Skip to Main Content U.S. Department of Energy
PNNL News Central

It wasn't hydrogen's fault! May 6 marks the 80th anniversary of the Hindenburg disaster

News Brief

May 05, 2017 Share This!

1 of 1

RICHLAND, Wash. — Current information indicates that it wasn't the gas but a coating on the dirigible's skin that was primarily responsible for the catastrophe. Hydrogen safety experts say the misconceptions regarding the Hindenburg have colored perceptions about the use of hydrogen as a vehicle fuel ever since but that hydrogen, like gasoline, can be handled and used safely with the appropriate practices and engineering measures in place.

The Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory manages the Hydrogen Tools safety web portal which provides resources and supports practices that will ensure safe handling and use of hydrogen in a variety of fuel cell applications.

"The future will likely see hydrogen's use as an energy source impacting many areas of our lives, including the vehicles we drive, how consumer goods are warehoused and brought to market, and how critical emergency and communications systems are maintained through power outages," said Nick Barilo, PNNL's Hydrogen Safety Program manager. "Though its use as a consumer fuel is relatively new, hydrogen has long been an ingredient in many industrial processes, and can be handled and used safely with the appropriate practices and engineering measures in place."

Learn more about Hydrogen Tools on the Hydrogen Safety Portal.

Tags: Energy, Environment, Emissions, Fuel Cells

PNNL LogoPacific Northwest National Laboratory draws on signature capabilities in chemistry, earth sciences, and data analytics to advance scientific discovery and create solutions to the nation's toughest challenges in energy resiliency and national security. Founded in 1965, PNNL is operated by Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science. DOE's Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, visit PNNL's News Center. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

News Center


Additional Resources