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Moving away from natural gas, with the help of hot water pipes

By District Energy posted 12-06-2018 10:41


Zeyneb Magavi, Boston Globe


The Nov. 27 editorial “Don’t curb gas utilities; clean them up” begins an important discussion on making the transition from natural gas to renewable energy.

The options discussed, hydrogen and renewable natural gas, may be more sustainable, but both have problems.

Hydrogen is a smaller molecule that leaks more easily and is corrosive to several pipe materials. Once it leaks, the range under which it will explode is more than four times greater than gas. After what we’ve seen in the Merrimack Valley, few will want to assume that risk.

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