Hydrogen could be the future when it comes to heating our homes, but in order to achieve large scale deployment of the energy carrier in domestic settings, technical barriers to blending hydrogen in natural gas pipelines need to be addressed.
This is something that is now being focused on in North America with the launch of a two-year long HyBlend project, which will assess hydrogen compatibility with pipeline materials and operations and deliver information on long-term impacts.
The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory on Thursday (Jan 6) confirmed it is leading the project, along with the participation from Sandia National Laboratories, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the National Energy Technology Laboratory.
More than 30 additional stakeholders from industry, non-profits and academic are also already supporting the government-private industry effort. Companies supporting the project include ConocoPhili0ps, Xcel Energy, Boardwalk Pipelines and more.
GTI is leading energy industry participation and is supplying direct funding and in-kind cost share to add to $10m in funding provided by the government.