Cadent has today (July 20) unveiled its “Green Print – Future Heat for Everyone” report that draws together considerations to create a pioneering plan to transition 22 million UK homes to low carbon heat by 2050 with hydrogen included.
The report underlines the scale of the challenge ahead, acknowledging that a mosaic of low carbon heating solutions will be required to meet the needs of individual communities, and setting out 12 key steps that can be taken now in order to get us there
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The 12 key steps to support this include several areas that directly link to hydrogen.
For instance, demonstrating that hydrogen is safe is a key aspect to explore with necessary steps needed to be completed to ensure that all the safety evidence for hydrogen in the gas network is completed.
As well as this enabling the development of a hydrogen economy is crucial and should set production targets, develop production and carbon capture and storage business models, support industrial cluster development, accelerate hydrogen blending and mandate hydrogen-ready appliances.
Necessary upgrades should also be made to the gas network for hydrogen.
Innovation should be prioritised by fostering and incentivising innovation in both the technology and in the regulatory framework.
Injecting pace into the building of infrastructure that is known to be needed is key and groups should start planning now whilst building supply chains and skills in parallel.
This could help Identify ways to accelerate the planning and development processes as well as enabling ‘learning by doing’.
Another key area regarding hydrogen is deepening the understanding of the critical factors in the economics that will determine the energy mix with a need to refine analysis on the role of hydrogen as new information emerges.
This could be on energy efficiency deployment rates and the pace at which the price of hydrogen falls.
Dr. Tony Ballance, Chief Strategy and Regulation Officer at Cadent, said, “Reports and studies have so far largely focused the economic and technical aspects of the transition, leaving most consumers with little understanding of the impact of such changes on their current heating systems, or the options available to them.
“We believe this must change.
“Consumer needs will be best met when they are central to decisions, understanding their views on heating and beginning engagement early, being upfront on how much the transition will cost and ending unnecessary ‘format’ wars over which technology will win.
“The installation of all low-carbon technologies will create some disruption for many. All solutions are likely to cost more. But if we fail to get this right, we will fail to gain public support – and that means we will risk failing to make the transition away from fossil gas.
“This will require engagement from customers, industry and Government and a willingness to move beyond an ‘us’ versus ‘them’ debate between the gas and electricity industry.”
You can read the full report here.
In focus: Transitioning the UK’s gas networks to hydrogen
A range of innovation projects are underway in the UK working on how to transition the country’s gas networks from delivering natural gas to hydrogen, so homes and businesses can continue to receive the energy they need safely and securely.
Led by the UK’s five gas network operators – Cadent, National Grid, Northern Gas Networks, SGN and Wales & West Utilities, these projects range from testing blending up to 20% of hydrogen into the existing gas grid to how we will transport 100% renewable hydrogen from offshore wind turbines all the way to people’s living rooms.
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