Wake Up to Hydrogen: ICC Hearing Workshop Report
Patrick Serfass, National Hydrogen Association
During the Code Development Hearings for the International Code Council (HFCSR Aug 06, HFCSR Oct 06), the National Hydrogen Association hosted two morning workshops focused on hydrogen education at the Disney Coronado Springs in Orlando, Florida, September 21-22, 2006.
At the early breakfast workshops, approximately 50 attendees (including code and permitting officials with some hydrogen industry professionals) engaged the speakers in questions and took the opportunity to examine the fuel cells and hydrogen storage devices. Jadoo had several of their metal hydride hydrogen canisters and fuel cells on hand for inspection. On both days, their N-Gen fuel cell operated the laptops during the workshop. Jadoo representatives also showed attendees examples of bonfire- and overpressure-tested metal hydride canisters to show that the containers maintain their structural integrity even when brought to failure.
Many different topics were covered during the workshop, but the main focus was on technical topics related to the hydrogen code proposals. The main technical topics addressed were:
- Indoor fast-fill fueling (> 12 SCFM) today, mainly for fueling lift trucks, pallet trucks and other equipment in large warehouses
- Above-ground Liquid Hydrogen Storage including diking, flash losses and liquid hydrogen’s inability to pool if spilled
- Hydrogen Storage for Telecommunications including how hydrogen can be safely stored in cabinets near telecommunications equipment
- Fueling Station Overpressure Protection which when located on a dispenser hooked up to a vehicle (one connected system) can provide an extra layer of safety to protect the vehicle’s hydrogen tank from being overfilled
A special thank you goes to Plug Power for sponsoring this event!
Presentations from the workshops, as available, are located below.
Thursday, September 21, 6:30-7:30 AM
Friday, September 22, 6:30-7:30 AM