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Reference Number NIA_NGN_276
Title H21 - Hydrogen Ready Components
Status Completed
Energy Categories Hydrogen and Fuel Cells(Hydrogen, Hydrogen transport and distribution) 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
Northern Gas Networks
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 January 2021
End Date 01 January 2022
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £399,488
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region Yorkshire & Humberside
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Northern Gas Networks (99.999%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , Northern Gas Networks (99.999%)
Project Contact , Cadent Gas (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Northern Gas Networks (0.000%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/NIA_NGN_276
Objectives The project will be delivered in four phases: Phase 1A - Review of all network components that will come into contact with hydrogen. Phase 1B - Review of the current research and literature, including co-ordination with other hydrogen projects, such as H100, HyDeploy and Future LTS. Phase 2 - Generate methodology tool to allow the review of component materials based upon the findings from the current available research. Phase 4 - Review and assess the impact of hydrogen on the materials in the network components and categories them as being compatible or not with hydrogen and make recommendations. Overall this project will: Review the current literature and research on the compatibility of materials with hydrogen, including co-ordinating with the H100, Future LTS & HyDeploy projects. Review the current Gas Industry Standards. List the existing network components that are less than 7 bar and categorise which will have direct contact with hydrogen. This will include pipework, fittings, inline equipment such as valves, governors etc. and consumables, such as greases, sealants etc. This will involve utilising asset management and operations personnel utilising their knowledge of equipment components spares and consumables. Review the materials used in these components which will have direct contact with hydrogen including obtaining information from manufacturers as required. Develop a methodology tool to allow a review of the components materials and apply the current research to determine compatibility with hydrogen. Utilise the methodology tool to review the components and categorise the material/component as for example: Suitable for use with Hydrogen. Unsuitable for use with Hydrogen and require replacement. Further Testing/Research Required. Reporting on the findings and make recommendations. Identification of any further testing requirements to prove compatibility of untested materials. The scope of the project will include below 7 bar components only which will include everything from the IP-MP pressure reduction equipment through to the emergency control valve (ECV). The project will review compatibility with current literature and research, it will not undertake any testing of materials not already researched but will make recommendations for any further testing that is required. To review the existing gas network components for compatibility with 100% hydrogen, provide a methodology tool for reviewing materials compatibility and produce an output report/schedule detailing the findings.
Abstract The UK was legally bound to make ambitious carbon reductions under the terms of the Climate Change Act (2008). However, the UK government signed legislation on 27th June 2019 committing the UK to a legally binding target of Net Zero emissions by 2050. This means the UK must tackle decarbonisation at pace and change the way energy is produced, transported and consumed to meet this new target.NGN have committed to work with stakeholders and the government to work towards a strategy to convert the GD networks to hydrogen, including the H21 100% hydrogen project.The current network components are designed and specified to be compatible with natural gas. In order to confirm that the current components are compatible with hydrogen, a review of the impact of the change in hydrogen characteristics on the materials that make up these components is needed to confirm if there are any issues of compatible or not and make recommendations if further research and testing is required.
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Added to Database 02/11/22