NFPA 2: Hydrogen Technologies Code

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2011 NFPA 2

Protect lives and property with the 2011 NFPA 2's comprehensive fire protection requirements for areas containing hydrogen.

The 2011 NFPA 2: Hydrogen Technologies Code is a brand new document that consolidates all the fire and life safety requirements applicable to generation, installation, storage, piping, use, and handling of hydrogen in compressed gas form or cryogenic liquid form into a single comprehensive resource.

It includes fundamental requirements for hydrogen in both gaseous and liquid phases and contains additional use-specific categories, such as:

  • Vehicle fueling facilities
  • Systems for fuel cell power and generation
  • Applications involving combustion processes and special atmospheres
  • Operations in the lab

Among the key topics that NFPA 2 would apply to are indoor fueling, hydrogen fueling stations, backup power, and electrolytic production of hydrogen. The most advanced commercial applications for hydrogen technologies are backup power using polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cells and forklifts. NFPA 2 will benefit enforcing officials when reviewing permits for occupancies storing, handling or using hydrogen or when inspecting existing facilities.

Annexes include a sample ordinance adopting NFPA 2, an example of Class C furnace operational and maintenance checklist, and supplementary information on explosion hazards and protection in laboratories. (Softbound, 197 pp., 2011)

NFPA® 2 Hydrogen Technologies Code 2011 Edition

Chapter 1 Administration
1.1 Scope
1.2 Purpose
1.3 Application
1.4 Retroactivity
1.5 Equivalency
1.6 Units and Formulas
1.7 Enforcement
Chapter 2 Referenced Publications
2.1 General
2.2 NFPA Publications
2.3 Other Publications
2.4 References for Extracts in Mandatory Sections
Chapter 3 Definitions
3.1 General
3.2 NFPA Official Definitions
3.3 General Definitions
3.4 Definitions for Performance-Based Designs
Chapter 4 General Fire Safety Requirements
4.1 Application
4.2 Goals and Objectives
4.3 Assumptions
4.4 Compliance Options
4.5 Permits
4.6 Emergency Plan
4.7 Facility Closure
4.8 Out-of-Service Stationary Bulk Gas Systems
4.9 Management Plan and Hazardous Materials Documentation
4.10 Release of GH2 or LH2
4.11 Personnel Training
4.12 Ignition Source Controls
4.13 Signs
4.14 Protection From Vehicular Damage
Chapter 5 Performance-Based Option
5.1 General
5.2 Performance Criteria
5.3 Retained Prescriptive Requirements
5.4 Design Scenarios
5.5 Evaluation of Proposed Designs
5.6 Safety Factors
5.7 Documentation Requirements
Chapter 6 General Hydrogen Requirements
6.1 General
6.2 Design and Construction
6.3 Control Areas
6.4 Occupancy Classification
6.5 Gas Rooms
6.6 Weather Protection
6.7 Electrical Equipment
6.8 Employee Alarm System
6.9 Explosion Control
6.10 Fire Protection Systems
6.11 Fire Alarm Systems
6.12 GH2 Detection Systems
6.13 Lighting
6.14 Spill Control, Drainage, and Secondary Containment
6.15 Shelving
6.16 Vent Pipe Termination
6.17 Ventilation
6.18 Gas Cabinets
6.19 Exhausted Enclosures
6.20 Source Valve
Chapter 7 Gaseous Hydrogen
7.1 General
7.2 Nonbulk GH2
7.3 Bulk GH2 Systems
Chapter 8 Liquefied Hydrogen
8.1 General
8.2 NonBulk LH2
8.3 Bulk LH2 Systems
Chapter 9 Explosion Protection
9.1 (Reserved)
Chapter 10 GH2 Vehicle Fueling Facilities
10.1 Scope
10.2 General
10.3 Dispensing
10.4 Storage
Chapter 11 LH2 Fueling Facilities
11.1 Scope
11.2 General
11.3 Dispensing
11.4 Storage
Chapter 12 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Power Systems
12.1 Scope
12.2 General
12.3 Specific Requirements
12.4 Storage
Chapter 13 Hydrogen Generation Systems
13.1 Scope
13.2 General
13.3 Use
13.4 Storage
Chapter 14 Combustion Applications
14.1 Scope
14.2 General. [Reserved]
14.3 Use
14.4 Storage
Chapter 15 Special Atmosphere Applications
15.1 Scope
15.2 General. (Reserved)
15.3 Use
15.4 Storage
Chapter 16 Laboratory Operations
16.1 Scope
16.2 General
16.3 Use
16.4 Storage
Chapter 17 Parking Garages (Reserved)
Chapter 18 Road Tunnels (Reserved)
Chapter 19 Repair Garage (Reserved)
Chapter 20 Fuel Blends (Reserved)
Annex A Explanatory Material
Annex B Administration
Annex C Sample Ordinance Adopting NFPA 2
Annex D Physical Properties of Hydrogen
Annex E Determination of Separation Distances for Bulk Gaseous Hydrogen Systems
Annex F Example of Class C Furnace Operational and Maintenance Checklist
Annex G Supplementary Information on Explosion Hazards and Protection in Laboratories
Annex H Safety Tips for Compressed Gas Users
Annex I Design Standard References
Annex J Design Standard References
Annex K Hydrogen Explosion Control
Annex L Informational References