The THOTH2 consortium, which includes also Poland’s natural gas Transmission System Operator GAZ-SYSTEM and the Polish research institute INiG-PIB has been established at the end of May. Its goal is to provide an energy measurement value chain and instruments’ ability to accurately measure the physical parameters of hydrogen and natural gas mixtures (H2NG) with increasing hydrogen percentages, up to 100 per cent.
THOTH2 is funded by the European Union with almost 2 million euros over two and a half years. Its vision will lead to an acceleration towards the hydrogen economy, contributing to REPowerEU and NextGeneration EU objectives.
The project impact potential includes the establishment of an R&D hub centre, which can include THOTH2 partners and Advisory Board members, to translate into value the results achieved by the project, aiming to the development/update of international standards, foster innovation in the field of H2NG blending measuring devices and supporting hydrogen value chain development leveraging on the EU gas infrastructure.
To maximise hydrogen blending potential in natural gas networks, a systemic and multidisciplinary approach to make the infrastructure resilient to the challenges of tomorrow is needed, together with industrial and research players’ competencies.
In this framework, the THOTH2 consortium has all competencies and skills to reach the goals of developing and experimentally validating methodologies and protocols to evaluate the metrological performances of measuring devices at different hydrogen blending rates (up to 100 per cent); provide recommendations to cover gaps in the existing normative framework; establish long-term cooperation between the industrial and research communities.