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Heating our homes with hydrogen

(2 December 2020)

Gas pipe

Our research is supporting a new project that could see hydrogen become the future heat source for homes and provide green energy to industry.

Durham is one of the partners involved in the UK National Grid’s new £12.7m offline hydrogen research facility.

Gas transmission

HyNTS FutureGrid will use decommissioned assets from the UK’s gas transmission system to see how hydrogen might be delivered to homes and businesses using existing pipelines.

The research facility will be separate from the main National Transmission System.

This will allow for testing of up to 100 per cent blends of hydrogen to be undertaken in a controlled environment, without affecting the existing gas transmission network.

Hydrogen supply

Professor Tony Roskilly, of the Durham Energy Institute, said: “The transportation of hydrogen will be a significant part of the future energy system and there is an urgent need to prove that the transmission network can be relied on in the same way it is today. This is the important focus of HyNTS FutureGrid.

“This announcement brings the UK closer to making transformative hydrogen supply and distribution a reality.”

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