With the support of the Normandy region, SGS, the world leader in testing, inspection and certification, is investing in an innovative analytical unit for hydrogen quality control in its Harfleur laboratory. Thanks to state-of-the-art technologies, the full range of analyses required to ensure the purity of hydrogen (H2) can be carried out. SGS experts use national and international standards, including EN 17124, ISO 14687 and SAE J2719.
"As an active member of ISO/TC 197 technical committees for hydrogen quality and sampling, the expertise of our teams is recognized worldwide. At the same time, we are also an active member of Hydrogen Europe," says Arnaud Boille, Hydrogen Business Developer, SGS France.
SGS is committed to supporting its customers not only on the hydrogen quality side but also along the entire hydrogen value chain. SGS offers industrial quality consulting services, risk assessments, audits and inspections, as well as training for the hydrogen market.
SGS innovates in Normandy in Harfleur
The SGS laboratory in Harfleur is accredited to Cofrac Iso/IEC 17025 n°1-6456. SGS hydrogen experts have both field and laboratory experience, enabling them to perform and interpret the most sophisticated analyses. Our analyzers are fully integrated, meaning that a single sample injection allows you to obtain a complete set of analytical results, reducing turnaround times, costs and sample volumes.
Analyses can quantify 14 different impurities from ppm to ppb as required by ISO 14687 Grade D. These new capabilities will support SGS Group customers in their commitment to carbon neutrality. In addition, this innovation will strengthen SGS's leading position in the hydrogen analysis market thanks to its existing facilities in Ireland and China.
" We can take this gas from hydrogen refuelling stations, production sites, and any other site using hydrogen up to 700 bar," says Azzedine Laras, Sustainability Services Business Manager, Natural Resources, SGS France
Hydrogen: a fast-growing market
Hydrogen represents a nascent and rapidly evolving global market. Its meteoric growth is largely due to the Paris Climate Agreement and recent carbon neutrality commitments from countries around the world. Globally, the hydrogen market is expected to witness a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.6% between 2022 and 2027. These promising forecasts are not surprising considering that more than 30 countries have ambitious hydrogen strategies in place, aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, diversifying and securing their energy supply sources, integrating renewable energy, building strategic reserves and developing hydrogen production capacities for both export and import.