The National Institute for Industrial Environment and Risks is participating in the MultHyFuel project

The National Institute for Industrial Environment and Risks is participating in the European MultHyFuel project intended to develop an installation strategy for multi-fuel service stations: petrol, diesel, electric, LPG, LNG, NG including hydrogen. Our experts participated in the first technical workshop on Tuesday 8 June.

MultHyFuel is a European project which kicked off in January 2021 for a duration of 3 years. Its goals are to:

  • compile a state-of-the-art version of the regulatory and legislative texts that exist at European level with regard to installing multi-fuel stations;
  • analyse the risks for these service stations in order to identify relevant missing data (using experimental, digital and theoretical methods) to evaluate them;
  • undertake a detailed study of the risks of several configurations of multi-fuel stations.

The project will result in the development of a best practice guide for the installation of safety barriers for multi-fuel service stations, in particular for those supplying hydrogen.
The National Institute for Industrial Environment and Risks is piloting the central part on the theoretical, experimental and digital aspects. This will generate new knowledge on the probability of accident scenarios occurring, the intensity of their consequences and the performance of the safety barriers.

This European project is supported by Hydrogen Europe, which comprises:

  • manufacturer partners: Shell - Netherlands, SNAM - Italy, Engie - France, Air Liquide - France, ITM Power - Great Britain;
  • Kiwa research and certification centres (Netherlands), ZSW (Germany), HSE (Great Britain), Ineris (France);
  • Hydrogen Europe (Belgium) who is piloting the project.

A series of workshops has been organised with service station operators and the authorities to share skills and expert opinions and to discuss the results obtained as the project progresses.

It is in this context that, on 8 June 2021 and with the support of its partners, Hydrogen Europe organised an online workshop aimed at European service station operators. The goal of the workshop is to put forward the different predefined configurations for the study and discuss the technical details. The discussions will cover, in particular, methods for supplying hydrogen, mechanisms for its distribution and installation of the distribution terminals.

This project has received funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking under grant agreement No (101006794). This Joint Undertaking receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, Hydrogen Europe and Hydrogen Europe research.
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