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Hydrogen is a safe energy source when handled in line with regulation, codes and standards.

International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has developed international safety standards in relation to hydrogen. The South Australian government is working collaboratively across government and with key industry stakeholders to develop a guideline which summarises the most relevant regulations, codes and standards to be applied in South Australia.

In early 2018 the South Australian Hydrogen Regulatory Working Group was formed. This group includes experts from several state government departments and supports investors through the development approval process for hydrogen projects to help create a transparent and predictable regulatory environment. This enables flexibility, provides certainty and elicits community and investor confidence. The Low Carbon Economy Unit in the Department for Energy and Mining serves as the key contact for investors. For further information, contact the Low Carbon Economy Unit.

The Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG) is seeking to establish a nationally significant hydrogen research centre at the Tonsley Innovation District. This centre will help provide a national platform for research and innovation to leverage and share the key learnings about hydrogen, including safety issues. It will be based at the Tonsley Innovation Precinct in Adelaide’s southern suburbs.


2019 International Conference on Hydrogen Safety

To demonstrate a public commitment to hydrogen safety, and stay up-to-date with the latest research and developments, the South Australian government has also become a member of the International Association for Hydrogen Safety and is hosting the 2019 International Conference on Hydrogen Safety.

To be held 24-26 September 2019 in Adelaide, the conference will present the latest research and knowledge on a wide range of hydrogen safety topics, including large-scale production, supply chain infrastructure, hydrogen carrier behaviours, consequence and risk analysis, energy storage and more.