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KIWA certifies SoluForce Flexible Composite Pipes for Hydrogen applications

Together with Groningen Seaports, SoluForce has developed a Flexible Composite Pipe system for hydrogen applications up to 42 bar. This is unique in the world of hydrogen transport and a global first. The significant milestone has a major impact on the feasibility of green hydrogen and is a further step towards a sustainable energy mix.

First application of the SoluForce Hydrogen solution

The first application of the certified SoluForce Hydrogen solution will be at Groningen Seaports, where 4 km of SoluForce infrastructure will be installed later in 2019. This infrastructure will convey green hydrogen produced by wind generators in the North Sea to companies in the chemical and industrial sectors at the seaport Eemshaven.
(more about the Groningen Seaports project)

Experts' opinion on the role of SoluForce flexible composite pipe for hydrogen

"As Groningen Seaports, we play an active role in making the industry in the Northern Netherlands greener and more sustainable. Through the collaboration with SoluForce we have been able to develop and install a piping system that is cheaper than the alternative, steel. This way we contribute to the acceleration of the energy transition" – Eertwijn van den Dool, Project Director at Groningen Seaports.

Professor of Future Energy Systems at the TU Delft and leading hydrogen expert in Europe, Prof. Ad van Wijk, was impressed with the properties of SoluForce Flexible Composite Pipe systems and its suitability for hydrogen applications:

"Green Hydrogen is an energy carrier that can transport and store large quantities of Solar and Wind at low cost. It is necessary for the realization of the Paris Agreement goals, as well as to make the economy stronger and greener. I believe that the SoluForce pipe solutions will play a vital role in facilitating the energy transition by providing affordable and proven hydrogen transportation and distribution solutions."

SoluForce (part of the Pipelife Group) is a proven technology with over 3.500 km of pipe installed since 2000, mainly in the oil and gas industry. Compared to conventional material, SoluForce pipes are maintenance free, extremely durable and can be used for transporting hydrogen at high pressures.

"I believe that an important part of innovation is combining the right partners and their underlying knowledge. During this project we were able to do just that. I would like to thank Groningen Seaports and KIWA for the pleasant cooperation in this project and their valuable input and efforts. Furthermore, the recognition from Ad van Wijk shows that we are on a right track to make a significant contribution to the future of the hydrogen value chain". - Robert-Jan Berg, Managing Director SoluForce.

Royal opening of Netherland's first Hydrogen plant

The importance of hydrogen production for the country's progress towards a sustainable energy mix was underlined with the royal "approval" of His Majesty King Willem Alexander of the Netherlands: On June 26th 2019, he opened the Netherland's first hydrogen plant HyStock (Gasunie).

Various hydrogen solutions have been presented within the framework of the event, SoluForce Flexible Composite Pipe (FCP, also know as RTP) solutions being one of them. Impressed by the Dutch design and product system Kind Willem Alexander signed a SoluForce pipe sample to mark the occasion.

Contact SoluForce for more information on hydrogen solutions and applications.




Prof. Ad van Wijk signing the KIWA certification of SoluForce FCP for hydrogen applications (with Eertwijn van den Dool (l) and Robert-Jan Berg (r)
From left to right: Prof. Ad van Wijk (Professor Future Energy Systems at TU Delft), Eertwijn van den Dool (Groningen Seaports), Robert-Jan Berg (SoluForce), Herbert Colmer (Groningen Seaports)
H.M. King Willem Alexander signing a SoluForce hydrogen pipe sample