Research from Northern Gas Networks and ITM Power concludes large scale power-to-gas energy storage could integrate with current gas networks. Ambitious plans to harness hydrogen’s potential as a form of energy storage and then inject the resulting green gas into the existing gas network could be delivered at scale, according to a major new government-backed feasibility study. Northern Gas Networks (NGN) and hydrogen technology specialist ITM Power announced this week that they have completed a collaborative desktop study, funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to explore the potential for large scale power to gas installations. The Power-to-Gas study examined potential deployment of large-scale storage capacity of 50 MW and above within the boundaries of NGN’s distribution network. It concluded that after accounting for seasonal variations in gas demand and the amount of hydrogen that would be able to be produced and blended with natural gas, a large area of the existing NGN grid could support power-to-gas. The report identified four potential sites for power to gas conversion units, with NGN’s existing InTEGReL (Integrated Transport Electricity and Gas Research Laboratory) site in Gateshead highlighted as the best location for a first-of-its kind large-scale demonstration plant with between 50MW and 100MW of capacity. The company said it could use renewable power to produce low carbon hydrogen which could then be blended with natural gas to provide greener gas to over 243,000 domestic and industrial customers in the region, while also providing hydrogen to a local hydrogen refuelling station.
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