working groups

The IPHE currently has two active Working Groups (WG):

Education & Outreach (E&O) 

Working Group

  • Aims to share information on hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, including the status, challenges, opportunities, and initiatives (particularly on policies and programs) across countries. 

  • Engages in events and activities targeting a broad range of stakeholders including policy makers and government officials at the federal, state, regional and local levels, as well as stakeholders from academia, industry, non-governmental organizations, associations and other decision makers.

  • Convenes student education and outreach events in each country which hosts biannual IPHE Steering Committee meetings

  • Examples of activities include developing fact sheets, communiques, webinars, compilation of funding, programs and policies in each member country related to hydrogen and fuel cells, as well as a snapshot of hydrogen infrastructure by country and number of demonstrations and deployments for different applications.

Regulations, Codes, Standards, & Safety (RCSS)

Working Group

  • Aims to share information, lessons learned and best practices with a focus on hydrogen safety, as well as the harmonization of codes and standards developed by relevant industry code and standards development organizations.

  • By coordinating at the government level, RD&D programs can be developed to address challenges, including regulatory barriers that may be identified through RCSS WG activities.

  • Examples of past activities include round robin testing and protocol dissemination for high pressure hydrogen storage tanks and development of templates to share infrastructure reliability and safety data across countries.

  • Foster dissemination of critical information to relevant stakeholders, particularly related to the safe production, distribution, storage and utilization of hydrogen.

  • Share incident databases and training resources for code officials and first responders among the countries to avoid duplication and leverage knowledge and resources.  (e.g. www.H2tools.org and HIAD 2.0)

  • In May 2022, the Steering Committee approved the launch of two RCSSWG Task Forces, with plans for future task forces on critical topics:

    • Maritime Regulations, Codes and Standards (RCS) Gaps and Risk Analysis - Areas of focus include maritime vessels operated by hydrogen, marine transport of hydrogen, and onshore/offshore bunkering; and

    • Bulk Storage Risk, Gaps and Deployment Barriers - Perform an RCS gaps assessment and identify critical areas for R&D and for RCS changes to enable bulk storage.

TASK Forces

Active Task Force(s):

Hydrogen Production Analysis (H2PA) 
Task Force

Completed Task Force(s):

Hydrogen Trade Rules (H2TR) 
Task Force

  • For hydrogen to be a practical solution in the energy transition, it must be available in sufficient volumes, at an acceptable cost, and with low or zero carbon emissions associated with its production and distribution. Achieving this will require hydrogen to be transported and traded internationally.

  • Aim is to examines the potential for future international hydrogen trade and identifies potential barriers, hurdles, and considerations to explore now to ensure appropriate future trading conditions. The discussion paper does not seek to make recommendations, set policy, or design trading frameworks. Instead, it identifies areas for further analysis and questioning, outlining potential opportunities to support market transparency and future large-scale international trade in hydrogen.

  • Please see the IPHE  Discussion Paper Trade Rules for Hydrogen and its Carriers: Information and Issues for Consideration February 2022