For the first time ever, companies have agreed to share hydrogen through an existing natural gas pipeline. Companies Dow Benelux, Yara and ICL IP have agreed to share H2 through the Netherlands Green Deal Regional Hydrogen program.
According to GasUnie, “Dow Benelux, Yara and ICL IP are planning to exchange hydrogen for industrial applications via the national gas transport network of Gasunie Transport Services.
“The underground transportation via this network provides a sustainable, efficient and safe method to transport hydrogen. To ratify their intentions, Minister Kamp of Economic Affairs and the parties involved signed the Green Deal ‘Regional Hydrogen’ today.”
The exchange of hydrogen gas using this method will save 20,000 and 40,000 tons of CO2, which corresponds to the natural gas consumption of around 3,000 households. The transport of hydrogen via roads and streets is reduced 70 to 80-percent.
This isn’t the first time I’ve talked about the potential to distribute hydrogen via natural gas pipeline network.
On November 29, 2011 I had talked about German Energy Group E. ON using the extra energy from local wind turbines to electrolyze water and store the hydrogen in Germany’s existing natural gas pipelines.
Then on March 20, 2013 I had talked about how the U. S. Department of Energy was reviewing the possibility of blending hydrogen within the already established U. S. natural gas pipeline.
The Netherlands is showing the world that transporting hydrogen this way is not only possible and feasible, but practical as well especially if we all wish to work for a greener and cleaner future.