H21 project receives £6.8m for phase two of hydrogen network research

H21, a UK gas industry programme focused on converting the network to carry 100% hydrogen, has been awarded £6.8m from Ofgem to commence the second phase of its hydrogen network research project.

The collaborative industry project, led by Northern Gas Networks, along with Cadent, Wales & West Utilities, SGN and National Grid Gas Transmission, aims to establish the critical safety evidence to showcase hydrogen as a viable alternative to natural gas for heating UK homes and businesses.

Back in 2017, H21 received £9m from Ofgem for phase one of the project which focused on leakage testing of assets and consequence testing of different leaking scenarios.

The phase one testing is currently taking place at a purpose-built facility at the HSE Science and Research Centre in Buxton and on specialist rigs at DNV GL’s base in Spadeadam, Cumbria. Phase one will be completed in January, with a full report to be delivered in Summer 2020.

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