Hydrogen

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Ener­gy tran­si­ti­on, natu­ral gas cri­sis, hydro­gen — ever­ything is con­nec­ted, and not­hing is more pre­sent in today’s public news espe­cial­ly in the natu­ral gas indus­try. Every new poli­ti­cal decisi­on every step for­ward rai­ses new ques­ti­ons. On hydro­gen, ever­yo­ne has an opi­ni­on, and ever­yo­ne par­ti­ci­pa­tes in the public deba­te. Litt­le is clear except that hydro­gen will con­ti­nue to grow signi­fi­cant­ly in impor­t­ance as ener­gy sto­rage and ener­gy car­ri­er in the near future.

Today nobo­dy knows whe­re this will lead and how the hydro­gen will be used, mixed gas, natu­ral gas and hydro­gen par­al­lel infra­st­ruc­tu­re, only hydro­gen, for hea­ting, for hydro­gen engi­nes or fuel cells, for the che­mi­cal indus­try, for metha­na­ti­on. Howe­ver, one thing is qui­te cer­tain, mea­su­ring instru­ments will be nee­ded that can ana­ly­ze the hydro­gen.

For gas ana­ly­sis, which is meterQ, this means the eter­nal dis­cus­sion about whe­ther a PGC should be able to mea­su­re 5%, 10% or 20% hydro­gen in natu­ral gas is out­da­ted. In the tran­si­ti­on pha­se that we are ent­e­ring, devices are nee­ded that can cover the ent­i­re ran­ge of 0% — 100% hydro­gen. In addi­ti­on to that, devices that mea­su­re the hydro­gen qua­li­ty. Whe­ther the hydro­gen ori­gi­na­tes from an elec­tro­ly­zer or any other hydro­gen source, whe­ther the ana­ly­zer is used to assess how trans­por­ta­ti­on in a pipe­line affects gas com­po­si­ti­on, or whe­ther it is used by a cus­to­mer to make sure that he is get­ting the qua­li­ty he needs or is paying for.

Today, many dif­fe­rent par­ties are dis­cus­sing thres­hold values. Thres­holds for pro­duc­tion, for trans­port, for use, and of cour­se for bil­ling. Does this make sen­se today? For the ent­i­re hypo­the­ti­cal hydro­gen infra­st­ruc­tu­re, the­re is a lack of expe­ri­ence as to how the indi­vi­du­al parts behave, which puri­ty can be achie­ved with what effort, and what impu­ri­ties must be con­si­de­red – in short, the­re is a lack of expe­ri­men­tal results of mea­su­re­ments! The­re is also a lack of mea­su­ring equip­ment to per­form such mea­su­re­ments sin­ce the first pilot pro­jects are now run­ning.

Pioneers of hydrogen technology

As meter Q we are part of the Ger­man hydro­gen lead pro­ject Trans­HyDE, which aims to explo­re and eva­lua­te what opti­ons are avail­ab­le for hydro­gen trans­port in the requi­red quan­ti­ties and over the requi­red distan­ces. With Get‑H2 we are invol­ved in the sub­pro­ject that focu­ses on the con­ver­si­on of natu­ral gas infra­st­ruc­tu­re (i.e. pipe­lines and sto­rage faci­li­ties) to hydro­gen use. For the­se inves­ti­ga­ti­ons a test pipe­line is being built.

The aim is to under­stand which mate­ri­als are sui­ta­ble to what degree, how such faci­li­ties and pipe­lines can be ope­ra­ted safe­ly, what influ­ence trans­port has on hydro­gen puri­ty, and much more. The result of this rese­arch will be the deve­lo­p­ment of the necessa­ry gui­de­li­nes, regu­la­ti­ons and stan­dards that form the basis for the con­struc­tion and ope­ra­ti­on of a hydro­gen infra­st­ruc­tu­re in Ger­ma­ny.

A high-precision measuring device

As experts in gas ana­ly­sis, we can make a fun­da­men­tal con­tri­bu­ti­on to this. With our new deve­lo­p­ment, the MGChydro­gen, we sup­ply the first mea­su­ring device that can mea­su­re hydro­gen qua­li­ty in the same way as natu­ral gas. The pri­ma­ry objec­ti­ve is not to mea­su­re a calo­rific value appro­ved by the cali­bra­ti­on aut­ho­ri­ties, alt­hough the MGChydro­gen can of cour­se also per­form this task, but to mea­su­re the puri­ty of hydro­gen as accu­rate­ly and reli­ab­ly as pos­si­ble.

With the MGChydro­gen, we have crea­ted an ana­ly­zer that can mea­su­re the expec­ted impu­ri­ties from pro­duc­tion, trans­port and sto­rage in the sen­si­ti­vi­ty ran­ge down to 1 ppm. It is thus pos­si­ble to use a sin­gle refe­rence instru­ment to moni­tor the hydro­gen qua­li­ty for all sub-aspects of the hydro­gen eco­no­my and to eva­lua­te the respec­ti­ve influ­ence. This is not only valid for our sub­pro­ject Get‑H2 but basi­cal­ly also for the other parts dealing with other trans­port media like LH2 (liquid hydro­gen), ammo­nia and LOHC (liquid orga­nic hydro­gen car­ri­ers).

This is exact­ly what we at meterQ see as our chal­len­ge. To pro­vi­de mea­su­re­ment equip­ment that can reli­ab­ly and inde­pendent­ly veri­fy the requi­red hydro­gen qua­li­ty mea­su­re­ments and pro­vi­de the exact data nee­ded to set limits for pro­duc­tion, trans­port and bil­ling. With the MGChydro­gen we have the right tool for the job. As sta­te-of-the-art gas chro­ma­to­graph, it is robust, has long-term sta­bi­li­ty, can detect many com­pon­ents, offers a detec­tion limit in the 1 ppm ran­ge, and is easy to ope­ra­te and trans­port.

Future with Hydrogen

Leit­pro­jekt Trans­HyDE

Trans­HyDE is paving our way to a future with hydro­gen as a pri­ma­ry ener­gy car­ri­er. We are on board.

Learn more about Trans­HyDe here.

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