With the new website on ‘Regulations, Codes & Standards’ for hydrogen and fuel cell technology in the mobility area, NOW GmbH is offering a central platform and information database for German stakeholders.

The topic of standardisation in the field of hydrogen and fuel cell technology is complex, internationally oriented and is subject to continuous development. Until now, there was no central platform dealing with the ‘Regulations, Codes & Standards’ (RCS) issue for these technologies. This gap has now been bridged with the launch of the new website: rcs.now-gmbh.de by NOW GmbH and offers a range of comprehensive information and communication:

  • General information on the RCS issue
  • Illustrates objectives and relevance of standardisation
  • Outlines institutions und organisations
  • Outlines development processes of standards in the various organisations
  • Participation and involvement in standards work
  • Specific information on the current RCS status – the basis of which is a database on the key standards and regulations compiled by NOW Gmbh.


Different technical requirements make market launches more difficult

There are a multitude of projects involving hydrogen and fuel cell technologies carried out as well as committees established on a global scale. Because standardization has not yet been harmonized, different technical requirements are being used for partly identical technologies. To facilitate simple, efficient and safe use by end users, rules, regulations and standards must be harmonized on both national and international levels. A global uniform standardization of technologies not only enhances safety, but also assists hydrogen and fuel cell technologies to achieve a more regulated and simplified market launch.

Communication platform for information, support, and exchange

The website is aimed particularly at market players wishing to inform themselves about the latest status of RCS (e.g. companies in production, processing, sales, etc.). Furthermore it should serve as a supporting tool for authorities to simplify and accelerate licensing processes. In addition to providing information, the objective of the website is to motivate visitors to participate in the processes for developing standards.