Facilities	WP2	FZJ
 Numerical Tools	WP6	FZK
 Risk assessment methodologies	WP12	DNV

 Cluster Dissemination
 Biennial Report on Hydrogen Safety	WP1	INERIS
 Hydrogen Incident and Accident Database	WP5	DNV
 Conference on Hydrogen Safety	WP14	UNIPI
 E-Academy	WP15	UU
 Contribution to Standards and Legal Requirements	WP16	INERIS
 Cluster Management

 Strategies	WP7	CEA
 Management (incl. PMO)	WP17	FZK

 Internal Projects
 InsHyde	IP.1	NCSRD
 HyTunnel	IP.2	BRE
Technical approach

Research fragments are reoriented and integrated in Internal Projects like “InsHyde” and “HyTunnel” following the research headlines: Other activities (see are conducted in a highly collaborative manner grouped in activity clusters

Cluster “Tools”:

  • Creation of a set of specialised research facilities
  • Establishment of an open hydrogen incident and accident database
  • Identification of a set of specialised complementary codes and models that can be used for consequence analyses and safety studies
  • Developing, harmonising and validating methodologies for risk assessments

Cluster “Phenomena”

  • Promoting fundamental research necessary to address hydrogen safety issues
  • Extracting net outcomes from safety and risk assessment and the safety relevant experience gained in other EC funded projects

Cluster “Dissemination”

  • Disseminating the results through a ‘HySafe’ website, the Biennial Report on Hydrogen Safety, and the Biennial International Conference on Hydrogen Safety (ICHS)
  • Organising training and educational programmes on hydrogen safety, including on-line mode (e-Academy)
  • Studies as input to EU-legal requirements, standards and codes of practice

Expected achievements/impact

  • Progress in common understanding of hydrogen safety and risk
  • Harmonised tools for safety and risk assessment, including a database for incidences and a Handbook for Hydrogen Safety
  • Support the harmonisation of standards, by providing the unambiguous scientific basis, especially where the standards are designed for safe, robust and reliable solutions for hydrogen applications
  • A framework for training and education
  • A safety roadmap for future progress

All above integrated, maintained and disseminated by the European Hydrogen Safety Centre to be founded by the HySafe drivers.

Results, achievements
  • Early IPHE recognition of HySafe
  • On-line catalogue of all relevant European experimental facilities
  • On-line Questionnaire, expert surveys and PIRT study to define research headlines and identify safety relevant knowledge gaps
  • Handbook for Hydrogen Safety
  • Huge online database for hydrogen industries (>1000 entries) and hydrogen safety bibliography
  • Successful organisation and IPHE integration of the International Conference for Hydrogen Safety (300+ participants)
  • Successful initiation of the First Hydrogen Safety Summer School HYCOURSE and early stage training network HYSAFEST
  • 4 further proposals for new projects to the EC (e.g. HYPER, HYFIT)
  • Incidence and accident database HIAD with more than 200 entries; tutorials etc.
  • Organisation of 6 special workshops/information exchange meetings on experiments and instrumentation
  • Highly dynamic website with several communication features
  • 120 deliverables partially publicly accessible on
  • Founding the International Association for Hydrogen Safety IA HySafe

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