China hydrogen industry standards

A growing number of countries are releasing national strategies to support the hydrogen energy industry, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). But the IEA also noted that the lack of clarity about certification and regulation is one of the barriers to making firm investment decisions. However, the agency listed China as a highlight that has “taken the lead in deployment.”

China’s first national-level construction guideline for the standards of the hydrogen energy industry chain was jointly released on 15 Aug 2023 by several ministries and departments, in a bid to implement the national deployment of the industry, and give full play to the leading role of standards for its development.

Hydrogen energy is a versatile type of energy with low carbon emissions and wide uses in various fields. It is of great significance for building a clean, low-carbon emission, safe and efficient energy system and achieving China’s goals of carbon peaking and neutrality.

The guideline builds a standard system for the production, storage, transport and use of the hydrogen energy. The goals of the guideline include accelerating the formulation of relevant technical standards and improving the international standardization on hydrogen energy, according to a statement on the website of the State Administration for Market Regulation.

The guideline clarifies the key tasks of domestic and international hydrogen energy standardization work in the next three years, and deploys two major actions – core standard development and international standardization promotion.

Source: Global Times, Aug 08, 2023.