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Hydrogen Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Gas Monitoring

Installation permitting guidance for stationary hydrogen fuel cells was developed via the EU funded project, HYPER  http://www.hyperproject.eu

This project addresses safety regulations, codes and standards for installation of hydrogen fuel cells, and aims to develop fast track approval for small stationary hydrogen and fuel cell systems, concerning safe procedures, and to enable comprehensive agreed installation process for developers, design engineers, manufacturers and installers across the European Union.

As part of this project, Dr Patricia Scully and Dr John Vaughan have developed methods for monitoring hydrogen concentration and flames explosions. Novel measurement techniques, using palladium based hydrogen-sensitive coatings on optical sensors, are being developed to allow intrinsically safe measurement and monitoring of hydrogen in fuel cells, nuclear reactors and submarines where hydrogen concentrations can build up to dangerous levels and cause explosions.

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