37. Natural Gas Pipeline Systems

  1. Prof. Detlef Stolten2,3 and
  2. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Viktor Scherer4
  1. Gerald Linke

Published Online: 21 JUN 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9783527673872.ch37

Transition to Renewable Energy Systems

Transition to Renewable Energy Systems

How to Cite

Linke, G. (2013) Natural Gas Pipeline Systems, in Transition to Renewable Energy Systems (eds D. Stolten and V. Scherer), Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany. doi: 10.1002/9783527673872.ch37

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, IEF-3: Fuel Cells, Leo-Brandt-Straße, IEF-3: Fuel Cells, 52425 Jülich, Germany

  2. 3

    Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, IEK-3 Institut für En. & Klimaforschung, Wilhelm-Johnen-Str., 52428 Jülich, Germany

  3. 4

    Ruhr-Universität Bochum LS f. Energieanlagen, IB 3/126 Universitätsstr. 150 LS f. Energieanlagen, IB 3/126 44780 Bochum Germany

Author Information

  1. E.ON New Build & Technology, Global Engineering, Alexander-von-Humboldt-Str. 1, 45896 Gelsenkirchen, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 JUN 2013
  2. Published Print: 28 MAY 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527332397

Online ISBN: 9783527673872



  • natural gas;
  • pipeline design;
  • intelligent inspection;
  • gas detection;
  • pipeline protection;
  • gas qualities;
  • hydrogen injection;
  • power to gas;
  • Wobbe index;
  • methanization;
  • bio gas;
  • synthetic natural gas;
  • energy efficiency;
  • condensing boiler;
  • gas heat pump;
  • micro CHP;
  • fuel cells;
  • system analysis;
  • energy demand


The infrastructure for the transport of natural gas has grown steadily over recent decades, leading to connected and liquid markets. Backbone pipeline systems provide huge quantities of energy, efficiently and safely. But are these systems designed for future needs as well? This chapter explains general design principles, capacities, and cost calculations. It stresses methods to prolong the lifetime of the assets and to reduce operational efforts using the latest innovations. Finally, the capability of the natural gas pipeline system to transport renewable gases is discussed and synergies of power and gas grids are identified. This reveals the potential to meet ambitious environmental targets while the utilization of natural gas will increase worldwide.