Sometimes, we need to leave the known in the past to enable change for the better. Especially, when it comes to innovative solutions. To facilitate the transportation of green hydrogen, we need to reconsider its infrastructure. The steel pipes that are traditionally used for conveying hydrogen are considerably heavy and inflexible, making their transportation and installation process costly and time, and energy-consuming. Apart from this, metal pipes commonly suffer from hydrogen embrittlement and thus have a limited lifecycle.
To solve these issues, SoluForce, a brand of Pipelife, has developed an innovative piping technology, based on extensively proven technology, marking a milestone that plays a part in accelerating the feasibility of green hydrogen infrastructure.
The SoluForce pipe system, on which the hydrogen certified pipe is based, has been on the market since 2000 with over 3,500km installed around the world in various applications such as oil and gas, water and mining. SoluForce pipes are developed and manufactured in The Netherlands and has been the originator of the RTP (Reinforced Thermoplastic Pipes) system, with the first ever RTP installation in 2000. RTP consist of HDPE and synthetic fibres making them very strong and more sustainable in production than traditional pipes. The pipes score with their flexibility and availability in long lengths up to 400m, simplifying the construction process considerably. Its most prominent advantage is, however, its perseverance. Other than steel pipes, RTP does not suffer from hydrogen embrittlement or corrosion and so can be utilised for an extended period without maintenance. Resulting in a total cost of ownership that is only a fraction of that of comparable steel pipes.
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