RP1.3-02 Novel H2/CH4 Separation Technology Development

Executive Summary

This project develops a technology to separate hydrogen from hydrogen-natural gas blends.

One of the primary goals of the Future Fuels CRC is to investigate the introduction of hydrogen into the natural gas pipeline and its impact. Scenarios may occur in which is it necessary to separate or partially separate hydrogen from the natural gas/hydrogen mixture in cases where the end user may wish to use a higher concentration of natural gas (or perhaps can tolerate more hydrogen) or where a pipeline operator may wish to change the blend locally. Having a scalable, flexible CH4/H2 separation technology would be highly advantageous. It allows for an increase in the range of equipment and appliances which can use a hydrogen-methane stream of variable concentration.


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Commencement / End Date June 2019 to December 2022
Outcomes / Impact
  • Appropriate adsorbents for H2/CH4 separation technology
  • Development of novel process cycles to conduct the separation 
  • Development of a technology allowing the following to be accomplished: 
    • Increase the range of devices and produces which can use a H2/CH4 stream of variable concentration;  
    • Increase the flexibility and adaptability of the existing network to receive a range of H2/CH4 concentration.  
    • Decrease the risk that a H2/CH4 mixture will become inoperable if H2/CH4 limits are exceeded.   
Partners University of Melbourne, AGIG, GPA, Woodside, APA, Jemena
Research Contact

Martha Le