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HyApproval - Handbook for Approval of Hydrogen Refuelling Stations

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HyApproval - Handbook for Approval of Hydrogen Refuelling Stations

Project (geographical) scope and type European Specific Targeted Research Project with US and Chinese contributions
Project acronym HyApproval
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The Handbook for approval of hydrogen refuelling stations (HyApproval) EU FP6 project is aimed at developing a handbook facilitating the approval of hydrogen refueling stations.

The project will build upon the experience gathered in five EU countries with different demonstration projects (such as CUTE and ECTOS), as well as in China, Japan and the USA (such as the California Fuel Cell Partnership). The HyApproval process will include a handbook review by country authorities to pursue broad agreement and to define approval routes. After finalising the handbook process, the requirements and procedures developed to get “approval in principle” shall be sufficiently advanced to seek approval in any European country without major modifications. The handbook is deemed to be able to contribute to the safe implementation of a hydrogen infrastructure, and will be an important reference for infrastructure companies, HRS operators/owners and local authorities. HyApproval is an important step with respect to building alliances between industry, governments, authorities, research and SMEs in order to establish best practice mechanisms and to take the approval in principle further to a recognised and established procedure. Furthermore, it can serve as a future platform for the exchange of all relevant HRS approval and implementation issues in Europe and internationally. The results of HyApproval will be communicated through widespread dissemination activities, including various national and international workshops and publications.

Key issues

The lack of simplified and harmonised approval procedures for Hydrogen Refuelling Stations (HRS), already addressed through the experience of the CUTE project, is a deficiency that must be overcome. There is a clear need in Europe for the provision of uniform guidance for the approval of hydrogen refuelling stations. The HyApproval project was initiated to satisfy this requirement and aims to develop a handbook that will facilitate the approval of HRS. The project goals are to finalise the HRS technical guideline started under the EIHP 2 project, to contribute to the international standard under development at ISO TC197 and, primarily, to provide a handbook which assists companies and organisations in the local implementation and operation of HRS. The handbook will be based on best practice reflecting the existing technical know-how and regulatory environment. It will also have the flexibility to allow new technologies and design to be introduced at a later stage.

 € 1,9 Mio EC Funding

European Commission FP6 contract N° 019813

Project start

October 2005

Project end

September 2007

Coordinator contact details
 HyApproval Coordination Office
 Reinhold Wurster
 Ludwig-Bölkow-Systemtechnik GmbH 
 Daimlerstr. 15
 85521 Ottobrunn
 phone +49 89 608 110 33 
 fax +49 89 609 97 31
List of participants (organisation name, country)

L-B-Systemtechnik GmbH LBST GERMANY


Air Liquide Division des Techniques Avancées AL DTA FRANCE

BP Gas Marketing Limited BP UNITED KINGDOM

Chinese Academy of Sciences, Techical Institute of Physics and Chemistry CAS PR CHINA

Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique CEA FRANCE

National Center for Scientific Research Demokritos NCSRD GREECE

Det Norske Veritas AS DNV NORWAY

EniTecnologie S.p.A. ET ITALY

Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH FZK GERMANY

Adam Opel AG Opel GERMANY

Federazione delle Associazioni Scientifiche e Tecniche FAST ITALY

Norsk Hydro ASA Hydro NORWAY Icelandic New Energy Ltd. INE ICELAND

Institut National de l'Environnment Indurstiel et des Risques INERIS FRANCE

Instituto National de Técnica Aerospacial INTA SPAIN

Joint Research Centre EC-JRC Netherlands Linde AG Linde GERMANY Hydrogenics Europe N.V. HYGS BELGIUM Shell Hydrogen B.V. Shell NETHERLANDS Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientofic Research TNO NETHERLANDS

Total Total FRANCE National Renewable Energy Laboratory NREL USA

Health & Safety Executive HSL UNITED KINGDOM

Engineering Advancement Association of Japan ENAA JAPAN

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Results, achievements

Handbook for hydrogen refuelling station approval - V2.1 on

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