26 November 2019


Martin Hydrogen BikeAs the energy landscape continues to evolve and new products are designed for the growing clean fuels sector, collaboration and standardisation are key to accelerate these emerging technologies to meet the ambitious net-zero targets set by governments across the world.

Aligned with two of the key challenges highlighted by the UK Industrial Strategy, Clean Growth and Future of Mobility, the UK’s Designated Institute for Flow Measurement at TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory have, in collaboration with the Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (SHFCA), brought together individuals from across the hydrogen sector at a recent event.

The Hydrogen – Measure to Manage Workshop was held in November to identify the key barriers to widespread adoption of hydrogen technologies. Over 30 stakeholders from across the sector joined our Clean Fuels Team to discuss the key challenges currently facing the industry and the need for standardisation across this growing sector.

Workshop Chair, Dr Martin Hanton, Technical Director, TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory, opened the event before delegates heard position papers from Nigel Holmes, CEO, SHFCA; Kerry-Ann Adamson, Principal Consultant, Advisian and Ewan Swaffield, Alternative Fuels Policy Manager, Transport Scotland, describing some of the key challenges within the sector. The TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory team then shared some thoughts on how standardisation could help support business challenges in emerging technology areas, including the use of Publicly Available Specifications (PAS), Joint Industry Projects (JIPs) and Open Innovation. In the afternoon, delegates took part in a workshop to identify and prioritise the key barriers, prior to a series of facilitated discussions to tease out further detail and identify the best route to a solution.

“The findings of the workshop and recommended actions will be summarised in a short report before the end of 2019” commented Dr Hanton. “This will be followed in early 2020 by a period of consultation with the attendees, and the wider SHFCA membership, to gain further feedback and validation of the findings and actions. After that we look forwards to working with similarly interested parties to start addressing the actions and taking tangible steps to address these sector wider challenges.”

To learn more about our current work in the clean fuels sector, or to discuss how you can get involved in upcoming events please contact our communications manager [email protected].

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