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Fuel Cells

Ensure Your Fuel Cells Comply with All Safety Regulations

If your company produces fuel cells for consumer use, your product must comply with the ANSI Z21.83 “Fuel Cell Power Plants” standard.

TÜV Rheinland provides testing services for the United States and Canada, conducted in accordance with ANSI Z21.83 and other standards and guidelines, such as the National Electric Code-Article 692, based on their applicability.

As a partner for developing and testing this technology – including regulatory consulting of all safety aspects and assessment of conformity to regulations and standards – we are highly knowledgeable in fuel cell technology and can assure you top-quality service.

Benefits at a Glance

With fuel cells services from TÜV Rheinland, you can be sure of:

  • Safety and quality
  • Conformity to standards set by ANSI (American National Standards Institute)
  • CE marking and other requirements
  • Greater market access
  • Meeting set standards and regulations
  • TÜV Rheinland’s exclusive, one-stop service
  • A lead against the competition with a neutral audit seal
  • Reduced risk of company liability with documented safety standards
  • Fast audit times and long-standing experience from a company with a global presence and reputation
  • Compliance with local government and legal requirements


Testing for the U.S. and Canada is conducted in accordance with the ANSI Z21.83 “Fuel Cell Power Plants" standard.

CE marking testing for fuel cells typically includes an evaluation to the draft standard IEC/EN 62282 “Fuel Cell Technologies,” 2006/95/EC “Low Voltage Directive,” 98/37/EC “Industrial Machinery Directive,” 2014/30/EU “EMC Directive,” and their harmonized standards as applicable.

Other directives and standards might be relevant, depending on the size and design of the fuel system – for example, 94/9/EC “ATEX Directive,” 97/23/EC “Pressure Equipment Directive,” and other possible requirements of the country of designated installation.

The typical process is as follows:

  • Quote
  • Document/application submission
  • Preliminary investigation
  • Testing
  • Certification

More Information

The ANSI Z21.83 “Fuel Cell Power Plants” standard covers the minimum safety requirements for modules (not systems) that manufacturers should comply with to produce fuel cells destined for use by consumers. The main thinking behind these requirements covers three aspects:

  • Eliminate hazards outside the fuel cell module, when the quantity of fuel and other stored energy (for example, flammable materials, pressurized media, electrical energy, mechanical energy) in the fuel cell module is released nearly instantaneously, or
  • Passively control (for example, burst disks, release valves, thermal cut-off devices) such forms of energy to ensure a release without endangering the immediate surroundings, or
  • Actively control such forms of energy (for example, by electronic control equipment included in the fuel cell module, which enforces adequate countermeasures based on the evaluation of sensor signals)

Related Services from TÜV Rheinland

If you’re interested in TÜV Rheinland’s FDA 510(k) fuel cells services, you may also be interested in these services:

  • ATEX
  • PEMT
  • PED
  • Field evaluation
  • Industrial machinery
  • EMC

Products Covered

Our services cover the following classifications of fuel cell power plants:

  • Stationary
  • Residential
  • Transportation
  • Portable power