HyQuality Europe

Hydrogen Quality Assurance in Europe

The European funded HyQuality Europe project has been launched on the 1st of January 2023 with a Kick-off meeting which was hosted at the National Physics Laboratory in Teddington (UK).

About the project

The project related to hydrogen mobility aims at outstanding achievements on hydrogen quality assurance in Europe in order to increase the reliability of hydrogen refueling stations (HRS), and the confidence of investors, operators and consumers. HyQuality Europe project consortium, that gathers 12 partners, is composed of qualified researcher from academia and industries from 6 European countries.

The main objectives of the project can be summarized as follows:

  • To collect representative data of European HRS hydrogen quality, collecting 300 spot samples of both light-duty (700 bar, <60 g/s flow rate) and heavy-duty samples (350 bar, >60 g/s flow rate) from at least 100 HRS in European countries
  • To develop an occurrence class representing the EU market and promote the risk assessment (RA) approach that is less costly compared to the prescriptive approach
  • To establish an open source database to compile the results from the hydrogen sampling and analysis, to allow for HRS operators to take a RA approach to hydrogen quality assurance.
  • To test a network of six hydrogen analysis laboratories in order to certify them at the European level
  • To demonstrate the effectiveness of online analysis to guide future research efforts in this area
  • To standardize hydrogen quality sampling and analysis methodologies for EU HRS, including an interoperable sampling methodology for 350 and 700 bar sampling.

To aid the future research by defining the Occurrence Class of at least four new impurities beyond those listed in EN17124:2022 and ISO21087:2019.

These objectives will contribute in a wider view to the transition to hydrogen-based mobility from fossil fuel vehicles, to develop and demonstrate heavy duty vehicle sampling as well as the implementation of online analysis monitoring. The project will create the first European HRS hydrogen quality database that will be regularly updated. Finally, the project results will allow increasing HRS availability and reducing the cost due to better understanding of the hydrogen quality RA approach and events that cause changes in quality.

This project receives support from the Clean Hydrogen Partnership and is co-funded by the European Union under grant agreement No 101101447. This Joint Undertaking receives support from the Horizon Europe framework (Horizon JTI-CH-2022) research and innovation program and Hydrogen Europe.

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