Update on CSA Hydrogen Standards

by Karen Quackenbush, FCHEA

The following is a summary of the status of standards under development by the CSA Group pertaining to hydrogen fueled vehicles and infrastructure.

CSA HPIT 2, Dispensing Systems and Components for Fueling Hydrogen Powered Industrial Trucks, is now in final draft for Ballot to the Automotive Technical Committee.  This document is anticipated to be published by the end of the year. 

CSA/ANSI FC 5: Hydrogen Generators Using Fuel Processing Technologies, completed review and will be out for ballot soon. This standard applies to packaged, self-contained or factory matched hydrogen generation systems with a capacity less than 400 Nm3/hr (normal cubic meters per hour) that convert a fuel to a hydrogen rich stream of composition and condition suitable for the type of device using hydrogen (e.g. a fuel cell power system or a hydrogen compression, storage and delivery system). FC 5 is a US adoption of ISO 16110-1: 2007; Hydrogen generators using fuel processing technologies -- Part 1: Safety.  CSA plans to work with BNQ to harmonize the Canadian adoption of the standard. 

CSA/ANSI HGV 4.3, Test Methods for Hydrogen Fueling Parameter Evaluation document was recently published. Work on the next edition will commence in the first quarter of 2017 to align with SAE J2601. 

CSA CHMC 2:  Hydrogen Material Compatibility –Non-Metallics, will hold their initial meeting in December of this year. There is an active call for experts. The document will cover the field of rubbers and polymers and how they react when exposed to hydrogen at various temperatures and pressures.

DOE Publishes Report on Hydrogen Fuel Quality

by Karen Quackenbush, FCHEA

The U.S. Department of Energy has recently published a report entitled, HYDROGEN FUEL QUALITY SPECIFICATIONS FOR POLYMER ELECTROLYTE FUEL CELLS IN ROAD VEHICLES. This report to the Safety, Codes, and Standards Program addresses hydrogen fuel quality specifications for polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cells in road vehicles.

For further information, and to download the full report, please go to http://energy.gov/eere/fuelcells/downloads/hydrogen-fuel-quality-specifications-polymer-electrolyte-fuel-cells-road

HyTransfer Final Webinar

by Karen Quackenbush, FCHEA

Save the date for this final webinar on the European HyTransfer Project, which addresses pre-normative research on gaseous hydrogen transfer. This project is co-financed by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking which is a Public Private Partnership between the European Commission, European industry (NEW IG) and European researchers (N.ERGHY) supporting RTD on Fuel Cells and Hydrogen.

The webinar will feature a presentation of project outcomes, including:

  • Methodology;
  • Results;
  • New filling protocol proposal; and
  • Recommendations for RCS and industry

When: December 7th, 2016 11:00 am Eastern (8am Pacific).

To get an E-mail invitation with additional information, please contact coordinator@hytransfer.eu.

For further information on the project, please visit www.HyTransfer.eu.

IEC/TC 105 Update

by Karen Quackenbush, FCHEA

The annual plenary meeting of IEC/TC 105, the International Electrotechnical Committee responsible for the development of International Standards and other documents pertaining to Fuel Cell Technologies, met in Frankfurt, Germany on 13 October, 2016.

The following represent a selection of outcomes which may be of interest to the fuel cell community:

  • WG 1 – Terminology: A new Fuel Cell Terminology document will be issued as IEC-60050-485,Ed1.  IEC 62282-1, Ed 3 will be withdrawn as soon as the International Electrotechnical Vocabulary (IEV) has been published.
  • WG 3 – Stationary fuel cell power plants.  TC 105 extended the stability date of Stationary fuel cell power systems – Safety until 2017. The group has submitted a draft of the next edition to TC 105 for national committee comments.
  • WG 8 - Micro fuel cell power systems – Safety.  Karen Quackenbush (US NC) volunteered as convenor to advance the revision of IEC 62282-6-100. In the meantime, TC 105 agreed to keep IEC 62282-6-100 until another TC 105 document is ready to replace it.
  • WG 10 - Micro fuel cell power systems – Interchangeability- Project IEC 62282-6-300 Ed. 2 revision will start 2017. - New Project IEC 62282-6-400 Ed. 1 – TC 105 agreed to extend the target date for issuing the CD to March 2017.

The next IEC/TC 105 plenary meeting will take place on 8th to 9th November 2017 in Seoul.

IEC/TC 105 is currently seeking invitations for the Plenary meeting in 2018.

New Leadership for developing International Standard on Gaseous Hydrogen Fueling Stations

by Karen Quackenbush, FCHEA

Guy de Reals (France) and Glenn Scheffler (USA) have been named acting Co-Convenors for ISO/TC 197 Working Group (WG) 24, following recent reassignments of Guy Dang-NHU (France) and Jesse Schneider (USA) within their respective organizations.

WG 24 is responsible for the development of ISO 19880-1: Gaseous hydrogen -- Fuelling stations -- Part 1: General requirements.

A meeting of WG 24 is taking place in Amsterdam Nov. 30th to Dec. 2nd. The acting Co-Convenors, along with the WG 24 Secretary Nick Hart, and Technical Program Director, Jay Keller, will lead the activities, until such time that the Co-Convenors can be formally approved by TC 197. This item will be discussed during the ISO/TC 197 Plenary meeting taking place in The Netherlands on December 8th and 9th.