Actuation Lab has been awarded a GBP 3M contract from the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero’s Net Zero Innovation Portfolio to support the development and certification of their novel Dragonfly Valve.
Low-carbon hydrogen will be critical to the decarbonisation of the global energy supply. However, hydrogen has an extremely high leak propensity and a global warming potential 12 times greater than carbon dioxide if it escapes into the atmosphere. The risks of ignition associated with hydrogen are significant, particularly in enclosed spaces.
To support the decarbonisation with hydrogen, new technologies will be required to significantly reduce the risk of atmospheric valve leakage.
Actuation Lab is applying the latest innovations in materials, manufacturing, and origami-inspired design to tackle the valve leakage issue. Its revolutionary ‘Dragonfly Valve’ will help enable the safe and sustainable transition to hydrogen use and billions of tonnes of associated carbon savings.
In recognition of its groundbreaking technology, Actruation Lab has partnered with the University of South Wales (USW) Hydrogen Research Centre to demonstrate the valve and its capabilities.
The Dragonfly Valve is going through rigorous tests and certification processes planned to be completed by August 2024.