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UK village to be first to be powered by hydrogen on public gas network

The next phase of the UK’s first live pilot to inject zero carbon hydrogen into a gas network to heat homes and businesses has taken a step forward. Northern Gas Networks on Thursday said it had received the hydrogen storage facilities and hydrogen grid entry unit at its Low Thornley site in the North East of England for the HyDeploy project.
This equipment will be used to blend hydrogen into the gas supply to the nearby village of Winlaton, Gateshead. The 670 homes and businesses in Winlaton will be the first on a public UK gas network to use blended hydrogen for heating and cooking as HyDeploy moves to the next stage of the pilot project. Northern Gas Networks said it hopes to start blending later in the Spring, subject to approval from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The first phase of HyDeploy is underway at Keele University in Staffordshare where customers on a private gas network have been using blended hydrogen for everyday heating and cooking. Up to 20% (by volume) of hydrogen is being injected into Keele University’s existing natural gas network, feeding 100 homes and 30 faculty buildings. When burnt, hydrogen only produces heat and water, making it a realistic solution for tackling decarbonisation as the UK looks towards its Net Zero emissions target of 2050.