The ‘Bigger Picture’ Affecting Hydrogen

By David Conover, Senior Program Manager, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Codes, standards, regulations, and other similar criteria developed, adopted, and implemented at the international, national, state, and local levels will have an impact on the design, construction, application, and use of hydrogen-based technologies. One such technology is the fuel cell. Whether for vehicular, portable, or stationary applications, those involved with fuel cells and other hydrogen producing or using technologies will have to pay particular attention to codes, standards, and regulations.

NHA, in conjunction with its members, other parties, and with support from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), is participating in the codes, standards, and regulations process. Past articles have apprised you of efforts with ISO/TC-197 on hydrogen and activities of the NHA Codes and Standards Working Group. The purpose of this article is to initiate coverage of other activities and begin to build a basis to address the “bigger picture” affecting hydrogen.

Other standards organizations involved in or watching fuel cell technology are Underwriters Laboratory and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). Stay tuned as we focus future efforts enhancing coordination and cooperation.

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