CSA Group Opens New Transportation Fuels Laboratory in Langley, British Columbia

Lab specializes in the testing and certification of high pressure fuel storage systems and fueling station components for low and zero emission vehicles

LANGLEY, BC, April 28, 2015 /CNW/ - CSA Group, a global provider of testing and certification services and leading standards development organization, opened a new laboratory for the testing and certification of high pressure fuel systems and related components used on-board low and zero emission vehicle  The new lab addresses a growing market for environmentally friendly vehicles and the resulting infrastructure that will accompany the shift to alternative fuel sources such as hydrogen and compressed natural gas.

Alternative fuel vehicles usually refer to vehicles that do not use traditional petroleum based products such as gasoline and diesel. 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 is 1,800 square meters and provides contract testing services to all national and international standards and regulations worldwide related to high pressure fuel and fueling systems, allowing for  access to North American, and global markets. It specializes in the testing and certification of fuel storage systems and fueling 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 customized 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.

CSA Group provides testing and certification services and standards development for the transportation industry including automotive, rail, marine and aerospace. CSA Group has almost 100 years of experience in standards development for transportation beginning with its first standard in rail safety published in 1919. CSA Group also provides testing and certification services for global market access with laboratories in the UK, Germany, United States and Canada.

About CSA Group
CSA Group is an independent, not-for-profit membership association dedicated to safety, social good and sustainability. Its knowledge and expertise encompass standards development; training and advisory solutions; global testing and certification services across key business areas including hazardous location and industrial, plumbing and construction, medical, safety and technology, appliances and gas, alternative energy, lighting and sustainability; as well as consumer product evaluation services. The CSA certification mark appears on billions of products worldwide. For more information about CSA Group visit www.csagroup.org

SOURCE CSA Group

For further information: Allison Hawkins, Manager, Corporate Affairs, 416-747-2615, allison.hawkins@csagroup.org


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