2020 NFPA 853 Standard - Current Edition
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    Architects, fire protection engineers, and owners and managers of buildings or facilities that employ stationary fuel cell systems need to follow the latest NFPA 853, Standard for the Installation of Stationary Fuel Cell Power Systems. The Standard includes design, construction, and installation requirements for fire prevention and fire protection for stationary fuel cell power systems of all sizes. 

    More information regarding the 2020 edition is coming soon. If you are interested in other editions of NFPA 853, use the drop down menu above to select the edition year you need.

  • Table of Contents (2020 Current Edition)

    NFPA® 853 Standard for the Installation of Stationary Fuel Cell Power Systems, 2020 Edition

    Chapter 1 Administration
    1.1 Scope.
    1.2 Purpose.
    1.3 Application.
    1.4 Retroactivity.
    1.5 Equivalency.
    1.6 Units and Formulas.
    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.
    Chapter 4 General Equipment Configuration
    4.1 General.
    4.2 Prepackaged, Self-Contained Fuel Cell Power Systems.
    4.3 Pre-Engineered and Matched Modular Fuel Cell Power Systems.
    4.4 Engineered and Field-Constructed Fuel Cell Power Systems.
    Chapter 5 Siting and Interconnections
    5.1 General Siting.
    5.2 Outdoor Installations.
    5.3 Indoor Installations.
    5.4 Rooftop Installation.
    5.5 Interconnections with Other Building Systems.
    Chapter 6 Fuel Supplies and Storage Arrangements
    6.1 General.
    6.2 Natural Gas Fuel Supplies.
    6.3 Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LP-Gas) Systems and Storage.
    6.4 Hydrogen Fuel Systems and Storage.
    6.5 Biogas Fuel Systems.
    6.6 Liquid Fuels.
    6.7 Solid Fuels.
    Chapter 7 Ventilation and Exhaust
    7.1 General.
    7.2 Ventilation Air.
    7.3 Exhaust Systems.
    7.4 Process Purging and Venting.
    Chapter 8 Fire Protection
    8.1 Fire Protection and Detection.
    8.2 Fire Prevention and Emergency Planning.
    Chapter 9 Fuel Cell Power Systems 50 kW or Less
    9.1 Chapter Scope.
    9.2 Outdoor Installations.
    9.3 Indoor Installations.
    9.4 Ventilation and Exhaust.
    9.5 Fire Protection.
    Annex A Explanatory Material
    Annex B Typical Fuel Cell Power System
    Annex C Informational References
  • Prior Editions

    2015 Edition

    Know you've done your job to safeguard life and property in buildings that use stationary fuel cells with the 2015 NFPA 853.

    Architects, fire protection engineers, and owners and managers of buildings or facilities that employ stationary fuel cell systems need to follow the latest NFPA 853, Standard for the Installation of Stationary Fuel Cell Power Systems. The Standard includes design, construction, and installation requirements for fire prevention and fire protection for stationary fuel cell power systems of all sizes.

    The 2015 edition has up-to-date guidelines for:

    • General equipment configuration
    • Siting and interconnections
    • Fuel supplies and storage arrangements
    • Ventilation and exhaust
    • Fire protection
    • Fuel cell power systems 50 kW or less

    This edition of NFPA 853 is updated to assist with application and enforcement. Changes include new definitions along with clarification of ventilation air and its application -- with requirements subdivided into categories for circulation air, dilution air, and primary air. (Print, 15 pp., 2015)

    Interested in other editions of NFPA 853? Use the drop down menu above to select the edition year you need.

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