HyDeploy is a pioneering hydrogen energy project designed to help reduce UK CO2 emissions.
It aims to prove that blending up to 20% hydrogen with natural gas provides a safe and greener alternative to the gas we use now. And it will prove that customers don’t notice any difference and don’t have to change their cooking or heating appliances, which means less disruption for them.
HyDeploy @ Keele is the first stage of the programme. The UK Health & Safety Executive have given permission to run a live trial of blended hydrogen and natural gas on part of the private gas network at Keele University campus in Staffordshire. It will be the first project in the UK to inject hydrogen into a natural gas network.
Once the Keele stage has been completed, HyDeploy will move to a larger test on a public network in the North East. After that, HyDeploy will have another test in the North West. These are designed to test the blend across a range of networks and customers so that the evidence is representative of the UK as a whole. With HSE approval, and success at Keele, these trials will go ahead in the early 2020s.
What is happening now?
HyDeploy is progressing well. The HSE has given the go ahead for 10 month live trial of blended hydrogen and natural gas beginning in Autumn 2019. The hydrogen content will be up to 20%.
Right now the hydrogen production unit, generator and other supporting equipment are being installed at Keele, ready for testing and then the live trial.
HyDeploy is being delivered by the HyDeploy consortium, led by Cadent and Northern Gas Networks. The HyDeploy live trial is being hosted on the Keele University campus in Staffordshire.
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A green light from the Health & Safety Executive
The HyDeploy live trial has been given the go ahead by the UK Health & Safety Executive.
It will be the first UK trial of blended hydrogen and natural gas, and takes the UK one step closer to finding out how hydrogen could lower UK carbon dioxide emissions from heat.