Green hydrogen produced from renewable energy will soon form the backbone of a clean and zero-emission energy supply — and SoluForce is helping to move it, using a revolutionary pipe system that won’t crack under pressure.
Currently, SoluForce is taking part in many projects around the world where hydrogen needs to be transported. An example is a project in Eemshaven to distribute hydrogen with its high-pressure pipeline. For the near future, the Netherlands is actively working on a model project in the Province of Groningen, where they are constructing a massive offshore wind park.
The park will be built to produce clean electricity which then will be converted into green hydrogen with the process of electrolysis, supplying Groningen Seaports (a port operator in the north of the Netherland) with green power via a complete hydrogen piping system.
The SoluForce FCP system is based on excisting technologies and has been certified for hydrogen applications up to 42 bar of operating pressure. Unique in the world of hydrogen transport and a global first. This ready to use pipeline solution has a major impact on the feasibility of (green) hydrogen and a sustainable energy mix.
Compared to alternatives, SoluForce installation costs are estimated to be at least 70% lower due to lower weight and availability in longer lengths. Furthermore, the production, transportation, installation, re-use and decommissioning of RTP require less energy, reducing the carbon footprint by at least 75% in comparison with steel pipe alternatives.
At ambient temperatures, hydrogen atoms slowly absorb into the structure of traditional steel transport pipes. This can pose a significant problem as molecules begin to form bubbles in the grains of the metal, concentrating pressure and leading to tiny stress cracks, eventually resulting in catastrophic failure for the pipe.
SoluForce Hydrogen Tight Pipes are based around Reinforced Thermoplastic, with entirely non-metallic fittings, meaning the hydrogen never comes into contact with metal parts, eliminating the risk of hydrogen embrittlement.
The EU intends to make Europe carbon neutral by 2050, and hydrogen looks set to play a vital role in that plan. When made using renewable technologies, hydrogen is a zero-emission energy source. Hydrogen has a wide range of uses, as a fuel for vehicles to a storage medium for solar and wind installations. Several plans are also in place to blend hydrogen into the natural gas supply to heat residential and commercial buildings.
Although hydrogen is technically a zero-emission fuel, at present, 95% of the gas is produced as an industrial byproduct of fossil fuel refining or coal gasification, which isn't sustainable as part of a carbon-neutral energy supply.
Green hydrogen, on the other hand, is entirely sustainable and very clean, being produced by electrolysis using power from wind turbines or solar arrays. However, hydrogen's main issue with hydrogen lies with the existing energy infrastructure. We still need to implement a cost-effective, easy-to-install network of durable pipes to carry the supply to residential areas and storage facilities — and that's where SoluForce's pipe systems come into play!
SoluForce systems have been in use since 2000 across a wide range of applications and environments. Our products are extremely durable, high-quality and safe, meeting or exceeding recognized international standards.
Most importantly of all, SoluForce’s pipe solutions are more than just a design concept: They’re the only proven, fully certified and ready-to-use system available for hydrogen transport applications.
SoluForce pipe systems are easy to install compared to heavy steel pipes. A small crew can install long lengths of pipework quickly and efficiently (with less permits required compared to steel pipes), even when working in difficult terrain or with limited space.
Our team of Technical Service Engineers can help with any installation support, even providing equipment such as our electrofusion machine. In addition, we offer training programs to local contractors and engineers through our SoluForce academy.
Lead the transformation to a cleaner, more efficient energy supply using SoluForce high-performance Hydrogen Tight Pipe systems.