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National Grid announces plans for hydrogen heating project

The National Grid has announced their proposed plans to develop a £10 million hydrogen heating project in an effort to decarbonise the industry.

The hydrogen test facility is to be built in Cumbria and will use retired assets to build a network where hydrogen can be tested at transmission pressures so that performance can be measured. The project will be delivered by the risk management and energy group DNV GL. They will also receive support from HSE Science Division, Durham University and the University of Edinburgh. In addition, the National Grid has partnered up with Belgium gas network operator Fluxys along with Northern Gas Networks (NGN).

So far the National Grid has submitted their plans to Ofgem and if the funding is awarded, they plan to begin construction in 2021.

Project Director for Hydrogen at National Grid, Antony Green, commented;

“If we truly want to reach a net zero decarbonised future, we need to replace methane with green alternatives like hydrogen. Sectors such as heat are difficult to decarbonise and the importance of the gas networks to the UK’s current energy supply means trial projects like this are crucial if we are to deliver low carbon energy, reliably and safely to all consumers.”

Read more on this at Future Net Zero here.

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