Testing Data Shows SICK Solutions Provide Reliable Measurement of Hydrogen for Energy Industry

  • March 31, 2022
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Testing Data Shows SICK Solutions Provide Reliable Measurement of Hydrogen for Energy Industry
Testing Data Shows SICK Solutions Provide Reliable Measurement of Hydrogen for Energy Industry

March 31, 2022 - Renewable energy and green storage technologies are an important building block for future energy supply. The conversion of electricity from wind power plants or other environmentally friendly energy sources into hydrogen via electrolysis will play a significant role in this. The technology is expected to make significant inroads in the coming years – more than 20% hydrogen is expected to be fed into the gas networks very soon. This introduction of hydrogen poses great challenges and issues for the industry – for example, how to reliably measure the hydrogen. The gas flow meters from SICK can deliver this reliability already.
In conjunction with experts at the DNV SE classification organization, the sensor manufacturer SICK conducted some tests using the existing measurement technology. The result: ultrasonic technology from SICK makes it possible to reliably and safely measure the flow of hydrogen-methane gas mixtures up to admixtures of 30% hydrogen. SICK will therefore remain a reliable supplier of ultrasonic gas flow meters, even for hydrogen measurement.
Hydrogen is an important energy carrier of the future. Firstly, because it is easier to store and transport, and secondly, because its applications are almost limitless. For example, for operating vehicles, trains, ships, and airplanes, in steel and cement production, as a fuel for turbines, or to heat buildings. Electricity from green sources such as hydropower or wind power will in future be converted into hydrogen by electrolysis. This will be transported to where the energy is required via the existing infrastructure, that is, by adding the hydrogen to the natural gas in the gas network. The mixture of gas and hydrogen will, as before, be transported via natural gas pipelines.
Many issues are currently being clarified through tests and pilot investments around the globe. How do we handle the significant changes in properties of the gas mixture? The results of an independent public test with SICK and important industry partners such as gas network operators, gas suppliers, and municipal utilities – organized by the DNV SE–have shown that the new FLOWSIC600-XT gas flow meters safely and reliable measure the natural gas volumes in pipelines even at up to a 30% hydrogen fraction in the gas. This means that custody transfer measurement of natural gas containing hydrogen is possible using the FLOWSIC600-XT.
The results of the test confirm: The measurement technology from SICK ensures a highly accurate custody transfer measurement of natural gas volumes even for natural gas-hydrogen mixtures containing up to 30% hydrogen. To ensure an accurate custody transfer in existing gas networks as well, we recommend performing an initial assessment so that any necessary modifications to the existing meters can be carried out to ensure correct functioning.
SICK also offers the FLOWSIC600-XT sensor in one of two turnkey complete solutions for gas flow measurement: FLOWSKID, and the FLOWRUN flow metering system.

About SICK

SICK is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of sensors, safety systems, machine vision, emissions monitoring systems, flow measurement, encoders, and automatic identification products for industrial applications. With more than 3,500 patents, SICK continues to lead the industry in new product innovations. The diversity of its product line allows SICK to offer solutions at every phase of production in the logistics, automotive, packaging, electronics, food and beverage, material handling, and process automation markets. SICK AG was founded in 1946 and has operations or representation in 65 countries worldwide.

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