Industry group to lay out guidelines for hydrogen grid

A new industry collaboration will prepare for the introduction of clean hydrogen gas to the grid. The HYREADY Joint Industry Project (JIP), led by DNV GL, aims to encourage the […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

A new industry collaboration will prepare for the introduction of clean hydrogen gas to the grid.

The HYREADY Joint Industry Project (JIP), led by DNV GL, aims to encourage the industry to get ready for the rollout by developing a series of practical processes and procedures to follow.

Hydrogen from renewable sources being added to natural gas will support the decarbonisation of the current gas system and accelerate the integration of sustainable energy sources.

However, the properties of hydrogen differ significantly from those of natural gas and its introduction into the gas infrastructure may pose risks to public safety, the integrity of the gas system and the performance of existing equipment.

Several studies have looked into the potential impacts of the change but concrete engineering guidelines for transmission and distribution system operators on how to prepare their systems for a specific percentage of hydrogen are lacking.

Onno Florisson, Principal Consultant and DNV GL Project Manager, said: “HYREADY will develop industry guidelines addressing the ‘how to’ questions for gas system operators so they can be confident both in preparing their natural gas grids for the accommodation of hydrogen and in assessing and managing the effects and possible consequences related to hydrogen injection.”

Scientists have recently developed a way to use sunlight to turn unprocessed biomass into clean hydrogen.