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The results of the first phase of a project looking at how hydrogen can be blended into a natural gas network has been hailed as a success. The HyDeploy project saw 100 homes and 30 university building on a private gas network at Keele University receive the blended gas for a period of 18 months. Customers were able to use the hydrogen blended gas safely in their homes without the need to make any changes to their existing appliances.
Gas safety checks were carried out in the homes and buildings in the trial area, while 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.
Steve Fraser, chief executive of gas supplier Cadent, comments: “I would like to thank the customers at Keele University for their willingness to take part in this trial. HyDeploy is a ground-breaking collaboration and has demonstrated very clearly that consumers can safely receive up to 20% hydrogen blended with natural gas, without the need to make any changes to their existing appliances.
“With 8 in 10 of our homes in the UK heated by natural gas – it is an energy we are familiar with. Adopting hydrogen blending across the gas networks would save carbon emissions equivalent to removing 2.5m cars from our roads – a huge step towards Net Zero.”
Keele resident Rob Meredith adds: “I was excited to be a part of this trial. I found that using hydrogen blended had no impact on any of my gas appliances, and I carried on cooking and using my heating like normal.”
The success of the trial at Keele University has paved the way for a larger pilot project at Winlaton, near Gateshead where 668 houses, a school and some small businesses have been receiving hydrogen blended gas on a network operated by Northern Gas Networks (NGN) since early August.