International Fuel Cell Standards Update

by Karen Quackenbush, FCHEA

IEC/TC 105, responsible for developing International Standards for fuel cell technologies, will hold their annual plenary meeting on November 8th and 9th in Milan, Italy.

Several Working Groups will also be meeting during that week:

WG 2, developing IEC 62282-2-100 ED1: Fuel cell technologies – Part 2-100: Fuel cell modules – Safety, will meet on 5 & 6 November.

WG 13 will meet to discuss energy storage systems using fuel cell modules in reverse mode - Test procedures for solid oxide single cell and stack performance including reversible operation, will meet on 5 & 6 November.

WG 4 will meet to discuss performance of fuel cell power systems on 7 November.

WG 8 will meet to discuss performance of micro fuel cell power systems – safety, on 7 November.

Registration is required, and can be done through the IEC/TC 105 Meeting Registration site. Please note that approval from your National Body is required to attend the Plenary meeting.

ISO Update

by Karen Quackenbush, FCHEA

Upcoming Meetings:

The 2018 plenary meeting of ISO/TC 197 will take place December 6th-7th in Vancouver, BC. A Strategic Planning Meeting to discuss FCEV - HRS Interface: Interoperability, Regulations and Certification, will be held on Wednesday, December 5th.

Working Group 21, developing ISO 19880-4: Gaseous Hydrogen Fueling Stations – Part 4 - Compressors will meet on Monday Dec. 3rd.

Working Group 23, developing ISO 19880-6: Gaseous Hydrogen Fueling Stations – Part 6 - Fittings will meet on Tuesday Dec. 4th.

Working Group 24, developing ISO 19880-1: Gaseous Hydrogen Fueling Stations – Part 1 – General Requirements, will meet December 3rd and 4th (Monday and Tuesday).

All of the meetings will be co-hosted by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) and the CSA Group.

Registration through your national committee is required.

Recent Publications:

ISO 16111:2018, Transportable gas storage devices — Hydrogen absorbed in reversible metal hydride has been published and is available on the ISO and ANSI websites. This first edition cancels and replaces ISO/TS 16111:2006, which has been technically revised.

This document is applicable to refillable storage MH assemblies where hydrogen is the only transferred media. It is not applicable to storage MH assemblies intended to be used as fixed fuel-storage onboard hydrogen fuelled vehicles.

ISO 19882:2018, Gaseous hydrogen — Thermally activated pressure relief devices for compressed hydrogen vehicle fuel containers has been approved for publishing.

This International Standard establishes minimum requirements for pressure relief devices intended for use on fuel containers that comply with ISO 19881, IEC 62282-4-101, ANSI HGV 2, CSA B51 Part 2, EC79/EU406, SAE J2579, or the UN GTR No. 13 for fuel cell vehicles.

ISO TC 197 Chair Receives Award

by Karen Quackenbush

The Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Safety Report would like to congratulate Dr. Andrei Tchouvelev. On June 19, the International Association for Hydrogen Energy (IAHE) presented Dr. Tchouvelev, Chairman of ISO/TC 197, with the IAHE Jules Verne award. Dr. Tchouvelev earned the award, presented at the World Hydrogen Energy Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for his distinguished career in hydrogen energy technology, including Chairing ISO/TC 197.

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CSA Group to Host 2018 US Committee Week in Texas

by Karen Quackenbush, FCHEA

The 2018 U.S. Committee Week will take place in San Antonio, TX from October 15-18.   The annual event brings together technical experts in the Natural Gas and Alternative Energy Vehicles industries representing manufacturing, utilities, trade associations and government in an effort to help make the world a better, safer, more sustainable place through standards development.

The following Committees and Subcommittees will be meeting:

Monday, October 15

CSA Gas Appliances & Related Accessories Technical Committee

LC 1 Technical Subcommittee

Central Furnaces Technical Subcommittee

Heavy Duty Heaters Technical Subcommittee

Transportation Strategic Steering Committee (Closed Meeting)

Tuesday, October 16

Z21/83 Technical Committee & CSA Gas Appliances & Related Accessories Technical Committee Joint Meeting

Natural Gas Transportation Technical Committee

Hydrogen Transportation Technical Committee

Propane Auto Gas Advisory Council

Wednesday October 17

Vented Heaters Technical Subcommittee

Agriculture Technical Subcommittee

NGV 3.1 Technical Subcommittee

HGV 4.1 Technical Subcommittee

Water Heaters Technical Subcommittee

CNG Personnel Certification Scheme Committee

Thursday, October 18

Damper Devices Technical Subcommittee

Construction Heaters Technical Subcommittee

Air Conditioners Technical Subcommittee

PRD 1 Technical Subcommittee

HGV 4.9 Technical Subcommittee

CNG Personnel Certification Scheme Committee

For further details, please visit

Supporting Hydrogen as a Viable Option For Clean Vehicle Fuel - CSA Whitepaper available for free download

Summary provided by Amanda Hohman, CSA Group

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Part of this transformation must include mass adoption of clean energy, which is highly dependent on the deployment of an alternative fuel infrastructure where consumers can safely interface with the vehicle and the equipment that delivers the fuel. This can only be realized through a cost-efficient regulatory framework that is adequately supported by nationally accepted codes and standards.

In this paper we discuss:

·         The Current Hydrogen Landscape

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