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Transitioning to Hydrogen: Safety of Hydrogen Installations

765.00 excl. VAT

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1 day (8h/day); 9AM-5PM CET


Evy De Bruycker

A qualified chemical engineer with a PhD in materials engineering, Evy De Bruycker joined ENGIE Laborelec in 2006 as a materials assessment specialist. In 2011 she took up her current post as an expert in power plant materials. Evy particularly welcomes technical challenges and likes to dig deep into issues. She is an expert in the field of materials for power plants, as well as hydrogen-induced cracking, creep testing, super alloys and additive manufacturing (AM) of metals. Through years of experience, she has become proficient in metallography, root cause analysis and remaining-life assessment.



Hydrogen is an important candidate as sustainable fuel for the future. According to the Hydrogen Roadmap Europe (2019) large-scale decarbonization in transport, industry, and buildings will require the use of hydrogen. Hence blending of hydrogen into the natural gas grid as well as the use of pure hydrogen are under consideration. However, this hydrogen transition also has its particular problems. One of them is the negative effect of hydrogen on the properties of materials, known as hydrogen embrittlement.

Are you planning to invest in new equipment which will contain/transport pure hydrogen or a hydrogen mixture?
The goal of the training is to give more insight to engineers and project managers working on hydrogen processes concerning the specific risks of hydrogen.


Among others, following aspects will be explained: hydrogen embrittlement, explosion risk of hydrogen, high diffusivity of hydrogen, Joule-Thompson effect, etc. Practical solutions will be given about how to manage selection of material, type of connections, minimize hazardous area and other challenges for any new project.

The training course will also give some practical advice for assessing your existing infrastructure for future use of hydrogen or hydrogen mixtures. Which materials are still OK and which ones will need to be replaced? What are the main attention points? The safety properties of hydrogen will be examined and solutions will be given to handle it safely.

Target Audience

Engineers and project managers working on hydrogen processes concerning the specific risks of hydrogen.

Practical Info

Please note that the course will only take place if the minimum number of participants is acquired.

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