Liverpool-Manchester Hydrogen Cluster

The objective of this work is to develop a project that can be deployed by the mid-2020s and which provides carbon abatement at similar cost to the lowest cost alternatives within the wider energy sector.

The focus of the project is upon supply of hydrogen to a set of major industrial gas users, along with provision of a blend of hydrogen (with natural gas) to the gas network at a level that requires no disruption to (household or commercial) consumers.

The project is being managed by Progressive Energy and is funded by Cadent Gas (formerly National Grid Gas Distribution) with support from Wales & West Utilities under the Network Innovation Allowance. The project will produce a full deployment programme, along with technical design and costing (up to pre-FEED level), a proposed funding mechanism (developed via engagement with Government and Ofgem) and a project consortium that has a track record in infrastructure delivery and management.

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The HyDeploy project will demonstrate that natural gas containing levels of hydrogen beyond those in the GS(M)R specification can be distributed and utilised safely & efficiently for the first time in a section of the UK distribution network. Successful demonstration has the potential to facilitate 29TWh pa of decarbonised heat through blending in the UK. Crucially it addresses wider consumer and regulatory barriers to the adoption of hydrogen for heat more widely and also enables early development the wider supply chain necessary for full conversion.

The project is being delivered by a consortium comprising Cadent, Northern Gas Neworks, Keele University, the Health and Safety Laboratories, ITM Power, and Progressive Energy, which is also project managing the overall programme. This project will establish and demonstrate, on Keele University’s private network, the appropriate level of hydrogen that can be distributed and utilised safely without requiring disruptive changes for customers. Funding for this project was awarded by Ofgem via the Network Innovation Competition (NIC) in November 2016. The project started in April 2017 and will last for three years, ending on 31 March 2020. 

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BioSNG Production

Progressive Energy, in partnership with Advanced Plasma Power, National Grid and Carbotech, are constructing a facility to demonstrate the production of Bio-Substitute Natural Gas (Bio-SNG) via methanation of a high-quality syngas, derived from Advanced Plasma Power's gasification process. Such a gas can provide a renewable substitute for natural gas in the UK gas grid, providing renewable heat and power through existing infrastructure. This follows Progressive's successful completion of a Feasibility Study, and a Project Development Phase.

The Project will use syngas from an existing gasification facility and comprises gas clean-up and upgrading reactors, including a final methanation step involving catalysis. The project will lead to the subsequent production of larger scale plant for commercial exploitation.

In November 2017, the project picked up the ‘Technology Award’ at the Energy Institute Awards ceremony at the Sheraton Park Lane Hotel in London.

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Energy Storage in the Tees Valley

On behalf of Tees Valley Combined Authority, Progressive led a study to determine practical deployment opportunities for energy storage technologies in the Tees Valley area. This involved engagement with industry and techno-economic modelling of related storage opportunities to identify realistic opportunities for investment.

The outputs from the study included a series of roadmaps to deployment of different technologies, along with follow-up of several opportunities, one which resulted in a bid submitted to BEIS for funding of an approach to optimisation of a compressed air energy storage technology.

Biohydrogen Production

This project was undertaken on behalf of Cadent Gas (formerly National Grid Gas Distribution) and funded under the Network Innovation Allowance. The objective of the work, led by Progressive Energy, was to develop further understanding of how Biohydrogen could be produced and deployed.

The work built on the development of a previous project (led by Progressive) to generate BioSNG, which relies upon a similar process whereby methane is produced by waste gasification. The project was split into four packages; to define a functional specification, to demonstrate production of biohydrogen, to produce a commercial facility design and to develop a pathway to deployment.

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