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Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-SC0021946
Agency Tracking Number: 0000268343
Amount: $1,600,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: C52-27a
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2022
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-08-22
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2024-08-21
Small Business Information
828 Fort Street Mall Suite 600
Honolulu, HI 96813-4314
United States
DUNS: 144540283
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Ganesh Arumugam
 (808) 531-3017
Business Contact
 Ken Cheung
Phone: (808) 531-3017
Research Institution

Hydrogen transport through existing natural gas pipelines offers the most efficient, low carbon footprint approach for utilizing hydrogen from natural gas and other resources. However, existing natural gas infrastructure needs to be protected from any hydrogen (embrittlement, cracking and fatigue) related damage to the steel pipelines and flow efficiency of pipeline infrastructure must be improved to achieve safety and economic benefits necessary to move towards hydrogen economy.To transform existing natural gas infrastructure to handle blending of hydrogen safely and efficiently in natural gas stream Oceanit proposes to refine and mature its advanced nanocomposite surface protection technology, composed of multilayered nanocomposite coating (HydroPel) for application on new (factory coating) and existing pipelines (in-situ application) to prevent hydrogen embrittlement, cracking and fatigue in natural gas infrastructure.To overcome these challenges, Oceanit developed and successfully demonstrated the proof of concept of an advanced surface protection technology HydroPel, composed of multilayered nanocomposite coating for application on new (factory coating) and existing pipelines (in-situ application) under this Phase I effort. In Phase I, Oceanit designed, developed, characterized HydroPel using microscopy, X-ray diffraction and verified hydrogen embrittlement resistance through ASTM standard testing. When exposed to embrittling environments HydroPel treated steel showed negligible change to its fracture strength and specified minimum yield strength (SMYS) whereas unprotected bare steel failed due to hydrogen embrittlement. In Phase II, Oceanit proposes to continue the advancement of HydroPel technology through material refinement, long-term high-pressure testing, microscopic characterization under hydrogen exposure, flow loop studies under natural gas/hydrogen blends and field testing on a gas transmission pipeline in collaboration with industry partners.Oceanit’s proposed solution addresses two major issue in the pipeline industry, providing an effective solution to prevent hydrogen related damage and enhance the operational efficiency of existing pipelines. Energy employees and contractors. Oceanit’s HydroPel provides a much-needed solution to accelerate the development of hydrogen-based economy and reducing the carbon emission significantly. The proposed technology has widespread application in oil and gas mid-stream sector and other chemical, renewable energy-based hydrogen generation plants to utilize HydroPel to protect and operate hydrogen related pipeline and pumping infrastructure.

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