UK must introduce hydrogen target for gas grids, report says

The UK Government must introduce a new hydrogen target for Britain’s gas grids to start turning the country’s zero-carbon hydrogen ambitions into a reality, a new report released today says.

In setting a target date for new large-scale hydrogen production plants to connect to the gas network, the report says this will help stimulate demand for hydrogen production, pump-priming investment in a hydrogen economy and keeping Britain on course to build the world’s first zero-carbon gas grid.

Published by Cadent as part of Energy Networks Association’s (ENA) Gas Goes Green programme, the Frontier Economics report sets out the changes that need to be made for gas network companies to start blending large quantities of clean hydrogen with existing methane fossil gas in Britain’s network of 284,000km gas pipelines.

With the technical and safety case for hydrogen blending now being demonstrated by the world leading HyDeploy project, household cookers and gas boilers are already capable of managing a gas mix of up to 20% of hydrogen without an impact on the way people use those appliances.

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