Hydrogen in the Gas Grid Workshop-2

IRENA’s World Energy Transitions Outlook recommended that a combination of technologies is needed to keep the world on a 1.5°C climate pathway. This includes specific pathways to decarbonise the hard-to-decarbonise sectors (HTDS) of iron, steel, cement, petrochemicals, heavy transport (including shipping and aviation) and buildings. Part of the solution lies in delivering hydrogen to replace fossil fuels and fossil-based feedstock.

The existing gas sector infrastructure and delivery systems can be used as a pathway to deliver hydrogen (as well as other “green gases”; biomethane and synthetic methane). There is a growing amount of research and project development into the options to use the gas grid and there are still uncertainties in terms of technical feasibility and cost and its impact on GHG emissions reductions. These issues are being analysed by the Innovation and Technology Centre (IITC) in IRENA through collaboration and dialogue with governments, industry, academia, experts and stakeholders.

IITC conducted a series of three workshops to explore the topics related to the use of the natural gas grid to deliver hydrogen (midstream infrastructure). These were funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK).


Workshop #1

Held 14 December 2021

Can we do it?

Technical and economic feasibility of introducing hydrogen into steel pipelines: material testing, blending, R&D. Attended by 31 public/private representatives from 11 countries.

Workshop #2

16 March 2022

How do we do it and what is the impact on emission reductions?

Optimising gas grid assets: pathways to repurposing gas grids and its role in net-zero planning, including methane emissions from the grid and what comprises hydrogen readiness.

Workshop #3

Date TBA

What do we need to innovate to make it happen more efficiently?

Innovation: new technologies, business models and disruptive innovation related to greening the gas sector.


Closed event by invitation only, queries to CFHydrogen@irena.org.