More than the sum of its parts 

What should infrastructure for hydrogen transportation look like? That is what OGE is investigating together with nine partners as part of the GET H2 TransHyDE project. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) also thinks this is a good idea. It is funding the project with more than 11 million euros.

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We need hydrogen to decarbonise the energy sector. But what will the infrastructure look like? What are the conditions needed and what will it take to retrofit existing transmission pipelines for hydrogen-only transportation? How can we link up the elements of the entire value chain? How can we successfully combine security of supply and climate neutrality?

RWE, Nowega, Rosen, Evonik, the University of Potsdam, the DVGW, Adlares, Meter-Q Solutions and OGE have joined forces to answer these questions and develop practical solutions for hydrogen transportation.

As one of the partners in the GET H2 TransHyDE project, OGE is focusing on questions surrounding qualitative and quantitative measurement techniques and their approval under calibration law, hydrogen purification and the detection of hydrogen leaks using helicopter-based remote sensing technology. Other topics include the development of a feed-in system housed in a portakabin and creating H2 transmission capacity to optimise the transmission system.

The project includes a test and demonstration environment set up and operated around an experimental pipeline in Lingen (Ems) which allows new technologies and methods to be developed and tested for practical use. The project will run until April 2025.

The Get H2 consortium develops operational strategies and safety standards (or regulatory norms) for the safe and efficient operation of Hydrogen pipeline networks. © GET H2 TransHyDE

GET H2 TransHyDE is one of four demonstration projects within the TransHyDE flagship project, which focuses on transportation technologies for hydrogen. Together with two other flagship projects, they make up the BMBF's biggest ever funding initiative related to the energy transition and thus provide a decisive impetus for Germany's entry into the hydrogen economy.

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OGE puts its TransHyDE H2 laboratory – which is unique in Germany – into operation

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