Hydrogen: Paving the way for new European standards to accelerate the roll-out of large-scale hydrogen solutions

In March 2023, the European Commission welcomed the Roadmap on hydrogen standardisation published by the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance.

The European Commission has announced plans to develop new standards for large-scale hydrogen solutions. The move is part of a wider strategy to accelerate the deployment of hydrogen as a clean energy source and support the EU's goal of becoming climate neutral by 2050.

The new standards will provide a framework for the design, construction, and operation of large-scale hydrogen projects, such as production plants, storage facilities, and transport infrastructure. They will also cover safety, quality, and environmental aspects, ensuring that hydrogen is produced and used sustainably and responsibly.

The development of these standards is being led by the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC), in close collaboration with industry stakeholders, research organisations, and public authorities. The standards are expected to be completed by 2023.

This initiative is a significant step towards establishing hydrogen as a mainstream energy source and promoting its use in various sectors, including transport, industry, and power generation. Hydrogen has the potential to play a critical role in decarbonizing these sectors and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

In response to this news, industry experts have welcomed the European Commission's commitment to advancing hydrogen solutions and the development of common standards across the EU. They believe this move will create a more favourable business environment for hydrogen and encourage further investment in the sector.

The Booster’s services are designed to support European research and innovation projects, which currently provide the opportunity to apply for the free consultancy service supplied by the HSbooster.eu to get advice on how to include standards and standardisation in their projects addressing this particular initiative.

This initiative is part of the European Green Deal, a comprehensive plan to make the EU's economy more sustainable and boost its competitiveness. The EU aims to become a global leader in hydrogen technologies and is investing heavily in research and innovation to achieve this goal.

Read the full EC announcement here.

Hydrogen: Paving the way for new European standards to accelerate the roll-out of large-scale hydrogen solutions