Hydrogen and automotive

Car manufacturers have been researching the use of hydrogen for decades. Hydrogen vehicles are available today, yet suffer from the lack of an economic infrastructure, with the appropriate purity of hydrogen gas to support fuel cells. Hydrogen networks, with gas scrubbing technologies, will enable fuel cell infrastructures to be generated overnight. The main challenge currently lies in creating a national network of hydrogen filling stations.

Kiwa’s large hydrogen vehicle component test facility acts as a technical office for European vehicle certification authorities. The labs test and certify hydrogen tanks and vehicle components to EC79:2009, GTR No. 13, ECE 134, and hydrogen fuel cells to EN 62282. We also provide vehicle pre-shipment inspections, advise on hydrogen vehicle garaging and safety inspections of HRS installations.  

Hydrogen gas storage

Hydrogen car manufacturers face the challenge of storing hydrogen. It has a very low density, which means it must be stored under high pressure. Manufacturers produce extremely strong tanks made of composite materials to enable safe and effective hydrogen storage.

These tanks and their components must meet very strict requirements and are subjected to a wide range of tests under extreme conditions. Kiwa’s hydrogen laboratory has been testing automotive tanks for over a decade and has recently invested in doubling the capacity of the lab in anticipation of a large increase in hydrogen vehicles as part of the Energy Transition.

  • Cybersecurity remains a hot topic, not only due to the increasing number of hacks and ransomware attacks but also from the perspective of regulators and the evolving legal framework in this area. European member states are currently preparing for the transposition of the Network and Information Security Directive 2 (NIS2) into national legislation.
    Show
  • Evaluating all aspects of the supply chain, product, manufacturing, and management processes potentially affecting module safety and performance. A comprehensive auditing protocol based on direct observation, stress-testing and expert review.
    Show
  • Thanks to our new digital tag system, you can access information related to each device centrally, securely and quickly thanks to a digital tag scan. In this way, you create a safety culture within your company that leads to a better feeling on the part of your employees and higher productivity!
    Show
  • Dust Analysis System (DAS 2.0) is a device to quantify the soiling status of operating PV power plants, which can help to schedule the best time to clean the modules, save the cleaning cost and maximize the power output for owners or O&M providers.
    Show
  • In the eyes of Kiwa, hydrogen plays a crucial role in the energy transition. But what is hydrogen? You'll discover it in the Kiwa’s e-learning Hydrogen Awareness, an introduction to hydrogen for anyone involved (or getting involved) with hydrogen.
    Show