• SGN Press release


    Our Innovation Project Manager Mark showcases our Hydrogen 100 project at HSE Future of Gas Conference


    15 February 2018

    Our Innovation Project Manager Mark Wheeldon is today speaking at the HSE’s inaugural energy conference ‘Safety Excellence in Energy: Future of Gas’. We’re proud to sponsor the conference, which aims to bring together representatives from government, energy and industry to discuss how we can work together to provide safe and sustainable energy for the future.
      Mark Wheeldon

    Mark is presenting our hydrogen-based H100 project, which is looking to demonstrate that hydrogen can be distributed and used safely in a gas network. Here’s more from Mark about our innovative project: 

    “At present, natural gas is the principle fossil fuel used for domestic heating in the UK. The UK government has given a commitment to reduce carbon output and progress towards the 2050 UK Government carbon target by reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 80% of 1990 levels by 2050. However, to meet this very challenging target, it’s essential all methods of decarbonisation are explored.  

    It’s widely recognised the UK has an advanced and efficient gas network which currently supplies the energy to heat 82% of the UK’s buildings and supplies the vast majority of the UK’s industrial heat. The demand for heat is highly variable with both seasonal and diurnal swings. The gas network delivers around four times of the UK’s peak energy demand than the electricity network and because of this, the gas network has a major role to play in the journey to decarbonisation.

    Reducing and eliminating carbon can be done in a number of ways in the short, medium and long-terms. In the short-term, it’s a case of substituting bio fuels such as bio-methane for natural gas and by widening the range of gases the gas networks’ can accommodate without expensive processing. In the medium-term, it can be done by blending zero carbon gas such as hydrogen or in the long-term by removing carbon completely and using hydrogen. 

    The introduction of hydrogen into the energy mix is a potential solution and could form an important part of the UK’s low carbon future. Our H100 project will look to build on previous good work and develop site-specific evidence to support the construction of a physical 100% hydrogen demonstration project. The intended demonstration will be small scale, but sufficiently representative to draw conclusions from the evidence it provides.  

    The new hydrogen demonstration network will also need to be commercially viable as well as UK scalable. One of the field trial criteria is the collation of ongoing running costs such as maintenance, training of operatives and managers, compliance and the continued supply of renewable hydrogen. This information will form the basis of the cost benefit analysis at the end of the field trial.

    Our H100 project is a five-phase project which will seek to do all of the above, with the fifth phase being a city gate conversion. The project is currently at phase one, which is the feasibility and FEED for the construction of a new small hydrogen demonstration network. In short, phase one will aim to research and evaluate the feasibility of the construction and operation of the first 100% hydrogen gas distribution network.”