Hydrogen is enjoying an unprecedented momentum and is used in transportation, storage and many industrial processes. Supplying it to industrial users is a major business around the world. Indeed, many countries directly support investment in hydrogen technologies. For instance, in Europe where the European Commission has set ambitious goals* to increase the use of hydrogen over the next few years.
Hydrogen production, storage and transportation pose technical challenges, as hydrogen is highly flammable and checking for leaks is an essential step for its safe use. Ultra Pro X enables operators to perform fast and safe inspections.
Picture: Hydrogen leak on a flange, within a refinery.
Hydrogen is hazardous because of its low ignition energy. It also possesses a very broad flammability range, from 4% to 74% concentration in air, making it dangerous in case of leaks.
At atmospheric pressure, hydrogen has a low energy content per volume compared to liquid fuel or even natural gas. For this reason, hydrogen is stored at high pressure between 200 and 1000 bar (2900 to 14500 psi), but this increases the risk of leaks.