Prototype hydrogen meters, developed by smart meter specialist MeteRSit, will be installed in the UK’s first 100% hydrogen home public demonstration which is set to be complete later this month.
Located in at Northern Gas Network’s Low Thornley site, near Gateshead, the project will offer the first glimpse into the potential home of the future where no carbon emissions are released.
Northern Gas Networks, the Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and gas distribution network company Cadent are all behind the ambitious development.
Playing its role in the hydrogen-fuelled plans, MeteRSIt, a SIT Group company, has been working on an experimental hydrogen gas meter as part of the government’s Hy4Heat programme.
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“Our expertise, market knowledge and ability to read consumption data with extreme accuracy are among the factors that saw us chosen for a project that is significant not just for SIT, but for the entire energy sector,” said Federico de’ Stefani, CEO of SIT.
“These houses represent an important milestone in the construction of an energy future based on efficiency, safe and mindful usage of alternative gases and consumption data reading, thanks to IoT and self-regulating technologies. These elements are useful only if change starts with the consumer: the power to make our homes and spaces more sustainable and environmentally friendly is in our hands.”
Stella Matthews, Business Development Manager at Northern Gas Networks added, “We’re excited to work with MeteRSit as part of our Hydrogen Home project which will bring the reality of a hydrogen-fuelled home of the future to the public for the first time.
“Through the homes and the hydrogen appliances including meters, we hope to reassure the public that they can still enjoy a safe and reliable gas supply in the future with minimal disruption whilst at the same time.”
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.
A major new blueprint plotting the course to deliver the UK’s hydrogen objectives outlined in Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s 10 Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution was unveiled by Energy Networks Association’s Gas Goes Green programme in January.
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