India Workshop Draws International Interest
Karen Hall, National Hydrogen Association

An international hydrogen safety workshop was held on Saturday August 29 in conjunction with the 2009 World Hydrogen Technologies Convention. Over 60 people participated. Perspectives on hydrogen energy and Hydrogen/Compressed Natural Gas blends were provided from a variety of experts.

To read the full workshop summary or download copies of the presentations, click here.

International Hydrogen Fuelling Station Document is Available For Review
Karen Hall, National Hydrogen Association

Work item ISO 20100 Gaseous hydrogen — Fuelling stations(formerly ISO 20012), is now available for review as a Committee Draft (CD). This is an important step on the development path for an International Standard. The Document is currently published as a Technical Specification (TS). During the Draft Technical Specification phase, numerous technical comments were received. A special effort was made to get a broader group of stakeholders involved in the development of this document. A consultation inviting the P-members to nominate additional experts from the fuelling infrastructure (manufacturers, integrators, regulators) and vehicle OEMs was initiated at the request of the convener.

The schedule for this document was adjusted to allow an additional nine months to work on the issues raised during circulation of the DTS. The scope has been expanded, and there are plans to expand it even further in future revisions when appropriate experts can be identified to address the new topics.

The Working Group formed three task groups to address comments on safety distances, dispenser safety and other comments from the circulation of the DTS.  These task groups have conducted their work through in-person meetings, telephone conferences, web conferences, and e-mail.

The resulting Committee Draft is now available for comment. This is the principal stage at which comments from national member bodies are taken into consideration, with a view to reaching consensus on the technical content.

NHA members may request a review copy from Karen Hall. Comments from NHA members will be collated and provided to the US Technical Advisory Group (TAG) Administrator. If you are not an NHA member and you are interested in reviewing this document, please contact your national body. In the US, the TAG Administrator is Jill Thompson at CGA. Experts are encouraged to carefully study the texts of the committee draft and submit all pertinent comments before the due date established by each national body.

For a list of National bodies for each member country of ISO/TC 197,please click here

NHA to Present Short Course to Address Materials Handling Applications
Karen Hall, National Hydrogen Association

The National Hydrogen Association has been invited to conduct a Short Course in conjunction with the 2009 Fuel Cell Seminar in Palm Springs, California.  The Short-Course will be held Monday November 16th from 8:30 - 12:30. We will be focusing on the opportunities with hydrogen fuel cells in materials handling.

Industry will present the market opportunities and case studies relating to fuel cell forklifts and the related refuelling operations.

Learn about applicable codes, standards and recommended practices and be among the first to hear about the planned revisions to address the growing materials handling market.

The Short Course will attract a wide range of participants - including hydrogen experts, fuel cell developers, those involved in the development and enforcements of codes and standards, as well as students.  Don’t miss out!

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Hydrogen Proposals at the 2009 ICC Code Development Hearings
Geoffrey Bromaghim, National Hydrogen Association

The upcoming International Code Council 2009 Annual Conference and Code Development Hearings will be held from October 24 – November 11 in Baltimore, Maryland.  

The Code Development Hearings will occur October 24-31 and November 4-11 at the Hilton Baltimore (whereas the Annual Conference is to be held November 1-4 at the Baltimore Convention Center).  The Fire Code Hearings specifically are scheduled for October 24-26.  Click here for the full schedule for the Hearings. 

A number of proposed changes directly relating to hydrogen technologies will be heard.  The Hydrogen Industry Panel on Codes (HIPOC) submitted two proposals, F176 and F214, and they are coordinating their activities with other stakeholder groups.  Other proposals relevant for hydrogen technologies include F174F175F177, and F215.  Click here to access the full monograph of code change proposals. 

We expect that the IFC proposals relevant to hydrogen, listed above, will not be heard until Sunday October 25th and into the 26th. 

For those interested in attending, attendee and registration information is accessible through this link: 

Anyone may attend and speak at the ICC hearings, though only ICC members can vote on any floor votes.