HyQuality Europe

Public webinar

Released on the (2023-12-11).
Contact Alessandro Micero (EIFER) and Thor Aarhaug, coordinator (SINTEF), alessandro.micero@eifer.org; thor.a.aarhaug@sintef.no

HyQuality Europe was launched in January 2023 with the aim to move forward with the risk assessment approach that offers cost reduction to the current prescriptive at hydrogen refuelling stations. Towards this target, it is envisaged to perform 300 spot samplings, implement online monitoring of impurities, and create an open-source database that visualises online the impurities concentration evolution, among others.

  • A public webinar took place on 21st November to promote the HyQuality Europe project to a large audience. The webinar, organized by EIFER, was freely accessible upon online registration and primarily aimed to inform stakeholders about the scope and early results of the project. By that, the webinar was organized around the presentation of the project objectives, the requirements for hydrogen quality assurance, online monitoring, spot sampling, and the European database. Different presentations were given as follows:
  • After a short introduction by EIFER, Air Liquide introduced HyQuality Europe’s objectives. Thereafter, EIFER presented the requirements for quality assurance at hydrogen refuelling stations (HRS). Here, the detrimental effects of several contaminants listed in ISO 14687 on fuel cell electric vehicles were described and the challenge of analysing very low control threshold in a time- and cost-efficient way was underlined.
  • ENGIE presented the characteristics and the needs for online monitoring which is considered an alternative to spot sampling to minimise HRS downtime and to reduce the cost of hydrogen quality assurance. HyQuality Europe aims to implement an online analysis by instrumenting three HRS with analyzers and assess the feasibility by gathering online data points over at least a year at each HRS.
  • ZSW and Air Liquide jointly presented spot sampling requirements and certified analysis laboratories. Presently, there are very few heavy-duty sampling technologies in Europe. The adaptation of current lab-scale techniques to collect heavy-duty samples in Europe is a pioneering development for European HRS sampling and analysis. Moreover, HyQuality Europe aims to demonstrate the equivalence between seven analytical laboratories in Europe. This will ensure that the analytical results from the mass market investigation of European HRS fuel quality are reliable and comparable between laboratories.
  • Finally, Toyota Motor Europe presented the efforts of establishing an open-source European database for hydrogen quality. Besides showcasing the project results, the database will include functionalities to filter the results by characteristics such as the hydrogen feedstock, hydrogen distribution method, HRS technology, and delivery pressure among others. This will allow HRS operators to form an accurate risk assessment based on the samples previously taken at equivalent HRS through the HyQuality Europe project.

A total of 42 participants attended the webinar. The webinar ended with a panel discussion, in which the HyQuality Europe partners answered several questions presented by the audience.

Webinar Program

  • Introduction by EIFER (A.Léon)
  • 14.00 – 14.15: “HQY Project” by Air Liquide (M.Carré)
  • 14.15 – 14.30: “Quality Assurance for Hydrogen Refuelling Stations” by EIFER (A.Micero)
  • 14.30 – 14.45: “Online monitoring status” by ENGIE (M.Dufond)
  • 14.45 – 15.00: “Sampling and certified analysis laboratories” by ZSW (V.Valter) and Air Liquide (N.Chramosta)
  • 15.00 – 15.15: “Open source European Database” by Toyota Motor Europe (W.Storms)
  • 15.15 – 15.30: Panel discussion

Project is coordinated by SINTEF (T.Aarhaug).

Webinar was organized by EIFER (A.Léon, A.Micero, M.Feis and E.Satta).

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