£10m project launched to trial hydrogen for heating homes

The UK will soon be home to a first-of-its-kind offline hydrogen test facility that will help understand how hydrogen gas could be used in the future to heat homes and deliver green energy to industry.

National Grid is partnering with Northern Gas Networks (NGN) and Fluxys to build the facility. The companies aim to start construction next year, with tests beginning in 2022.

The £10m project will be delivered by DNV GL, with support provided by the HSE Science Division and academic partnerships with Durham University and the University of Edinburgh and involves building a hydrogen test facility at DNV GL’s site at Spadeadam, Cumbria.

According to a news release, the facility will be built from a range of decommissioned assets, to create a representative network which will be used to trial hydrogen and will allow for accurate results to be analysed.

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