Other Hydrogen based projects that Cavagna Group is carrying on
The group is also working on other hydrogen-specific projects. In fact, France is in the process of introducing hydrogen as an energy carrier for its own energy needs. The aim is reducing the use of methane to zero by 2050 and replacing it with biomethane and hydrogen. Just like many other utilities in the EU, GRDF is researching and developing the injection of H2 into its grid. However, the approach in France is different from that in the UK.
Indeed, the idea is to inject H2 into the existing natural gas network in a blend, such as 20% hydrogen and 80% methane. GRDF has thus provided its suppliers support with the development of compatible equipment. As a matter of fact, Mesura is in the process of obtaining certification for their S3 series regulator by Kiwa. It will be suitable for the NF Specification related markets.
The regulators described above are just two of the Cavagna Group’s products compatible with hydrogen. Another example is the Group’s HS1 valves for fuel cell vehicles. These types of valves require some specific characteristics, especially regarding the material used and the pressure applied. In fact, the challenge with hydrogen relates to its extremely small molecules, which tend to pass through coating materials.