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Reference Number NIA_SGN0148
Title An Investigation of the Performance of Oxygen Depletion Sensors
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
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 July 2019
End Date 01 March 2021
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £227,300
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region South East
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , SGN (99.999%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , Cadent Gas (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , SGN (0.000%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/NIA_SGN0148
Objectives The aim of this project is to evidence the ODS performance on wider gas qualities by carrying out a two-part testing programme, where Part 1 will involve testing 10 ODS devices that represent the available units in the current marketplace. These will be fitted to a bespoke KIWA test rig to simulate a range of scenarios. Part 2 will involve testing of 8 appliance in a test room using the existing testing standard. The experimental testing will be overseen by specialist scientists at the HSL throughout. The project aims are to undertake extensive testing on ODS devices and appliances, coupled with research and analysis on non-methane components (i.e. hydrogen, ethane and propane) to understand and inform industry to prove ODS devices can operate safely on a wider range of gas qualities. Where necessary provide the evidence to industry on how ODS systems could either meet existing standards and/or introduce improved standards that will ensure the continued safe use of ODS devices when used with other potential future gases. The objectives of this project are to:Investigate and analyse the current performance of ODS systems with natural gas containing hydrogen, ethane and propane.Understand the underlying science and associated behaviour through extensive laboratory data sets.Understand ODS in the modern-day home to evaluate if they still contribute to safety based on a detailed desktop study.Confirm (or otherwise) that there are ODS designs and/or methods of deployment that still operate safely with increased amounts of non-methane components such as ethane, propane or hydrogen and determine the levels of these that may limit performance.Develop recommended changes to the standards for ODS testing, reflecting the range of gases expected in the networks currently and in the future.Liase with the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) to consider a revision to the ODS performance testing standards that may include testing with limit gases.Collaborate with the HHIC to progress changes to ODS performance tests in future versions of standards.
Abstract There is a desire to reduce carbon emissions by the GDNs where several projects have looked at both widening the gas WI and introducing hydrogen blends. Therefore, the learning from this will be beneficial to all networks by allowing the introduction of other gases into the network.The project aims are to evidence the ODS performance on wider gas qualities and to undertake extensive testing on ODS devices and appliances, coupled with research and analysis on non-methane components (i.e. hydrogen, ethane and propane) to fully understand and inform industry on the safety aspects of ODS systems. Report on the various effect of potential future gases on ODS performance and if/how test standards could be improved to accommodate future gases.
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