New company delivers valves for a sustainable future
Industrial sectors that are now identified as ‘hard to abate’ – ie, where switching to less environmentally impactful operations is not possible or extremely difficult – will need to adopt alternative, high density fuel sources such as hydrogen, and/or invest in technologies that capture the greenhouse emissions from their activities.
Oliver Valves has taken steps to help. It is driving its oil and gas valve know-how, coupled with world leading R&D capability, into the green energy and emission abatement sector using the newly incorporated Oliver Hydcovalves company as the vehicle. Incorporated with the primary objective of providing valve technologies that support the net zero emission targets of industrial users, the company will build on the decades of expertise held within the Oliver companies.
Post combustion carbon capture and storage (CCS) entails capturing CO2 from industrial emissions then transporting it to be permanently stored. There are already several differing technologies used to separate the CO2 from the remaining flue gases, with almost all then compress the CO2 into liquid form for transportation to depleted oil and gas reservoirs or other geological storage sites, with the most cost-effective transportation method being via pipeline. With the percentage of CO2 captured from flue gases continuing to increase towards 100%, CCS provides a means to decarbonise the use of fossil fuels whilst transitioning to alternative energy sources.
Valves from the Oliver Twinsafe range are ideally suited for the new pipeline infrastructure that will be required for this rapidly expanding decarbonisation technology. Where subsea CO2 storage is required, valves from the Oliver Valvetek range have already been successfully deployed at the injection wellhead subsea tree. Reliability at depth is vital, even when injecting CO2 rather than extracting oil or gas; the Hydcovalves portfolio of adapted Twinsafe and Valvetek products, easily match client expectations in these extremely arduous applications.
One alternative energy source that is expected to meet industrial demands for high energy density and zero emission combustion is hydrogen. With some of the most rigorous development and testing regimes in the industry, valves from the Twinsafe range can meet the requirements for the safe transportation of hydrogen in pipelines or storage vessels.
Valve development for the emerging hydrogen transport and refuelling industry is ongoing with testing to ISO19880-3:2018 underway at our industry leading R&D facility in Knutsford.
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