What is it about?
To meet global climate goals, we need to use climate-friendly hydrogen as an energy source, product, and feedstock in sectors that use a lot of energy. Large pipelines are good for connecting hydrogen producers and consumers over medium distances. However, we don't know all the ways that building and operating these pipelines will affect the environment.
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Why is it important?
This study addresses the urgent need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate climate change by evaluating the potential of hydrogen as a climate-friendly energy carrier. It investigates the practicalities and potential impacts of developing large-scale hydrogen pipeline networks and provides recommendations for the design and operation of new or repurposed pipelines that can help reducing energy consumption and environmental impact, thus making hydrogen transport more efficient and sustainable. Ultimately, this study contributes to the broader effort to transition to a low-carbon economy and achieve global climate targets.
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This page is a summary of: Hydrogen transport in large-scale transmission pipeline networks: Thermodynamic and environmental assessment of repurposed and new pipeline configurations, Applied Energy, December 2022, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2022.120097.
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One key strategy to achieve global climate targets is implementing climate-friendly hydrogen as a versatile energy carrier, commodity, and feedstock in the most energy-intensive sectors. Transmission pipeline networks are suited particularly for connecting primary hydrogen producers and consumers over medium distances to meet the future hydrogen demand in regions that strongly rely on energy imports. Nonetheless, the development and operation of large-scale hydrogen pipeline networks may have various yet unknown impacts on the environment.
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