TÜV SÜD presents two new certification marks

TÜV SÜD presents two new certification marks, one for the certification of fuel-cell systems and one for components of hydrogen systems. By using these marks, manufacturers can inspire trust in the safety and performance of their systems and components. The international testing, inspection, and certification (TIC) company, in turn, provides these marks to drive the sought-after decarbonisation of our economy.

Since May 2022, TÜV SÜD Product Service has offered two new voluntary certification marks, “Fuel cell system” and “Hydrogen system component”, for stationary, factory-made fuel-cell systems and hydrogen-carrying components respectively. While fuel cells produce electricity based on an electrochemical reaction, hydrogen-carrying components such as valves, fuelling nozzles, breakaway couplings, and hoses are used at H2 (re)fuelling stations or on H2 vehicles. By affixing the certification mark of the independent TIC company to their products, manufacturers communicate their quality and safety awareness to purchasing agents and consumers, but also gain a competitive edge. The normative basis comprises IEC 62282-2 and -4 for fuel-cell modules, IEC 62282-3 for fuel-cell systems, ISO 19880-3 and -5 for hydrogen valves and dispenser hoses, and ISO 17268 for breakaway couplings and fuelling nozzles.

The certification confirms more than the products’ or systems’ conformity with the national and international technical safety standards. Where necessary, TÜV SÜD also inspects the production factory and performs regular surveillance audits. In Garching near Munich, TÜV SÜD operates a cutting-edge hydrogen testing laboratory where components and systems are tested for their H2 readiness, compatibility, and performance, from design validation to type approval and certification.

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