Hydrogen Safety

Hydrogen Safety

Hydrogen as an energy carrier is well established and has been used for over a century

Is hydrogen safe to use?

Yes. Hydrogen is a well-established energy carrier that has been safely used in Australia and internationally for many decades.

What is Lochard doing to make it safe?

Lochard is undertaking all the necessary studies to understand the safety aspects of storing hydrogen underground and will design and construct underground hydrogen storage in accordance with all relevant safety standards, regulations and legislation.

What happens if hydrogen escapes?

Hydrogen is lighter than air and will dissipate easily if unconfined. All hydrogen plants and operations require leak detection and response systems similar to other industrial gas plants and operations.

Can hydrogen explode underground?

No. Hydrogen needs an oxygen mixture to ignite. Hydrogen will be injected underground with very low impurities, including oxygen.  The oxygen content in the stored hydrogen would be too low to cause ignition.

Has hydrogen been stored underground before?

Hydrogen has been successfully stored underground in salt caverns for many years in the USA and UK. Projects like H2eart and EUH2STARS in Europe are examples of underground hydrogen storage projects.

Has hydrogen been stored in sandstone rock formations similar to the Waarre sandstone in Southwest Victoria?

There are two active pilot sites in Austria and Germany, and previous pilot work in Argentina. Other European countries are actively looking to store hydrogen in porous rock formations

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