The project partners comprise the top European National Metrology Institutes and key players in the hydrogen industry. Together, we will address the key measurement challenges shown above by developing physical solutions and best practice recommendations through scientific studies, the results of which will be disseminated publically for use by anyone in the hydrogen industry.
We start by investigating to what extent standardization is possible, and if there is an interest in this. We then invite all interested parties to participate. A broad base of support is prerequisite. Agreements are effected based on consensus and are recorded in a document. This is usually a standard. Agreements recorded in a NEN standard cannot conflict with other valid NEN standards. NEN standards together form a cohesive entity.
An interested party can be a producer, consumer, service provider, user, but also the government or a consumers’ or investigative organization. We are not always asked to develop a standard; the government regularly requests us to investigate whether standardization is possible within a certain sector or in a certain field. NEN will subsequently investigate and, depending on the outcome, start a project. All interested parties can participate.
NEN manages over 31.000 standards. Those are the international (ISO, IEC), European (EN) and national (NEN) standards accepted in The Netherlands. In total over 800 standards committees are active, with in total over 5.000 standard committee members. Properly managing the extensive standards collection and coordinating the national, European and international standards committees, requires a high-quality infrastructure.
NPL is the UK’s National Metrology Institute and co-ordinates the MetroHyVe project as well as leads WP2.
NPL is ISO 17025 accredited for purity testing of fuel cell hydrogen against the requirements of ISO 14687.
Cascade Technologies Ltd. is a leading manufacturer of gas analyzers and monitoring systems using Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL) technology. QCL technology provides a step change in gas analyzer performance through its increased sensitivity, speed of response, and fingerprinting capability. These technology advancements in the gas analysis market space provide a powerful solution for customers in various industries such as petrochemical, food and beverage, marine, automotive and pharmaceutical. Cascade has recently been acquired by Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets around the world.
The Foundation for the Development of New Hydrogen Technologies in Aragon is a private non – profit organization promoted by the Regional Government, other public bodies and private companies. Currently the Board of the Foundation is formed by seventy-one stakeholders belonging to all the economy sectors: automotive, chemistry, power generation, financial, educational, engineering, research and development centers and real estate. Its team of young professionals performs R&D as well as consultancy projects, in cooperation or assisting local and national companies. Over the last ten years, FHA has been supporting the regional strategy for the uptake of H2 and FC technologies, publishing the Hydrogen Master Plan in Aragón (2007-2010, 2011-2015 and 2016-2020), and showcasing the whole hydrogen chain (production, management and efficient use), obtaining the primary energy from renewable sources by means of processes currently available (photovoltaic and wind). The facility includes hydrogen production means (PEM as well as alkaline electrolyzers), storage, dispensing and final use in fuel cells, including vehicles (BEV and FCEV).
Measurements play an important role in many aspects of daily life. For technological developments and innovations too, such as green fuels, nanotechnology and radiotherapy, extremely accurate measurement is of great importance.