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2024 IECEx International Hydrogen Conference

16 April 2024

In partnership with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the United Nations UNECE, Hydrogen Council and International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the IEC and IECEx are hosting the 2024 IECEx International Hydrogen Conference in Singapore on 29 May 2024.

Taking place at the Concorde Hotel Singapore, the full day event offers a unique opportunity for industries in the region to learn about latest developments in hydrogen technologies, network within the expert community and form valuable contacts. Attendees will receive information on how to benefit from the services provided by the organizing partners and how to get involved.

Leading experts from across the world will share their insights and expertise on international standardization, equipment manufacturing, inspection, repair and overhaul associated with hydrogen production, transportation and use. The conference will also address the assessment and certification of personnel competence, and tackle issues concerning regional requirements and regulations. The event is free to attend and with an Official IECEx Certificate of Attendance delivered to all attendees.

The international community recognises hydrogen as a key enabler for advancing efforts aimed at capping global temperature rise to 1.5-degrees. Hydrogen produced from water electrolysis and powered by renewable energy stands out as the most attractive avenue due to its high decarbonization potential. With rising demand however, hydrogen processes are becoming increasingly complex and capital intensive when it comes to generation, processing, and distribution infrastructure.

To safeguard this investment and the people working around these installations, compliance with international safety and performance standards is paramount. IEC and ISO standards along with the IECEx international certification have been covering hydrogen for decades. More recently, the intensifying focus on hydrogen and demand for its largescale commercial use has prompted IEC and ISO to refine their portfolio of international standards in support of safety and sustainability across the hydrogen value chain. Likewise on the international certification side, IEC via its conformity assessment body IECEx has extended its coverage of Hydrogen equipment and services to target equipment, systems and competence of persons associated with hydrogen production, transportation and use, including hydrogen dispensing equipment. IECEx is partnering with other international organizations dedicated to promoting an international approach.

The conference will be opened by Chris Agius, IECEx Executive secretary before IEC President Jo Cops gives a keynote address. The first session will see Daria Nochevnik, Director of the Hydrogen Council and IEA H2TCP Task 47 H2 Certification Manager, offer an overview of the global hydrogen market and initiatives, including current market demand and trade flows, renewable and low carbon hydrogen projects, and highlights of COP28 regarding global hydrogen initiatives. This will be followed by a global perspective on safety sustainability by Dr Andrei V Tchouvelev, Director at Hydrogen Council, Chair ISO/TC 197/SC1, and IEA H2 TCP Task 43 H2 Safety Manager.

The second session will be presented by Dr Thorsten Arnhold, IECEx WG19 Convener and Member of the IEC Board on Conformity Assessment. He will discuss the industry’s challenges and opportunities before Tetsufumi Ikeda, Chair ISO/TC 197 & Dr Andrei V Tchouvelev explain the on-going work on hydrogen by the ISO.

Prof Jinyang Zheng, Director of Zhejiang University Hydrogen Energy Institute and Convenor of ISO/TC 197/SC 1 AHG on H2 pipelines will then provide an update on hydrogen activities in the Asian region and the current work of ISO/TC 197/SC 1 on hydrogen pipelines. Branko Milicevic, UNECE & Dr Frank Lienesch, UNECE WP6, will then provide insights into the work of the United Nations UNECE in support of hydrogen.

In the afternoon, Peter Thurnherr, Thuba Ltd and Chair IECEx ExSFC, will present on installation and plant requirements according to Ex safety requirements of International Safety Standards IEC 60079-14 and inspection requirements of IEC 60079-17. Jaidev Dhavle, IRENA Associate Programme Officer, will then discuss the role and work of IRENA in supporting the hydrogen economy.

To close the day, Chris Agius will speak on IECEx and IECQ System updates in support of hydrogen at scale. Martin Thedens and Hong Ki Lee will then offer a standards update from the perspective of IEC TC 31 equipment for explosive atmospheres and IEC TC 105 Fuel cell technologies respectively.

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