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Reference Number NIA_CAD0076
Title FI 0015 Hydrogen Blending: Functional Spec for Commercial Frameworks (Phase A)
Status Completed
Energy Categories HYDROGEN and FUEL CELLS(Hydrogen, Hydrogen transport and distribution) 50%;
FOSSIL FUELS: OIL, GAS and COAL(Oil and Gas, Refining, transport and storage of oil and gas) 50%;
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
No email address given
Cadent Central
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 April 2022
End Date 31 July 2022
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £211,808
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region West Midlands
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
 
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Cadent Central (99.995%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , Wales and West Utilities (0.001%)
Project Contact , National Grid Gas Transmission (0.001%)
Project Contact , Northern Gas Network (NGN) North East (0.001%)
Project Contact , SGN - Scotland (0.001%)
Project Contact , SGN - Southern England (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Wales and West Utilities (0.000%)
Project Contact , Northern Gas Networks (0.000%)
Project Contact , Cadent Gas (0.000%)
Project Contact , SGN (0.000%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/NIA_CAD0076
Objectives This initial phase of the overall project will look to identify and confirm stakeholders to act as the subject matter experts to be involved in subsequent phases of the project. The project will also seek to scope out the questions that need answering to build on the blending roadmap developed through previous work. Some of these questions include looking at what roles and responsibilities industrial parties will need to take on, in support of blending from track 1 clusters (including, what assets and activities they will be responsible for and their rights and obligations etc). The scope will also look at required amendments to regulations (such as GS(M)R) and explore Connections, billing and system operational considerations. The project will then progress through three further stages to engage with networks and cluster stakeholders, consolidate views and seek to develop a report setting out all of the views on the required next steps.  The scope of this first phase of the project is to determine the networks & clusters view of the necessary changes to the existing commercial frameworks to enable blending from industrial (track 1) hydrogen clusters.An exploration into the adaptations and arrangements necessary for other blending scenarios will be addressed in a future, separately sanctioned, phase of the project. The core aim of this project is to deliver a view of the functional specification of the roles and responsibilities, rights and obligations required of industry parties to successfully deliver hydrogen blending from track 1 industrial Hydrogen Clusters (the HyNet and East Coast Clusters, plus ). Based on a managed process of stakeholder engagement, and our own analysis, the project output will provide recommendations for the changes needed to the gas commercial and regulatory frameworks in order to enable such blending. We understand that this project is not intended to give definitive answers on how hydrogen blending will work; rather it is intended to establish and communicate (to BEIS and other stakeholders) views from networks and the industrial clusters, as well as reflecting initial input from the Gas Goes Green Advisory Group, on how blending from the Track 1 clusters could be enabled. These views would then be tested with wider industry stakeholders in future work, including through further engagement with the Gas Goes Green Advisory Group
Abstract Hydrogen is a key energy source for the Net Zero transition and is being considered as an alternative to natural gas. Over the next 5 years there is an ambitious work plan within the UKs GT and distribution industry to prove the viability of blending hydrogen into the UKs existing gas networks.This project seeks to explore and recommend adaptations to the existing commercial frameworks to enable hydrogen blending into the UK gas networks from industrial clusters.Separate projects will explore the adaptations necessary to commercial frameworks in other blending scenarios, and the functional requirements for plant and infrastructure necessary to physically introduce and manage the hydrogen molecules into the networks.
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Added to Database 14/10/22