H2Tools: Safety Precautions for Hydrogen Technologies
In light of ever-increasing demand for renewable energy sources, hydrogen – the most abundant element on the planet – offers a compelling alternative to fossil fuels. In addition to its many industrial applications, nine major auto makers are currently developing hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCVs). Each fuel cell lasts 5,000 hours (or 150,000), and hydrogen emissions are non-toxic, non-polluting, and environmentally benign. Worldwide fuel cell industry sales surpassed $1 billion in 2013, a significant milestone that highlighted the gap between the widespread use of fuel cell technology and the need for effective safety measures.
In order to promote understanding and ensure the safe handling of hydrogen technologies, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the US Department of Energy recently unveiled H2Tools.org, an online clearinghouse of hydrogen resources. Primarily intended for technicians, engineers, and first responders, H2Tools provides in-depth information on hydrogen safety and best practices. The website also includes designated workspaces and forums for various stakeholders of hydrogen technologies (such as authorities, insurance providers, and researchers) to exchange ideas.
Article formerly posted at https://www.hsdl.org/blog/newpost/view/h2tools-safety-precautions-for-hydrogen-technologies