Trucking on Hydrogen

Traffic accidents

External factors such as traffic accidents can cause incidents involving hydrogen transport by tanker. This includes impact with other vehicles during transport, collision with stationary objects or tipping over of the vehicle.

It is important that the driver of the tanker is trained for the hydrogen transport process, but also in how to act appropriately in case of emergency situations. This requires robust procedures and (technical) safety measures, such as gas and flame detection. After a collision, there is a risk of hydrogen leakage, which is difficult to detect. An example of what to do in the event of a collision could be the driver trying to switch off the tanker’s electrical system.

Hydrogen gas is stored for transport in high-pressure tanks (tubes), which can be dangerous if not handled properly. The tanks (tubes) are usually robust and resistant to damage, but they can still be vulnerable to accidents or failures

Collision risk

The risk of collision is present during both loading and unloading processes, especially when the tankers are being driven or moved. A collision with a stationary tanker truck can be caused by another vehicle, but also when the tanker truck starts moving during loading (for example, lack of immobilizer).

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