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Shell and National Grid join hydrogen to gas grid feasibility study
Applications, Aug 31 2012 (The Hydrogen Journal)
- UK hydrogen company ITM Power has announced that Shell and National Grid have joined its feasibility study looking at injecting hydrogen into UK gas networks.
The feasibility study has a budget of £164,000, with funding from the UK Technology Strategy Board. Founder participants are Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association, ITM Power and energy consultancy KIWA.
The idea is that excess renewable energy (which is surplus to requirements of the national grid) could be used to electrolyse water into hydrogen and oxygen, and the hydrogen could be added to UK gas networks, which are allowed to carry around 5 per cent of hydrogen under current regulations.
The project includes preliminary logistical research, system research, creation of a generation model and the simulation of hydrogen production at a single wind farm.
“Having both Shell and National Grid plc contributing to this project will provide a significant level of industry expertise and we are delighted to be working with these highly respected organisations," says Graham Cooley, CEO of ITM Power.