ITM Power (AIM: ITM), the energy storage and clean fuel company, is pleased to note the announcement by HyDeploy that the UK’s first pilot project to inject zero carbon hydrogen into a gas network to heat homes and businesses is now fully operational. The full text of HyDeploy’s announcement is set out below.

Dr Graham Cooley, CEO, ITM Power said: “I am delighted that this important pilot project is now operational. The increased use of hydrogen to decarbonise heat via the gas grid will perform a critical role in helping the UK to fulfil its ambitious climate change obligations. Indeed, the Committee for Climate Change has indicated that the UK will need between 6GW and 17GW of electrolysis in the next 30 years to store renewable power and provide renewable heat. Today’s announcement is a very significant step.”

 

UK’s first grid-injected hydrogen pilot gets underway

 

  • Ground-breaking UK hydrogen trial underway at Keele University
  • First time zero carbon hydrogen has been injected in the UK’s modern gas grid
  • 20% hydrogen/natural gas blend can cut CO2 emissions without the need to change gas appliances

 

The UK’s first live pilot to inject zero carbon hydrogen into a gas network to heat homes and businesses is now fully operational.

HyDeploy is a ground-breaking green energy trial at Keele University, Staffordshire, that could help Britain cut its carbon emissions and open the door to a low-carbon hydrogen economy.

The HyDeploy demonstration is injecting up to 20% (by volume) of hydrogen into Keele University’s existing natural gas network, feeding 100 homes and 30 faculty buildings. The 20% hydrogen blend is the highest in Europe, together with a similar project being run by Engie in Northern France.

Backed by Ofgem’s Network Innovation Competition, the £7 million project is led by Cadent in partnership with Northern Gas Networks, Keele University, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Science Division, integrated hydrogen energy systems manufacturer ITM-Power, and independent clean energy company Progressive Energy.

When burned, hydrogen creates heat without carbon dioxide. The Committee on Climate Change has determined that the use of hydrogen in our energy system is necessary in order to reach Net Zero.

Heating for domestic properties and industry accounts for half of the UK’s energy consumption and one third of its carbon emissions, with 83% of homes using gas to keep warm. The 20% volume blend means that customers can continue to use their gas supply as normal, without any changes being needed to gas appliances or pipework, while still cutting carbon emissions.

If a 20% hydrogen blend was rolled out across the country it could save around 6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions every year, the equivalent of taking 2.5 million cars off the road.

Ed Syson, Chief Safety and Strategy Officer for Cadent, said: “It is impossible to overstate the importance of this trial to the UK - this is the first ever practical demonstration of hydrogen in a modern gas network in this country.

“Hydrogen can help us tackle one of the most difficult sources of carbon emissions – heat. This trial could pave the way for a wider roll out of hydrogen blending, enabling consumers to cut carbon emissions without changing anything that they do.

“HyDeploy could also prove to be the launchpad for a wider hydrogen economy, fuelling industry and transport, bringing new jobs and making Britain a world-leader in this technology. Urgent action is needed on carbon emissions and HyDeploy is an important staging post on that journey in the UK.”

Mark Horsley, Chief Executive, Northern Gas Networks, said: “Hydrogen is a key piece of the decarbonisation jigsaw, and this milestone allows us to take a huge leap forwards in terms of its use in meeting climate change targets.

“Customers are ready to embrace cleaner, greener solutions in their homes, and projects like HyDeploy give us the opportunity to start making a difference to emissions today. We’re very excited to be a part of it.”

Professor Mark Ormerod, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Provost at Keele University, said: “Sustainability and low carbon energy is a key overarching institutional priority for Keele University, and we are delighted to be a key partner in HyDeploy.

“HyDeploy is a pioneering landmark national demonstration project, using our campus as a genuine 'living laboratory' for low carbon and energy efficient technologies. HyDeploy has the potential to be hugely impactful and lead to a step change in the reduction of carbon emissions associated with heat.”  

The hydrogen is produced by an electrolyser. The electrolyser, produced by the UK based hydrogen energy solutions provider ITM Power, uses an electrical current to split water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen.

In 2018 the HSE granted the HyDeploy consortium an exemption to the current limit of 0.1% hydrogen in the UK gas network. The exemption to 20% hydrogen for the project at Keele was awarded after the project gathered extensive evidence, which was scrutinised by the HSE, to demonstrate the hydrogen blend would be ‘as safe as natural gas’. A similar approach was used to allow the first bio-methane producers to inject biogas into the natural gas network.

Gas safety checks were carried out in the homes and buildings in the trial area. Laboratory tests were carried out on a range of gas appliances, as well as extensive research on the effect of hydrogen on the different materials found in the gas network and the appliances.

Key learning was shared between international projects who are also trialling hydrogen blends. The HSE Science Division has been overseeing all technical and safety aspects of HyDeploy.

Keele University was viewed as the perfect location, owning and operating its own private gas network, which could be safely isolated from the wider UK gas network. The University is working with businesses, academics and graduates to create Europe’s first ‘at scale’ multi-energy-vector Smart Energy Network Demonstrator (SEND) – where new energy-efficient technologies can be researched, developed and tested in a real world environment.

 

Fast facts

  • Heating homes and industry accounts for nearly half of all energy use in the UK and one third of the country’s carbon emissions.
  • Hydrogen was a major component in ‘town gas’, gas created from coal and used widely throughout Britain before the discovery of North Sea gas in the 1960s. Up to 60% of the gas (by volume) being used by consumers was hydrogen.
  • Across Europe, permitted levels of hydrogen in the gas supply vary, from 0.1% in the UK to up to 12% in parts of the Netherlands

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ITM Power plc manufactures integrated hydrogen energy solutions for grid balancing, energy storage and the production of green hydrogen for transport, renewable heat and chemicals. ITM Power plc was admitted to the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange in 2004. In October 2019, the Company announced the completion of a £58.8 million fundraise, including a subscription by Linde of £38 million, together with the formation of a joint-venture with Linde to focus on delivering green hydrogen to large scale industrial projects worldwide. ITM Power signed a forecourt siting agreement with Shell for hydrogen refuelling stations in September 2015, (which was extended in May 2019 to include buses, trucks, trains and ships) and in January 2018 a deal to deploy a 10MW electrolyser at Shell’s Rhineland refinery. ITM Power announced the lease of the world’s largest electrolyser factory in Sheffield with a capacity of 1GW (1,000MW) per annum in July 2019. Customers and partners include Sumitomo, Ørsted, National Grid, Cadent, Northern Gas Networks, Gasunie, RWE, Engie, BOC Linde, Toyota, Honda, Hyundai and Anglo American among others.

 

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National Grid HyDeploy Consortium wins £7m Ofgem Funding for UK Power-to-Gas

0.5MW electrolyser sale

ITM Power (AIM: ITM), the energy storage and clean fuel company, is pleased to announce that, as part of the HyDeploy consortium, it will be supplying a 0.5MW electrolyser to a programme to demonstrate the use of blended hydrogen in the UK gas grid. The £6.8 million project, funded by Ofgem and led by National Grid, is a key enabling project which will establish a framework for hydrogen gas-grid injection in the UK and open up a new UK Power-to-Gas market.

According to National Grid, “The three year project will begin in 2017 and the results will be used to inform a further public trial of the use of hydrogen-blended natural gas in the UK grid, with the intention of then rolling out the use of hydrogen blends nationwide.”

The HyDeploy consortium includes National Grid, Northern Gas Networks, Keele University, The Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL), ITM Power and Progressive Energy. It is supported by gas experts KIWA Gastec and engineering company Otto Simon.

Dr Graham Cooley, CEO, ITM Power, commented: “This award by Ofgem to fund a demonstration of the use of hydrogen in the gas grid is the first step towards the creation of a UK Power-to-Gas market, which will play an important part in the decarbonisation of the U.K. gas grid.  We are delighted to be a contributor to setting out the structure and benefits to the public of this new market.”

The text below is from an announcement made today by National Grid:

£7 million for ground-breaking green heating scheme at Keele University

• Pioneering ‘green gas’ scheme secures £7 million of Ofgem innovation funding
• Hydrogen heating pilot project at Keele University aims to cut carbon emissions
• Scheme could pave the way for a future low carbon gas grid

A ground-breaking pilot scheme that could transform the way Britain heats its homes and industry, while tackling climate change, has today (30 November) won £7 million in Ofgem funding.

National Grid Gas Distribution, together with Northern Gas Networks and the HyDeploy Consortium, has been awarded £6.8 million by Ofgem’s Network Innovation Competition. The funding will be used for a pioneering green heating initiative, using Keele University’s gas network in Staffordshire.

The HyDeploy project aims to inject hydrogen into the existing natural gas network. Hydrogen is a clean, carbon-free gas that does not contribute to climate change.

It would make up a maximum of 20% of the volume of gas in the network. Those using the gas won’t notice any difference to their supply, no changes will be required to gas appliances and it will be no less safe than using natural gas.

If the project is successful, this will enable hydrogen to be blended with natural gas in gas networks across the country. Potentially, the project could prevent 120 million tonnes of carbon reaching the atmosphere by 2050.

The project will help towards the Government’s tough ‘decarbonisation’ targets. It has pledged to cut Britain’s carbon dioxide emissions by 80% of 1990 levels by 2050. Heating accounts for one third of emissions.

Using Britain’s existing world-class gas network, HyDeploy could pave the way for a clean, low  carbon gas grid, keeping homes warm and powering industry.

David Parkin Director of Network Strategy at National Grid Gas Distribution, said: “Ofgem’s decision to award National Grid £6.8 million recognises the important role for the UK’s world class gas grid in delivering low carbon heat. We believe introducing a hydrogen blend nationally has the potential to save over 6 million tonnes of carbon emissions every year.”

Professor Mark Ormerod, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Provost of Keele University, said: “Energy and sustainability is a key overarching institutional priority for Keele University, and we are delighted to be a partner in this important, highly relevant and prestigious project. This collaborative project tackles one of the major societal challenges and has the potential to be highly impactful and lead to a significant reduction in carbon emissions”.

Martin Alderson, Asset Management Director for Northern Gas Networks, said: “This is an extremely exciting time for the energy industry.  We believe this project will prove blended hydrogen gas can be distributed and used safely and efficiently in the existing gas network, an essential pre-requisite for the wider deployment of clean, cost-effective hydrogen in the UK gas grid.”

The three-year pilot will start in 2017. The Ofgem funding, together with £760k contributed by National Grid and Northern Gas Networks, will be used to provide hydrogen production and injection facilities at Keele University and to run a rigorous experimental testing and safety programme.

Keele was viewed as the perfect test site for the project. Keele is Britain’s biggest university campus. The university owns and operates its own gas network, which is independent of the national gas network.

With more than 340 residential, teaching and business premises, the campus closely resembles a small town.  This project will run on part of the university’s gas network, which supplies 17 buildings and more than 100 homes for researchers and staff.

The project has been developed by National Grid Gas Distribution, Northern Gas Networks and the HyDeploy consortium. The consortium includes Keele University, The Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL), hydrogen production company ITM Power and clean energy firm Progressive Energy. It is supported by gas experts KIWA Gastec and engineering company Otto Simon.

More details on Power-to-Gas can be found here

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Tuesday, 06 November 2018 07:04

HyDeploy: Hydrogen in the UK Gas Grid

ITM Power (AIM: ITM), the energy storage and clean fuel company, is pleased to provide an important update on the HyDeploy project, first announced on 30th November 2016. HyDeploy the £6.8 million project, funded by Ofgem and led by Cadent and Northern Gas Networks, is an energy trial to establish the potential for blending up to 20% hydrogen into the normal gas supply to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.  HyDeploy will run a year-long live trial of blended gas on part of the University of Keele gas network to determine the level of hydrogen which could be used by gas consumers safely and with no changes to their behaviour or existing domestic appliances.  ITM Power is supplying the electrolyser system.

Commenting on the HyDeploy announcement, Graham Cooley, ITM Power’s CEO, said: “The significance of this announcement, allowing up to 20% green hydrogen to be injected into a UK gas network, is hard to overstate.  Power-to-gas in the UK is under active consideration by all gas grid operators and its significance as an energy storage technique is growing globally. This announcement is an important advance.”

The text of today’s HyDeploy announcement is set out below.

Green light for leading-edge hydrogen trial

• Ground-breaking hydrogen trial gets the green light
• First of its type in the UK
• Green hydrogen blended with natural gas to fuel homes at Keele University

A ground-breaking green energy trial that could help Britain dramatically cut its carbon emissions and open the door to a low-carbon hydrogen economy has been given the go-ahead by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

In the first trial of its kind in the UK, the HyDeploy project will inject hydrogen into an existing natural gas network. Hydrogen is a carbon-free gas that when burned produces just heat and water and has been mooted as a potential solution to tackling one of the country’s biggest sources of carbon emissions – heating homes and businesses.

Backed by Ofgem’s Network Innovation Competition, the £7 million project is being led by gas network Cadent, in partnership with Northern Gas Networks, Keele University and a consortium of technical experts.

In a year-long pilot, due to start next year, HyDeploy will blend up to 20% of hydrogen (by volume) with the normal gas supply in part of Keele University’s gas network. Customers will continue to use gas as they do today, without any changes needed to gas appliances or pipework.

Simon Fairman, Director of Safety and Network Strategy, Cadent, said: “The importance of this trial to the UK is unmeasurable .This is the first ever practical demonstration of hydrogen in the modern gas network in the UK. Hydrogen has the potential to address one of the most difficult sources of carbon emissions – heat. This trial could pave the way for a wider roll out of hydrogen blending, enabling us to begin cutting carbon emissions from heat as early as the mid-2020s, without customers needing to change their gas appliances or behaviour.

“HyDeploy could also prove to be the launchpad for a wider hydrogen economy, fuelling industry and transport and bringing with it new jobs. The recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change underlines the need for urgent action on carbon emissions and HyDeploy is an important staging post on that journey in the UK.”

Mark Horsley, Chief Executive, Northern Gas Networks, said: “Hydrogen is a key piece of the decarbonisation jigsaw, and this landmark decision allows us to take a huge leap forwards in terms of its use in meeting climate change targets.

“The HyDeploy project allows us to start making a difference to emissions today and we’re very excited to be a part of it.”

Professor Mark Ormerod, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Provost at Keele University, said: “Energy and sustainability is a key overarching institutional priority for Keele University, and we are delighted to be a partner in this important, highly relevant and prestigious project. HyDeploy will tackle one of the major societal challenges and has the potential to be highly impactful and lead to a significant reduction in carbon emissions.”

The trial will take place on part of Keele University’s private gas network, serving 17 faculty buildings and 100 domestic properties.

The hydrogen will be produced by electrolysis. Electrolysers, produced by hydrogen systems manufacturer ITM Power, use an electrical current to split water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen. The electrolyser for HyDeploy will be powered by renewable energy sources. Construction is due to start at the end of this year.

The HSE granted HyDeploy an exemption to the current limit of 0.1% hydrogen in the UK gas network after the project gathered extensive evidence to demonstrate the hydrogen blend would be ‘as safe as natural gas’. The exemption is similar to that granted to allow the first bio-methane producers to inject biogas into the natural gas network.

Gas safety checks were carried out in the homes and buildings in the trial area. Laboratory tests were carried out on a range of gas appliances as well as extensive research on the effect of hydrogen on the different materials found in the gas network. The Health and Safety Laboratory has been overseeing all safety aspects of HyDeploy, providing expert impartial advice to the project.

Keele University was viewed as the perfect test site, owning and operating its own private gas network, independent of the UK’s wider gas network. The University is working with businesses, academics and graduates to create Europe’s first ‘at scale’ multi-energy-vector smart energy network demonstrator – where new energy-efficient technologies can be researched, developed and tested in a real world environment.

HyDeploy is led by Cadent in partnership with Northern Gas Networks, Keele University, the Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL), integrated hydrogen energy systems manufacturer ITM Power, and independent clean energy company Progressive Energy. It is supported by testing, inspection and certification world leaders KIWA Gastec and specialist engineering consultancy Otto Simon.

Fast facts
• Heating homes and industry accounts for nearly half of all energy use in the UK and one third of the country’s carbon emissions.
• If hydrogen were blended with natural gas across the UK at a similar level to HyDeploy, it could save around 6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions every year, the equivalent of taking 2.5 million cars off the road.
• Hydrogen was a major component in ‘town gas’, gas created from coal and used widely throughout Britain before the discovery of North Sea gas in the 1960s. Up to 60% of the gas (by volume) being used by consumers was hydrogen.
• Across Europe, permitted levels of hydrogen in the gas supply vary, from 0.1% in the UK to up to 12% in parts of the Netherlands

To find out more visit www.hydeploy.co.uk

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ITM Power (AIM: ITM), the energy storage and clean fuel company, is pleased to note the announcement by the HyDeploy partners following the award of £14.9m of further funding by Ofgem.

Commenting on the plans, Graham Cooley, ITM Power’s CEO, said: “Today’s announcement represents a natural second step for the HyDeploy partners following the trial already announced on Keele University’s closed gas grid. The £14.9m from Ofgem funds two field trials on public gas networks supplying a total of 1,500 homes. We are delighted to see power-to-gas beginning to take its place in the UK as a front-running technology to cut emissions and – with ITM Power’s technology – decarbonise our gas grids.”

The full text of the HyDeploy announcement is set out below.

Hydrogen to heat homes: £14.9m for UK’s first trials on public gas network

• Green light for next phase in plan to use low-carbon hydrogen to heat homes
• £14.9m will fund two trials in the north of England: 750 homes in each trial
• Building evidence that hydrogen can deliver big and rapid carbon reductions

Plans to use hydrogen to help heat UK homes – and massively cut the country’s carbon emissions – took a big step forward today with a £14.9 million funding boost.

The money will fund two field trials on public gas networks, blending hydrogen with natural gas to heat around 750 homes in each of the year-long trials.

Over the course of the four-year programme, starting in 2019, the team behind ‘HyDeploy2’ will monitor the performance and safety of using hydrogen in this way.

The aim is to build support for a much wider roll-out. If adopted across the UK, using hydrogen like this could save the same amount of carbon as taking 2.5 million cars off the road. A major benefit of this blending approach is that it comes with no disruption to customers – they do not need to change their gas appliances or the pipes to their homes.

Backed by the north of England’s two gas distribution networks – Cadent and Northern Gas Networks – there will be one trial in each company’s geographic footprint. This means one in North West England and one in the North East / Yorkshire. Identifying suitable locations, and consulting customers and authorities in those areas, will be the next steps.

The tests will take place following the completion of the first UK trial on a closed gas network. Earlier this month, after extensive scientific analysis and safety checks, the Health and Safety Executive gave the HyDeploy team permission to do just that, at the Keele University campus. Hydrogen will be blended with natural gas at volumes up to 20 per cent.

HyDeploy2 is the natural next step – demonstrating use of blended gas in a controlled and carefully monitored way, at similar hydrogen volume, on the public gas networks.

Industry regulator Ofgem today announced it was approving £14.9 million in funding for HyDeploy2 as part of its Network Innovation Competition (NIC) allocations. By funding level, this is this is the largest gas NIC project ever.

HyDeploy is led by gas distribution network Cadent. Cadent is working in partnership with Northern Gas Networks, clean energy project management specialists Progressive Energy and scientific consultants at the Health and Safety Laboratory, along with other members of the same consortium who are behind the initial UK trial project at Keele.

The hydrogen for these trials will be produced by an ITM Power electrolyser. This technology uses an electrical current to split water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen. When burned at end use, for example in a home central system, this hydrogen will produce only heat and water – in stark contrast to natural gas, which releases carbon into the atmosphere.

“This funding is fantastic news,” said Simon Fairman, Director of Safety and Network Strategy, Cadent. “It means we can press on with a game-changing vision: to prove hydrogen can safely keep us warm, as well as significantly reduce our carbon footprint.

“We know our existing gas networks are in good shape to help the UK meet its climate change targets. Blended hydrogen in this way means customers will use gas tomorrow as they do today, without any disruption or need to change their pipes or appliances.”

Mark Horsley, Chief Executive, Northern Gas Networks, said: “Through the Network Innovation Competition funding mechanism, gas industry projects like HyDeploy2 are unlocking the potential for green energy sources to make a real difference to customers and to the planet, at the lowest possible cost.

“HyDeploy2 represents a huge step forward for wider deployment of hydrogen as a clean energy source, as the UK looks towards achieving its vision of a low carbon energy future.”

Fast facts

• Heating homes and industry accounts for nearly half of all energy use in the UK and one third of the country’s carbon emissions. More than 80 per cent of homes in the UK are heated by gas.

• If hydrogen were blended with natural gas across the UK at a similar level to HyDeploy, it could save around six million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions every year, the equivalent of taking 2.5 million cars off the road.

• Hydrogen was a major component in ‘town gas’, gas created from coal and used widely throughout Britain before the discovery of North Sea gas in the 1960s. Up to 60% of the gas (by volume) being used by consumers was hydrogen.

• Cadent is involved in a wider portfolio of projects – such as HyNet, to use hydrogen to power industry and blended hydrogen to heat 2 million homes in North West England – which first depend on the success of the HyDeploy trials, in proving the concept.

• Building on the HyDeploy principles towards wider deployment of hydrogen, Northern Gas Networks is delivering a suite of hydrogen projects called H21, focused on converting the gas network to 100 per cent hydrogen.

More information about HyDeploy is at www.hydeploy.co.uk

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