RP3.1-01: Review of future fuels transport and storage technologies

Executive Summary

This project reviewed the future fuels transport and storage technologies and performed a knowledge gap analysis for fracture control of hydrogen pipelines.The project reviewd the industry standards, past and on-going RD&D projects regarding the compatibility of future fuels with metallic components of both pipeline transmission and distribution networks.

The project assists researchers and industry to identify typical scenarios relevant to “Australian conditions” for using existing natural gas pipelines to transport hydrogen-natural gas blends. This state of the art review is a critical step to assess technological gaps and opportunities for Future Fuels research.

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Commencement / End Date February 2019 to April 2020
Outcomes / Impact

This project generated following information for industry:

  • The potential consequences of the changes in fuel properties on the design, operation and maintenance of the pipeline infrastructure.
  • The potential sensitivity of the current Australian pipeline and distribution network to the consequences outlined above in relation to the current knowledge of the strength and weaknesses of the network.
  • Existing research gaps applicable to the Australian network.
  • The implication for the AS 2885 Standard and possibly other existing industry Standards
Partners University of Wollongong, Deakin University, GPA Engineering, Jemena, APA Group, OSD and independent advisors.
Research Contact

Douglas Proud

Research & Utilisation Program Coordinator