Engineering firm SRJ Technologies Group has begun an analysis of the future market for hydrogen as it progresses its plans to develop hydrogen-compatible pipe technology.
The company has identified opportunities in leak sealing, mechanical connectors, isolation, repair and integrity solutions for blended hydrogen pipelines and hydrogen manufacturing facilities.
The company also has a partnership with Curtin University’s Corrosion Centre and machining firm SixDe which is developing weld-free coupling technology to enable pipelines to meet the requirements of the emerging hydrogen industry.
The project will now focus on the proof of concept, manufacturing and commercialisation of a new weld-free coupling technology and also asset integrity solutions for non-metallic pipework and pipeline applications.
SRJ’s CEO Alexander Wood said the company is positioned as a ‘first mover’ in the demanding market.
Wood said: “We are excited to have commenced this project and at the extended market opportunities it will bring.
“We also see our partnership with Curtin University’s Corrosion Centre as critical to validate our developed intellectual property (IP) for this global emerging market.”
The company said pure hydrogen was the smallest molecule on the periodic table and as such, has containment challenges as it can readily pass through materials.
A hydrogen-based energy system will therefore contest the norms for maintenance and repair to ensure security of supply.
Curtin University Corrosion Centre conducts high-quality research in corrosion and materials related to the petroleum, mining, chemical processing, defence, maritime, automotive and biomedical industries.
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