The Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM) coordinates the European research project MefHySto (Metrology for Advanced Hydrogen Storage Solutions) on the safety of hydrogen. The consortium, which includes 14 partner institutions from all over the continent, has now started work. Metrological institutes from Great Britain, the Czech Republic and Germany, as well as research institutes and universities from France, Belgium and Spain are represented. The project is part of the European Metrology Programme for Innovation and Research (EMPIR) and is co-financed by the European Union.
Green hydrogen, i.e. hydrogen produced from renewable energies, is a key element in the future energy policy strategies of the German Federal Government and the EU. It plays a central role in the success of the energy transition and in climate protection. In the future it should be used on a large scale. On the way to achieving this goal, questions arise regarding the safe production, storage and use of hydrogen. BAM has been conducting research on these topics for a long time and has just combined its expertise in this field to form a competence center H2Safety@BAM.
Safety aspects are also the focus of MefHySto, which is coordinated by BAM scientist Dr. Michael Maiwald. "For example, we are investigating questions concerning the injection of hydrogen into the natural gas grid and underground storage in geological cavities", says Michael Maiwald.
"We are pleased that BAM coordinates the project", says BAM President Prof. Dr. Ulrich Panne. "It makes an important contribution to the hydrogen strategies of the Federal Government and the EU. After all, reliable quality and safety standards are a decisive competitive and locational advantage for the market launch of innovations. At the same time they create confidence in new technologies".