Why recent announcements are bigger than they might first seem

Earlier this week I wrote about the need for 2020 to be a further stepping stone towards a tipping point for hydrogen energy, of how the need to overhaul the public perception of this future fuel is arguably the biggest challenge of all today.

That isn’t something that can be achieved overnight, but recent announcements in the news offer encouraging signs of bridging the disconnect between the value chain and the public at large.

The New Year began with the news that HyDeploy, the UK’s first live pilot project to inject zero carbon hydrogen into a gas network to heat homes and businesses is now fully operational.

Led by Cadent and in partnership Northern Gas Networks, Keele University, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Science Division, ITM Power and Progressive Energy, the HyDeploy demonstration is injecting up to 20% (by volume) of hydrogen into Keele University’s existing natural gas network. The 20% hydrogen blend is the highest in Europe, together with a similar project being run by Engie in Northern France, and it will feed 100 homes and 30 faculty buildings.

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