Hydrogen pipeline transport

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Hydrogen pipelines

Hydrogen pipeline transport is a transportation of hydrogen through a pipe as part of the hydrogen infrastructure.



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Hydrogen pipeline transport is used to transport hydrogen from the point of production or delivery to the point of demand. Although hydrogen pipeline transport is technologically mature,[5][6] and the transport costs are similar to those of CNG,[7] most hydrogen is produced in the place of demand, with an industrial production facility every 50 to 100 miles (80 to 161 km)[8]


For process metal piping at pressures up to 7,000 psi (48 MPa), high-purity stainless steel piping with a maximum hardness of 80 HRB is preferred.[9] This is because higher hardnesses are associated with lower fracture toughness so stronger, higher hardness steel is less safe.

Composite pipes are assessed like:

Fiber-Reinforced Polymer pipelines (or FRP pipeline) and reinforced thermoplastic pipes are researched.[10][11][12][13]

Carrying hydrogen in steel pipelines does not lead to hydrogen embrittlement[citation needed]. Hydrogen is typically stored in steel cylinders without problems. Coal gas (also known as town gas) is 50% hydrogen and was carried in cast-iron pipes for half a century without any embrittlement issues.


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  • 2004 - USA - 900 mi (1,400 km) of low pressure hydrogen pipelines[14][15]
  • 2004 - Europe - 1,500 km (930 mi) of low pressure hydrogen pipelines.[16]


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  1. ^ "The Technological Steps of Hydrogen Introduction - pag 24" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-10-29. Retrieved 2008-08-29.
  2. ^ rise.org - Pipelines
  3. ^ 2006 - vector of clean energy - pag 15 Archived 2008-10-14 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Hydrogen Pipeline Extension Strengthens Gulf Coast Network Archived 2009-03-16 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ 2005 DOE Hydrogen Pipeline Working Group Workshop Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Natural gas pipelines for hydrogen transportation
  7. ^ 2006 - Compressorless Hydrogen Transmission Pipelines Deliver Large-scale Stranded Renewable Energy at Competitive Cost - 16th World Hydrogen Energy Conference, Lyon, 13–16 June 2006 Archived 2012-02-10 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Every 50 to 100 miles Archived 2007-08-20 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Idaho national Engineering Laboratory Recommendations for Piping for Gaseous Hydrogen Archived 2012-09-16 at Archive-It Accessed 2010-10-13
  10. ^ 2007 - Fiber Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Pipelines
  11. ^ "NEW, COMPOSITE POLYMERIC/METALLIC MATERIALS AND DESIGNS FOR HYDROGEN PIPELINES" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-10-08. Retrieved 2008-08-29.
  12. ^ 2006 FRP Hydrogen Pipelines
  13. ^ "Lifetime Simulation Composite & Multilayer Pipelines". Archived from the original on 2012-02-07. Retrieved 2009-11-02.
  14. ^ 2004 USA pipelines Archived 2010-05-27 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ 2008 Argonne National Laboratory report
  16. ^ 2004 EU pipelines

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