£10m hydrogen home heating project launched: A £10 million National Grid trial project has been launched to test if hydrogen can heat homes in the UK and reduce carbon dioxide emissions from industry.

A hydrogen test facility at Spadeadam in Cumbria is planned to be built– to be delivered by the risk management and energy group DNV GL with support provided by the independent regulator HSE Science Division, University of Edinburgh and Durham University, the project will involve using retired assets to create a network where hydrogen will be tested at transmission pressures, to assess how the equipment performs.

For this development, the electricity operator has also teamed up with Belgium’s gas network operator Fluxys and Northern Gas Networks (NGN).

Construction by National Grid is expected to start in 2021and testing to begin one year later.

Project Director for Hydrogen at National Grid, Antony Green said: “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.”

Separated from the main national transmission system, to ensure that there will not be any risk to the safety of the existing gas network, the firm says the hydrogen test facility will be kept in a controlled environment.

Currently, 40% of the UK’s power and 85% of homes needs are supplied by gas.

£10m hydrogen home heating project launched

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