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Reference Number ENA_10025738
Title A Holistic Hydrogen Approach to Heavy Duty Transport (H2H)
Status Completed
Energy Categories Energy Efficiency(Transport) 50%;
Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electricity transmission and distribution) 50%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
SPEN - SP Transmission Plc
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 March 2022
End Date 01 May 2022
Duration 2 months
Total Grant Value £139,341
Industrial Sectors Power
Region Scotland
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , SPEN - SP Transmission Plc (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , SP Energy Networks (0.000%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/ENA_10025738
Abstract This project explores low carbon solutions by identifying the most efficient transition for the rail decarbonisation potentially using different low carbon solutions; the discovery scope will be desktop analysis. The Discovery output will identify an optimised example using innovative connection for demonstration in the Beta phase.The project addresses all of the Zero Emission Transport Challenge aims by developing the technologies, infrastructure and processes required to accelerate zero emission transport options between electricity, hydrogen and rail networks that reduces carbon emissions by removing diesel trains, plus maximises the connection of renewable energy and storage.Desktop analysis will assess connection points, capital and operating costs, land usage, and emissions, comparing:1. Conventional rail electrification – 100% route electrification using large single-phase connections2. Full electrification – 100% route electrification + multiple 3 phase connections at lower voltages using power electronics3. Partial electrification – short sections of electrification with 3 phase connection at lower voltages using power electronics + battery electric trains4. Green hydrogen – hydrogen production and fuel cell trains – an alternative to electrificationThe desktop analysis will highlight areas where additional information is needed to help inform the business cases in order to recommend the solution for an optimum combination of Electricity and Hydrogen for Rail applications including business models and their scalability. This is a unique opportunity to benchmark both against diesel and roadmap how this will work effectively for rail.SP Transmission plc will be the lead organisation with 5 key partners: Network Rail (infrastructure provider) brings information about the rail network and electrification costs for traditional transmission connections. Ricardo Energy and Environment (3rd party innovator) brings expertise in decarbonising electricity supplies and connecting traction network to distribution network through novel power electronic devices. Leeds University (academic user) brings rail and power electronic expertise from their Institute for High Speed Rail and System Integration SP Distribution plc providing local network knowledge and data visibility ScottishPower ltd, who have a new Hydrogen division set up to drive this topicThis project will help: Electricity and rail customers gain quality, service and cost benefits. Electricity asset owners gain tool sets for providing cost connection offers to Network Rail that meet both sectors requirements. Network Rail to develop tailored and different electrification programmes to switch from diesel to electricity on the 60% of the rail network that is not presently electrified.
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Added to Database 14/10/22