Strohm, a manufacturer of fully bonded, thermoplastic composite pipe (TCP), has signed a memorandum of understanding with renewable hydrogen supplier Lhyfe, which is based in Nantes, France.
The companies plan to jointly develop systems for hydrogen transport, offshore and onshore, including what they claim will be the first floating wind turbine integrated with a hydrogen production system.
Lhyfe’s Nerehyd solution, building toward manufacture of a first prototype in 2025, comprises a hydrogen production facility on the floating platform connected to a wind turbine.
The concept covers single wind turbines to large-scale wind farm developments.
Strohm’s TCP, said to be suitable for transporting hydrogen offshore and subsea, is a corrosion-resistant technology that, according to the company, does not suffer from fatigue or other issues associated with steel pipes for hydrogen, such as embrittlement.
The product is manufactured in long spoolable lengths and can be pulled directly into the wind turbine generator.
Strohm has qualified TCP flexible risers and flowlines, with pressures up to 700 bar at various internal diameters, and aims to add 100% pure hydrogen to its DNV qualification by the end of the year.