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Reference Number NGN_9021_SIF_R2_Discovery
Title HyCoRe - Hydrogen Cost Reduction
Status Completed
Energy Categories Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Energy Models) 20%;
Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Energy system analysis) 20%;
Hydrogen and Fuel Cells(Hydrogen) 40%;
Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Environmental, social and economic impacts) 20%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Systems Analysis related to energy R&D (Other Systems Analysis) 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
Northern Gas Networks
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 April 2023
End Date 01 June 2023
Duration 2 months
Total Grant Value £171,670
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region Yorkshire & Humberside
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Northern Gas Networks (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , UK Power Networks (0.000%)
Project Contact , Northern Gas Networks (0.000%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/NGN_9021_SIF_R2_Discovery
Abstract "Renewable hydrogen and energy storage options are widely regarded as critical toachieving the UKs 2050 net-zero target. For project developers planning offshore-wind/hydrogen production facilities, an abundance of design choices andconfigurations exist, each of which has advantages and disadvantages, andquestions remain about how to integrate electrolysers/energy storage devices intothe existing energy system. These include (i) where best to locate these systems,(ii) what enabling technologies are required to deploy them efficiently, (iii) how tovalidate/demonstrate novel enabling technologies, and (iv) how to efficiently incorporate the resultant hydrogen into the existing gas network while minimising the costs of a secure, resilient, multi-vector energy system.Answering these questions requires a whole system approach, which the projectseeks to take via three primary work streams:1) Defining the optimal methods of exporting energy from an offshore-wind farm inthe context of value for money for customers.2) Defining the energy carrying characteristics of electricity vs hydrogen toestablish the cost drivers and identify opportunities for cost reduction.3) Understanding the impact on the gas/electricity networks of the imminentincrease in renewable generation into the network and how strategic deploymentof electrolysers, energy storage devices, and novel enabling technologies canreduce energy network investment requirements.The projects longer-term aim is to support Kinewell to build on their expertise andexisting IP to develop a novel, technology-agnostic planning tool to helpdevelopers establish the optimal configuration and additional technologyrequirements on a case-by-case basis. This will significantly reduce costsassociated with offshore-wind/hydrogen production and its integration into the gas network, strengthening the UKs energy system robustness to support efficient roll out of new infrastructure (Theme 2) and accelerating the net-zerotransition.Discovery phase success will enhance the teams understanding of how green hydrogen can effectively deliver net-zero at the lowest cost to consumers, which will provide focus for subsequent phases that will develop and demonstrate the planning tool and demonstrate/validate novel enabling technologies to maximise the tools impact.HyCoRe brings together eight partners with expertise encompassing gas/electricity network distribution operation, offshore-wind technology development/commercialisation, offshore-wind design optimisation, green hydrogen project development, cost modelling and business case development, infrastructure mapping, and supply chain development. The team possess keyskills required to deliver HyCoRe, and to deploy the tool, and any enabling technologies identified, for the benefit of the UK energy system, and ultimately the consumer."
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Added to Database 01/11/23