Scotland could receive a “world-first” programme by SGN that uses green hydrogen to heat homes. This is if the regulator Ofgem approves the proposals. The H100 Fife project is designed to provide critical evidence for a potential zero-carbon energy source. This will help to inform long-term policy decisions for decarbonisation in the UK.
H100 Fife passed the initial screening submission process for Ofgem’s annual Network Innovation Competition. This summer there will be a full bid for funding. Should it be a success, SGN will build a 100 per cent zero-carbon hydrogen network in Levenmouth. This will then produce green hydrogen via an electrolysis plant that is powered by the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult’s nearby offshore wind turbine.
The proposed hydrogen production and storage system and heating network will run alongside the current natural gas system. The system will demonstrate each element of an end-to-end hydrogen-to-homes system to support plans for large scale roll-out later on.
Angus McIntosh, Director of Energy Futures at SGN said: ‘Hydrogen is an exciting energy vector that at scale could provide similar levels of safe, secure, reliable and affordable energy to what we enjoy now, with minimal disruption for customers.
‘The project will provide key national evidence for hydrogen’s role in the UK’s energy transition and critical insight into the customer value proposition of hydrogen for heat.’
H100 Fife is part of the national Gas Goes Green initiative, which is a collaborative project series designed to prove the viability of hydrogen for heat. They share an objective to demonstrate how the world-class gas network in the UK can provide a clear and cost-effective pathway to decarbonise heat through low-cost hydrogen, at pace and scale. The UK gas network currently comprises of over 280,000 km of pipes that are connected to 23 million homes and businesses.
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