Compatibility of Polymeric Materials for 100% Hydrogen Transportation in Iceland and the UK.

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This research will investigate the compatibility and durability of polymeric materials for 100% hydrogen transportation. This research is essential for supporting Iceland’s ambition for large scale hydrogen production and exportation. In an earlier research, (Hydrogen end user skills and standards supporting research and evidence), a comprehensive literature review identified the need for thorough experimental testing to certify polymeric materials as compatible with 100% hydrogen. This study will conduct experimental analysis of different polymeric materials under simulated arctic and UK conditions at the Net Zero Industry and Innovation Centre at Teesside University. The experiments will model both countries unique environmental context. The research aims to identify materials that can withstand the specific demands of hydrogen transport systems through rigorous testing and analysis of material properties such as permeability, chemical resistance, and mechanical integrity under prolonged exposure to hydrogen at low temperatures. Key deliverables of this research include detailed assessments of the degradation mechanisms of polymeric materials in the presence of hydrogen and comprehensive guidelines for material selection (taking into consideration the life cycle assessment of the materials) and system design in future hydrogen distribution networks. The findings will have broader applications, particularly for the United Kingdom, in assessing the adaptability of its natural gas distribution networks for 100% hydrogen usage. This project not only contributes to Iceland's ambitious environmental targets but also offers valuable insights for global renewable energy initiatives, marking a significant step in sustainable energy transitions.
Short titleCompatibility of Polymeric Materials for 100% Hydrogen Transportation
Effective start/end date1/05/2430/04/25


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