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Reference Number NIA_CAD0075
Title FI-0004 HyNet – Management of Additional Sources of Hydrogen Supply
Status Completed
Energy Categories Hydrogen and Fuel Cells(Hydrogen, Hydrogen transport and distribution) 100%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 70%;
Other (Energy technology information dissemination) 30%;
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
Cadent Central
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 July 2021
End Date 31 January 2023
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £50,000
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region West Midlands
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Cadent Central (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Cadent Gas (0.000%)
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Objectives The project can broadly be split into the following three work packages:1. Analysis of opportunities to extend the hydrogen pipeline network to incorporate additional sources of green hydrogen from offshore wind and tidal energy to supply industry2. Analysis of opportunities to extend the hydrogen pipeline network to incorporate hydrogen production from nuclear energy to supply industry3. Analysis of opportunities to extend the hydrogen pipeline network to incorporate additional sources of blue hydrogen produced from natural gas to supply industryAs set out below, the work will require a range of approaches to development of evidence in respect of the tasks defined above: Analysis and review of all modelling of future industrial hydrogen demand developed in previous studies:o The key time horizon for analysis in the Cluster Plan is 2040. This may require some further extrapolation from existing data which has been developed for the scoping of HyNet out to 2030.o It should be noted that that although the Cluster Plan is specifically for industrial decarbonisation, the wider sectoral decarbonisation plans will be an integral part of the Plant to ensure that cost efficient infrastructure is developed. Market engagement with organisations considering the development of new hydrogen production facilities in the North West to supply industry;o Existing contact networks, including the network surrounding the North West Hydrogen Alliance and Net Zero North West, will be used to identify relevant hydrogen producers. Analysis of sites for hydrogen production proposed by project developers:o This analysis will focus on the suitability of sites from a network extension perspective and in respect of their suitability for industrial supply.Measurement Quality statement includes the fact there are a variety of specialist consultancies, a number of additional partners including a leading university and two network licensees involved in the project who will constantly measure the quality output of the entire project. This will also be reinforced and further scrutinised by the project steering committee, which will compromise of a number of experienced energy industry professionals who will regularly monitor the output of the project. There is also expected to be a regular interface with the BEIS and the UKRI on this project who monitor the output through an independent monitoring officer.  The study will be focussed upon opportunities in the North West of England and North East Wales, and specifically upon the area defined in the HyNet expansion report (NIA_CAD0035). This area has a current natural gas use of 37 GWh/annum, which equates to a significant proportion of total gas use across Cadents entire North West distribution network. It also extends into areas currently served by WWU.Industrial hydrogen demand for process heating, space heating and combined heat and power (CHP) will be included within the scope of the analysis. Some sites may include demand for just one type of heating, whilst others have demand across all three types of heating.The analysis will focus on the production of hydrogen for industrial supply, derived from: Green sources, including:o Both planned and existing major offshore wind and tidal electricity generation projects;o Sites with existing connections to the electricity national transmission system (NTS), which might host significant hydrogen production from biomass (bio-hydrogen). Nuclear energy focused exclusively on existing nuclear generation sites, at which new plant are being considered for development;o This might include production of hydrogen by way of electrolysis or via high temperature process heat. New major blue hydrogen production sites, which are either already connected to or located on the existing local transmission system (LTS) or located near to the national transmission system (NTS).Other potential sources of hydrogen, such as those from onshore wind, solar and bio-energy may in the future also connect to the HyNet network. However, these are not sufficiently large sources as to justify any major additional stretches of pipeline or changes to routing, and are therefore outside of the current scope of the analysis. The overarching objective of this work is review existing data relating to future industrial hydrogen demand to identify and map future sources of hydrogen production so that this can inform potential future design of the HyNet hydrogen network. To support this objective, there are a range of task-oriented sub-objectives, which can be summarised as follows:To produce an output which can be integrated into the wider NW Cluster Plan. Review and assessment of previous studies focused on modelling of industrial hydrogen demand. Market engagement with organisations considering the development of new hydrogen production facilities in the North West. Analysis of sites for hydrogen production proposed by project developers. Determination and analysis of additional suitable sites for hydrogen production. Review of the potential to extend the hydrogen network to enable connection of additional sources of production to enable supply of hydrogen to industry. To produce an output, which can be integrated into the wider NW Cluster Plan 
Abstract This NIA funding is requested to support existing UKRI funding on developing a roadmap for a net zero cluster to be developed in the North West by 2040, making this this the first net zero cluster in the UK. Cadent is working a range of other key stakeholders from industry, academia, public organisations and an electricity DNO to developa credible roadmap. Cadents role within the consortium is to develop options for hydrogen transportation in the region. This work was initiated at the start of 2021 and is due to finish by the end of 2022. This will be followed by a period of dissemination before the project is closed. 
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