Gas network company SGN says that customers in Fife will be the first in the world to heat their homes and cook their food using 100% zero-carbon hydrogen. The hydrogen, which will be produced through electrolysis powered by an offshore wind turbine, will be supplied through a new network connected to 300 homes. The commitment from SGN follows confirmation that energy regulator Ofgem will award up to £18m from its annual Network Innovation Competition to support the development of the new network. Ofgem’s decision triggers a further investment of £6.9m from the Scottish government. SGN’s shareholders and Britain’s three other gas distribution networks are also providing funding for the project. Participating customers will use hydrogen boilers, heaters and cooking appliances in their homes during the 4.5-year initial trial, providing insight into how 100% hydrogen can support day-to-day living all year round. Phase one of the H100 Fife project will connect an initial 300 homes in Levenmouth to a new hydrogen network from the end of 2022, with potential expansion of up to 1,000 homes following a successful completion of phase one.
Construction Index 30th Nov 2020 read more »
Hundreds of homes in Scotland will soon become the first in the world to use 100% green hydrogen to heat their properties and cook their meals as part of a new trial that could help households across the country replace fossil fuel gas. Some 300 homes in Fife will be fitted with free hydrogen boilers, heaters and cooking appliances to be used for more than four years in the largest test of whether zero carbon hydrogen, made using renewable energy and water, could help meet Britain’s climate goals. They will begin to receive green gas from the end of 2022, at no extra charge, and up to 1,000 homes could be included if the first phase of the trial is completed successfully.
Guardian 30th Nov 2020 read more »
UK energy networks regulator Ofgem has given clearance to Scottish gas network SGN to launch a trial of its hydrogen gas network. From the end of 2022, 300 homes will connect to the H100 Fife network, separate from the main gas network. This will use unblended green hydrogen, produced by electrolysis at an offshore wind turbine. Customers will be given the option to opt into the trial. As part of this, they will receive free connection to the hydrogen grid, replacement appliances that run on hydrogen, and free maintenance during the trial. Construction will begin in 2021. the hydrogen demonstration facility will start operations from 2022, running until the trial’s end in March 2027.
Power Technology 30th Nov 2020 read more »
Hundreds of homes in Scotland will be the first in the world to have their heating and cooking needs met by pure hydrogen after a £28 million trial won funding from the energy regulator. About 300 properties in the Levenmouth area of Fife will have hydrogen-burning boilers and cookers installed without charge and will be connected to a new pipeline network supplying them with 100 per cent “green” hydrogen. The gas will be produced through electrolysis, which will use electricity from a wind turbine to split water into hydrogen and oxygen.
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The European Commission will consider hydrogen produced from nuclear power as “low-carbon”, said a senior EU official who spoke in the European Parliament on Monday (16 November). “Electrolysis can be powered by renewable electricity, which would then be classified as renewable hydrogen,” said Paula Abreu Marques, head of unit for renewables and CCS policy at the European Commission’s energy directorate. “If you have electrolysers connected to nuclear power stations, this would be classified as low carbon hydrogen,” Marques told lawmakers in the European Parliament’s committee on environment, public health and food safety. The European Commission’s clarification appeared necessary. Nuclear power is indeed not mentioned in the EU’s hydrogen strategy, which the EU executive presented in July this year. Using nuclear power for hydrogen production is known as “purple hydrogen” and offers the benefit of low-carbon emissions compared to the sort produced from natural gas – or grey hydrogen – which is currently the most widely available.
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