Hydrogen-Induced Steel Damage

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Hydrogen-induced fractures, © RUB

Hydrogen has the potential to assume an especially important role during the technological shift away from fossil fuels toward renewable and alternative sources of energy. Plans for using renewably sourced hydrogen as an energy carrier (e.g., power-to-gas) to deal with periods of excess power have posed special challenges for the energy industry. In addition to environmental and economic considerations, the increase in the amount of hydrogen creates hurdles for material use, as the hydrogen may cause spontaneous failures of metallic components

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