Hydrogen for the Green Economy


Future users of hydrogen technologies will likely use natural gas streams with blends of hydrogen, which will produce contaminants such as hydrocarbons, acid gases, and others.  This contaminant issue is a concern as it can affect hydrogen stress corrosion cracking.

Numerous recent engineering analyses and research projects have concluded that hydrogen will play a significant role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions by providing a green fuel for the future. This transition is on a fast track since meeting Net Zero Carbon Emissions have been set for 2050 and 50-52% of that goal has been set by President Biden for 2030.

Although hydrogen is the most abundant, smallest, lightest, and cleanest element used as a fuel, with the exception of nuclear elements, it is also one of the most complex elements to produce store, transport, and use as an energy source. Hydrogen’s unique properties, such as flammability range, tend to auto ignite under stoichiometric conditions with minimal ignition energy, which may embrittle materials causing stress corrosion cracking. The migration through many materials typically used in the Natural Gas Industry presents many technical challenges.

In response to these industry needs, ASME has formed a Hydrogen for a Green Economy Steering Committee, along with the development of an ongoing Hydrogen Guidance Document to address the needs and concerns for hydrogen for the green economy.

Current Status

Hydrogen for the Green Economy Steering Committee:
Comprising of volunteers from across the enterprise, ASME has formed a steering committee to recommend and assist ASME in coordinating all the green hydrogen products and services, such as conferences, webinars, publications, and research efforts. The steering committee will:

  • Identify industry needs and propose products and services to address those needs
  • Facilitate the technical and market justification to proceed forward, including identification of the appropriate ASME Business Unit responsible to develop that product or service
  • Update existing standards for hydrogen transport and storage (e.g., B31.12, BPVC VIII-3);
  • Coordinate and track status and progress of Enterprise-wide hydrogen products and services

The steering committee meets every month and consists of a dozen members.

Meetings and Events

The Hydrogen for the Green Economy Steering Committee meets every month for about 90 minutes.


ASME Power Division Conference (Power R&D)
The conference is a unique event that focuses research and development specifically relevant to power generation as it applies to current and future power industry issues, applications, and emerging technologies. Program topics are:

  • Advanced Combustion Systems and Cycles
  • Steam Power Generation
  • Plant Management, Performance & Operations
  • Sustainable Power Solutions
  • Digital Twins Analysis & Cyber-Physical Systems

Turbomachinery Technical Conference & Exposition (Turbo Expo)
A global event for professionals who want to stay current on new technology and industry trends and developments in turbomachinery. Program sessions led industry experts cover Hydrogen and Energy Storage, Clean Combustion and Dynamics, Heat Transfer, Materials and Ceramics, Mechanical Integrity, Aerodynamics, and more.

Pressure Vessels & Piping Conference® (PVP)
The PVP Conference is the ideal platform to keep up with new technologies, network and interact with experts, practitioners, and peers in the Pressure Vessels & Piping area.

For other ASME events see Conference & Event Overview


Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Week 

B31 & Nonmetallic Pressure Piping Code Week 

Clean Energy Technology Group

  • Working on setting up a hydrogen group under the clean technology committee
  • Discussing underground storage of hydrogen

Staff Contact

If you’re interested in learning more or participating in these activities, please contact Grace Bolan

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