National Grid plans £10m project to test hydrogen heating for UK homes. A facility will be built in the North West of England to test how hydrogen could be used to warm homes and slash emissions from industry. The plan is to build a hydrogen test facility at Spadeadam in Cumbria – the project, which will be delivered by the risk management and energy group DNV GL with support provided by the independent regulator HSE Science Division, Durham University and the University of Edinburgh, will involve using retired assets to create a network where hydrogen will be tested at transmission pressures, to assess how the equipment performs. For this development, the electricity operator has also teamed up with Northern Gas Networks (NGN) and Belgium’s gas network operator Fluxys. National Grid has submitted plans to Ofgem and if funding is awarded the company aims to start construction in 2021 and testing one year later.
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The chairman of the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has warned that the potential for hydrogen to play a key role in the UK’s net zero transition could be squandered by the lack of any clear strategy from government, in a letter delivered today to Business Secretary Alok Sharma. The EAC’s concern stems from evidence gathered by the body in its recent inquiry, Technological Innovation and Climate Change: Hydrogen. During evidence sessions and in written correspondence, the EAC heard the UK has the expertise and technical capability to scale up the development of its nascent low-carbon hydrogen industry, but is already lagging behind other nations such as Australia, Japan, and Canada, all of which have ambitious hydrogen strategies in place, the letter warns. It also flags that the UK is slipping behind the EU, which adopted an ambitious Hydrogen Strategy in July, containing goals to increase the bloc’s renewable hydrogen capacity from 1GW today to 6GW by 2024 and 40GW by 2030. Germany has also made green hydrogen development one of the centrepieces of its €40bn green stimulus package.
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LOGAN Energy, the Scottish hydrogen technology specialist, is set to link up with a UK Government programme to supply publicly-accessible hydrogen refuelling stations. The firm based on the outskirts of Edinburgh has been chosen as the preferred partner to supply the first two such hydrogen refuelling stations in Teesside.
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