Natural Gas & Hydrogen
Natural gas companies around the globe have been investigating and implementing plans for blending various concentrations of hydrogen into natural gas in order to reduce the carbon intensity of methane. Current pilot programs in Europe and the U.S. are aiming for a 20% concentration of hydrogen into existing natural gas pipelines. So far these pilot programs have seen incredible success with consumers saying there is no noticeable difference in the natural gas and hydrogen blend.
The U.S. Department of Energy has been experimenting with the effects of hydrogen gas on various pipeline materials in order to determine how hydrogen will affect existing pipelines at different concentrations. The goal of these experiments is to release guidelines and models for natural gas companies to upgrade their pipelines for the transition to hydrogen as an alternative to natural gas.
The implications of this are tremendous, as natural gas companies are seeking ways to reduce their carbon emissions, hydrogen is the clear path forward.