Green transport for green hydrogen

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Environmentally friendly alternatives for fossil energy sources are a good thing. But these alternatives, such as green hydrogen, are even better when they can also be transported in an environmentally compatible way. The Dutch startup Strohm, with which Evonik has been cooperating since 2009, has come up with a solution to accomplish this: thermoplastic composite pipe technology (TCP). This technology makes it possible to manufacture multilayered pipes with a glass-fiber or carbon fiber core and plastic in the inner liner and outer layers. Evonik supplies Strohm with a stabilizing tape made of carbon fiber and the polymer PA 12 for this purpose. The pipes have a diameter of only five to 20 centimeters and are very light and transportable on a drum, which greatly simplifies installation compared to the usual pipes made of steel. Other advantages of TCP are that the pipes are corrosion-free and are not subject to embrittlement. Moreover, they are produced exclusively with green electricity.

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