H2SITE commissions membrane separator capable of extracting 5–20% hydrogen blends at +99% purity from gas distribution network

H2SITE has successfully validated the feasibility of separating hydrogen blends ranging from 5% to 20% H₂ concentration in regional distribution system operator (DSO) Nortegas’s gas network, within the framework of the H2SAREA project.

The injection of hydrogen into the natural gas network is a solution that allows to leverage on existing infrastructure to transport low-carbon, renewable and pure hydrogen, provided that proper separation of this hydrogen can be carried out at the point of consumption at a limited cost.

The several million kilometers of established natural gas transport and distribution networks worldwide will be a necessary asset in the transition towards low-carbon energy sources. Through the H2SAREA project, H2SITE has demonstrated that the distribution infrastructure is compatible with the transport of blends of hydrogen and renewable natural gas, enabling the use of both pure fuels in sectors where each adds the most value thanks to our membrane separator technology.

“The palladium membrane separators technology employed by H2SITE enables us to produce high-purity hydrogen suitable for fuel cell applications from blends with very low hydrogen concentrations,” said Andrés Galnares, CEO of H2SITE. “We have achieved the separation of over 97% of hydrogen at very high purity in the original gas stream while ensuring that the natural gas we deliver complies with the specifications of existing users. This includes applications such as LNG refueling stations for vehicles or boilers requiring hydrogen content within specific limits.”

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