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Preparing for the hydrogen economy by using the existing natural gas system as a catalyst (NATURALHY)

Objective

The use of hydrogen as an energy carrier is an essential element for global sustainable development. Despite the challenges going together with implementing a hydrogen based energy system, there is global interest in hydrogen as an energy carrier with commercial competition emerging for the EU from Japan and the US. Urgent progress towards the development of a full hydrogen system requires a practical strategy within the context of an existing natural gas system. The transition to a full hydrogen system will be lengthy, costly and requires significant R&D. The aim of NATURALHY is to test all critical aspects of a hydrogen system by adding hydrogen to natural gas in existing networks. This transitional approach will provide further experience with the transmission of hydrogen and natural gas mixtures and, by means of innovative separation technologies, the hydrogen utilisation in end use applications. The development of the road map for the use of hydrogen in the EU of IP HYWAYS will be supported. The economic, social and environmental costs and benefits of hydrogen systems including production technologies will be evaluated and compared with existing systems. Issues of safety, durability and pipeline integrity will be investigated. A Decision Support Tool will be developed to assist the technical implementation of hydrogen. In cooperation with NoE HYSAFE, awareness of the prominent attractions of hydrogen will be raised. A systematic and co-ordinated approach will be adopted in NATURALHY with a collection of work packages focussing on all vital components of transitional and full hydrogen systems. A European consortium of 40 partners with extensive experience and skills is assembled. In addition to a management team, guidance will be provided by a Strategic Advisory Committee. Potential collaboration and synergies will be fostered with complementary projects. Established information networks will be used in dissemination.

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Coordinator

N.V. NEDERLANDSE GASUNIE

Address

Concourslaan 17
Groningen

Netherlands

Administrative Contact

Onno FLORISSON (Ir)

Participants (40)

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BP GAS MARKETING LIMITED

United Kingdom

COMPUTATIONAL MECHANICS INTERNATIONAL LTD

United Kingdom

THE EUROPEAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE PROMOTION OF COGENERATION

Belgium

CENTRO SVILUPPO MATERIALI SPA

Italy

DBI GAS- UND UMWELTTECHNIK GMBH

Germany

PUBLIC GAS CORPORATION S.A.

Greece

DANISH GAS TECHNOLOGY CENTRE

Denmark

ENERGY RESEARCH CENTRE OF THE NETHERLANDS

Netherlands

EXERGIA, ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT CONSULTANTS S.A.

Greece

GDF SUEZ SA

France

PII LIMITED

United Kingdom

EUROPEAN UNION OF THE NATURAL GAS INDUSTRY - EUROPEAN GAS RESEARCH GROUP

Belgium

THE HEALTH AND SAFETY EXECUTIVE

United Kingdom

ISTANBUL GAZ DAGITIM SANAYI VE TICARET A.S.

Turkey

INSTITUT FRANÇAIS DU PETROLE

France

INSTITUTO DE SOLDADURA E QUALIDADE

Portugal

UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS

United Kingdom

LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

NATURGAS MIDT-NORD I/S

Denmark

NETHERLANDS STANDARDIZATION INSTITUTE

Netherlands

NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS

Greece

NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Norway

PLANET - PLANUNGSGRUPPE ENERGIE UND TECHNIK GBR

Germany

ECOLE NATIONALE D'INGENIEUR DE METZ

France

SAVIKO CONSULTANTS APS (SAVIKO ROSKILDE APS)

Denmark

SHELL HYDROGEN B.V.

Netherlands

STATOIL ASA

Norway

SQS PORTUGAL - SISTEMAS DE QUALIDADE DE SOFTWARE, LDA

Portugal

TOTAL S.A.

France

NETHERLANDS ORGANISATION FOR APPLIED SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

Netherlands

X/OPEN COMPANY LIMITED

United Kingdom

NATIONAL GRID GAS PLC

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK

United Kingdom

THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

United Kingdom

HELLENIC GAS TRANSMISSION SYSTEM OPERATOR S.A.

Greece

COMMISSARIAT À L'ÉNERGIE ATOMIQUE

France

COMPAGNIE D'ETUDES DES TECHNOLOGIES DE L'HYDROGÈNE

France

HÖGSKOLAN I BORÅS

Sweden

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITÄT BERLIN

Germany

TÜRKIYE BILIMSEL VE TEKNIK ARASTIRMA KURUMU

Turkey

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 502661

  • Start date

    1 May 2004

  • End date

    31 October 2009

Funded under:

FP6-SUSTDEV

  • Overall budget:

    € 17 270 429

  • EU contribution

    € 11 000 000

Coordinated by:

N.V. NEDERLANDSE GASUNIE

Netherlands