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Hydrogen in the Oil and Gas Industry

Webinars 08 February 2022

Hydrogen in the Oil and Gas Industry 

Governments and industries are globally moving towards greener practices and the utilisation of renewable resources. In this effort, hydrogen has emerged as a very promising fuel alternative. In this respect, the oil and gas industry is contributing significantly to the adaptation of hydrogen as an alternative energy source, with all major oil and gas producers pursuing multimillion-dollar projects in this area. The properties of hydrogen, such as the energy and volumetric density, are well known as well as the barriers associated with the transportation, storage and distribution of pure hydrogen. For this purpose, alternative media for the transportation of hydrogen have been introduced and evaluated; most notably those produced through the transformation of hydrogen (H2) to ammonia (NH4), other liquid organic hydrogen carriers, or as compressed liquefied H2. The most significant barrier towards the adoption of hydrogen as a primary energy source remains the establishment of a widely accepted infrastructure system, which will allow for the storage and the distribution of this clean energy source in a sustainable and economically viable way. In addition, long-term studies on the effect of the identified carriers on material(s) comprising the infrastructure and systems used in the transportation, storage and distribution have yet to be presented, thus limiting the presentation of an accurate lifecycle cost assessment (LCCA) of the proposed supply method. 

The Non-Metallic Innovation Centre (NIC) is an organisation dedicated to reducing the carbon footprint, overall production costs and environmental impact of energy supply through the implementation of non-metallic solutions and the development of expertise. The NIC, through its private innovation partnership between TWI and oil and gas industry leaders Aramco and ADNOC, along with the support of associate members, is addressing the gaps and barriers of hydrogen utilisation and aiding the transition towards a carbon neutral energy supply.



George V. Theodosopoulos MSc, PhD - Senior Project Leader, Technology Polymer & Composite Technologies Group

George V. Theodosopoulos MSc, PhD

Senior Project Leader, Technology Polymer & Composite Technologies Group

George is a member of the NIC’s technical expert staff, supporting NIC associate members, providing solutions and innovative proposals as well as managing projects of the NIC.

Holding a B.Sc. in Chemistry, a M.Sc. in Polymer Science and Applications and a Ph.D. in Macromolecular Chemistry, George has a strong background in polymer synthesis, applications and processing techniques. Having practiced the property manipulation of polymers through their predefined structural orientation, he has acquired a good understanding on the effect of intrinsic material properties and chemistry of the monomer units on the behaviour and long-term effect polymer systems in selected environments.

George joined TWI and the NIC in February 2019 as a Project Leader in the Novel Polymer Technology (NPT) section of TWI’s Polymer and Composite Technology (PCT) group. He is also the group’s polymer recycling and sustainability theme leader.

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