Safety and Loss Prevention

Webinar: Panel Debate - Hydrogen Safety Challenges for the Energy Transition

Webinar: Panel Debate - Hydrogen Safety Challenges for the Energy Transition
  • Date From 25th February 2021
  • Date To 25th February 2021
  • Price Free of charge, open to all.
  • Location Online: 14:00 GMT. Duration: 1.5 hours.


We are pleased to invite you to join industry experts from Gexcon, Shell, Engie and Wales & West Utilities for an exclusive IChemE-hosted panel debate where they will be discussing topics surrounding Hydrogen Safety Challenges for the Energy Transition.

The main discussion points at this panel debate are as follows:

  • perceptions within the hydrogen industry around safety with comparison to other renewables
  • the transition from industrial use of hydrogen to public use of hydrogen
  • the rapid pace of change and development in equipment used for hydrogen system
  • regulatory hurdles and variations between regions.

Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions. If we cannot cover your question during the debate, we will be happy to follow up separately.

If the date and time of the panel debate do not work for you, register now and you will receive a replay a few days after the session has ended.


Kees Van Wingerden, Chief Technical Officer, Gexcon

Dr Kees holds a PhD from the University of Bergen, Norway and MSc from the Delft University of Netherlands. He has 43 years of experience related to gas and dust explosions. He has also been involved in numerous accident investigations. He is heavily involved in standardisation work  and has written numerous articles on explosion safety.

At the 16th International Loss Prevention Symposium 2019, Dr Kees received an award for outstanding contribution to the advancement of process safety from the European Process Safety Centre (EPSC). 

Currently, he runs a research project investigating the possibility of occurrence of RPTs and its effects when liquified hydrogen is released onto water and the possibility of occurrence of BLEVEs of vessels containing liquid hydrogen when exposed to a fire and its effects.

Lee Phillips, Senior Technical Safety Engineer, Major Hazard Management at Shell

Lee is a senior technical safety engineer with Shell Research having more than 25 years of experience within Shell’s Major Hazards group. He has been involved in the development of FRED and Shepherd, Shell’s consequence modelling and QRA tools, and has coordinated and managed large scale experimental test programmes and provided steering to joint industry projects.

Lee is currently supporting the Shell Hydrogen business where he has developed an internal R&D programme to better understand hydrogen safety and support Shell’s energy transition programme. Externally, Lee sits on the advisory boards and steering committees of several multi-national projects including EU funded projects.

Linda Febvre, Hydrogen HSE Manager, Engie

After almost 30 years in HSE in the petroleum industry, working in corporate strategy, engineering, construction and operation with many postings internationally, Linda joined Engie in 2019 as HSE manager for the Engie H2 business unit. 

As well as the transversal responsibility for HSE across the business unit, she is responsible for oversight of all the projects within the Engie H2 BU Portfolio, both in the French market and internationally. This has been a rewarding opportunity as she has been able to innovate and develop the HSE approach to transition energy projects. Linda is also an active member of the International Hydrogen Safety Council. 

Keith Warburton, Decarbonisation Development Manager, Wales & West Utilities

Keith has significant management and technical experience in delivering complex infrastructure projects and has previously held roles within National Grid, Northern Gas Networks, Scottish & Southern Energy and, more recently, Lagoni Engineering Ltd.  

A member of the Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers and former director of The Gas Industry Safety Group (GISG), Keith works alongside industry, academia, stakeholders and customers to deliver a net-zero ready, low-cost gas network across Wales and South West England.  

Keith is the lead for Wales and West Utilities on HyTech, responsible for reviewing and updating technical natural gas standards to accommodate hydrogen, ie, IGEM/TD/1, TD/3, TD4, and SR25. He is also a member of the H21 steering group (Northern Gas Networks), the government department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Network Safety & Impacts Board and the Integrated Hydrogen Trials Board. 


Graham Morrison, Principal Engineer, Shell Software Product Manager at Gexcon UK

Graham is a principal engineer and product manager at Gexcon, based in the UK. He has ten years of process safety consulting experience, including various hydrogen projects. As part of his role as product manager for the Shell software products, FRED, Shepherd and PIPA, he has been involved in testing the application of the modelling tools to hydrogen problems. He also holds an MBA (Global Energy) from Warwick Business School, which heavily focused on the energy transition.

The material presented in this panel debate has not been peer-reviewed. Any opinions are the panellists' own and do not necessarily represent those of IChemE or the Safety and Loss Prevention Special Interest Group. The information is given in good faith but without any liability on the part of IChemE.


14:00—15:30 GMT.


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