"Hydrogen replacing natural gas – is the pipe infrastructure ready?" is one of the topics to be addressed during the Plastic Pipes XX (PPXX) conference, Sept. 21–23 in Amsterdam. Organizers announced that there will be 100 presentations discussing advancements in material development, research findings, case studies, non-destructive testing (NDT) methods and for other areas concerning plastic pipe. Arranged by the Plastic Pipe Conference Association (PPCA) and held every two years, the event is hosted by PPCA members: PE 100+ Association, the Plastics Pipe Institute (PPI) and The European Plastic Pipes and Fittings Association (TEPPFA).
“Using its existing network of polyethylene gas pipe to transport hydrogen in the future is a critical topic in the Netherlands, and will be an important focus during our Amsterdam conference,” said Sarah Patterson of the Plastics Pipe Institute, who is co-chair of the PPXX Organizing Committee and chair of the Technical Program. “The conference is planning a session that will be devoted to the investigation of polyethylene pipe when exposed to hydrogen, a study that has yielded positive results, finding the material and pipe to be capable for the task.”
Other technical papers planned for presentation include the following:
Patterson said that the conference will have three days of technical presentations covering aspects of plastic pipe systems such as raw materials, joining methods/components, processing equipment, additive/ingredients, test methods, plastic pipeline solutions, application areas, case studies, sustainability performance and latest market issues.
The organizing committee of Plastic Pipes XX received 155 abstracts to review and selected nearly 100 for technical presentation and 15 for the poster gallery walk. The list of presentations and session times and dates will be posted on the PPXX conference web page in late first quarter 2020. Additionally, registration, sponsorship and exhibition space details are available on the PPXX website: ppxx.eu.