A recent workshop for the EU-funded HyLaw project highlighted the importance of enhanced legislation, research and development in the field of hydrogen flow measurement, amongst many other legislative issues related to the hydrogen economy. The workshop, which took place in London City Hall, gathered together current UK experience on hydrogen production, storage, distribution and usage.
“From the discussions that took place, it was clear that the need for accurate metering is now widely recognised within the hydrogen economy sector,” says Technical Director, Dr. Martin Hanton, who attended the meeting on behalf of NEL. “It is also clear that there is a real need for greater financial support for work in this area.”
According to Martin, another key issue is that there are currently no UK test facilities for hydrogen flow measurement devices that are in accordance with all aspects of current legislation.
“This highlights a major need for investment in national test infrastructure,” he says. “NEL is already engaged in a BEIS funded project to design such a facility, but the finance for construction still needs to be found.”
HyLaw is a flagship project that brings together 23 partner countries from across Europe. It has been set up to identify the legal, legislative and regulatory barriers to the implementation of the hydrogen economy, and to determine how these barriers can be removed, ameliorated or overcome. Its aim is to boost the market uptake of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, to provide market developers with a clear view of all applicable regulations, and to alert policy makers to the barriers that must be removed.
“There is widespread recognition of the need to update legislative frameworks to accelerate the transition to a hydrogen economy,” says Martin. “HyLaw was established to provide the specific detail on what needs to be addressed. NEL is working actively across this whole area and is therefore contributing to HyLaw’s activities.”
“The HyLaw event was an excellent opportunity for NEL to strengthen existing contacts in the sector, some of whom we are already working with, whilst also making new contacts and identifying opportunities to collaborate with them,” Martin adds. “Our participation in these events is crucial to fulfilling our role as holder of the UK’s National Standards for Flow and Density. It is also vital to guide the development of the framework around flow metering in this sector, and to ensure it is in alignment with the UK’s Industrial Strategy challenge areas of Clean Growth and the Future of Mobility.”
For more details, contact Dr. Martin Hanton.