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Reference Number ENA_10021808
Title Gas Analyser Systems for Hydrogen Blends
Status Completed
Energy Categories Hydrogen and Fuel Cells(Fuel Cells) 100%;
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
National Grid Gas Transmission
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 March 2022
End Date 01 May 2022
Duration 2 months
Total Grant Value £113,414
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region London
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , National Grid Gas Transmission (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Cadent Gas (0.000%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/ENA_10021808
Abstract This Fuel Cell gas analyser Sensor (FCS) digitalisation project is a key digital enabler for the gas networks drive towards net zero and decarbonisation. The net zero programme of work needs to find cheap / accurate, digitally agile sensors for gas quality control analysis, the protection of assets and the provision of accurate calorific values (CVs) for customer billing. Current sensors (e.g gas chromatographs) are considered too expensive and too slow to undertake the work required given the numbers of units potentially required. Net zero gas generation is likely to be highly distributed throughout the network and from numerous localised generation points. The fully integrated FCS system will be connected via the Internet of Things (IoT) directly into the transmission and distribution businesses and their quality control systems and respective billing systems to accurately report on calorific values, Wobbe index information and relative gas densities.Provision of the monitoring data / information to the IOT will allow better control, transparency and monitoring of gas network data as well as providing customers with accurate local CVs through their smart metering systems.The Des19ncor and Loughborough University team, have circa 20 skilled engineers and scientists available to work on this project and are best placed to advice on this digitisation discovery project.Users of the innovation will include.Transmission and Distribution gas networks e.g. National Grid and CadentHydrogen and Bio-methane producers.Regulators e.g. OFGEM, HSE etc.Customers e.g industrial and domestic.Future hydrogen grid testing.The introduction of blended hydrogen and full hydrogen into the gas networks will require a higher level of real-time quality and CV controls than currently exist in the networks today. Current systems which mainly rely on 30 year old technology, i.e. gas chromatographs, are slow to report (i.e. ranging from 4 mins to 12 mins) and have old software for reporting which will not be sufficient moving forward.Network users will need the following to control the network adequately as they move forward to facilitate Net Zero.Accurate contact gas sensors which are sufficiently inexpensive to place c 00,000s into the network.To connect these sensors through the IOT to digital control and reporting systems.Local calculation of CVs at governor sites for accurate customer billing and the ability to connect sensor results to smart metering systems.Digital systems connected to sensors to report on embrittlement, permeability and vibration.VIDEO - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGo15qU_KK8&list=PLrMOhOrmeR6ktSag0RbT7zPNVn0p1P2f6&index=24
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Added to Database 14/10/22