January 2020 NewsFlash - AGA

January 2020 NewsFlash

  • 30-01-2020

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AGA NewsFlash

GTRC Scheme Rules

Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies

The AGA Showroom

Standards Update

GTRC Scheme Rules

“The Rules” which were published by the Gas Technical Regulators Committee are now in force for all Certifications.

The “Rules” can be downloaded by Clicking Here

In summary, to ensure AGA Certificate Holders comply with the Rules, the following is required for every Certificate:

1. A separate declaration form must be completed and signed for each AGA Certificate.

For the specific details regarding the “Declaration of Conformity to Type” please refer to ‘The Rules’ issued by the GTRC which lists the following items:

* Suitable systems are in place to ensure that gas equipment manufactured and supplied under coverage of an AGA Certificate conforms in every respect to the ‘Certified Design’.

* The markings on the gas equipment are consistent with information set out on the Certificate issued by AGA.

* The gas equipment meets the requirements of the standards to which it has been Certified.

* The gas equipment is safe. 

2. For Gas Appliances –Updated marking artwork which includes the Gas Compliance Mark and its position as per the GTRC Style Guide Found Here.

The “Rules” are called up in various state and territory legislation and accordingly, it is a legal requirement to supply the aforementioned as soon as possible, if not already submitted. If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact your AGA Client Manager.  

Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan (METI), the European Commission Directorate-General for Energy (ENER) and the Department of Energy of the United States of America (DOE) issued a joint statement on hydrogen and fuel cell technology announcing a new cooperative between these organisations.  The joint statement is included below:

“Today, METI, ENER and DOE affirmed their shared desire to strengthen trilateral cooperation on hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.  METI, ENER, and DOE (hereinafter referred to as “the organizations”) share a strong interest in hydrogen and fuel cell technologies which could bring significant benefits to the energy sector, the economy and to the environment.  Hydrogen and fuel cells are part of a broad and sustainable energy portfolio and could be a key to opening up opportunities and value in all sectors, from transportation to industry, as well as enabling reliable, clean and affordable electricity.  

The organizations have been world leaders in funding hydrogen and fuel cell programs over more than three decades and intend to strengthen their unity to accelerate the development of sustainable hydrogen and fuel cell technologies in the world.  The organizations recognize the importance of reducing the cost of hydrogen for its affordability as well as reliability.  The organizations strongly believe that their envisaged cooperation can lead to expansion of international collaboration and contribute to scale-up hydrogen in the global economy.  While continuing to work with many countries through other international partnerships and collaborations, the organizations believe that they have much to gain from working together.  

To this end, the organizations intend to explore how to best initiate and implement, consistent with their energy dialogues, an effective framework for cooperation on hydrogen, possibly through developing a memorandum of cooperation (MOC) in preparation for the 2nd Hydrogen Energy Ministerial Meeting.   The organizations would plan to work together and with other countries, to accelerate progress in hydrogen technologies globally.  The envisaged MOC would facilitate the development of concrete actions through cooperation in the following possible areas which are listed in the “Tokyo Statement” released as a Chair’s summary at the Hydrogen Energy Ministerial Meeting, held in Tokyo on October 23rd, 2018.

1. Cooperation on Application of Technologies and Coordination on Harmonization of Regulations, Codes and Standards.

2. Promotion of Information Sharing, International Joint Research and Development Emphasizing Hydrogen Safety and Infrastructure Supply Chain.

3. Study and Evaluation of Hydrogen’s Potential across Sectors Including Its Potential for Reducing Both CO2 Emissions and Other Emissions.

4. Communication, Education and Outreach.”

The AGA Showroom

Since the launch of the AGA Showroom in November 2019, we have received overwhelming positive feedback from industry stakeholders. 

Many acknowledge that the promotion of our gas industry has dwindled over the years, and are now excited with this new platform which will give the means to resurrect the promotional spark we had as an industry. The consumer reach of The AGA Showroom has been phenomenal in just a couple of months, with the numbers already in the tens of thousands.  

If you are member of AGA, and hold current AGA Certifications, the platform is for you, list your AGA Certified products on the The Showroom.

The AGA Showroom is a world first online and iOs/Android application platform to promote the Australian Gas Industry!

CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE AGA SHOWROOM

* The AGA Showroom is where mums and dads can find a whole range of safe and reliable gas appliances and all the benefits that come with them.

* It’s where gas fitters can find a whole range of gas appliances and components.

* The AGA Showroom is where suppliers and manufacturers can showcase their gas products.

* The AGA Showroom is where mums and dads can communicate directly with the suppliers and manufacturers.

* The AGA Showroom is a platform through which we can educate mums and dads about the safe use of gas appliances

Latest Standards Updates

LPG Cylinder New Connection

The following relevant Standards relating to the new LPG Cylinder Connection are open for public comment until 12 March 2020

AS 4627:2017 Amd 1 (Quick-connect devices for gas)

AS 2473.2:2015 Amd 1 (Valves for compressed gas cylinders, Part 2: Outlet connections (threaded) and stem (inlet) threads)

AS 2473.1:2006 Amd 1 (Valves for compressed gas cylinders –
Specifications, type testing, and manufacturing tests and inspections)

If you would like to submit any comments, you may forward them to our Group Manager, Technical Operations, Mr Bill (Vasilios) Tabourlos [btabourlos@aga.asn.au], or directly through the Standards Australia website: Click Here 

Published Standards

The following Standards were published on the 24th January 2020, please contact your AGA Client Manager if your Certifications are affected:

AS/NZS 5263.1.1:2020 (Gas appliances, Part 1.1: Domestic gas cooking appliances ) 

AS/NZS 5263.1.2:2020 (Gas appliances, Part 1.2: Gas fired water heaters for hot water supply and/or central heating) 

AS 4632:2020 (Over-pressure and under-pressure shut off devices)

AS/NZS 5263.1.6:2020 (Gas appliances, Part 1.6: Indirect gas-fired ducted air heaters)