As Toyota and other manufacturers begin launching the hydrogen fuel cell cars of the future, Tiger Optics is demonstrating its prowess in this field.

Spearheading the move to carbon-free transportation, the company announces its most recent order from the State of California to qualify the hydrogen (H2) required to operate fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV).

Tiger’s analysers provide the sensitivity, selectivity and accuracy needed to measure certain contaminants that can damage or destroy a vehicle’s fuel cell. Because such quality control is crucial for FCEVs to achieve mass-market success, the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International has set stringent standards for hydrogen fuel purity.

The issue is timely, as Toyota begins delivering its Mirai fuel cell electric vehicles to eight California dealerships in October this year. To build consumer confidence, the automaker is offering an eight-year, 100,000-mile warranty on the Mirai FCEV, as well as free fuel for three years. At recent count, only nine hydrogen fuel stations in California were open to the public, but more are in the works.

The California Fuel Cell Partnership—a consortium of private and public entities—expects more than 50 stations to be operational in the state by the end of 2016. Indeed, California adopted legislation in 2013 to allocate $20m annually to build at least 100 hydrogen-fueling stations.

Randy Bramston-Cook, Principal at Lotus Consulting, reports, “We have found the Tiger Optics analysers easy to merge into our complete package, and their detection performance is well below target concentrations.”

The Lotus system incorporates Tiger Optics analysers to screen for three of the damaging contaminants: water, ammonia and formaldehyde, with carbon monoxide analysers pending.

“Tiger is proud to help Californians adopt cars that cut Greenhouse Gas emissions by more than 50% compared to our present vehicles,” states Jeremiah Riddle, Tiger Optics’ President.