First results of HyTunnel-CS about hydrogen driven vehicles in confined spaces will be shared during a workshop in May



From 4th to 5th May 2020, the Sapienza University of Rome will host a stakeholders’ workshop of the HyTunnel-CS project, an initiative led by the University of Ulster that focuses on pre-normative research for safety of hydrogen-driven vehicles and transport through tunnels and similar confined spaces.

This digital stakeholders’ workshop will be a public event that will bring together tunnel authorities, tunnels managers and designers, tunnel operators and safety officers, as well as hydrogen-powered vehicles and hydrogen delivery developers and manufacturers.

The aim of the workshop is to inform about the mid and long-tem results of the HyTunnel-CS project in order to find a common ground for the future exploitation of results. The workshop wants to facilitate open discussion on the impact, achievements and strategic direction of the HyTunnel-CS project.

More details & agenda

Registration and fee

This project has received funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking (JU) under grant agreement No 826193. Registration is therefore free.


Where and when?

The stakeholders’ workshop will be held on 4th and 5th May 2020. Due to the global Coronavirus outbreak, it will be broadcasted via web and attendants can participate online. 

Working language

The working language of the workshop will be English.

The HyTunnel-CS project

HyTunnel-CS is a 36-month cooperation project led by the University of Ulster (United Kingdom) and with participation of the Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie (Germany), the National Center of Scientific Research “Demokritos” (Greece), Universitetet i Sorost-Norge (Norway), Health and Safety Executive (United Kingdon), Danmarks Tekniske Univesitet (Denmark), the Fundación para el Desarrollo de las Nuevas Tecnologías del Hidrógeno en Aragón (Spain), the International Fire Academy (Switzerland), Università degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza (Italy), Stichting Nederlands Normalisatie – Institut (Netherlands), Service Public Fédéral Intérieur (France), Commissariat à l’Énergie Atomique et aux Énergies Alternatives (France) and the Pro-Science Gesellschaft für Wissenschaftliche und Technische Dienstleistungen MBCH (Germany).

With a budget of 2.5 million euros, this project whats to facilitate that hydrogen vehicles enter underground traffic systems at risk below of the same as for fossil fuel transport.


2nd Progress meeting


The 2nd progress meeting was hosted by French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) on the 4th-6th February 2020. The meeting venue was the CAES centre in Aussois, France.

The project meeting saw participation of 28 members of the consortium who reported the progress of the research activities across the eight Work Packages (WPs). 10 members of the SAB participated to the meeting providing insightful and strategical advice to the Technical Committee to maximise the impacts of the project outcomes.

During the project meeting, the consortium and SAB members were invited to visit the site that will be used by CEA for conducting experiments

HyTunnel-CS consortium and SAB members at the 2nd progress meeting in Aussois, France.

Introduction to TELT tunnel visit.

6th Edition of Innovation in Tunnels: Construction, Maintenance, Safety & Fire Protection 2020


Enigma Consulting Group has announced the date and venue for the next Conference Innovation in tunnelsConstruction, Maintenance, Safety & Fire Protection (TSFP) 2020

1-2 April, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The conference will cover the following topics:

  • Cost effective solutions for building tunnel projects
  • Non-conventional Equipment and New Technologies
  • The impact of Electric cars to the fire safety design of tunnel and underground facilities
  • Public-Private-Partnerships (PPP) to support Tunnel Security from CBRN risks
  • Emergency escape doors – are they fit for purpose?
  • Impact of automatic earthing protection systems on the safety in case of railway tunnel fires

Innovation in tunnels 2020 edition includes a tour of the newly built tunnel in The Netherlands: 

3 April, Technical Tour of the Maastricht Tunnel

Check out the Delegate Agenda and conference website for more information!

15th Annual International Hydrail and Sustainability Conference (IHC)



The 15th annual International Hydrail and Sustainability Conference (IHC) 2020 is being hosted by the Penticton Indian Band & the University of British Columbia:

1-5 June 2020, Okanagan Valley, BC (Penticton and Kelowna)

ICH 2020 will provide a 5-day experience that eliminates geographic barriers and an effective forum to create meaningful connections with key decision makers.

The list of already confirmed speakers include:

  • Founding fathers of IHC – Stan Thompson (USA) & Dr Kenichi Ogawa (Japan)
  • UK & US Hydrail Locomotive Pioneer – Dr Andreas Hoffrichter (MSU, USA)
  • EU Hydrail Pioneer & Policy Expert – Dr Holger Busche (Hamburg, Germany)
  • Canadian Hydrail Prototype builder – Hegazi Mohamed (UBC Okanagan)
  • Low Pressure Hydrogen for Hydrail – Grace Quan (H2M, BC, Canada)


Check out the website for more information and important dates!


5th Annual conference: Innovation In Tunnels 2019



Conference Innovation in tunnelsConstruction, Maintenance, Safety & Fire Protection (TSFP) 2019:

13-14 November, Chamonix, France

Innovation in tunnels 2019 edition includes a tour of the Mont Blanc Tunnel to observe the vigorous training the firefighters endure daily and access the control room:

15 November, Tour of Mont Blanc Tour

Check out the Delegate Agenda and conference website for more information!