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Reference Number ENA_10023632
Title HyNTS Compression
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
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 £146,659
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region London
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , National Grid Gas Transmission (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Northern Gas Networks (0.000%)
Project Contact , SGN (0.000%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/ENA_10023632
Abstract The use of hydrogen as an alternative to natural gas is key to ensuring that energy demands of the future are met for heat, power and transport whilst achieving net zero. In order to transport hydrogen throughout the UK, compression will be required. The project will evaluate the costs and opportunities to repurpose the existing compression equipment to keep costs to a minimum for gas consumers.A technical demonstration will be conducted, at FutureGrid and will provide a facility for any future work as an outcome of this project, whilst enabling the facility to demonstrate further capability such as PIGing and alternative metering systems. The facility will demonstrate a whole systems approach; using an electrolyser to produce hydrogen which will be stored on site and used to power the compression systems during the demonstration. The compression loop will compress and transport hydrogen gas, to demonstrate the compatibility of typical National Transmission System (NTS) components. The system will be connected to NGNs H21 project, demonstrating the use of hydrogen in a distribution system including domestic use.NGN and SGN will support the project by contributing to meetings and evidence gathering, as compression may be required on the distribution networks in the future.Siemens Energy have knowledge and experience of the compressors, gas turbines and associated equipment currently used on the NTS as they have supplied several compressor systems which are currently installed on the NTS. They are therefore best placed to investigate the capabilities of the systems currently installed and the potential modifications required to enable them to compress hydrogen.DNV will be key to demonstration of the compression system, which will take place at DNVs test facility at Spadeadam. DNV have extensive experience of gas pipelines, large scale testing and of the current compression systems installed on the NTS, and are therefore an ideal partner to develop the testing requirements for the system.ITM Power have the largest electrolyser manufacturing facility in the world and are ideally placed to supply the electrolyser for production of hydrogen at Spadeadam, which will be used to power the compressor during demonstration.As the gas industry moves towards the use of hydrogen, there will likely be a requirement for hydrogen production facilities throughout the UK. This may mean that compression will be required on the local transmission systems, not just the NTS, to move the hydrogen through the pipelines after production.VIDEO - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htMK6obOWRo&list=PLrMOhOrmeR6ktSag0RbT7zPNVn0p1P2f6&index=22
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Added to Database 14/10/22