Hydrogen Technical Briefing

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AXIOM Hydrogen Technical Briefing

With the drive to net zero all industry sectors are looking at plans to achieve this through improved energy efficiency alternative energy sources. Hydrogen is seen as a key route to this through a fuel switch to use of blue or green hydrogen as an energy source.

Using hydrogen as the site energy source brings new opportunities and challenges in areas of Process Safety, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Engineering with any hydrogen conversion project bringing new equipment to a site but also repurposing where possible existing mechanical equipment inc Pipework, Valves, Vessels.

This free of charge technical briefing will provide an understanding of these areas and hazards associated with hydrogen.


08.15 Registration with coffee and breakfast snacks

08:55 Welcome and Introduction

09.00 Materials considerations for hydrogen – Steve Woodward

  • Atoms – Revision
  • Low temperature hydrogen damage mechanisms
  • Hydrogen diffusion
  • Safe / Unsafe materials
  • International standards
  • High Temperature Hydrogen Attack (HTHA) Repurposing existing natural gas mains
  • Discussion

10.30 Coffee

11.00 Hydrogen Future: Asset Preparation – Philip Gardner  

  • De-carbonisation objectives – Hydrogen’s role within industry
  • Existing equipment – Repurposing and accommodation for hydrogen
  • New equipment – Design considerations
  • Integrity management

11.35 Hazards of Hydrogen – Oyinda Gunn 

  • Past incidents involving hydrogen
  • Unique properties of hydrogen compared to conventional fossil fuels
  • Challenge for large scale hydrogen applications
  • Control and mitigation measures
  • Applicable codes and standards

12.00 Discussion

12.10 Lunch and Networking

13.00 Close

Meet the Speakers

Steve Woodward BSc CEng FIMMM
Principal Materials Engineer

Steve has had 28 years experience within ICI both as a Research Scientist in the Advanced Composites Division and as a metallurgist with ICI Engineering Department. He was a Senior Metallurgist at Bodycote Materials Testing before joining AXIOM 12 years ago and is now their Principal Materials Engineer. Steve has led innumerable investigations into hydrogen related failures and so has a keen interest in the developing hydrogen economy.

Oyinda Gunn BSC (Hons) MSc AMIChemE
Principal Process Safety Engineer

Oyinda studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Lagos, followed by an MSc in Safety, Risk and Reliability Engineering at Herriot Watt University. She has over 15 years’ process safety experience working in the Oil&Gas and Energy sectors with Technip and Whessoe Engineering. Projects have included incident investigation on refinery sites, design of cryogenic storage tanks and import terminals, HAZID and HAZOP of liquid hydrogen storage tank projects.

Philip Gardner BEng (Hons) AMIMechE
Mechanical Engineer

Philip graduated from Teesside University where he focused on researching into future energy transition technologies. He is actively following the developments and challenges that the industry faces as it heads towards a decarbonised economy and how hydrogen’s role along with carbon capture systems will contribute towards this.


Wilton Centre, Redcar, TS10 4RF

px Saltend Chemicals Park, Saltend, Hedon HU12

The Heath Business & Technical Park, Runcorn, Cheshire, WA7 4QX

Inchyra Hotel & Spa, Grange Road, Falkirk FK2 0YB

Dates to be advised.


To book your place, email events@axiom-ltd.com with the names of the delegates attending and the session you would like to attend. Places are limited so booking is essential to avoid disappointment.