A simple solution to help reduce carbon emissions from heat

Blending hydrogen of up to 20% volume with natural gas can reduce carbon emissions from domestic heat without the need for customers to make any changes to their appliances, or around their homes. It is a deliverable and practical initial step to start the journey to domestic heat decarbonisation.

The hydrogen pipeline network created by HyNet North West would allow hydrogen to be blended with the natural gas supply for over 2 million homes and small businesses in the area.

A related project called HyDeploy is already underway which will be the first in the UK to inject hydrogen into a live gas network. The results of HyDeploy will inform the volume of hydrogen that can be delivered to customers as part of HyNet North West. You can find out more about HyDeploy here.

Key fact

The widespread use of a blend of hydrogen with natural gas could save around 6 million tonnes of COemissions every year, the equivalent of taking 2.5 million cars off the road.

Delivering hydrogen safely to customers

The safety of our customers is the top priority with any gas delivery. Any new forms of gas delivered through the pipes must be approved by the UK Health & Safety Executive (HSE) under the Gas Safety (Management) Regulations (GS(M)R).

The UK’s first project to trial a blend of hydrogen (up to 20% vol.) and natural gas will go ahead in 2019 as part of a project called HyDeploy. This will deliver the blended gas to approximately 130 homes and buildings on a private gas network at Keele University for 12 months, to demonstrate that the blend of gas can be used by customers without disruption. The trial was approved by the HSE after evidence was gathered from laboratory testing and checking appliances in the trial area.

A second project called HyDeploy2  has just got underway to run a trial on a public network in the North of England. This will cover around 700 homes and buildings. The exact location is to be confirmed. Click here to find out more.

The results of these projects and other research will be used to inform HyNet North West.

HyNet North West Project Partners

HyNet North West is being delivered by a consortium of partners, each of which will lead a different part of the project.
Progressive Energy is leading the development of the low carbon hydrogen production plant and the CO2 pipeline and Cadent is leading development of the hydrogen pipeline.