How Midstream Companies Embrace Renewable Energy Sources?
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Themes and Topics

  • Alerian
  • Canadian hydrogen strategy
  • Ethane utilization
  • Hydrogen blending
  • Hydrogen blending pilot projects
  • Hydrogen compression
  • Hydrogen Production
  • Hydrogen Transportation
  • Midstream companies
  • Natural gas pipelines
  • Midstream companies taking charge in CO2 reductions with regulators and investors setting huge targets; hydrogen blending in prime focus

    Here’s an article posted in Forbes.

    According to an article,

    • Over 95% of current hydrogen production is fossil-fuel based, but green hydrogen, produced using renewably generated electricity, is gaining interest.
    • Midstream companies are incorporating hydrogen into their businesses, with a focus on blending hydrogen into existing natural gas pipelines.
    • Canadian midstream corporations, such as Enbridge and TC Energy, are leading the hydrogen movement, while U.S. policy support is also growing

    But is it really easy to just integrate hydrogen into their businesses overnight? It never is; challenges are always on the horizon which need to be looked into before accepting any measure.

    The main challenges in integrating hydrogen into natural gas processing include:

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    1. Hydrogen Embrittlement:
      • Hydrogen can cause metal pipeline components to become brittle, leading to cracking and potential pipeline failure. This requires careful material selection and maintenance to ensure the integrity of the infrastructure.
    2. Material Compatibility:
      • Hydrogen interacts differently with various materials, such as metals, polymers, and composites. Ensuring the compatibility of these materials with hydrogen is crucial for safe and reliable operation.
    3. Infrastructure Development:
      • The development of dedicated hydrogen infrastructure, including pipelines, storage facilities, and transportation systems, is essential for large-scale hydrogen deployment. This includes repurposing existing infrastructure and building new facilities.
    4. Cost and Efficiency:
      • Hydrogen production, transportation, and storage are currently more expensive than traditional energy sources. Improving efficiency and reducing costs are critical for widespread adoption.
    5. Safety and Leak Detection:
      • Hydrogen leaks can be difficult to detect due to its colorless, odorless, and tasteless nature. Reliable leak detection systems and safety protocols are necessary to prevent accidents and ensure public safety.
    6. Regulatory Framework:
      • Clear regulatory guidelines and standards are needed to ensure the safe and efficient integration of hydrogen into midstream operations. This includes addressing issues like hydrogen embrittlement and material compatibility.
    7. Public Awareness and Education:
      • Educating the public about the benefits and challenges of hydrogen as a clean energy source is essential for its widespread adoption. This includes addressing concerns about safety and infrastructure development.
    8. Research and Development:
      • Continued research and development are necessary to improve the efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and safety of hydrogen production, transportation, and storage. This includes advancements in materials science, storage technologies, and leak detection systems.

    By addressing these challenges, midstream companies can effectively integrate hydrogen into their operations and contribute to the development of a cleaner, more sustainable energy future.

    About Narasimhan Santhanam (Narsi)

    Narsi, a Director at EAI, Co-founded one of India's first climate tech consulting firm in 2008.

    Since then, he has assisted over 250 Indian and International firms, across many climate tech domain Solar, Bio-energy, Green hydrogen, E-Mobility, Green Chemicals.

    Narsi works closely with senior and top management corporates and helps then devise strategy and go-to-market plans to benefit from the fast growing Indian Climate tech market.


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