NPL with partners at DNV GL, KIWA Gastec and the Sustainable Gas Institute at Imperial College London have been working with Cadent Gas, the UK's biggest gas distribution network with over 80,000 miles of pipes and 11 million customers, on a project to investigate whether grid hydrogen can be purified and used for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. The project is called Hydrogen Grid to Vehicle and more information can be found here.
The objective of the project is to determine whether the gas network can be re-purposed to create added value from existing infrastructure. The project is investigating the contaminants (new and existing) from the hydrogen supply chain, in order to determine whether a cost-effective separation/purification system could be developed which allows hydrogen to be taken from the gas grid, either pure hydrogen (100%) or hydrogen-enriched natural gas, and used at hydrogen refuelling stations for fuel cell vehicles.
On 30th January, NPL will host the Hydrogen Purification Workshop to disseminate the outputs of the project, and provide the opportunity for key players in hydrogen purification to discuss the feasibility for using their products and services for this purpose.
We hope to have a mixture of industry, academia and government at the workshop, and plan to discuss the potential for future project opportunities around the development of a cost-effective separation/purification system using a unique gas network simulation facility, developed as part of the HG2V project.