UK’s first grid-injected hydrogen pilot gets underway

A new pilot to inject zero carbon hydrogen into a gas network to heat homes and businesses is now fully operational. This is the first time zero carbon hydrogen has been injected in the UK’s modern gas grid.

HyDeploy, a new ground-breaking green energy trial at Keele University, Staffordshire, has been developed to help Britain cut its carbon emissions and open the door to a low-carbon hydrogen economy.

The HyDeploy demonstration is injecting up to 20% (by volume) of hydrogen into Keele University’s existing natural gas network, feeding 100 homes and 30 faculty buildings.

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has determined that the use of hydrogen in our energy system is necessary in order to reach Net Zero.

At present, heating for domestic properties and industry accounts for half of the UK’s energy consumption and one third of its carbon emissions.

The 20% volume blend will allow customers to continue to use their gas supply as normal, without any changes being needed to gas appliances or pipework. The blend will reduce carbon emissions, saving around 6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions every year, the equivalent of taking 2.5 million cars off the road.