Safe Net Zero - May '21 Round Up

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Safe Net Zero - May Round Up

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HSE’s Safe Net Zero solutions integrate health and safety into the development and deployment of the new and novel technologies underpinning the UK’s decarbonisation activities.

Here’s a round up of our latest news.

Learning about liquid hydrogen

HSE has been a key project partner in an EU and FCH JU (Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking) co-funded research and innovation activity addressing pre-normative work for the safe use of liquid hydrogen (LH2) as an energy carrier.

The objective of the project, known as PRESLHY, was to identify safety critical knowledge gaps and highlight where specific standards might be required.

At the beginning of May, HSE scientists joined other project partners at a knowledge dissemination conference to present their contributions to the project.

Visit the project website to find more details about the conference and access the presentation sessions from HSE scientists including:

Rainout in large scale LH2 releases by Simon Coldrick; Electrostatic charge in multiphase hydrogen releases by Phil Hooker; and the Effect of congestion/confinement on a cold plume combustion by Kieran Lyons.

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New battery abuse testing facilities at the HSE Science and Research Centre

HSE has commissioned additional facilities for the abuse testing of lithium ion batteries at its Science and Research Centre in Buxton, Derbyshire.

With dedicated high-speed photography and thermal camera imaging, the new facilities offer immediate capacity in the UK for specialised battery abuse testing.

Investment in UK battery abuse testing facilities will be welcome news to the industry. With the recent announcement that the UK intends to meet 78% of its net zero targets by 2035, there will be a renewed impetus to safely accelerate the deployment of electrification for vehicles and energy storage.

Read our news story and find out more about the solutions we provide in support of the safe deployment of lithium ion battery technology.

Interior of one of HSE's battery testing chambers

The visiting professor

Stuart Hawksworth has been made a visiting professor at Ulster University in recognition of his long-standing leadership contribution to the hydrogen safety arena in bringing together industry, academia and government. 

Commenting on his appointment, Stuart, who is also the president of the International Association for Hydrogen Safety, IA HySafe, said: ‘I am very honoured to accept this position. I’m looking forward to working closely with colleagues in the Belfast School of Architecture & the Built Environment to provide direction to hydrogen safety research based on policy insights driven by both the national agenda and those driven by an international perspective’.

Connect with Stuart on LinkedIn.

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