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Hydrogen compliant Instrumentation Valves and DBB Piping Ball Valves Standard 1
  • Hydrogen compliant Instrumentation Valves and DBB Piping Ball Valves Standard 1
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Hydrogen compliant Instrumentation Valves and DBB Piping Ball Valves

For more than 20 years, we have been supporting hydrogen as a medium with our valves. All valves and manifolds as well as our Double Block & Bleed Piping Ball Valves are suitable for up to 100% hydrogen use.


In other words, our instrumentation valves and process valves can also be used safely in natural gas applications with, for example, a 20% hydrogen blending. This feature is of particular interest to natural gas plant operators and gas network operators who want to convert their natural gas pipelines for hydrogen.

Materials for use with Hydrogen as a Medium
We recommend using 316 or 316L Austenitic Stainless Steel for your instrumentation valves and process valves when using hydrogen as a medium.

Other materials are also suitable for hydrogen use. In such a case, we recommend to consult our hydrogen experts personally in order to be able to select the best possible material for your specific requirements.

You should also ensure that non-metallic valve materials such as seals and lubricants are compatible with the hydrogen medium. A list of recommendations can be found in the designated standards and norms (Sandia, ISO / TR, SAE). See also the section on sealing materials below.

Suitable Metallic Materials

Material Operating Limits Recommendation
1.4401 / 1.4404 -40°C / +538°C

For hydrogen applications, our experts recommend
the use of Austenitic Stainless Steel.

316 / 316L -40°C / +538°C
1.4571 -40°C / +538°C
Tightness Requirements for the Medium Hydrogen
The choice of the appropriate valve head unit depends on whether it is used in an enclosed or open operating environment.

Open Hydrogen Environment (Option W1)

In the case the valve is mounted in an open, ventilated hydrogen application - for example in a forced-ventilated room, or even outdoors, there is no danger of an explosive atmosphere, and the escaping hydrogen is harmless to the environment. For such an application, you can use our standard valve head units.

Our Recommendation:

Valve Head Unit Sealing System
Our Standard Valve Head Unit PTFE

Closed Hydrogen Environment (Option W2)

In the case the valve is mounted in a closed, non-ventilated environment, such as in a protective shade or container, then increased tightness requirements apply. For such applications, we recommend to consult our hydrogen experts.

Our Recommendation:

Valve Head Unit Sealing System
Special Valve Head Unit -
Depending on the field of application
Valve Head Unit tested acc. to ISO 15848-1
(TA-Luft Valve Head Unit) or
Bellows Sealed Head Unit

Suitable Sealing Materials

Material Operating Limits Recommendation

Engineering Plastics

PTFE -40°C / +232°C

ETFE (Tefzel) -40°C / +100°C
PCTFE (KEL-F) -55°C / +100°C

Recommended by our hydrogen experts. 

POM -40°C / +100°C
Graphite
SAS225 G -20°C / +550°C
Supagraf Control -200°C / +350°C
Supagraf Premier -200°C / +450°C
O-Rings
Fusion 935 (FKM 935) -37°C / +232°C
Vermillion One -60°C / +200°C
Endura V91A -51°C / +225°C
FKM V0709-90 -25°C / +200°C
EPDM -40°C / +120°C
Metallic Bellows
1.4571 -50°C / +538°C
Test Procedure for Hydrogen Use
The test procedures that an instrumentation valve and process valve should fulfill depends on whether the valve is used in an open (vented = W1) or closed (non-vented = W2) environment.

Open Hydrogen Environment (Option W1)

In the case of Option W1, the following tests are carried out:

  • Leak Test with Air acc. to EN 12266-1
    ( 1 ) Test Scope: 100%
    ( 2 ) Test Pressure - Seat: 1,1x Nominal Pressure
    ( 3 ) Test Pressure - Packing and Bonnet Seal: 1,5x Nominal Pressure
  • Wetted Metallic Materials shall comply with ISO 15156 / NACE MR0175
    (Chemical Composition, Heat Treatment, Material Hardening and Hardness)
  • Acceptance Test Certificate 3.1 required for Wetted Parts (without Seals)

Closed Hydrogen Environment (Option W2)

In the case of Option W2, the following tests beyond Option W1 are carried out:
 

  • Leak Test with Helium using the Sniffing Method acc. to ISO 15848-2
    ( 1 ) Test Scope: 10%
    ( 2 ) Test Pressure: 6 bar
    ( 3 ) Leak Tightness Class B
Useful Information on Hydrogen

More valuable information on the topic of hydrogen and its derivatives you can find on our blog page. In our blog, we regularly keep you up to date with technical articles on numerous key topics related to hydrogen as well as power-to-x applications. Browse through the numerous hydrogen blog articles and let us inspire you and expand your knowledge.

So sign up for our newsletter today and make sure you don't miss any new blog articles. Enclosed is an excerpt from the current blog articles on the topic of hydrogen and its derivatives (P2X):

Hydrogen compliant Instrumentation Valves and DBB Piping Ball Valves Drawing (arrangement)

Hydrogen valves and typical application challenges

Modern hydrogen applications demand durable hydrogen valves that operate reliably under high pressure and at extremely low temperatures. Some challenges are facing the industry. In this blog article, we describe relevant key data on hydrogen, hydrogen applications and hydrogen valves.Hydrogen valves and typical application
Hydrogen compliant Instrumentation Valves and DBB Piping Ball Valves Drawing (arrangement)

What are Power-to-X solutions?

Learn in the article what the Power-to-X technologies are by energy form: Power-to-Gas, Power-to-Liquid or Power-to-Heat and why is PtX important for decarbonization.What are Power-to-X solutions?
Hydrogen compliant Instrumentation Valves and DBB Piping Ball Valves Drawing (arrangement)

Future importance of Hydrogen & Power-to-X in industrial applications at the EU level

Interview with Dr. Kantz from VDMA on the future importance of hydrogen and Power-to-X (P2X) with a focus on the EU. The topic breaks down into four chapters to reach the core areas of interest with enhanced determination:
( 1 ) Hydrogen in the context of Power-to-X
( 2 ) Legislations for climate protection
( 3 ) Building a hydrogen economy
( 4 ) Involvement of the mechanical & plant engineering sector

Future importance of Hydrogen & Power-to-X in industrial applications at the EU level
Hydrogen compliant Instrumentation Valves and DBB Piping Ball Valves Drawing (arrangement)

Power-to-X for Applications - What is the relevance of this VDMA network?

Read how the VDMA network “Power-to-X for Applications” supports mechanical & plant engineers with the challenges of power-to-X applications.Power-to-X for Applications - What is the relevance of this VDMA network?
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