European Hydrogen Safety Panel

About the initiative

The FCH 2 JU launched the European Hydrogen Safety Panel (EHSP) initiative in 2017. The mission of the EHSP is to assist the FCH 2 JU both at programme and at project level in assuring that hydrogen safety is adequately managed, and to promote and disseminate H2 safety culture within and outside of the FCH 2 JU programme. The EHSP will provide to the FCH JU a unique, practical and direct access to state-of-the-art expert judgment for all issues regarding hydrogen safety. It will improve the transfer of safety knowledge across project boundaries and establish a consistent communication about safety performance.

The EHSP is composed of a multidisciplinary pool of safety experts grouped in ad-hoc working groups (task forces) according to the tasks to be performed and to expertise. The scope and activities of the EHSP are structured around four main areas:

TF.1. Support at project level

The EHSP task under this category includes the development of a package of measures to avoid any accident by integrating safety learnings, expertise and planning into FCH 2 JU funded projects and by ensuring that all projects address and incorporate the state-of-the-art in hydrogen safety appropriately.

TF.2. Support at programme level

Activities under this category include answering questions related to hydrogen safety in an independent, coordinated and consolidated way, via hotline-support or if necessary, via physical presence of safety representative at the FCH 2 JU. It could also include a short introduction to hydrogen safety, and the provision of specific guidelines for the handling, storage and use of hydrogen in the public domain. 

TF.3. Data collection and assessment

The EHSP tasks include the analysis of existing events already introduced in the European Hydrogen Safety Reference Database (HIAD) and of new information from relevant mishaps, incidents or accidents. The EHSP should therefore derive lessons learned and provide together with the involved parties further general recommendations to all stakeholders, based on these data.

TF.4. Public outreach

Framed within the context of the intended broad information exchange, the EHSP tasks under this category include the development of a webpage hosted on the FCH 2 JU website.




Members of the EHSP

AZKARATE Inaki (Chair person) MAIR Georg W. STUDER Etienne
GRüNE Joachim REINECKE Ernst-Arndt VYAZMINA Elena
HAWKSWORTH Stuart (Leader TF 2) SATHIAH Pratap WEN Jennifer (Leader TF 3)
JORDAN Thomas (Leader TF 1) SCHMIDTCHEN Ulrich XIAO Jianjun
SKJOLD Trygve    



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