October 2023 NewsFlash - AGA

October 2023 NewsFlash

  • 08-11-2023

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AGA partners with KIWA

Hydrogen Appliance Technical Specification

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Standards Update

AGA partners with KIWA

KIWA Italia has recently achieved the status of an AGA Authorised Laboratory, having successfully completed the AGA authorisation process. This authorisation allows KIWA to conduct selected testing for AGA Certification, further cementing its reputation for excellence in quality and safety standards within the industry.

KIWA is renowned for its sophisticated testing capabilities, especially in the fields of gas appliances, components, and hydrogen technology. They have developed extensive expertise in the certification, testing, and inspection of gas and hydrogen appliances, as well as vehicle components. This includes challenging areas such as hydrogen storage, where they address the complexities of handling a low-density fuel at high pressures, and hydrogen mobility, where they assess the performance and safety of vehicle components in their testing laboratories.

The collaboration between AGA and KIWA, with its long-standing history, now enters a new chapter, where KIWA’s testing expertise will advance AGA’s commitment to certifying products that meet the highest standards of safety and performance in the gas and hydrogen industries.

Hydrogen Appliance Technical Specification

The ‘SA TS 5390:2023 Gas appliances — Hydrogen-fired gas appliances’ draft specification is currently out for public comment until 12 December 2023.

It details regulatory frameworks for hydrogen combustion appliances, specifying exclusions and integrating with AS/NZS 5263.0 and AS 4563 to enhance current standards. The draft aims for compliance with AS 3645 for regulatory approval and mandates thorough testing for hydrogen use in appliances.

Some of the items in the draft specification include:

Cylinder Restrictions: Prohibiting cylinder compartments within hydrogen gas appliances to align with expected future ventilation requirements.

Colour Coding: Introducing a standardised colour code for hydrogen in turquoise to distinguish it from other gas types, while also requiring additional identification beyond colour coding.

Safety Warnings: Mandating clear warnings about the low visibility of hydrogen flames.

Testing Gases: Specifying the composition of hydrogen used for testing purposes to ensure consistency and reliability in results.

Operational Pressures: Defining the minimum and maximum pressure thresholds for hydrogen gas in various testing conditions to ensure appliance stability and safety.

Ignition and Safety Systems: Emphasising the need for risk assessments and protective measures during testing considering hydrogen’s unique properties.

Stakeholders are invited to review and provide feedback on this draft specification via the designated comment submission portal as follows: Click Here 

Christmas closure

Kindly note that AGA will be taking a holiday break starting 23 December 2023, and we will be back to assist you on 15 January 2024.

We encourage you to schedule any required certifications, testing, or consultations with our team well in advance of these dates. For urgent matters during this period please email office@aga.asn.au

Latest Standards Updates

The following Standards are out for public comment until 28 November 2023

AS/NZS 3500.1 – Plumbing and drainage, Part 1: Water services

AS/NZS 3500.2 – Plumbing and drainage, Part 2: Sanitary plumbing and drainage

AS/NZS 3500.3 – Plumbing and drainage, Part 3: Stormwater drainage

AS/NZS 3500.4 – Plumbing and drainage, Part 4: Heated water services

If you would like to submit any comments, you may forward them directly through to Standards Australia – See following guide: Click Here