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.