HyDeploy at Keele: The Live Trial

Live trial of blended hydrogen and natural gas starts in Summer 2019

About the Live Trial

The live trial of blended hydrogen and natural gas will go ahead for 12 months from Summer 2019.

The blend of gas that will be delivered to homes in the trial area will be up to 20% hydrogen (vol.). The purpose of the trial 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 trial.

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Approval for the live trial

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 trial 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 trial area and information from laboratory testing.

Safety checks and servicing and billing

HyDeploy will be offering householders and tenants in the live trial area the option of a standard Annual Gas Safety check ahead of the live trial.

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

If your home is in the trial area you will be contacted in Spring 2019 about a safety check.

During the live trial (12 months from Summer 2019), HyDeploy will be offering householders the option of a gas boiler service. Further details will be available about this in Spring 2019.

The change from normal gas to blended gas during the live trial will not cost you more. We have worked with Ofgem, the energy regulator to ensure this is the case. Keele University will let you know your energy costs for 2019/20 in Spring 2019.

If you have any questions about the safety checks or servicing process please contact Keele Estates on 01782 733777.