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As talk around hydrogen heats up, PE 100 pipelines and electrofusion joints have been studied as a delivery method for this future energy.
In the Netherlands a pipeline was required to transport hydrogen from a production facility to a filling station for buses fueled by hydrogen.
The long-term safety and security of the pipeline needed to be guaranteed. Polyethylene with raised crack resistance (PE100-RC) was selected as a potential piping material. As there was little experience with the combination of PE piping and hydrogen gas, a study was carried out before construction started.
This study considered safety and material aspects, as well as maintenance issues including performing EF joints on pipe that had been exposed to hydrogen for some time.
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