Australia adopts international standards for a hydrogen future

Australia adopts international standards for a hydrogen future

Eight international standards have been adopted by Australia to help shape the future of hydrogen across the country as it continues to focus on a cleaner, more affordable energy future.

The news comes as Australia’s independent, non-governmental standards organisation Standards Australia recognises hydrogen’s potential role to decarbonise Australia, improve fuel security and create new investment and export opportunities.

Announced today, the standards for Australia have potential to not only support the safety of users with guidance on the storage, transport and refuelling but also facilitate international trade.

“This is a big step for Australian energy. It’s important the opportunities hydrogen presents are supported by standards, which will help with the safe and effective scale up of this technology,” said Roland Terry-Lloyd, Head of Standards Development at Standards Australia.

A report recently calculated that global demand for hydrogen exported from Australia could potentially reach almost one million tonnes by 2030, therefore adding up to $11bn in GDP growth each year by 2050.

Government interest and investment in hydrogen is also growing. Working with international colleagues like International Organization of Standardisation and on international committees gives Australia a voice when developing these standards, which can provide an important foundation and support the responsible and innovative use of hydrogen.

“Hydrogen has the potential to transform global energy use and change the way we power transport, homes and industries and this must be underpinned by relevant and best practice standards,” said Fiona Simon, CEO of the Australian Hydrogen Council.

“Creating a stable and efficient regulatory environment across the hydrogen supply chain is a key element to ensure the industry thrives. The Australian Hydrogen Council has been pleased to provide a key role in Standards Australia’s process and welcomes today’s announcement.”

The eight standards adopted and published include the below:

  • AS 16110.1:2020, Hydrogen generators using fuel processing technologies, Part 1: Safety (ISO 16110-1:2007, MOD)
  • AS ISO 16110.2:2020, Hydrogen generators using fuel processing technologies, Part 2: Test methods for performance
  • AS ISO 14687:2020, Hydrogen fuel quality – Product specification
  • AS 22734:2020, Hydrogen generators using water electrolysis – Industrial, commercial, and residential applications (ISO 22734:2019, MOD)
  • SA TS 19883:2020, Safety of pressure swing adsorption systems for hydrogen separation and purification (ISO/TS 19883:2017, MOD)
  • AS ISO 16111:2020, Transportable gas storage devices – Hydrogen absorbed in reversible metal hydride
  • AS ISO 19881:2020, Gaseous hydrogen – Land vehicle fuel containers
  • AS 19880.3:2020, Gaseous hydrogen – Fuelling stations, Part 3: Valves (ISO 19880-3:2018, MOD)

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