Optic fibre-based hydrogen leak control systems
December 2022 - November 2025
SUMMARY AND OBJECTIVES
OPTHYCS project will aim to develop new sensor technology which will lead to an increase in the safety level of H2 applications, as well as minimising potential H2 releases to limit climate impact of H2 uptake, from production to storage and distribution, both in new infrastructure, working with pure H2, and in natural gas repurposed installations and pipelines, contributing to a safe and economically viable implementation of H2 production, transport, and storage processes. OPHTYCS project is built upon 3 conceptual areas: A) Technology pillars analysis and definition of new sensor technology B) Validation of key use cases: pipelines, HRS and midstream sites (compression, metering stations, etc.) of the new technologies in 3 different controlled validation sites C) Aspects of the technologies derived from the use cases, including the assessment of the security and environmental risks evaluations and regulatory framework, and a scalability and cost efficiency study.
Aragon Hydrogen Foundation will conduct validation test of technologies developed over HRS components in our installation in Walqa Technology Park (Huesca, Spain). With a wide expertise in safety requirements and standardisation in the H2 sector, we will lead the regulatory related tasks and will coordinate open access (OA) to all scientific publications expected to be produced related to relevant project results while ensuring IPR is maintained by the consortium.