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Reference Number ENA_10027276
Title Thermal imagery analysis - Condition assessment fluid and pressure
Status Completed
Energy Categories Fossil Fuels: Oil Gas and Coal(Oil and Gas, Refining, transport and storage of oil and gas) 90%;
Hydrogen and Fuel Cells(Hydrogen) 10%;
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 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
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Northern Gas Network (NGN) North East
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 March 2022
End Date 01 May 2022
Duration 2 months
Total Grant Value £86,138
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region North East
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Northern Gas Network (NGN) North East (99.999%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , National Grid Gas Transmission (0.001%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/ENA_10027276
Abstract Our Vision is to support hydrogen transition at the lowest possible risk and cost to UK gas consumers as fast as possible to protect our climate. This project will undertake discovery as a primary step to support our vision to provide a network tool and a UK assessment capability. The aim of this is to support a safe, environmental and cost-effective transition by maximizing existing assets informing how much and where legacy PE assets need to be replaced and/or maintained. We do this in a minimally invasive way, scheduled ahead of conversion programs minimising unplanned workloads and time off gas for consumers. The solution uses live access sensing to analyse the internal characteristics of a pipeline transporting natural gas, and simulate changes, typically in the form of deterioration or leakage that may occur through changing factors such as gas type or pressure. This captured data predominantly will give assurance and provide essential evidence to enable a greater understanding of risks associated with legacy assets. This project would gather underpinning condition sensing data for conversion strategies and build confidence in a common approach between UK networks. The project will aim to test and understand the viability of leakage sensing for conversion assessment to minimise uncertainty around pressure elevation to maximise the retention of current assets. The project supports the evaluation the costs, risks and opportunities of reproposing or decommissioning excising gas network infrastructure for use with hydrogen. This supports future energy provision for heating, power and transport, safely, at a low consumer cost and in a minimally carbon intensive way.We meet the scope by implementing novel sensor and digital assessment infrastructure to improve network planning, modelling and forecasting capabilities around conversion and replacement risk for legacy assets with field gathered datasets. NGN developed and deployed robotics within the UK having operational expertise in solution deployment. Synovate has developed the sensor technology having research capability in thermography, vision, utilities and inspection. National Grid Transmission has developed and deployed robotics within the UKs Above Ground Infrastructure (AGIs) for non-destructive testing and inspection. These project partners are the best to continue this journey as the team holds knowledge and capabilities in sensing, pipeline inspection and hydrogen conversion where NGN have led many packages of work with the H21 and HyDeploy projects for Hydrogen. National Grid UKs GT operator with unparalleled access to and knowledge on the UKs AGIs. 
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Added to Database 14/10/22