Dutch NMi certifies 100% hydrogen meter by Italy’s SIT


The Netherlands Measurement Institute (NMi) has certified a 100% hydrogen meter developed by SIT through its subsidiary MeterSit.

The Measuring Instrument Directive certification issued proves that MeterSit’s Domusnext 2.0 MMU6 H2 residential meter is 100% hydrogen compatible.

SIT says the certification is a testimony of the accuracy and reliability of the hydrogen meter for use in Europe, the UK and other non-EU countries.

The hydrogen meter is the world’s first to gain NMi’s Measuring Instrument Directive certification.

The hydrogen meter was developed using funding secured from the UK’s Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy as part of the Hy4Heat initiative which is designed to create a roadmap to accelerate the shift from natural gas to hydrogen use in consumer homes and buildings.

MeterSit’s hydrogen meter has been installed and being tested in 100% hydrogen-powered homes in Gateshead in north England, according to a statement.

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Federico de’ Stefani, Chairman and CEO of SIT group, said: “After the satisfaction of seeing our products installed in the hydrogen houses in the UK and exhibited at COP26, we are proud to obtain this certification for our 100% hydrogen meter which allows us to move from a test phase to a production phase.

“This step is part of the process, started in 2018, that has seen SIT assuming a central role in the hydrogen economy. We are, in fact, convinced that hydrogen can be a great ally in decarbonising the atmosphere, replacing natural gas even for residential uses. In the hydrogen supply chain, residential use is, in fact, the only one ready to be employed. In this sense, SIT is ready with certified products which, once the generation and transport of hydrogen become available, will make it possible to use this alternative gas, in full compliance with our corporate and sustainability mission.”

The certification comes at a time when the lack of infrastructure for hydrogen production, storage and transportation has been identified as one of the greatest challenges to market expansion.

However, increased investments by governments and market players in hydrogen technology innovation are changing the landscape for the better.

In mid-November, Siemens Energy became the ‘first manufacturer in the world’ to receive certification for its “H2-Ready” power plant concept from TÜV SÜD.

In South Korea, Austrian gas engine manufacturer INNIO was selected to build Asia Pacific’s first hydrogen power plant.

Collaboration between technology firms, financial institutions, governments and energy stakeholders is vital in enhancing technology research and development and addressing industry constraints through the development of best practices.

To support this collaboration, a partnership between the International Renewable Energy Agency and the World Economic Forum has unveiled a toolbox to inform governments on the development of green hydrogen deployment roadmaps and how to develop supporting policies.