We are leading the way in understanding hydrogen safety and managing risks associated with hydrogen. We partner with our clients to characterize and understand the unique challenges associated with fire and explosion hazards, as well as material compatibility issues in the hydrogen supply chain. With our industry experience and client partnerships, we are well-positioned to provide guidance on engineering systems that allow for safe manufacturing, storage, and delivery of hydrogen, including the safe placement of hydrogen fueling stations. BakerRisk is a proud member of the Center for Hydrogen Safety (CHS) and sits on the Hydrogen Safety Panel, which works to enable the safe and timely implementation of hydrogen as an energy carrier.
Hydrogen Safety and Analysis
In 2019, hydrogen explosions associated with hydrogen fueling in Gangneung, Korea (May), Santa Clara, California (June), and Baerum, Norway (June) emphasized the need for proactive safety analysis of hydrogen infrastructure. Our commitment is to help our clients in safely developing the production and infrastructure for hydrogen to be the sustainable alternative in the future energy economy mix.
With a comprehensive understanding of hydrogen’s unique properties, as well as the safety-related risks in the hydrogen value chain, BakerRisk will provide you with a holistic analysis to understand risks associated with hydrogen, hydrogen fuel, and hydrogen carriers.
Ammonia Safety and Analysis
The hydrogen economy is also looking at carriers such as ammonia and methanol for hydrogen delivery because it is much easier to liquefy, store, and transport these materials than hydrogen.
Currently, ammonia shows great promise as a hydrogen carrier because electrochemical systems can convert ammonia to fuel-cell-ready clean hydrogen on-site at any scale. Ammonia, while harder to ignite and with a much lower explosion energy than hydrogen, has the unique challenge of being an acute toxic inhalation hazard.
In parallel to our testing programs focused on the flammable and explosive characteristics of hydrogen and ammonia, we have tested and characterized the safe design of toxic shelters for the protection of people from acute toxic hazards like ammonia. Internationally, our clients include both ammonia producers and consumers who are looking to mitigate risk to acceptable levels in a variety of different applications including transportation fuel as well as industrial and agricultural uses. While ammonia seems to be leading the way as a hydrogen carrier for the marine industry, methanol may prove to be a good alternative for vehicle applications.
We have over 35 years of experience providing a broad scope of engineering and consulting services for ammonia and fertilizer companies. Some of the key services include the following: