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Reference Number NIA2_SGN0006
Title Industrial & Commercial Plant Hydrogen Sensitivity Assessment
Status Completed
Energy Categories Fossil Fuels: Oil Gas and Coal(Oil and Gas, Refining, transport and storage of oil and gas) 30%;
Hydrogen and Fuel Cells(Hydrogen, Hydrogen transport and distribution) 70%;
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%;
Systems Analysis related to energy R&D 30%;
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
SGN - Southern England
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 October 2021
End Date 31 December 2022
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £86,665
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region South East
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , SGN - Southern England (99.999%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , SGN - Scotland (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , SGN (0.000%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/NIA2_SGN0006
Objectives The study will focus on developing and improving data sources and information to enable and assessment to be made on the potential for low carbon operation on medium scale gas-fired combustion equipment. It will require determination of the number and types of combustion equipment, the location and connection to the gas network, and then a technical appraisal potential to utilise hydrogen/natural gas blends. The project will be undertaken in the region of Aberdeen. The analysis will provide support to SGNs key decarbonisation project in the region, the North East Coast and Industrial Clusters project. The study will cover 5 main areas that include:  Initial site location data collectionData gap identificationAdditional data collection to address current data gapsData evaluation and analysisReporting The outcomes from this project will be a report illustrating the numbers and types of combustion equipment for commercial and industrial installations in the Aberdeen region. Their compatibility for hydrogen blends and 100% conversion will be assessed to identify potential early adopters for conversion. The cost for conversion, timescales and willingness for end users to convert will also be detailed within the report. The study will also produce an analysis baseline database of plant types/make models that can be rolled out and shared with other GDNs and gas users with appropriate anonymity. This project will aim to build and improve data sources on medium scale industrial and commercial installations to enable an assessment to be made on the suitability for transition to hydrogen. The scope of the study will cover: Initial site location data collection - Investigation of the Aberdeen study site to locate existing information to understand connections and gas use for commercial/industrial plants. Data gap identification - Acquire further end use data that has not been identified in the initial work package of the project. Additional data collection to address current data gaps - Engage with gas end users to understand installed combustion equipment to close gaps identified in previous work packages.Data evaluation and analysis - Evaluate all combustion equipment installed in the Aberdeen region, providing an initial view on the potential suitability of the equipment to use hydrogen/natural gas blends up to 20% volume. Reporting - Final reporting illustrating final populations of combustion equipment. Key systems that would support early adoption to 100% hydrogen will be shown with appropriate anonymity. Overall willingness for conversion to hydrogen from engagement will be quantified. The objectives of this project are to:Data analysis to determine numbers and types of combustion equipment in the Aberdeen study area.An evaluation of the compatibility for 20% hydrogen by volume and ability to accommodate rapid rate of change from between 0-20%. Identify early adopters who could be suitable for 100% hydrogenReview status of existing plant/user feedback on willingness to convert to hydrogen, age of existing plant/options and estimated capital costs for conversion and customer potential timescales. Provide a proven logical methodology framework for networks to assess the impact of hydrogen on network users The production of an initial baseline database of plant types/make models that can then be rolled out and shared with other gas networks and gas users with appropriate anonymity.
Abstract This project will assess the impact of transition to hydrogen through hydrogen/natural gas blends and 100% conversion for downstream industrial and commercial installations by the collection of gas user information. Although information for large, major industrial users is available as they must report emissions are part of their permit to operate, there are fewer available details for medium scale industrial and commercial installations. The collection of gas user information will provide a database register that identifies potential sensitivities with appropriate mitigationsThe project is critical in providing a logical and repeatable methodology that can be applied by all GDN operators to capture required information prior to a transition of the network to hydrogen. This will allow optimisation of decarbonisation in the network and provide insight to the current level of customer interest in plant conversion or replacement to hydrogen from natural gas.
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