Hydrogen is playing an increasingly significant role in the global transition to sustainable energy. Unlike standard oil and gas pipelines, hydrogen pipes must be able to withstand extremely high levels of pressure of long distances. Reinforced thermoplastic pipe (RTP) made with Twaron® offers a great solution.
“Until recently, people were still asking if hydrogen could really play a central role in the global energy transition. Nobody is asking that question anymore. Sustainably produced green hydrogen is a clean, reliable, and highly agile energy carrier. It can help remove bottlenecks in the energy transition and enable the decarbonization of a wide range of applications, including heavy duty transportation, as well as entire industries”.
Perhaps most importantly, green hydrogen has the potential support the large-scale integration of renewables such as wind and solar power into the global energy mix. These variable energy sources are prone to fluctuations in supply and demand. Hydrogen allows surplus power to be stored up for later use, to enable a reliable flow of energy to homes and businesses.
But a hydrogen-based energy system requires special infrastructure. Unlike standard oil and gas pipelines, hydrogen pipes must be able to withstand extremely high levels of pressure over long distances. Reinforced thermoplastic pipe (RTP) offers a solution. They contain a special layer to prevent leaks. And they weigh considerably less than steel pipes and is far more flexible, making them easier to lay in the ground.
RTP and Twaron® – a perfect match
Aramid-based RTP has been used in oil and gas pipelines for many years. Twaron®, in particular, allows pipes to be flexible, spool-able, robust, and lightweight. This makes them far easier to handle during installation than RTP pipes made with other reinforcement agents such as glass.
Twaron® has now been certified for use in hydrogen transportation. In 2021, we will begin working with our partners Pipelife SoluForce and Groningen Seaports on a demonstration project in the Northern Netherlands – one of several global hotspots for green hydrogen innovation. With the support of our Customer Benefit Model (CBM), the project aims to highlight the added economic and ecological value of hydrogen pipes made with Twaron® pipes over those reinforced with other materials.
At Teijin Aramid, we also believe green hydrogen has a big part to play in the global energy transition. We are excited to help make this future a reality around the world!