Within the framework of the EU Hydrogen Strategy, to which the Regional Gas Company has joined, the certification of gas distribution company specialists has begun to work with a new energy resource - hydrogen, the press service reports.
They will conduct hydrogen tests in gas networks at specially constructed test sites in five regions of Ukraine.
The Regional Gas Company has taken the next step to testing the effects of hydrogen and gas mixtures at landfills.
“The first 17 specialists in Ivano-Frankivsk, Volyn and Zhytomyr regions passed certification on working with hydrogen. They studied the storage and transportation of hydrogen, as well as the requirements for the operation of hydrogen in cylinders.
Such training on working with hydrogen in the near future will be attended by all employees of gas distribution companies who will work at experimental training facilities in Volyn, Dnipropetrovsk, Zhytomyr, Ivano-Frankivsk and Kharkiv regions,” the company said.
In late July, RGC experts, together with scientists from the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and the Ivano-Frankivsk National Technical University of Oil and Gas, will begin to test the effect of hydrogen on all elements of the gas infrastructure at one of the test sites. For this, mixtures of natural gas with hydrogen in concentrations from 2% to 100% will be used.
RGC test sites in five areas are fully consistent with existing networks, up to simulating conditional leakage, structure, age of materials and simulation of different types of costs at different diameters.
“The regional gas company has joined the EU Hydrogen Strategy, which provides for the widespread use of hydrogen and its replacement of other types of energy until 2050. The main goal of our project is to find out whether it is possible to transport hydrogen through Ukrainian gas distribution networks. And also, what mixtures of hydrogen with methane are most suitable for this,” says Stanislav Kazda, Director of Strategic Development, RGC. “And this perspective is important to consider when reconstructing the Ukrainian gas transmission system.”
The project will allow the use of gas transmission infrastructure for the transportation of clean energy. These include “green” hydrogen, which is produced using electricity from renewable energy sources. In Europe, this technology is known as Power-to-Gas. More than a dozen Power-to-Gas projects have already been launched in the EU countries: Great Britain, France, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands.
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