Nick Barilo - Executive Director  - Center for Hydrogen Safety (CHS)

Nick Barilo

Executive Director
Center for Hydrogen Safety (CHS)

Speaker at:

  • Hydrogen Safety

Nick Barilo is Executive Director of the Center for Hydrogen Safety (CHS) at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers ( and Hydrogen Safety Program manager at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). CHS is a global nonprofit resource that supports and promotes hydrogen’s safe handling and use across industrial and consumer applications in the energy transition. As Executive Director of CHS, Nick helps to facilitate access to hydrogen safety experts; develop comprehensive safety guidance, outreach, and education materials, and provide a forum to partner on worldwide technical solutions.

Nick is also a licensed fire protection engineer having over 30 years of experience and has dedicated his career to reducing risks to personnel and property. He has served on the NFPA 2, Hydrogen Technologies Code committee and was instrumental in developing the document’s fundamental chapters. His work at PNNL provides essential hydrogen safety support for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Office. In this capacity, he directs the U.S. Hydrogen Safety Panel activities and leads safety knowledge dissemination and first responder training efforts. Nick has authored papers and journal articles and has presented both nationally and internationally on hydrogen safety.

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