- Organizations will collaborate to advance the safe transition to a worldwide hydrogen economy
New York, NY-– A Memorandum of Understanding was signed on January 13 between The Center for Hydrogen Safety (CHS), a global technical community within the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), and Gangwon Technopark (GWTP), a government agency within South Korea’s Gangwon Province, inviting CHS to provide expert safety reviews of hydrogen fueling stations (HFS) and production facilities in South Korea.
The MoU was signed by Nick Barilo, Director of the CHS, and Seong In (Steven) Kim, President and Chief Executive Officer of GWTP, at AIChE’s global headquarters in New York City, and represents the latest partnership in CHS’s global mission to support the safe and timely rollout of critical hydrogen infrastructure. “The CHS welcomes the opportunity to support this important and timely activity and looks forward to an impactful collaboration,” said Barilo.
Barilo commended GWTP, responsible for the oversight of the province’s industries and technology deployment, and the people of Gangwon Province for their dedication to ensuring safety in South Korea’s energy transition. He noted the significance of the investments of the South Korean government toward hydrogen fuel technologies, a critical need recently highlighted by the Hydrogen Council, a global CEO-led initiative of 60 leading energy, transport and industry companies fostering the hydrogen economy, and a strategic partner of CHS. South Korea has committed to build 310 HFS and deploy over 65,000 hydrogen fuel cell vehicles by 2022. The Gangwon province alone plans to construct six hydrogen fueling stations and two hydrogen gas production facilities in 2020.
“It is only through these collaborative international efforts that we will enable stakeholder and public confidence and accelerate the adoption of this transformative technology,” said Barilo.
The CHS supports the safe advancement of hydrogen as a sustainable energy carrier to its global corporate partners by facilitating access to hydrogen safety experts; developing comprehensive safety guidance, outreach and education materials; and providing a forum to partner on world-wide technical solutions. In addition, CHS provides significant expertise in hydrogen safety through its Hydrogen Safety Panel resource, which has reviewed more than 350 projects with the goal of helping hydrogen industries attain a record of excellence in safety.
CHS is one of several technology communities operated by AIChE that proactively shares technical and safety information and resources with diverse users. AIChE and CHS also facilitate education and consistent application of technical and safety standards through courses, conferences, publications, and online tools.