HyDeploy at Keele: The Live Pilot

Live pilot of blended hydrogen and natural gas starts in Autumn 2019

About the Live Pilot

The live pilot of blended hydrogen and natural gas will go ahead from Autumn 2019 for 10 months.

The blend of gas that will be delivered to homes in the pilot area will be up to 20% hydrogen (vol.). The purpose of the pilot is to demonstrate that this blended gas can be used by customers in the same way that natural gas is today, and with no changes to their domestic appliances so we do not expect customers to notice any differences at all during the live pilot.

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Approval for the live pilot

This blend is approved for delivery under the UK’s Gas Safety (Management) Regulations (GS(M)R). This means it is delivered as legally compliant gas during the live pilot and is considered to be ‘as safe as natural gas’ for customers to use. The approval follows a thorough assessment of the evidence gathered during Phase 1 of HyDeploy, including data from appliances in homes in the pilot area and information from laboratory testing.

Safety checks and servicing and billing

HyDeploy has offered householders and tenants in the live pilot area at Keele the option of a standard Annual Gas Safety check ahead of the live pilot.

Annual Gas Safe checks are part of Keele’s responsibility as a landlord for tenanted properties. For the purposes of HyDeploy this was extended as an offer to all homes in the pilot area.

The change from normal gas to blended gas during the live pilot will not cost customers more. We have worked with Ofgem, the energy regulator to ensure this is the case.