Hydrogen risks analysis and safety comparison with ammonia

Project information

  • Hydrogen risks analysis and safety comparison with ammonia
  • Sector: Sustainability
  • Project start date: 01/01/2024
  • Duration: 24 months
  • Project director: Frédéric Henon
  • Project manager: Francisco Cabrera
  • Status: ongoing project
  • Project code: 2024/RSF/838

Project description

Member Interests

The primary goal of this project is to equip the railway community with a comprehensive study that facilitates the preparation of risk analyses for various aspects of hydrogen use, including production, storage, distribution, and consumption.

Consolidated Risk Analysis Results: The project will provide members with consolidated results from various risk analyses, offering a comprehensive understanding of the potential hazards associated with hydrogen use.

Harmonization of Hydrogen Processes: The project aims to harmonize hydrogen processes by integrating risk control measures, ensuring safety and efficiency.

Adaptability: The findings and recommendations from this project will be adaptable by any stakeholder, allowing them to drive changes based on their specific needs.

Integration of Hydrogen: The project will facilitate the equal, safe, and efficient integration of hydrogen into railway operations worldwide.

Benefits for the Railway System

Enhanced Safety and Performance: By addressing and retracting the barriers reluctant to hydrogen, the project will enhance the safety and performance of the railway system.

Improved Operational Performance: The project will contribute to improved operational performance and environmental excellence, paving the way for a greener future with hydrogen applications.

In addition to the above, it has been agreed upon with the H2TR project that a full safety comparison between Hydrogen and Ammonia would be beneficial. This comparison will further enhance the understanding of the safety aspects related to the use of these substances in railway operations.

Project objectives

The primary objective of this project is to set up a dedicated task force. This task force will comprise experts who will facilitate the sharing of actual and recent studies and analyses. The goal is to ensure that the most current and relevant information is available for decision-making and strategy development. This task force will also work towards creating efficient practical and potential arrangements. One of the key arrangements will be the establishment of a library of good practices. This library will serve as a valuable resource for all stakeholders involved in the project.

In addition to the library, the project will focus on sharing international knowledge on methods of driving change. This will ensure that all stakeholders have access to a diverse range of strategies and approaches, thereby enhancing the project’s overall effectiveness.

Another significant objective of this project is to develop guidelines for risk analysis. These guidelines will cover design and technical measures, as well as operational adaptations. A key component of these guidelines will be a safety comparison between Hydrogen and Ammonia. This comparison will provide a clear framework for assessing and managing risks associated with the project.

The project also aims to harmonize processes and results across the railway and stations community. If the project is not achieved, there is a risk that no harmonized processes or common results could be shared by the community. This lack of shared processes and results could potentially impact safety in railway operations. Therefore, ensuring the successful completion of the project is of utmost importance to enhance safety and efficiency in railway operations.

Project structure

WP1 - Identify solutions available on the market and impact on operations [6 months]
WP2 - Risks linked to the usage of traction batteries [6 months]
WP3 - Means of simulation to be applied [6 months]
WP4 - Impact of the cost of the operations [6 months]

Project members

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Wednesday 29 May 2024