THP-E41: Transporting Hydrogen Is Tough On Existing Pipelines. Find Out The Testing Methods Needed To Tackle This Issue To Create A Safe And Efficient Infrastructure And Who To Call. Also, Major Players Just Invested In Raven SR To Utilize Their Unique Technology

August 26, 2021 • Paul Rodden • Season: 2021 • Episode: 41

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In episode 041, Rosen establishes dedicated hydrogen testing capabilities for material testing. And our friends over at Raven SR announced a strategic investment from Chevron, Itochu, Hyzon Motors and Ascent Hydrogen Fund. All of this on today’s hydrogen podcast.

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Rosen establishes dedicated hydrogen testing capabilities for material testing. And our friends over at Raven SR announced a strategic investment from Chevron, Itochu, Hyzon Motors and Ascent Hydrogen Fund. All of this on today’s hydrogen podcast.

So the big questions in the energy industry today are, how is hydrogen the primary driving force behind the evolution of energy? Where is capital being deployed for hydrogen projects globally? And where are the best investment opportunities for early adopters who recognize the importance of hydrogen? I will address the critical issues and give you the information you need to deploy capital. Those are the questions that will unlock the potential of hydrogen, and this podcast will give you the answers. My name is Paul Rodden, and welcome to the hydrogen podcast.

In a press release on August 12, Rosen announced that they have dedicated hydrogen testing for pipelines. The energy industry as a whole has come to realize the potential of hydrogen as a viable alternative to hydrocarbons. However, this hydrogen economy cannot function without a safe and efficient infrastructure. A large part of hydrogen transportation will take place via existing gas networks and or newly constructed pipelines dedicated to hydrogen. And based on its many years of experience in a wide variety of material testing, the Rosen group is expanding its material testing capabilities, and dedicating a separate section to the topic of hydrogen. Hydrogen can have an adverse effect on the fracture and fatigue properties of steel.

The magnitude of the effect can vary depending on the steel grade, and microstructure, concentration of hydrogen, and other factors. Therefore, integrity assessments need to be based on material properties in hydrogen, which are usually not known in case of existing lines and must be assessed as part of the process of repurposing the lines for hydrogen transportation. guidance on the design of hydrogen pipelines is given an ASM e b 31.12, including fracture toughness testing. And in response to that Rosen’s testing capabilities offer the possibility of conducting material and exposure tests in a hydrogen atmosphere at a temperature of up to 200 degrees Celsius, and a pressure of up to 150 bars.

The facility will be equipped to complete environmental fracture toughness tests, constant load and displacement kih tests, rising displacement jr tests, environmental fatigue crack growth tests, tensile tests and hydrogen atmosphere, environmentally slow strain rate tests and material testing of new pipes. With this laboratory, the Rosen group offers the industry all the material testing methods necessary to ensure the safe transportation of hydrogen in pipelines. In addition, internal research and development activities in the field of hydrogen will be supported and promoted. The construction work for the facility is in its final phase, and with the delivery of the necessary equipment is on track to be completed in early 2022. The Rosen group is a leading global provider of integrity solutions for the safe and reliable operation of industrial facilities in order to guarantee the protection of people and the environment.

Hydrogen has been a focus of their technology group for several years, and represents an important cornerstone of its long term corporate strategy. Recognizing the ability to join expert knowledge, latest inspection technologies and material testing methods. The Rosen group supports pipeline operators in the safe and efficient conversion of existing gas networks in the reliable operation of hydrogen pipelines. And next in a press release from August 17. Raven SR, which is a renewable fuels Company announced the closing of a $20 million strategic investment from Chevron, Itochu Corporation, Hyzon motors and Ascent Hydrogen Fund. Raven SR plans to build modular waste to green hydrogen production units and renewable synthetic fuels facilities initially in California and then worldwide. Raven SR’s technology makes it one of the only combustion free waste to hydrogen producers in the world. Unlike alternative approaches to waste disposal, such as incineration or gasification, Raven SR’s steam co2 reformation process involves no combustion, Raven SR’s processes is designed to reduce emissions and produce more green hydrogen per tonne of waste that competing processes Raven SR’s process can also produce other renewable energy products such as synthetic liquid fuels, like diesel, Jet a and milspec JP eight additives solvents such as acetone, butanol, and naphtha and electricity via micro turbines.

Also, Raven SR’s technology can produce sustainable aviation fuel, an increasingly important component of a global aviation industries decarbonisation efforts to align with targets outlined in the 2016 Paris agreement on climate change. In a quote from CEO Matt Murdock, we are grateful for our investors recognition of Raven SR’s technology which transforms organic waste and renewable hydrogen and synthetic fuels for commercial and passenger vehicles and airplanes. Today, we’re excited to start working with our partners on realizing our global vision of zero emission transportation, on land and in the skies, through locally sourced and produced renewable fuels are reducing waste in our landfills and their accompanying emissions. Murdock also noted the new funding reflects growing business and consumer demand for clean energy and renewable fuels that will have a positive impact in addressing climate change.

And then a quote from Alice Flesher, the general manager of strategy and planning for Chevron’s global and downstream chemicals business “Our investment with Raven SR underscores our commitment to help develop a commercially viable hydrogen value chain that can provide lower carbon energy solutions to a variety of sectors. This is an exciting opportunity to develop green hydrogen technology with partners in the Bay Area that can complement our existing hydrogen infrastructure at Chevron Richmond”. And according to Craig Knight, CEO of Hyzon Motors, Raven, SR’s technology is highly efficient, scalable and mobile, solving many of the logistics and financial challenges of green hydrogen production. With their partnership, we expect to reach our vision of 1000 green hydrogen hubs, which will enable 1000s of Hyzon hydrogen fuel cell powered trucks to operate on us roads in the near future at costs comparable to diesel powered vehicles. The Strategic Investment comes after Raven and Hyzon motors agreed to build up to 250 hydrogen production facilities across the US and globally. Hyzon motors with us operations based in Rochester New York, is a leading global supplier of zero emission hydrogen fuel cell powered commercial vehicles.

Tsuyoshi Matsumoto General Manager of Itochu is petroleum trading Department said Itochu has set enhancing our contribution to and engagement with the SDGs through business activities as one of the basic policies and its medium term management plan. We expect that Raven’s technology enables us to produce renewable hydrogen and renewable fuels for municipal solid waste more efficiently, through Raven’s projects and products, we would like to create a supply chain with partners that will continue to work to introduce renewable fuels in worldwide markets to solve issues for the realization of a circular economy, a carbon free and sustainable society. And in a quote from David Wu, the co founder and president of the Ascent Hydrogen Fund, Ascent’s global mandate is to look for champions across hydrogens vertical value chain from hydrogen production, hydrogen logistics, and hydrogen applications.

What makes Raven even more exciting is its ability to be a champion and disruptor in hydrogen production, but also in waste management, and synthetic liquid fuels. They have one of the only carbon negative processes in the world that can convert waste to renewable hydrogen and Clean Fuels without burning the waste. With their scalable and mobile systems, they’ll be able to onsite at any location, making them the ideal partner of choice for many companies looking to decarbonize their operations. Raven SR’s first renewable fuel production facilities will be built at landfills and will produce fuel for North California hydrogen fuel stations, and for Hyzon’s hydrogen hubs. These initial facilities are expected to process approximately 200 tons of organic waste daily, yielding green hydrogen and producing on site energy to be as autonomous as possible.

Raven SR’s units are modular and scalable and can easily be expanded to accommodate sites with higher hydrogen requirements. In addition to landfills, the production units can also be placed at wastewater treatment plants and agricultural sites. So a big congratulations to Matt Murdock and Raven SR on closing this deal. Well done and we wish you much success. Okay, that’s it for me, everyone. If you have any questions or comments about today’s episode, come and visit my website at, and let me know I would really love to hear from you. And as always, take care. Stay safe. I’ll talk to you later.

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