More than 650 households and businesses in a village in Tyne and Wear could soon be among the first in the UK to heat their homes and cook their meals using natural gas blended with green hydrogen, with the neighbourhood set to take part in a pioneering clean gas energy pilot later this year. Regional gas distributor Northern Gas Networks this week confirmed the project it is leading would see residents of Winlaton, near Gateshead, become the UK’s first public gas grid customers to benefit from gas blended with hydrogen. The HyDeploy demonstration scheme, which is set to kick off over the coming months, aims to provide gas blended with 20 per cent “zero-carbon hydrogen” for 10 months, according to reports. It is expected to provide “important evidence” for how hydrogen heating could be scaled in an affordable way, according to Gateshead Council.
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A clutch of engineering, safety and technology firms have teamed up on an effort to develop Scotland’s “first” hydrogen powered train, with a plan to showcase the finished product at the COP26 climate conference in November. The project, which is expected to significantly expand Scotland’s rail supply chain through the development of new skills and technologies, is being led by hydrogen transport specialist Arcola Energy, which has developed a proprietary hydrogen fuel cell platform for heavy-duty vehicles.
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An updated sustainability strategy from the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA), backed by the sector’s major businesses, will be published early this year. The industry is hoping that hydrogen can provide part of the solution to cutting these. Hydrogen can be produced using energy from renewable sources and leaving water as a by-product. Dagmar Droogsma, director of industry at the SWA, said: “Companies are now looking at [hydrogen] and seeing how they can get involved in demonstration projects.” The UK government has opened up a £10 million green distilleries fund, which received applications from several companies in Scotland. The Scottish government has also outlined plans for £100 million of investment in green hydrogen over five years. Industrial-scale heat pumps are another focus of attention. Similarly to hydrogen power, it has yet to be proven at the scale needed for distilleries.
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