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Reference Number ENA_10061343
Title Connectrolyser
Status Completed
Energy Categories Hydrogen and Fuel Cells(Hydrogen, Other infrastructure and systems R&D) 100%;
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
UK Power Networks
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 April 2023
End Date 01 July 2023
Duration 3 months
Total Grant Value £138,411
Industrial Sectors Power
Region London
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , UK Power Networks (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , UK Power Networks (0.000%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/10061343
Abstract "This proposal addresses three SIF Challenges:Primary Impact:Challenge 3: Supporting the development of a local hydrogen hub will improve energy system resilience and robustness.Secondary Impact:Challenge 2: Hydrogen hubs will help the power system be ready for Net Zero. This project will develop an understanding of how electrolysers could provide services to the grid.Challenge 4: Decarbonising major energy demandsUK Government is committed to deploying 5GW of hydrogen-producing electrolysers by 2030. As part of this project, UK Power Networks will work collaboratively with a hydrogen producer, and two hydrogen customers to develop a local hydrogen hub. This whole system project will identify the best way to connect electrolysers to the grid and support the local energy system.The proposed users for the solution developed will be hydrogen producers who are installing new electrolysers and DNOs who will be supporting the connections process. The expectation is the proposed solution will expedite the connections process reducing the need for significant network upgrades, while enabling the hydrogen producers to meet their customer demands. This project is grounded in the practicality of a real-life situation in East Anglia.Electrolysers are likely to be high energy users (around 10MW) and as a result, they will provide additional burden and constraint onto the network if installed using the fixed connections process. This project will use a network-led approach to assess how these new demand types can be safely and quickly added to the network, while potentially providing an additional source of energy flexibility by using an AI control system to optimise the running of the electrolyser in line with network capacity.Project Partners UK Power Networks, electricity distribution network operator serving London, the East and the South East of England.HydroGenus, an industrial supply chain partner and hydrogen hub developer, brings people with proven experience in hydrogen and a successful track record in the electricity and water industries.National Grid Gas Transmission (NGGT), seeking hydrogen to decarbonise the large gas-fired compressors that are critical to the running of national pipelines.SubcontractorsICON is a research-based consulting firm specialising in hydrogen and electricity, wholly owned by Imperial College London.FES Services Ltd brings electrical system integration specialism for behind the point of connection aspects of the installation.ParticipantsHexcel is a global manufacturer of advanced composite materials with a local site wanting to switch to low-carbon hydrogen from natural gas."
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Added to Database 01/11/23