In Australia, the hydrogen sector is seeing consistent growth and its role across the Australian industry to decarbonise, improve fuel security, and create new investment opportunities is being recognised. Standards Australia has been working with stakeholders across government and industry, as well as collaborating internationally, to understand where the opportunities lay for hydrogen.
The global demand for hydrogen exported from Australia could be more than $50 billion by 2050.source Therefore it is more important now than ever that the appropriate standards are in place to help with the safe and effective scale-up of the technology.Integral to its use in Australia is Standards Australia committee ME-093, Hydrogen Technologies. These industry experts are instrumental in development and adoption of hydrogen standards, working closely with key stakeholders to move Australia towards a more sustainable future. The committee’s terms of reference covers all aspects of hydrogen, including the production, storage and handling, measurement, transport, transmission and distribution of hydrogen in its pure form, blended with another fuel gas. In May 2020, the committee established five working groups tasked with overseeing and developing guidance in the following areas:
- Production, Handling and Storage
- Pipeline and Gas Distribution Networks
- End Use Utilisation
- Fuel Cell Applications
- Mobility Applications
2020 saw the adoption of eight key hydrogen standards with the work to bring further guidance to the sector ongoing. The purpose of this page is to provide a one-stop shop for stakeholders to find key information related to the development of hydrogen standards.
ME-093 Hydrogen Technologies Strategic Work Plan (PDF) summarises the work of Standards Australia’s ME-093, Hydrogen Technologies committee and highlights its future activities.
In December 2022, Standards Australia hosted the annual International Standards Organization (ISO) committee meeting of ISO/TC 197, Hydrogen Technologies, and associated working groups in Sydney, Australia. The meeting brought together around 50 technical experts from ISO's participating member bodies to discuss standardisation in the field of hydrogen systems and devices, including production, storage, transport, measurement, and usage. As part of the week-long activities, Standards Australia organised a showcase of innovative and emerging hydrogen technologies from Australia. This showcase gave international delegates a chance to interact with and learn about upcoming Australian technologies that could be used globally to improve accessibility to hydrogen. The video below features some of the showcase participants talking about their technologies and the benefits they bring to the hydrogen industry.
LThe information sheets below provide guidance on the application of relevant standards to common hydrogen activities. The intent of these documents is to provide clarity and additional information for regulators, project proponents, engineers and other stakeholders with an interest in the standards relevant to hydrogen.
The first in this series is on Hydrogen Refuelling Stations. This document is for information purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for appropriate consultation with the authorities and project experts.
Please submit feedback or request more information on the information sheet at SI@standards.org.au