Research programme

The HyDelta-programme is divided into Work Packages (WPs). Below is an overview of the research topics, with a link to a short description of each respective work package:

  1. Hydrogen safety
  2. Hydrogen in the gas grid
  3. Value chain & Hydrogen admixing

Below you can find a list of our presentations, webinars, and summary documents, as well as a link to download them:

Type Title Date Link
Database Summary of the references used in the HyDelta 1 project 29-06-2022 Link
Webinar Kick-off meeting 19-01-2021 Link
Webinar First plenary progress meeting 30-06-2021 Link
Webinar Second plenary progress meeting 07-12-2021 Link
Webinar Third plenary progress meeting / closing meeting 17-06-2022 Link
Summary End of project summary 06-10-2022 Link

Hydrogen safety

Safety is one of the most important aspects in the hydrogen economy both in the Netherlands and worldwide; therefore, we dedicate a significant part of the HyDelta research programme towards answering some of the most urgent and important questions about safety of hydrogen transport, that include questions both related to hydrogen in the built environment as well as questions independent of the mode of transport. We have four WPs dedicated to this topic namely,

  1. WP1A: Hydrogen distribution and safety - carrying out a Quantitative Risk Assessment of hydrogen in the built environment
  2. WP1E: Impact of high velocity of hydrogen flows - simulation of potential effects of high-velocity hydrogen in the transmission and distribution networks
  3. WP2: Odorisation of hydrogen - in search for the best odorant for hydrogen
  4. WP3: Standards and regulations - investigating the status of the development of standdards and regulations around hydrogen in the Netherlands

Below is a list of deliverables resulting from the aforementioned work packages, as well as a link to download them (when available):

Number Deliverable title Publication date Link
D1A.1 Report with results from Hy4Heat, H21, Hyhouse, and interviews, translated to the Dutch situation 06-10-2022 Link
D1A.2 Report with aditional questions for the Dutch situation and test program 06-10-2022 Link
D1E.1 Final report 25-01-2022 Link
D2.1 Choice for a sulphur free odorant 11-10-2021 Link
D2.2 Influence of sulphur containing odorant on end use appliances 25-01-2022 Link
D2.3 Stability of odorants in hydrogen 29-04-2022 Link
D2.4 Report on the risks of not odorizing hydrogen 06-10-2022 Link
D2.5 Report with advice over odorizing hydrogen including a possible choice for a defined type of odorant and its dosing 06-10-2022 Link
D3.1 Report on the findings regarding standards for hydrogen 24-03-2022 Link

Hydrogen in the gas grid

Hydrogen in the gas grid refers to the work packages in the HyDelta program carrying out specific questions about the operation, maintenance, and component selection for the transport of hydrogen in the existing gas transmission and distribution infrastructure. This work has been placed in the context of the existing standards and operating procedures of the Dutch gas transport system operators, but the results can be applicable to other gas transport systems in the world. We have five WPs dedicated to this topic namely,

  1. WP1B: Gas stations - safe working procedures around hydrogen in gas stations
  2. WP1C: Pipes and indoor installations - safe working procedures and piping component selection
  3. WP1D: Metering of hydrogen - evaluating potential gas metering options for hydrogen in households
  4. WP1F: Shut-off valves in the Dutch gas transmission grid - testing of installed shut-off valves in the gas transmission grid for suitability with hydrogen
  5. WP4: Educational tracks - quantification and development of educational tracks for future technicians working in a hydrogen transmission and distribution system in the Netherlands

Below is a list of deliverables resulting from the aforementioned work packages, as well as a link to download them (when available):

Number Deliverable title Publication date Link
D1B.1 Operation of gas stations with spring loaded regulators with hydrogen 19-04-2022 Link
D1B.2 Safety during maintenance works for hydrogen gasstations 19-04-2022 Link
D1B.3A Part 1: ventilation 06-10-2022 Link
D1B.3B Part 2: explosion 06-10-2022 Link
D1B.4 Report on insights about the effect of the increased gas velocity in hydrogen networks on the risk of an accelerated contamination of filters and subsequent mitigating strategies 25-04-2022 Link
D1C.1 Purging of natural gas pipelines with H2 28-07-2021 Link
D1C.1a Entry of air into a hydrogen pipeline in case of a pipe rupture 17-11-2021 Link
D1C.2 Leak-tightness of distribution pipes 25-01-2022 Link
D1C.3 The influence of the existing natural gas distribution networks on the purity of hydrogen 01-04-2022 Link
D1C.4 Domestic pressure regulators 25-01-2022 Link
D1C.5 Insights in the risks to convert the current gas installations to 100% H2 and determining mitigating measures for these risks 06-10-2022 Link
D1C.6 Development of 100%-hydrogen compatible domestic components 25-01-2022 Link
D1D.1 Hydrogen flow metering for the built environment 08-04-2022 Link
D1F.1 Hydrogen compatibility of ball valves from the natural gas transmission grid 29-04-2022 Link
D4.1 Overview of the requirements of education with an eye on the hydrogen economy 21-03-2022 Link

Value chain & Hydrogen admixing

Besides the technical requirements for the transport of hydrogen in the existing gas transport infrastructure, the financial case needs to be proven. Furthermore, the inclusion of hydrogen as an extra fuel in the existing fuel trading and consumption systems i.e., the trading of certificates, the standards for admixing and the availability of subsidies and other policy instruments, will have consequences that we need to investigate before being able to provide a full picture of the potential of hydrogen as a booster to our economy. The value chain and hydrogen admixing work packages aim at investigating the state of the art of the hydrogen technologies, the potential business cases that exist aroud them, and an investigation into the topic of hydrogen admixing from a policy perspective. We have four WPs dedicated to this topic namely,

  1. WP7A: Techno-economic value chain analysis - analyzing the levelized cost of hydrogen (LCOH) of different value chains
  2. WP7B: Technical analysis of H2 supply chains - mapping of the state of the art for hydrogen technologies and a subsequent roadmap for the ongoing technology development
  3. WP7C: System value of green hydrogen - discerning the potential benefits of green hydrogen in the Dutch economy
  4. WP8: Admixing & mandatory blending - evaluating the existing Dutch policies regarding mandatory blending and certificates trading towards the creation of a hydrogen mandatory blendinbg and certificates trading system

Below is a list of deliverables resulting from the aforementioned work packages, as well as a link to download them (when available):

Number Deliverable title Publication date Link
D7A.1 Hydrogen value chain literature review 22-10-2021 Link
D7A.2 Techno-economic analysis of hydrogen value chains in the Netherlands: value chain design and results 22-04-2022 Link
D7A.3 Summary for policymakers: hydrogen value chains in the Netherlands 06-05-2022 Link
D7B.1 Database with the filled out factsheets about different componets of the H2 value chain elements to be modeled 19-04-2022 Link
D7B.2 Accompanying report to D7B.1 where the factsheets are explained in more detail 19-04-2022 Link
D7B.3 Cost analysis and comparison of different hydrogen carrier import chains and expected cost development 03-05-2022 Link
D7B.4 A roadmap on transport and storage of hydrogen and hydrogen carriers for five sectors in the Dutch economy 01-06-2022 Link
D8.1 Admixing literature review 28-07-2021 Link
D8.2 Assessment Admixing Schemes 13-10-2021 Link
D8.3 Pilots for introducing hydrogen blending quota 11-02-2022 Link
D8.4 Economic analysis of potential market development in hydrogen certificate markets 07-04-2022 Link
D8.5 Mandatory blending of hydrogen: summary for policy makers 08-04-2022 Link

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