I-0342 Cumbrian Hydrogen vision and pathway – Phase 1 Feasibility
Cadent, National Grid Gas Transmission and Northern Gas Networks
Cadent Gas Ltd – Helen Boyle
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Network Innovation Allowance
GD - Future of gas
Gas Distribution Networks
The objective of this project is to create a vision and a pathway that assesses the key drivers for the creation of a hydrogen system in Cumbria.
The objective of this project is to create a vision and a pathway that assesses the key drivers for the creation of a hydrogen system in Cumbria. This project’s objectives are to look at and develop the following areas, which are:
The potential for substantial local value creation as a regional supplier of Hydrogen
The Irish Sea and coastline offer opportunities for generation at scale of “blue” hydrogen with CCUS and “green” hydrogen from intermittent renewables
The nuclear energy heritage, capability and presence of key stakeholders provides an opportunity to deploy new technology (eg SMR, AMR, HTR) for both baseload power and hydrogen generation
And, opportunities for hydrogen infrastructure given existing physical assets
o Local hydrogen and CO2 storage site development in geological structures
o Adjacency opens the potential to connect to HyNet being developed in the Cheshire-Liverpool-Manchester-North East Wales regions
o National Grid Gas Transmission infrastructure running through the county could be repurposed for long distance hydrogen transmission in the future
o And mitigation options given the relative weakness in the existing electricity power grid network
Clean Energy investments in offshore wind, nuclear and hydrogen will enable a whole energy system “Clean Energy Cluster” which will stimulate new growth in jobs, skills and investment throughout the Clean Energy and Hydrogen supply chains.
The objective to create an ambitious coherent Vision and Pathway towards a hydrogen economy in Cumbria, which will demonstrate the viability of hydrogen as a feasible and affordable route to decarbonising a predominantly rural and physically large county. The project will identify the actions for stakeholders and investors to accelerate progress towards making this happen and establish what next steps could look like.