Hydrogen Safety

Renewable hydrogen can be a game changer for the energy system. The industry in Europe and beyond is investing on research and innovation to upscale hydrogen uptake and make it the green fuel of the future. As a technical association, MARCOGAZ takes part on the ongoing efforts for the energy transition, while permanently stressing the importance of safety measures for technicians whenever handling hydrogen. While hydrogen is non-toxic, it does ignite very easily, is highly explosible and has a large flammable range. 

In that context, MARCOGAZ published two technical works addressing hydrogen safety: 

In the first publication, “Detection and measuring of pure hydrogen and blends with natural gas”, MARCOGAZ examines the safety properties of natural gas and hydrogen. Since hydrogen and natural gas have different properties, mixtures of these two elements raise specific safety topics related to the existing natural gas infrastructure and end-use equipment for utilizing such mixtures. Hence, MARCOGAZ’s technical work explores hydrogen detection systems such as thermal imaging cameras for micro flames, or a detection tape designed to detect hydrogen gas leaks.  

In the second publication, “Impact of hydrogen on existing ATEX equipment zones”, MARCOGAZ analyses the safety implications of hydrogen mixture with natural gas for ‘Atmosphere Explosible’, referring to the safety obligations enshrined in the European Commission Directives. The report contains an identification and assessment of the risks of explosions while emphasizing the fact that hazard zonings and measures must be indicated to achieve a safe working environment given that the explosion limit and gravity of hydrogen and methane are different. 

Now MARCOGAZ holds its third webinar Tech Forum of 2022 on the topic of “Hydrogen Safety” in order to bring together experts in the field of hydrogen safety, gas infrastructure and health & labour safety, providing the opportunity for stakeholders to exchange technical knowledge on the subject. 

Join our panel of experts on Thursday, 27 October 2022 from 11:00 am to 12:20 pm for a timely and insightful discussion on hydrogen safety.




Time SlotSubjectSpeaker
11h00 – 11h10Kick offLiam NOLAN, MARCOGAZ President
11h10 – 11h20Welcome and introductionMarek Włodarczyk, Health and Safety and Fire Protection Specialist at Polska Spółka Gazownicza.
PSG Sp. z o.o. (Polish Gas Distribution Group)
11h20 – 11h35ATEX: Hydrogen compared to Natural GasPaul Hogewoning, Chair of the Working Group Health and Labour Safety at MARCOGAZ
11h35 – 11h50Measurement: Hydrogen compared to Natural GasHenk Top, Senior Specialist Gas Analysis & Testing at DNV New Energy
11h50 – 12h05Impact of Hydrogen on existing materialsAlfons Krom, Material Integrity Specialist at N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie
12h05 – 12h15Q&A sessionJosé Miguel Tudela, Sustainability & Climate Action Director at ENAGAS and Chair of Sustainability Standing Committee at MARCOGAZ
12h15 – 12h20Closing remarksManuel COXE, MARCOGAZ Secretary General


The Tech Forum is for free but we need your registration for the event.

MARCOGAZ Tech Forum 27-October-2022

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