The hydrogen economy brings optimism in achieving decarbonization goals along with challenges in handling, transporting, and using this unique energy source.
Due to the characteristics of hydrogen, metals and non-metals used in traditional energy infrastructure are subject to reduction in toughness and leakage. Performance of these materials in pure or blended hydrogen environments must be well understood. SES’s materials experts know the sensitivity of common materials used in manufacturing to embrittlement and degradation as a result of hydrogen exposure. Follow this link to see examples of SES’s materials expertise.
Making green hydrogen an economical contributor to the world’s energy needs will be paramount for its continued development. SES has an extensive history of designing solutions from table-top to immense scale applications. State-of-the-art analytical capabilities and physics-based evaluations allow new developments to be assessed before field deployment. Analytical and empirical engineering assessments can help assess the suitability of materials for hydrogen transportation and storage. See examples of SES’s past design work here.
Hydrogen presents unique safety challenges due to leakage, difficult detection, and ease of ignition. Operations that utilize existing infrastructure will need validation to ensure public and environmental safety. Ensuring the safety of hydrogen transportation through high consequence areas is of particular importance. SES understands the challenges associated with conducting validation testing and has successfully executed multiple full-scale test programs with hydrogen, including at elevated temperatures. Resources demonstrating SES’s experience with validation testing are linked here.