The importance of standards

October 2nd, 2020

Standards development is a critical element in facilitating hydrogen industry scale-up.

Supporting Hydrogen Industry Deployment through Standards Development

Standards Australia is Australia’s peak standards development organisation. Standards play a crucial role in providing the technical ‘know-how’ that industry can use to scale up. Since 2018, Standards Australia has championed the need for hydrogen standards development.

Globally, several standards development organisations are working on standards for the hydrogen industry. At present, Australia actively participates on three international committees for the purposes of influencing and adopting international standards. These are:

  • Standards Australia logoISO TC 197 Hydrogen technologies
  • ISO TC 8/SC 2 Marine environment protection
  • IEC TC 105 Fuel cell technologies.

International participation is important to ensuring that Australia can:

  • remain at the forefront of international developments;
  • gain access to global markets; and
  • achieve economies of scale so that practices can be quickly adopted.

ME-093, Australia’s national hydrogen technical committee, is representing the interests of a range of stakeholders, including governments, regulators, industry and the community. A number of standards have been adopted and continue to be developed.

Strategic working groups have also been established to ensure dedicated specialists are involved in the development of national guidelines and recommendation of international adoptions. These working groups are:

  • Production, handling and storage
  • Pipeline and gas distribution networks
  • End-use applications
  • Fuel cell applications
  • Mobility-use applications.

Further information on the development of hydrogen standards for Australia is contained in the HyResource Standards Australia description.


This Features post was prepared by Standards Australia
September 2020