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Installation Permitting Guidance for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Stationary Applications (HYPER)

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Installation Permitting Guidance for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Stationary Applications (HYPER)

Project (geographical) scope and type European Specific Targeted Research Project (STREP) with US contributions
Project acronym Hyper
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Project main objective(s), goal(s)

The Installation Permitting Guidance (IPG) for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Stationary Applications (HYPER) project is aimed at developing for small stationary hydrogen and fuel cell systems to fast track approval of safety and procedural issues, by providing a comprehensive agreed installation permitting process for developers, design engineers, manufacturers, installers and authorities. The project brings together a group of 34 organisations, made up of 15 partners and 19 members of a supporting Stakeholders Consultative Group (SCG). The partners include hydrogen system and fuel-cell manufacturers, installers and operators, regulators, research laboratories and universities. The SCG has a complementary make up and includes representatives of regulatory organizations, national hydrogen associations, hydrogen systems manufacturers and distributors and international experts.

Key issues

The almost universally recognised need to curb greenhouse gas emissions and at the same time secure a cheap and environmentally friendly supply of energy is a major economic and social driver for many countries. It is also clear that there is a need for a more de-centralised and diversified power supply chain which will rely on a greater number of smaller localized generation units. Hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, in particular when applied to the residential and small stationary market, are expected to play a major role in the future energy provision for the European Union.

At present there is limited relevant guidance available to assist installers of fuel cell and hydrogen stationary systems. The establishment of consistent universal safety codes and standards for hydrogen fuel is essential to securing public and institutional acceptance of hydrogen.

  1,9 Mio EC Funding

Sixth Framework Programme and contributing to the implementation of the Thematic Priority "Sustainable Energy Systems". Contract No 039028

Project start

October 2006

Project end

January 2009

Coordinator contact details
 Patricia J Scully  	 
 Project Coordinator
 Photon Science Institute, 
 University of Manchester
 Room 3.332 Alan Turing Building
 United Kingdom
 M13 9PL
 Telephone: +44 (0)161 306 8923
 Fax: +44 (0) 161 275 1001
List of participants (organisation name, country)
  1. University of Manchester, UNIMAN UK
  2. Health and Safety Executive HSE.HSL UK
  3. Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH FZK DE
  4. Vaillant GmbH V DE
  5. Sandia National Laboratories SANDIA UNITED STATES
  6. Institut National de l'Environnement Industriel et des Risques INERIS FR
  7. PlugPower Holland BV PPH NL
  8. Arcotronics Fuel Cells s.r.l. ARCO FC IT
  9. Russian Research Centre-Kurchatov Institute KI RUSSIAN FEDERATION
  10. Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique CEA FR
  11. National Centre for Scientific Research Demokritos NCSRD GR
  12. University of Ulster UU UK
  13. University of Pisa UNIPI IT
  14. Ecofys Netherlands ECOFYS NL
  15. Pro-Science Gesselschaft fur wissenschaftliche und technische Dienstleistungen mbH ProScience DE
Organisational structure
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Results, achievements

Guidance handbook for the safe installation and operation of small sized hydrogen technology (to be published on the project website)

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