SRJ Technologies (ASX:SRJ) has unveiled further progress with the development of hydrogen compatible pipe technology.
The project kick-off commenced with a detailed analysis of the future hydrogen market, the demand for leak sealing, mechanical connectors, isolation, repair and integrity solutions that can deal with the complexities of handling hydrogen.
This project, whilst focusing on the proof of concept, manufacturing and commercialisation of a new weld-free coupling technology, will also investigate the technology and demand for asset integrity solutions for non-metallic pipework and pipeline applications. Curtin University’s world class Corrosion Centre will play a key role in the investigation and testing of SRJ’s emerging hydrogen compliant products.
The Curtin Corrosion Centre conducts high-quality research in corrosion and materials related to the petroleum, mining, chemical processing, defence, maritime, automotive, and biomedical industries.
SRJ Technologies CEO, Alexander Wood, said hydrogen will play a significant role in low-carbon energy systems.
This has highlighted challenges about the storage and transport of hydrogen gas and other hydrogen-bearing compounds, which has been shown, in some circumstances, to cause hydrogen embrittlement or cracking in the welds of transmissions pipelines.
Pure hydrogen being the smallest molecule on the periodic table, has containment challenges as it can readily pass-through certain materials. A hydrogen-based energy system will challenge the norms for maintenance and repair to ensure security of supply.
Mr Wood said SRJ is positioning itself as a first mover in this technologically demanding market.
“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 IP for this global emerging market.”