The Anonymous Widower


I could have called this post; What Do You Do With Surplus Electricity?.

Believe it or not, one thing you can do is inject it into the gas main, by converting it into hydrogen first.

The Project

The concept is being tested in a project called HyDeploy at Keele University.

  • The project has its own web site, from where I have obtained much of the information on this post.
  • Keele University has its own gas network.
  • Keele has a campus population similar to a small town.
  • Keele University has a reputation for research excellence.

This paragraph outlines the project.

HyDeploy is a pioneering energy demonstration to establish the potential for blending hydrogen, up to 20%, into the normal gas supply so that we can reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

A 10 month live demonstration of blended gas is taking place on part of the Keele gas network and will finish in August 2020.

HyDeploy will help to determine the level of hydrogen which can be used by customers safely and with no changes to their existing domestic appliances.

The HyDeploy project has been split into the following phases.

  • Phase One will be live test using the Keele University gas network to learn about injecting hydrogen into a natural gas network.
  • Phase Two will move to a larger demonstration on public network in the North East.
  • Phase Three will be another large demonstration in the North West.

Once the evidence has been submitted to Government policy makers, we very much expect hydrogen to take its place alongside other forms of zero carbon energy in meeting the needs of the UK population.

The Electrolyser

ITM Power are providing the 0.5 MW electrolyser to turn electricity into hydrogen.

It’s only a small one, but this is about proving the technology.



April 7, 2020 - Posted by | Energy, Hydrogen, World | , , , ,


  1. H2 has a lower calorific value than methane so there will be two effects: –
    1. Boilers etc. will not work as well.
    2. You will get overcharged for your gas.

    Anyway where is all this hydrogen going to go if not needed immediately?

    Comment by R. Mark Clayton | April 7, 2020 | Reply

    • This is a research project and it sounds like they will answering questions like these.

      Comment by AnonW | April 7, 2020 | Reply

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