Hazards of hydrogen transport in the existing natural gas pipeline network

  • Katarzyna Stolecka


The development of European economies will occur in parallel with efforts aiming to reduce the use of fossil fuels in powergeneration and transport. This has led to an increased interest in hydrogen as the energy carrier of the future. However,before hydrogen can be used efficiently on a large scale, a new hydrogen-based economy will have to be developed to servegas production, storage and transport needs. An alternative to what would be rather costly investment in new infrastructurecould be to use the existing network of gas pipelines by adding hydrogen to natural gas and transporting the mixture. Thenew solution should be considered in terms of research on the technological adaptation of the existing pipelines (appropriatefixtures and fittings, materials, pipeline geometry) as well as on possible consequences of a potential failure and the relatedserious hazards. The paper presents the results of an analysis of the effects of a jet fire arising due to an uncontrolledrelease of natural gas and its mixture with hydrogen from a pipeline. The impact of the variability in the gas and the pipelineparameters on the severity of the consequences is shown.


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How to Cite
STOLECKA, Katarzyna. Hazards of hydrogen transport in the existing natural gas pipeline network. Journal of Power Technologies, [S.l.], v. 98, n. 4, p. 329–335, dec. 2018. ISSN 2083-4195. Available at: <https://papers.itc.pw.edu.pl/index.php/JPT/article/view/1363>. Date accessed: 14 july 2024.
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natural gas/hydrogen mixture, pipeline, hazard, jet fire

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