Numerous experts and international business partners followed egeplast’s invitation on the 19th of September and contributed their input to an important and informative exchange. Network operators and hydrogen experts from Germany and abroad exchanged their experiences and assessments in short presentations and discussion panels.

The focus was on current challenges and future opportunities in natural gas supply – especially through the use of hydrogen. The importance of hydrogen as a sustainable energy solution in the natural gas grid was highlighted at the beginning of the symposium by Prof. Dr. A.J.M. van Wijk from TU Delft. Then Dr. Joachim Hessel from Hessel Ingenieurtechnik GmbH spoke about the development and the use of high-performance polyethylene pipes for the safe transport of gas. Thorsten Späth presented suitable solutions from egeplast for the requirements of a secure natural gas supply. Finally, representatives of the companies EWE, innogy, Liander and Münster Netz gave interesting insights into the challenges utilities have to face when it comes to the natural gas networks of the future and what role hydrogen plays in this.