HyDeploy at Keele

A pioneering hydrogen energy project hosted at Keele.

HyDeploy at Keele

Keele University is hosting HyDeploy on the campus.

HyDeploy is an energy trial to establish the potential for blending hydrogen, up to 20%, into the normal gas supply to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. A year-long live trial of blended gas will take place on part of the Keele gas network from Summer 2019. HyDeploy will help to determine the level of hydrogen which could be used by gas consumers safely and with no changes to their behaviour or existing domestic appliances for potential UK wide roll out.

Why is Keele involved?

Keele University is ideally placed to host the HyDeploy project. It has:

  • the largest campus in the UK served by its own private gas network;
  • a mix of residential and commercial buildings representative
  • of a small town;
  • an international reputation for research excellence; and
  • a commitment to developing a carbon free future through its
  • Smart Energy Network Demonstrator Project (SEND).

What is happening now?

HyDeploy is now in Phase II. Approval has been granted from the UK Health & Safety Executive to run a 12 month live trial of blended hydrogen and natural gas beginning in Summer 2019. The hydrogen content will be up to 20%.

We are now in the ‘Build’ phase of the project, which runs until approx. May 2019. During this Phase, the hydrogen production unit and other supporting equipment will be constructed on the Keele University site ready for the live trial. You can find out more about the hydrogen production here. A map of the construction area is available from the Keele Estates office.

HyDeploy is offering all householders and tenants in the live trial area a further standard Annual Gas Safety check ahead of the live trial. This is the same check that was carried out during Phase 1, but does not include the gas bottle testing. It will make sure that your appliances and installation meet current safety standards. If your home is in the trial are we will contact you again in Spring 2019 to arrange this check.