Geoscientists from the University of Edinburgh have received funding from the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) for a £1.4m research project to investigate the storage of hydrogen in the subsurface.
The project, HyStorPor (Hydrogen Storage in Porous Media), aims to increase the understanding of a hydrogen storage system and look at how large-scale generation and storage of hydrogen could replace methane domestic heating.
“On the pathway to cleaner air and in the fight against climate change, it is very likely that the UK will change heating in homes and industry from high-carbon methane gas to zero-carbon hydrogen and ammonia,” said Stuart Haszeldine, Professor at the University of Edinburgh.
“Storing hydrogen made in the summer for use in the winter is a very important part of that change. HyStorPor is the UK’s first project to investigate the basic science we need to make that storage work effectively.”
Over the next three years, the team will use facilities in Edinburgh to investigate how hydrogen reacts and moves in the subsurface, apply digital software to establish how to inject and recover hydrogen, and engage with the public to ensure hydrogen storage develop in a technically feasible and socially acceptable way.
“Hydrogen is a really exciting opportunity for the UK, putting us at the forefront of the low-carbon energy revolution,” said Dr. Katriona Edlmann, Chancellor’s Felloe in Energy at the University of Edinburgh.
“It means we can heat our homes without greenhouse gas emissions, helping us take a world-leading role in tackling climate change. Researchers and industry in the UK are leading the way in producing, storing, transporting and using hydrogen for a low-carbon economy.”
The project is supported by an international advisory board, chaired by Dr Nigel Holmes of the Scottish Hydrogen Fuel Cell Association, with representatives from SGN, Equinor, the Environment Agency, Pale Blue Dot, Quintessa, Hydrenor, the European Marine Energy Centre and CGG.