For all DOE-funded projects, the Fuel Cell Technologies Office implements procedures and practices to ensure safety in the operation, handling, and use of hydrogen systems. This is accomplished through a peer review process that requires participants to complete a detailed safety evaluation, implement safety procedures, and develop a communication plan.

Safety aspects of hydrogen and fuel cell R&D projects funded by the program are reviewed by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Hydrogen Safety Panel. Safety aspects include:

  • Identification of safety vulnerability techniques used in the design and operation of equipment
  • Identification of management of change process used for the project
  • Safety-related lessons learned from the project
  • Other safety-related insights benefiting the project and/or application to other projects.

In addition, all DOE-funded proposals for hydrogen-related solicitations must include a preliminary safety plan, and all funded projects must complete a more detailed safety plan as part of the project. For details, see Safety Planning Guidance for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Projects, April 2010.