EIHP Project Goals


The project was based on a dual strategy:

One part of the project - a quasi top-down-approach - is focused on the existing hydrogen-related legislation in European countries. Adequate legislation scarcely exists today, particularly in the field of licensing procedures for hydrogen vehicles. Correspondingly, a structured survey and analysis of existing relevant rules, regulations and licensing procedures in the participating countries (Belgium, France, Germany, Spain and Sweden) will be conducted with the aim of not only identifying deficiencies but also defining regulations which are already sufficiently comprehensive to facilitate harmonization throughout Europe. The survey will be structured such as to subsequently accommodate corresponding surveys of other countries.

The other part of the project - a bottom-up-approach - is focused on existing hydrogen vehicles in Europe including the infrastructure supply technology. Systematic analyses such as Fault Tree Analysis (FTA), Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA), Hazard Operability Studies (HAZOP) etc. will be conducted and complemented by detailed studies of worst-case scenarios. This will help to document safety features while systematically improving the potential of hydrogen technology, thus creating a more solid basis for discussion with relevant licensing authorities.