“World first” testing facility launched to see if hydrogen could power UK homes

The “world’s first” facility to test whether hydrogen could be used to power millions of homes has been launched in the UK.

Located at the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) Science and Research Centre in Buxton, Derbyshire, the facility will carry out tests to establish safety evidence proving that a 100% hydrogen gas network is equally as safe as the current natural gas grid.

The results will be critical in determining if it is safe to convert millions of homes across the country from natural gas to hydrogen.

The H21 initiative, led by Northern Gas Networks (NGN in partnership with Cadent, SGN and Wales & West Utilities, HSE Science and Research Centre and DNV-GL, is part of a number of gas industry projects designed to support the conversion of the UK gas networks to carry 100% hydrogen.

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