• Boil-off Systems crucial for safe hydrogen use

    23 May 2024

    In the application of hydrogen excess hydrogen inevitably occurs. To prevent its release, it is essential to equip vehicles and hydrogen networks with a boil-off management system (BMS) capable of efficiently venting excess gas. Kiwa's hydrogen expert Hans de Laat wrote an article on this topic.

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  • Video: The Lower Flammability Limit of Hydrogen

    17 May 2024

    Dutch energy distributor Alliander asked Kiwa to research and visualize the combustion of hydrogen at low concentrations. Kiwa developed a special test box and recording. The video shows that at low concentrations, the probability of ignition of hydrogen is lower compared with natural gas.

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  • Quality and sustainability converge at Kiwa's material research laboratory

    19 March 2024

    As an authority in energy and water distribution, Kiwa has been involved in testing and certifying materials used in gas, water and other pipeline systems for years. Kiwa's material experts have accumulated a wealth of experience, utilized in residual lifetime and failure assessments, resulting in a well-equipped material research laboratory that serves the entire energy and water sector.

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  • Follow-up HyDelta program focusses on tangible hydrogen application

    27 November 2023

    This month marks the start of the third phase of the public-private hydrogen research program HyDelta. HyDelta 3 focuses on the economic and technical integration of hydrogen gas into the national gas transportation and distribution system. As part of the HyDelta consortium, Kiwa is taking on a significant number of work packages within HyDelta 3.

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  • Infographic: How hydrogen drives the energy transition

    6 September 2023

    Hydrogen (H2) plays an important role in the energy transition. Currently, hydrogen is mostly applied in industry, mobility and the built environment. In this infographic Kiwa's hydrogen experts zoom in on these three applications. Discover the role of hydrogen as an energy source, as an energy carrier, for vehicles and for decarbonising the natural gas grid.

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  • Exploring the future of energy: Kiwa showcases hydrogen services at Gastech Exhibition 2023 in Singapore

    29 August 2023

    Kiwa joins forces with Eriks and SHV Energy to showcase our hydrogen solutions at the Gastech Exhibition, 5-8 September 2023. We invite you to visit our stand A512 and discover the limitless possibilities of this clean energy source.

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  • Kiwa investigates cooperation regarding Hydrogen in the Netherlands and Japan

    2 June 2023

    Both Japan and the Netherlands have a strong interest in hydrogen as a clean energy source and are working on its development and implementation. What are the strengths of both countries? Kiwa researched this for Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland (RVO). This resulted in the action plan 'Towards reducing hydrogen supply chain costs', which you can download below.

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  • Whitepaper: The quality of hydrogen

    18 April 2023

    To prevent further global warming and combat climate change, worldwide effort is being put into low-carbon, affordable and reliable energy solutions. Hydrogen can meet the energy and raw material needs of industry, the built environment and the transport sector, sectors that are difficult to decarbonize. However, depending on the application, hydrogen must meet certain quality requirements.

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  • Whitepaper: Hydrogen odorization

    16 March 2023

    In natural gas distribution, odorization contributes to a high level of safety and this will be no different for hydrogen distribution. In this whitepaper Kiwa’s expert odorization Erik Polman takes a closer look at the odorization of hydrogen. What exactly is an odorant? What types of odorants are there? And how do we know whether a certain odorant is sufficient? The paper outlines what experience has already been gained in determining an odorant for hydrogen and also discusses the challenges that remain.

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  • Infographic: The properties of hydrogen

    17 January 2023

    Zero-emission transportation, greater flexibility of the electricity grid and cleaner industrial processes are all necessary to realise energy transition. Hydrogen, thanks to its characteristics, contributes significantly to the achievement of this ambitious goal. Discover the flammability limits in air, molecular mass, thermal conductivity, heating values and the other important properties of hydrogen in a clear infographic.

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  • Kiwa helps Portugal convert to 100% H2

    22 December 2022

    Autumn 2022 Kiwa has started two new projects in Portugal for two Portuguese gas district system operators: H2REN for REN Portgás and Retrofit for Floene. In commission of these two operators, Kiwa will assess the suitability of their gas distribution networks for hydrogen.

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  • Kiwa announced as finalist for the Hydrogen Awards 2023

    20 December 2022

    Recently Kiwa has been announced as a finalist for the Hydrogen Awards of 2023, where businesses are highlighted for their contribution to the hydrogen industry. The commissioning of our new hydrogen production plant has played a major role in the nomination.

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  • Publication: Technical considerations when testing hydrogen valves with air

    11 November 2022

    Hydrogen produced from renewable energy sources can make an important contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. When hydrogen gas is to be transported through the existing gas pipelines, the safety level has to be at least the same as for the transportation of natural gas. This means that important safety questions need to be answered, for example when it comes to the leak tightness of pipes and components that are used with hydrogen gas.

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  • Kiwa sponsor Forze Hydrogen Racing

    8 November 2022

    In the coming year, Kiwa will sponsor Forze Hydrogen Racing, the student team that specializes in racing on hydrogen. Kiwa not only supports Forze financially, but also contributes in the form of advice and validation of hydrogen systems. Forze Hydrogen Racing has been developing hydrogen racing cars since 2007 and wants to promote hydrogen as the fuel of the future in the automotive sector.

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  • Kiwa opens new hydrogen plant in Cheltenham

    12 October 2022

    Kiwa has recently opened a new hydrogen production plant in Cheltenham. The plant and technology demonstration site is linked to Kiwa’s new test labs by the UK’s first low pressure hydrogen distribution pipeline, operated under the Gas Act 1986. The ability to connect to a continuous flow of odourised hydrogen will be invaluable to manufacturers seeking to understand the performance and longevity of their hydrogen appliances.

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  • Dutch Climate and Energy minister receives interim report HyDelta

    10 October 2022

    HyDelta, the hydrogen research platform in which Kiwa participates with several other hydrogen pioneers, presented an interim report of the program to Minister Jetten for Climate and Energy on Thursday 6 October 2022 during the Wind Meets Gas symposium in Groningen. The report describes the results of 37 studies into the large-scale application of hydrogen in the transport sector and the distribution of hydrogen gas in existing infrastructure.

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  • Kiwa investigates properties of liquid and supercritical CO₂

    9 June 2022

    One of the ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is to capture and store or use released CO₂. To do this efficiently and safely, additional knowledge is needed about the properties of materials subjected to carbon dioxide. Kiwa has therefore invested in new facilities to investigate and test with high pressure CO₂.

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  • The future energy supply of the Netherlands will be a mix of electricity and gasses

    7 June 2022

    In 2018, the Dutch government decided to strive for a fossil-free energy supply by 2050 at the latest. Following that purpose and because of all the problems surrounding gas extraction in the province of Groningen, the Netherlands was supposed to get rid of gas as quickly as possible. What is the current state of that electrification decision? Has the role of gas in the energy mix completely been played out? Kiwa conducted research and published the results in the report “How the Dutch all-electric ambition was caught up by reality”.

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  • Hydrogen permeability research: filling in knowledge gaps

    30 May 2022

    Hydrogen will play an important role in the energy transition. In particular green hydrogen, produced using sustainably generated electricity, can become a sustainable replacement for natural gas in industry, mobility and the built environment. While concrete applications of hydrogen are already fully operational, there is still much to be discovered about the properties of the gas.

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  • Correct information crucial in researching copper pipe corrosion

    16 May 2022

    Copper water pipes can leak due to a natural chemical process known as corrosion. This can cause a lot of inconvenience and material damage. Often it is sufficient to locate and repair the leak, but sometimes it may be necessary to replace the complete pipe network. In order to be able to make this decision properly, it is important to determine the location of the leakage is as well as get insights into what circumstances have caused it.

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