SGN is preparing to deliver the world’s first 100% green hydrogen network to heat 300 homes with hydrogen.
The world’s first program using green hydrogen to heat homes could be built in Scotland by SGN, if the proposals are approved by regulator Ofgem.
The H100 Fife project aims to provide critical evidence of a potential zero-emission energy source, thereby helping to make the UK’s long-term policy decisions for its decarbonization.
H100 Fife has passed the initial tender process for Ofgem’s annual network innovation competition, and a full funding offer will be released this summer. If successful, they will build a new zero-emission hydrogen network in Levenmouth, producing hydrogen through an electrolysis plant powered by the nearby offshore wind turbine.
The hydrogen production and storage system and projected heating network will operate alongside the current natural gas system, testing every aspect of a hydrogen system end-to-end to inform future large-scale deployment plans.
Hydrogen is an exciting energy carrier that on a large scale could deliver safe, secure, reliable and affordable energy levels similar to what we currently enjoy, with minimal disruption to customers. The project will provide key national evidence of the role of hydrogen in the UK’s energy transition and critical insight into the value proposition of hydrogen for heating customers.
Angus McIntosh, Director of Energy Futures at SGN.
The system will be designed and constructed to ensure at least the same standards of safety and reliability expected of the current natural gas system. An on-site storage unit will contain enough hydrogen to ensure that the supply is not interrupted even in the coldest weather conditions.
H100 Fife is part of the national Gas Goes Green initiative, a series of projects to test the viability of hydrogen for district heating networks. They share the goal of demonstrating how Britain’s gas network, which includes more than 280,000 km of pipelines connecting 23 million homes and businesses, can provide a clear and cost-effective way to decarbonize heat using low-carbon hydrogen. cost, at a pace and on a large scale.
Decarbonization of gas networks is necessary to meet the Government of Scotland and UK Government’s zero carbon targets for 2045 and 2050, respectively. The industry is trying to show that among the thermal decarbonation alternatives, hydrogen offers an attractive solution, not very disruptive and less expensive for customers.
The project aims to provide a critical overview of the management of hydrogen supply and demand, the security of supply and the functioning of assets in the “real world”. In addition to testing technical and engineering capabilities, the project will provide us with valuable insight into customer interest in hydrogen.
Customers will have the option of switching to hydrogen or maintaining their natural gas supply. A test facility is offered as part of the project to allow customers to interact with hydrogen devices in a domestic environment before making a decision.