Ofgem present £9m to hydrogen research facility: Ofgem has reported giving £9.07 million for a ‘first of its kind’ offline hydrogen research facility.

The facility at Spadeadam, Cumbria plans to investigate how transmission resources could be used to transport hydrogen in the future in order to heat homes and supply green energy to industry.

National Grid is teaming up with Northern Gas Networks and Fluxys Belgium to construct the test facility.

The project will include using retired assets to build a network where hydrogen will be tested at transmission pressures in order to assess how the equipment performs. It will be conveyed by the risk management and energy group DNV GL with support contributed by the independent regulator HSE Science Division, Durham University & the University of Edinburgh.

The £12.7 million program will be supported through Ofgem’s Network Innovation Competition, a programme that gives companies the chance to compete for funding for the development and demonstration of new technologies. The leftover amount will come from the project partners.

Jonathan Brearley, Chief Executive of Ofgem, announced: “The high level of ambition shown by bidders in this year’s Network Innovation Competition is hugely encouraging and shows the energy industry getting behind the challenge of net zero.

“The winning projects were those which showed the most potential to make the game-changing leaps in technology we need to build a greener, fairer energy system at the lowest cost to consumers.”

Antony Green, Project Director for Hydrogen at National Grid, added: “Today’s announcement is a major step forward and shows Ofgem’s commitment to net zero investment. 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 projects like this are crucial if we are to deliver low carbon energy, reliably and safely to all consumers.”

Ofgem present £9m to hydrogen research facility

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