Independent energy expert and assurance provider DNV has made further steps towards reducing emissions from hard-to-abate sectors by opening a dedicated hydrogen testing and research laboratory to evaluate hydrogen transportation and storage materials.

The use of hydrogen as a primary energy source is seen as an essential aspect of decarbonising industries such as shipping, aviation, and high-heat manufacturing. Located in Columbus, Ohio, DNV’s new facility aims to provide insight into not only the design and construction of new hydrogen technology, but also the management of existing infrastructure – seen as a priority due to lack of investment in infrastructure being seen as the ‘greatest risk’ to hydrogen progress, as reported by a survey.

Containing 15 dedicated autoclave-containing mechanical frames, DNV’s new laboratory will study how hydro transportation and storage-related materials will be affected by environments comprising of pure hydrogen and hydrogen and natural gas blends. 

The new Columbus, Ohio facility.

The new Columbus, Ohio facility.

Source: DNV.

According to DNV’s 2021 ETO, despite hydrogen being considered a crucial element to decarbonising certain sectors, it is predicted to make up just 5% of energy supply by 2050. Commenting on this, Richard S. Barnes, Regional Director, Energy Systems North America at DNV, said, “Market mechanisms need to exist to accelerate the adoption of hydrogen, but before that, there needs to be assurance that hydrogen transportation and storage is safe and reliable.” 

In the past ten years, DNV’s current materials technology laboratory has improved assessments used by the upstream oil and gas industry for risk characterisation.