Valves in H2 compression focus at Hydrogen Summit

By Keefe Borden12 December 2022

Joel Sanford of Siemens Energy will present “Valve performance: a key element for reliability and efficiency of reciprocating compressors,” as part of the program at the inaugural COMPRESSORtech2 Hydrogen Summit.

To be held on April 25 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Houston, Texas, the COMPRESSORtech2 Hydrogen Summit is a unique, one-day event that will provide key information on hydrogen blending and compression and the challenges and changes that may be required for gas compression equipment and technology.

Sponsored by PDC, Sundyne and Howden, the COMPRESSORtech2 Hydrogen Summit will provide a comprehensive look the challenges and opportunities related to hydrogen blending, equipment and compression. As the promise and potential of hydrogen in a decarbonized energy infrastructure is likely to have a significant impact on gas compression technology and applications, the COMPRESSORtech2 Hydrogen Summit is a can’t-miss event for anyone involved in the upstream, midstream and downstream gas compression industry.

Sanford is senior key expert, technology and innovation group at Siemens Energy, where he is responsible for the development of new valve and unloading technologies for reciprocating compressor product lines. He has 30 years of experience in the design and development of reciprocating compressors for the oil and gas industry.

His presentation will address equipment reliability, a critical requirement across the hydrogen industry. Likewise, optimum power consumption is essential for companies to control operational costs. Reciprocating compressors are a fundamental component of the hydrogen value chain and its valves play a critical role on the performance of this equipment.

Sanford will address the key aspects and best practices of valve design, operation, and maintenance for reliable hydrogen reciprocating compressors. A user ‘case study’ implementing these practices is presented to demonstrate the benefits of the recommendations from this presentation.

Sanford is the latest in a growing list of hydrogen experts scheduled to speak at the summit. Last week, Marybeth McBain of Elliott Group announced she will provide “Perspectives on Hydrogen Blending,” as part of the program at the inaugural COMPRESSORtech2 Hydrogen Summit.

In addition, Peter Roth, director of PPI Products at Sundyne, will discuss methods and the future of hydrogen compression. Paul Modern, chief engineer for valve and flow control products and Cook Compression, and Burak Bekisli, director of materials engineering at Dover Precision Components, will jointly present on the challenges associated with high pressure, non-lubricated, hydrogen reciprocating compressors.

More additions to the COMPRESSORtech2 Hydrogen Summit program will be announced shortly.

Beginning its 28th year of monthly publication in 2023, COMPRESSORTech2 covers gas compression technology, products and applications from upstream to the city gate, focusing on in reciprocating and rotating gas compressors, compressor drivers (reciprocating engines, gas turbines and electric motors), control systems, training and all the associated products and services used in wellhead, gas gathering, gas processing and gas transmission pipeline systems.

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