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H2 Sensible

Hydrogen plays an important role in the energy transition and has been identified as a pillar in the decarbonisation of both the energy and industrial sectors. Power-to-Gas (P2G) technology is the enabler for an accelerated energy transition.

Upscaling the production, use and distribution of hydrogen involves high safety risks in both large-scale and decentralised (small-scale) environments.

Since the Hindenburg disaster, it is well known that hydrogen is very dangerous.


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The very nature of gaseous hydrogen (the smallest molecule, embrittlement of metals) means that it is inherently leaky in production, storage and distribution.


The combination of huge increases in production and consumption over the next few years, and the relatively low energy density of H2, will result in the need for high pressure (above 500 bar) storage and distribution of H2.

The project

Supported by industry partners and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, a consortium consisting of INERC, Somni Solutions, N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie, Rijngas and EnTrance will achieve this goal by carrying out two pilot projects that will provide insight into the determination of the Terms of Reference (TOR) for an optimal H2 measurement methodology.


In addition, by developing a strategy together with industry, inspection experts, stakeholders and organisations in the hydrogen value chain, the benefits and costs will become clear. The study will also be an active catalyst, generating new ideas, practices and collaborations.

Safety Deal H2-glasvezelsensor bijeenkomst projectgroep Entrance Groningen 8 oktober 2021[

We aim to determine the technical, economical, and social impact of fiber optic sensing in the context of environmental safety.

Need for leak detection

As a result, there is a high demand for solutions that ensure safety, such as leak detection.


However, existing hydrogen detection technology is not able to meet the safety challenges that this hydrogen-based energy transition requires.

A global Dutch-Belgian innovation based on new fiber optic technology has the potential to meet this safety challenge.

Somni Corporation bv

Rotterdamseweg 183C

2629 HD Delft

The Netherlands

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