go to top scroll for more


Projects: Projects for Investigator
Reference Number NIA_CAD0050
Title Hydrogen blending - Optimisation of the commercial regime
Status Completed
Energy Categories Fossil Fuels: Oil Gas and Coal(Oil and Gas, Refining, transport and storage of oil and gas) 50%;
Hydrogen and Fuel Cells(Hydrogen, Hydrogen transport and distribution) 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 Gas
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 February 2020
End Date 01 October 2020
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £419,730
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region London
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Cadent Gas (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Cadent Gas (0.000%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/NIA_CAD0050
Objectives The project will seek to explore the current commercial regime and how it will need to be adapted to allow hydrogen blending.The process to explore this will be via the following stagesStage 1 - Identification of issues and challenges – this will be split into four tasksTask 1.1 Identify high level hydrogen blend and production scenarios. – understand the scenario to be considered during the project.Task 1.2 Initial identification of issues and challenges - first pass identification of the issues and challengesTask 1.3 Principles and criteria for successful solutions – these will be used to assess the different options Task 1.4. Stakeholder engagement – test of the information gathered to date Stage 2: Development of solutions – this will be split into four tasksTask 2.1 Solution longlist - develop a solution longlist for each of the six elements of the value chain.Task 2.2 Consideration of interactions and development of solution packages Task 2.3 Assessment against criteria – to rank options Task 2.4 Engagement with stakeholders – test outcomes with StakeholdersStage 3: Development of road map Task 3.1 Development of road map - develop a clear roadmap that sets out key actions that would need to be undertaken to implement the proposed solution. Task 3.2 Test with stakeholders – final run through with stakeholdersFinishing with the overall project report As part of its funding bid for HyDeploy 2, Cadent estimated that the adoption of blended hydrogen and natural gas could save an estimated 120Mt CO2 by 2050 across GB. It could also lead to a saving for consumers of £8 billion cumulatively to 2050, when compared to the installation and network reinforcement required to move forward with heat pump solutions. The commercial and regulatory actions identified in this project will be necessary to unlock these savings. The objective of this project is to understand the changes required to the current commercial market to deploy hydrogen blending across Transmission and Distribution networks. With consideration of• Injection from 100% Hydrogen networks like HyNet.• Blended injections from other networks e.g. NTS.• Interaction between distribution grid and the NTS, in terms of controlling offtake flows and the potential for hydrogen blends coming off/on to the NTS, including the need to potentially instruct hydrogen producers on another network.
Abstract The project will seek to explore the current commercial regime and how it will need to be adapted to allow hydrogen blending.
Publications (none)
Final Report (none)
Added to Database 02/11/22