The regulatory environment is changing in an effort to lessen our dependence on traditional fossil fuels and mitigate impact on climate. As a result, manufacturers in this industry must consider efficiency, cost savings, and environmental performance as critical components of their products. The rapid advancement of new technologies in this industry plays a leading role in helping achieve these goals.
CSA Group is no stranger to finding standards-based solutions for emerging technologies, with a long history in the development of standards for alternative energy products. In fact, CSA Group issued the world’s first fuel cell standard in 1998. In 2002, recognizing there were no standards that addressed safety considerations for hydrogen dispensing systems, CSA Group met with the U.S. Department of Energy to promote the development of hydrogen technology standards. In conjunction with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), we developed the first in a series of U.S. standards for hydrogen vehicle components and refueling stations.
Our testing and certification services reflect our commitment to alternative energy solutions for the transportation industry.
Hydrogen gas vehicle (HGV) fuel cells offer higher efficiency than diesel or gas engines and have the potential to help eliminate the pollution caused by burning fossil fuels. Our years of experience working with stakeholders in the automotive and other relevant industries has provided us with extensive in-depth technical knowledge, enabling us to provide valuable guidance that our customers have come to expect. We facilitate the development of standards for the components required to operate hydrogen fuel cell vehicles – including fuel dispensing, storage and infrastructure – and to power fuel cell technologies.
Manufacturers for HGV and Hydrogen fueling stations have relied on CSA Group’s state-of-the-art facilities for high pressure testing, evaluation and certification of components used in hydrogen applications. As part of our ongoing efforts to help advance the safe deployment of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, we have developed on-site evaluation testing equipment for hydrogen fueling stations. Our innovative mobile Hydrogen Dispenser Testing Apparatus (HDTA) and Weights and Measures Device (WAM-D) validates dispenser performance and verifies point of sale accuracy.
Compressed natural gas (CNG) can deliver up to 50% in savings over traditional petroleum products, such as gasoline and diesel fuel, and is quickly becoming the smart and affordable choice for fleet vehicles, transit buses, school buses, waste disposal trucks, delivery vehicles, and more. Utilizing our state-of-the-art laboratories, CSA Group can offer complete CNG vehicle systems and component testing, offering the high pressure tests required in national and international CNG component standards. In addition, we offer a full suite of standards, training tools and personnel certification programs to support the CNG industry, including CNG cylinder and fuel system inspection training for service and fleet managers and personnel working on and inspecting CNG vehicles.
Electric vehicles (EVs) are much cheaper to run and maintain, are better for the environment, can contribute to health benefits, and contain numerous safety improvements over traditional vehicles. Our testing & certification solutions address electric vehicle charging components for the North American market. Through our global network CSA Group will test a variety of commercial and residential equipment, including cables, connectors, on-board chargers, AC supply equipment, and DC fast chargers. CSA Group has developed installation requirements for electric vehicle charging components that are addressed in the Canadian Electrical Code and other national and international standards.