RWE and Equinor Plan Norway-Germany Hydrogen Pipeline

I hope they have also secured a money shitter for this project. Hydrogen is an unfriendly molecule. It’s hard to contain as its small size makes it pass through pretty much all materials that are used for such pipelines today creating an impossible-to-stop and permanent leaking event. It also attacks most materials and makes them brittle so only very expensive alloys can be used for this very long pipeline. It also forms an explosive mixture very easily and quickly wherever it hits the open air making it a safety hazard as we have not seen it before. So, producing hydrogen – expensive as it is – is a minor issue compared to that. 

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