More speakers announced for Hydrogen Summit

Event is April 16-17 in Houston

How does the push to hydrogen impact the gas compression industry? That was the question that spurred the idea for COMPRESSORtech2’s Hydrogen Summit last year. The Houston event brought together industry insiders who heard presentations about the possibilities—and challenges—that hydrogen poses. Attendees learned about the latest research in materials needed to handle hydrogen to real-world case studies about hydrogen and natural gas blending.

This year’s Summit, scheduled for April 16-17 at the Hyatt Regency West in Houston, offers another lineup of speakers who bring a variety of expertise. The presentations, which will be held on April 17, include:

  • Nikkia M. McDonald, Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Technologies, U.S. Department of Energy, will discuss federal activities in the hydrogen sphere.
  • Ben White, manager for the Fluid Machinery Systems Section at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), will present updates on a full-scale experimental tests with up to 20% hydrogen blended with natural gas using SwRI’s Ariel JGT/4 compressor loop.
  • Mike Elliyoun, Technical Sales manager at Roots Systems will explain advantages of using rotary lobe compressors as a booster upstream of reciprocating machines.
  • Tim Bremner, Materials Technology director for Advanced Sealing Technologies – A Michelin Group Co. He will demonstrate a few fundamental needs such as thermal management to better deal with frictional heating and the challenges of hydrogen gas thermodynamics; self-lubricating and mechanically robust high temperature material compositions; and tribochemical influences on the promotion of wear stabilizing transfer films.
  • Travis Mease is Greene Tweed’s Thermoplastics product manager. His presentation will introduce a composite impeller for centrifugal compressors.
  • Jonathan Peñaranda, lead polymer engineer in the innovation department at Dover Precision, will discuss challenges associated with tribological testing of polymers at high temperatures, high speeds, and in a hydrogen environment.
  • Robert Schroeder, is a mechanical engineer at Sargent & Lundy, contributing to engineering and project deliverables for numerous pipeline, industrial, and electric power plant projects. He will present research on the impacts, upgrade costs and station changes needed to repurpose existing natural gas compressor stations for hydrogen and hydrogen-natural gas blends.

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