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The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) — two leading professional societies dedicated to advancing the application of chemical engineering expertise internationally — have signed a letter of intent to collaborate on building a global alliance centred on the use of hydrogen. The partnership will bolster the professional societies’ shared interest in supporting industry in the adoption of hydrogen as an energy carrier for industrial and commercial applications that will form a vital part of the road to net zero greenhouse gas emissions.
The letter of intent was signed on 10 May 2023 by Trish Kerin, Director of the IChemE Safety Centre and Billy B. Bardin, AIChE’s 2023 President and Global Climate Transition Director at Dow, during the 2023 World Hydrogen Summit and Exhibition, taking place 9–11 May in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
As part of the agreement, IChemE and AIChE will collaborate on a series of roadmapping activities and will solicit contributions from knowledgeable stakeholders such as manufacturers, academic and research institutions, technology and engineering providers, government entities, transportation experts and end-users of hydrogen.
On the occasion of the signing, IChemE President David Bogle, said: “I am excited for IChemE to be working with AIChE in this alliance. Hydrogen has a vital role to play in the world’s efforts to address climate change and chemical engineers will be central to ensuring it is produced as efficiently, sustainably and safely as possible. Collaborating with others allows us to achieve more, and I’m extremely pleased that IChemE and AIChE have agreed to work on this topic together.”
AIChE’s Bardin said: “AIChE is pleased to join with the leaders and constituents of IChemE as we bring together the knowledge and acumen of our global networks of chemical engineers to advance hydrogen applications in support of industrial decarbonisation. As part of this work, we look forward to building new and mutually beneficial collaborations with participants in the larger hydrogen and chemical engineering communities.”
Hydrogen represents a promising, clean energy carrier for industry and transportation in the global transition toward net zero greenhouse gas emissions. Its adoption will require contributions from engineers and scientists across disciplines, as well as from government agencies, to create cost-efficient, safe, and sustainable means of hydrogen production, distribution, storage, and use, and to help industry and consumers transition safely and smoothly to a future where hydrogen is a commonly-used resource.
If you would like to participate in the roadmapping project, complete this form.