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Hydrogen Safety Engineering and Research (HySAFER) Centre’s research addressed key knowledge gaps and technological bottlenecks in the safety of hydrogen technologies.

The research has informed science-based Regulations, Codes and Standards (RCS), supporting deployment of technologies by providing the technical requirements to achieve safety.

The significance of the research is through informing RCS including UN ECE GTR#13, ISO and EU standards and pan-European guidance documents.

The research also underpinned the development of the e-Laboratory of Hydrogen Safety, composed mainly of Ulster’s models/tools, impacted upon funding priorities in hydrogen safety research.

The impact is the adoption of Ulster research into international RCS. Specifically, HySAFER research has:

  • Informed International RCS through activities of Working Groups (WGs) of UN GTR#13/IWG/SGS, CEN/CENELEC/JTC6 and ISO/TC197.
  • Supported deployment of hydrogen technologies through provision of safety guidance: European Guidelines on Fuel Cell Indoor Installation and Use; European Model Evaluation Protocol; and the European Emergency Response Guide.
  • Provided novel engineering tools of the e-laboratory in Hydrogen Safety for stakeholders.
  • Devised design of innovative fire test protocol, invented breakthrough safety technology.
  • Impacted European funding priorities.
  • Research Context 
    • Hydrogen safety engineering
  • Sources To Corroborate 
    • Corroborating statement: Secretariat on behalf of CEN/CLC/JTC 6 and NEN.
    • Corroborating statement: Chair of Hydrogen Europe RCS Strategy Coordination Group
    • Corroborating statement: Chair ISO TC197.
    • Portfolio of evidence from UN ECE GTR#13, Informal Working Group, Sub-Group Safety.
    • European Guidelines on Fuel Cell Indoor Installation and Use.
    • Corroborating statement: Senior Scientist, Air Liquide. (significance of HyIndoor)
    • Corroborating statement: Training lead, ENSOSP. (significance of the EERG and e-Lab)
    • Email evidence: email received from EC on Innovation Radar outlining how the e-Laboratory within NET-Tools has recently been recognised by the European Commission's Innovation Radar as a key innovation, “addressing the needs of existing markets”.
    • Licencing agreement with Optimum CT. EU patent application No.18706224.5, 05/09/19.
    • Corroborating statement: Chair of European Hydrogen Safety Panel of the FCH JU, member of the Executive Committee of the International Association for Hydrogen Safety.