CGA launches Safe Hydrogen Project

27 January 2023

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The Compressed Gas Association (CGA) has launched its Safe Hydrogen Project, an ambitious new safety initiative working to establish and promote industry-wide standards for the production, transportation, and storage of hydrogen and the safe operation of hydrogen systems.

The Compressed Gas Association (CGA) has been producing standards for hydrogen systems for nearly 70 years. Its growing library of more than 30 safety publications and standards address the safe operation for producing hydrogen, storing hydrogen, delivering hydrogen, and applying hydrogen as a fuel source.

“Today, we’re at the cusp of one of the biggest transformations in history – the shift to a hydrogen economy,” said Rich Gottwald, President and CEO of CGA. “Hydrogen is poised to drive everything from transportation to shipping, power generation, and infrastructure. Two things are essential to making this vast new hydrogen energy network function – safety, and interoperability; and CGA’s Safe Hydrogen Project sits at the intersection of those two imperatives.”

The organizations standards will help assure that each individual piece of the new hydrogen economy, including production, storage, delivery and application, can work in a safe and seamless network, he said.

The Safe Hydrogen Project will bring together CGA’s expertise and knowledge of developing and publishing industry safety standards, with the most current and cutting-edge information about how hydrogen is being incorporated in the global energy mix. The high interest and innovation around hydrogen as a clean, carbon-free energy source, requires the accelerated focus and collaboration that the Safe Hydrogen Project will bring.

Through this initiative, CGA aims to:

  • Empower the energy economy by increasing public awareness and understanding of hydrogen safety.
  • Develop and implement safety standards for many parts of the hydrogen supply chain, building on 110 years of standard writing experience from CGA.
  • Promote collaboration and information sharing among industry stakeholders to ensure safe and responsible use of hydrogen.

“We believe that by working together, we can facilitate a safe and more viable energy source for the future. Our initiative will be open to participation from all industry stakeholders, including hydrogen producers, transporters, and users,” said Gottwald.

With this announcement, CGA also invited all interested parties to join us in this important effort to promote hydrogen safety and pave the way for a cleaner, more sustainable energy future.

Founded in 1913, the Compressed Gas Association (CGA) is dedicated to the development and promotion of safety standards and safe practices in the industrial, medical, and food gases industry. CGA represents more than 140 member companies including manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, and transporters of gases, cryogenic liquids, and related products and services.

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