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CSA Group opens new transportation fuels laboratory

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A new laboratory for the testing and certification of high-pressure fuel systems and related components used on-board low and zero emission vehicle has been opened by CSA Group. The new lab is primed to serve a growing market for environmentally friendly vehicles and the resulting infrastructure that will accompany the movement towards alternative fuel sources such as hydrogen and compressed natural gas.

The Canadian government has committed to bringing emission standards in line with the standards in the United States. In order to meet this goal, the government is evaluating a number of alternative fuel source vehicles and will be introducing increasing stringent greenhouse gas emission standards.

"CSA Group is proud to encourage the adoption of new technologies that promote sustainable living, and our new laboratory in Langley will help introduce new infrastructure and sustainable products to people across North America and globally," said Magali Depras, Chief Operating Officer, CSA Group. "CSA Group has a long history in the transportation industry developing world class standards and providing superior testing and certification services. We are adding new labs and increasing our service offerings to meet the growing and changing needs of our clients and end-users worldwide."

The new laboratory and office stands at 1800 m2 and provides contract testing services to all national and international standards and regulations worldwide related to high pressure fuel and fuelling systems, allowing for access to North American, and global markets. It specialises in the testing and certification of fuel storage systems and fuelling station components for vehicles powered by alternative fuels. These fuel systems include compressed hydrogen for fuel cell electric vehicles, as well as compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), and liquefied petroleum gas.

The test facility is also equipped to perform customised tests to validate the safety and lifetime endurance of low emission and zero emission alternative fuel vehicles including crush, penetration, fire and fuel ignition testing. The laboratory also provides technical information services advising on alternative vehicle safety codes, standards and regulatory compliance and offers failure investigation services related to safety incidents.

Adapted from press release by Joseph Green

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