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Hydrogen and Alternative Fuels

Hydrogen can play an important role as an energy carrier in a sustainable, reliable, and cost-effective energy futureAs it stands, hydrogen is the only green fuel with reliable, on-demand delivery on a 24-hour basis. Blending hydrogen into the existing natural gas pipeline network has been proposed as a means of increasing the Low-Carbon fuels in the energy systems.

By 2030, 250 to 300 TWh of surplus renewable electricity could be stored in the form of hydrogen for use in the other end-use segments. In addition, more than 200 TWh could be generated from hydrogen in large power plants to accompany the transition to more renewable electricity 

S&D can add value to multiple sectors in the hydrogen economy and provide support to America’s ongoing manufacturing renaissance. S&D has the experience and staff to organize new hydrogen-integrating projects into three parts:

  • Hydrogen compatibility of piping and pipelines: S&D will conduct evaluations to estimate the life of metal and polymer piping and pipeline materials (e.g., steel and polyethylene) when blends are used. This information will be incorporated into a publicly available model that can be used to estimate pipeline life given key engineering assumptions. 
  • Life-cycle analysis: S&D will analyze the life-cycle emissions of technologies using hydrogen and natural gas blends, as well as alternative pathways such as synthetic natural gas. 
  • Techno-economic analysis: S&D will quantify the costs and opportunities for hydrogen production and blending within the natural gas network, as well as alternative pathways such as synthetic natural gas. 
  • Hydrogen and Natural gas Blends can be created with optimized results from environmental footprint without giving up much in power production or utilization
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