Main Goals

The SHIMMER project aims to enable a higher integration and safer hydrogen injection management in multi-gas networks by contributing to the knowledge and better understanding of hydrogen projects, their risks, and opportunities.

More specifically, the project aims to map and address European gas T&D infrastructure in relation to materials, components, technology, and their readiness for hydrogen blends. It aims to define methods, tools and technologies for multi-gas network management and quality tracking, including simulation, prediction, and safe management of transients, in view of widespread hydrogen injection in a Europe-wide context, as well as to propose the best practice guidelines for handling the safety of hydrogen in the natural gas infrastructure, managing the risks. 

The SHIMMER project has been developed as 5  Work Packages (WPs)

work packages

WP1 represents a simple, comprehensive but effective technical, financial, and administrative management plan to ensure the project progress, monitor the project activities, the compliance of the objectives and the participants coordination in a timely manner, verifying quality and costs.

The objectives of WP1 are to:

Coordinator: SINTEF

WP2 focuses on collecting information from transmission and distribution system operators in the project on the typical components used in gas grids, developing a prototype for the database tested by the DSOs/TSOs, identifying the scope and limitations of standards for testing and qualification of materials and components for H2 service and reviewing all normative data.

The objectives of WP2 are to:

Coordinator: BAM

WP3 focuses on the identification of critical material properties and component factors, the assessment of the compatibility of the existing NG infrastructure with H2-NG blends, the review of current inspection methods, procedures and protocols for pipeline inspections, and the examination of future needs to enhance safety and/or accuracy in risk assessments.

The objectives of WP3 are to:

Coordinator: TECNALIA

WP4 includes definition of simulated and realistic-scale test cases, the development of a tool to analyse capacity and investments, recommendations of mixing strategies and infrastructure needs, an open-source model to handle multi-component description of both high-pressure transmission networks and highly meshed distribution networks and an overview of available gas quality measurement technologies and evaluation of performance.

The objectives of WP4 are to:

Coordinator: TNO

WP5 ensures D&C of the project results, including the development and implementation of an exploitation strategy to increase the project’s impact. It also develops clustering activities with key stakeholders across the whole value chain to stablish a solid network as well as include engagement actions with the AB.

The objectives of WP5 are to:

Coordinator: GERG