Around 300 homes in Scotland could soon have their heating and cooking powered by green hydrogen produced from renewable electricity under proposals for “the world’s first green hydrogen-to-homes network” unveiled today by SGN. The gas distribution network firm is seeking approval from energy regulator Ofgem to fit an initial 300 homes with hydrogen infrastructure in Levenmouth, Fife, with construction earmarked to begin in late 2020 or early 2021, before estimated completion “within two to three years”. Dubbed H100 Fife, the project has passed the initial screening submission process for Ofgem’s annual Network Innovation Competition, and SDG said was now preparing to submit its full bid for funding this summer. If the bid is successful, SGN – which manages the gas network for 5.9 million homes and businesses across Scotland and the South of England – said it would have the green light to build a 100 per cent zero carbon hydrogen network, with the H2 gas produced via electrolysis powered by an offshore wind turbine. H100’s proposed hydrogen production, storage and distribution network would run alongside the current fossil fuel gas grid system, which the firm said would demonstrate “every aspect of a hydrogen-to-homes, end-to-end system to support plans for large scale rollout in future”.The debate over whether green hydrogen, heat pumps, or a mixture of the two offers the best route for decarbonising heating is set to run and run, with pros and cons offered by both technology approaches. However, the latest news comes as part of a wave of encouraging developments for the fledgling hydrogen sector. For example, on Saturday it emerged that green energy company Ryse has submitted a planning application to build what it claims would be the “the UK’s biggest electrolyser” at Herne Bay in Kent in order to supply hydrogen-powered buses in London, according to The Times. The proposed facility would be capable of producing up to 10 tonnes of hydrogen per day using excess electricity from wind farms in the English Channel, with Ryse also drawing up plans for at least four further electrolysers in Aberdeen, Northern Ireland, Runcorn and South Wales. Jo Bamford, chairman of Ryse, is also the owner of NI-based bus company Wrightbus, which is currently looking to manufacture up to 3,000 zero emission hydrogen buses over the next four years.
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