2020 NFPA 853 Standard - Current Edition
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    Get current with general requirements for safeguarding stationary fuel cell power system installations.

    With the rise in popularity and use of fuel cells as a source of power, it is crucial that there is recognized criteria for helping to protect people and property in environments where these types of equipment and components are in use. NFPA® 853, Standard for the Installation of Stationary Fuel Cell Power Systems, 2020 edition, provides industry-leading knowledge applying to the design, construction, and installation of systems of all sizes.

    From information on equipment configurations and indoor, outdoor, and rooftop installations to requirements for fuel supplies, ventilation, and fire safety and emergency planning, NFPA 853 stands as an indispensable resource for those responsible for applying or enforcing the standard. You get comprehensive fire prevention and protection provisions for buildings and facilities equipped with the following types of equipment:

    • Singular prepackaged, self-contained power system units
    • Any combination of prepackaged, self-contained power system units
    • Power system units made up of two or more factory-matched modular components intended for assembly in the field
    • Engineered and field-constructed power systems utilizing fuel cells

    NFPA 853, 2020 edition, is updated to account for the rapidly expanding and evolving energy-producing fuel cell industry and its technology.

    It's vital that architects, fire protection engineers, owners and managers of buildings or facilities, and anyone with concerns for stationary fuel cell systems safety have access to the most relevant performance criteria. NFPA 853, Standard for the Installation of Stationary Fuel Cell Power Systems, features changes that can affect your work, including:

    • Edits and revisions to the standard to address the expanded scope of ANSI/CSA FC 1, Fuel cell technologies — Part 3-100: Stationary fuel cell power systems — Safety, which now includes all pre-engineered and matched modular systems
    • Removal of sections that are no longer applicable, allowing alternate compliance options for systems outside the scope of ANSI/CSA FC 1

    Help ensure you have the resources and support to improve facility safety and comply with the latest standard.

    Be prepared for the hazards and challenges of the future today by upgrading to NFPA 853, Standard for the Installation of Stationary Fuel Cell Power Systems, 2020 edition. Order your copy now!

  • 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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