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Reference Number NIA2_SGN0026
Title Hydrogen Village Trial Hydrogen Appliance Supply Chain
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 (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
SGN - Scotland
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 August 2022
End Date 31 March 2023
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £263,993
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region Scotland
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , SGN - Scotland (100.000%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , SGN - Scotland (100.000%)
  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/NIA2_SGN0026
Objectives In this project we will do the following:1) Lead an assessment of the required range and volume of appliances, ancillary devices, and other necessary installations2) Develop commercial agreements or proposals from OEMs3) Complete an analysis of existing and new technology or products required to enable a hydrogen village trial4) Commission Arup to assist with quick and efficient delivery of this project using their knowledge acquired in previous projects and through the Hy4Heat program From the requirements set out by BEIS in their HVT Bid Proforma and the BEIS Completion Requirements, the following tasks will be carried out:1) Supply chain analysis: Effectively engage with Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) to understand what appliances (domestic and non-domestic) will be necessary and available for the trial, town and FEED. This will enable the development of a comprehensive portfolio of appliances and thus give the consumers taking part in trials a wide range of choice of appliances to choose from but also identify gaps where appliances have not been developed, or do not meet network requirements. The project will also need to inform the OEMs of the type and range of appliances that will be required for the trials and subsequent work and when these will be needed to ensure the production lines will be ready in time. Therefore, liaisons with the trials survey teams will be required (Note that where gaps are identified, these will need to be raised at the earliest point with the OEMs to allow as much time as possible for the gaps to be closed. It is the GDNs understanding that this will be time critical so we will be looking to accelerate all aspects of the project where possible / sensible).2) Assessment of Appliance Reliability: To understand the OEMs processes for certifying appliances and guaranteeing reliability (accelerated life testing, etc) and ensuring this is complete before entering the procurement stage of the appliances.3) Development Strategy: Where appliances have not yet been developed, the project shall seek to identify alternative routes to get appliances converted to hydrogen (potentially more of an issue for commercial appliances).4) Develop commercial arrangements: between the GDNs running the HVT and the OEMs and devise a procurement strategy to give confidence in availability of appliances. This will mean that a timeline will be made that will show the process for procuring the appliances with deadlines that will be backed up by firm commitments from the OEMs (with details of duration, volumes and any assumptions/special conditions).5) Develop written reports: that can be presented to BEIS and Ofgem to answer the completion requirements as set out. Objective of this work is to assess the readiness of the supply chain for hydrogen appliances the network requires to service for the HVTs, Town and FEED. For this purpose, it is required to collect details of the types and quantities of all hydrogen appliances required, what has been already developed, what is going through the development stage and confidence in availability of such appliances. Furthermore, detailed procurement strategy should be put in place for all conversion work, including appliances, ancillary devices and all necessary components.
Abstract SGN were nominated by BEIS and Ofgem, as part of the Hydrogen Village Trial to assess the supply chain of hydrogen appliances from a network compatibility perspective. The term appliances encompassing the end user appliances such as the boilers, cookers and fires but also ancillary devices (e.g. meters), and any other necessary equipment required for a trial aiming to convert from natural gas to hydrogen. The assessment will cover both domestic and light commercial appliance. Furthermore, the program will inform the GD networks on the requirements from the end users in a future with hydrogen and will help the networks identify how to this demand can be met.
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Added to Database 14/10/22