Pipelife’s Soluforce: an answer for tight Hydrogen transportation

-Dr. Richa Bobade

Hydrogen fuels have gained much interest since they are clean, non-toxic, and renewable, making them suitable for use as substitutes for petroleum-derived fuels in vehicular applications and in industries. To embrace this paradigm shift of usage of fossil fuels to renewables in the form of hydrogen, industries across the world are transforming technologies. Currently, green routes for Hydrogen production such as wind turbines, electrocatalytic water splitting are considered widely.

For a viable hydrogen infrastructure, it is very necessary that hydrogen needs to be transported from where it is produced to the point of end-use, such as an industrial facility, power generator, or fuelling station. Infrastructure includes the pipelines, liquefaction plants, trucks, storage facilities, compressors, and dispensers involved in the process of delivering fuel. Although delivery technology for hydrogen infrastructure is currently available commercially; however faces some key challenges such as:

  • The potential for hydrogen to corrode the steel and welds used to fabricate the pipelines
  • The need to control hydrogen permeation and leaks
  • The need for lower cost, more reliable, and more durable hydrogen compression technology.

Pipelife’s SoluForce has revolutionized the way energy is transported with a major impact on the feasibility of green hydrogen in the form of gas. Being the global first and unique in this realm, they have developed a spoolable aramid (aromatic polyamide) fiber Reinforced Thermoplastic Piping system (RTP) KIWA certified for hydrogen applications up to 42 bar of operating pressure. A uniquely manufactured bonded aluminum layer arrests the hydrogen from seepage out of the SoluForce H2T pipes. The inside and outside layers are made of a non-corrosive HDPE (high-density polyethylene) and do not require any special treatment thus reducing installation and maintenance costs. The flexible nature of the pipes makes them an ideal option for installing anywhere even in the toughest application.

Groningen Seaports is the first project in the Netherlands where 4 km of SoluForce infrastructure is planned to be installed. It conveys green hydrogen produced in the wind farms in the North sea to chemical and industrial plants in Eemsahaven. Eertwijn van den Dool, Project Director at Groningen Seaports has specified that the company will play an active role in making the industry in north Netherlands greener and more sustainable. By collaborating with Pipelife’s Soulforce, the company has been able to develop and install a piping system that is cheaper than the alternative, steel. Thus contributing to the energy transition. Moving a step further to facilitate the acceptance of hydrogen supply in the form of gas, Pipelife also has plans to make Pipelife Gas-Stop fit for hydrogen to ensure total safety. It is an excess flow valve that shuts off gas pipe automatically in case of any damage.

A novel method for tight hydrogen transportation.

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Dr. Raghunath Mashelkar

Dr. Mashelkar is only the third Indian engineer to have been elected (1998) as Fellow of Royal Society (FRS), London in the twentieth century. He was elected Foreign Associate of US National Academy of Science (2005) and also National Academy of Engineering (2003), Associate Foreign Member, American Academy of Arts & Sciences (2011), Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering, U.K. (1996), Foreign Fellow of Australian Technological Science and Engineering Academy (2008), Corresponding Member of Australian Academy of Sciences (2017), Fellow of World Academy of Arts & Science, USA (2000), Fellow of US National Academy of Inventors (2017), the first ever Indian from India to be elected and TWAS-Lenovo Science Prize (2018), which is the highest science award of The World Academy of Science.

In 2006, he received the ‘Star of Asia’ Award at the hands of former President of USA, George Bush (Sr). The President of India honoured Dr. Mashelkar with three of the highest civilian awards, namely Padmashri (1991), Padmabhushan (2000) and Padma Vibhushan (2014).

Prof. Satishchandra Ogale

Prof. Satishchandra B. Ogale has had a long 40 years of experience in higher education and research.  He has over 500 publications in international journals, three co-edited books with Springer, Wiley and Elsevier, and 10 granted US patents based on research done in India. 
He is a Reviewer as well as Advisory Board member of many high impact International Journals and is also a popular science writer in regional language marathi.
He has won many Awards, Prizes, and National and International recognitions. He has given numerous invited, plenary and keynote talks in National and International conferences and has supervised over 65 Ph.D. students. 
Prof. Ogale has been a Visiting Professor/ Scientist in many institutions in the USA and Europe on several occasions.

Anupama Engineer

She has previously worked as a Scientist at Agharkar research Institute and at higher management level at Thomas Baker Bioscience Private Limited. She has also taught graduate and post graduate students in Biotechnology & Microbiology during her tenure as a lecturer in Royal College, Mumbai and as a Counselor for IGNOU Biotechnology course. Anupama, is a multitasker with few roles like, entrepreneur, Scientist, manager, a doting mother and many more. Teaching and educating is her passion and she takes every effort to encourage fundamental learning. Anupama holds a vast experience in Start-up processes.

Dr Smita Chaturvedi
Smita is an experimental condensed matter physicist. The quest for multifunctional materials motivates her. Smita finished her PhD from RDVV Jabalpur and BARC Mumbai in the year 2002 and worked as a research associate in IIT Mumbai and Oakland University, Michigan. Smita was awarded as a Fulbright Nehru Academic and Professional excellence fellow in 2018-19. Smita holds more than a decade of research and teaching experience. She possesses good knowledge about education system and research opportunities in India as well as abroad. Music and gardening are her mindful meditations.
Dr. Priyadarshini Karve
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Sanjay Khare
Sanjay Khare ,after his graduation in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, in 1986 has been associated with major Japanese & European Automotive OEMs in Indian Subcontinent for 35 years . Widely travelled across Europe & Asia , he has held positions across diverse functions of Automotive Corporations.
In his current role as Board Member and Vice President at Skoda Auto Volkswagen India , he is Chief Sustainability Catalyst to guide actions at Skoda Auto Volkswagen India along with the sister brands Audi, Porsche & Lamborghini.
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