was based on a dual strategy:
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.
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.