HyNet North West

HyNet is an integrated hydrogen and carbon capture, usage and storage (CCuS), which will supply fuel for multi-vector energy generation. The focus of the project isupon the 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 also considers how major power generation sites might be fuelled by hydrogen along with providing the network to facilitate distribution of hydrogen for the mobility sector, which is being developed under the HyNet Motion programme.

The project is being developed by Progressive Energy in partnership with Cadent Gas (formerly National Grid Gas Distribution). The project was formerly launched in May 2018 in Manchester by the Metro-mayors for Liverpool and Manchester, Steve Rotherham and Andy Burnham, with a subsequent parliamentary event in Westminster in July 2018.

Progressive and Cadent are currently working on a full deployment programme, along with technical design and costing (up to pre-FEED level). The funding mechanism is also being developed via engagement with Government, Ofgem and a wider project consortium that has a track record in infrastructure delivery and management.

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Dual-Fuel Transport Hubs

Progressive has been appointed (as a sub-contractor to Element Energy) to undertake a feasibility study to explore the potential for dual-fuel transport hubs in the UK on behalf of UK Power Networks. The objectives of this feasibility study are to explore near-term technologies/technology solutions that can optimise/balance demand/supply between hydrogen and electricity. The work will also provide an understanding of the optimum size of technology solutions,fuelling rates and generation rates and storage capacity.

The outputs from the work will be a suite of recommended designs for the configuration and interface of hydrogen and electricity systems, along with the related market structures and revenue streams. Furthermore, the study will result in a realistic plan for future deployment of related demonstration projects including selection of suitable locations.

Hy4Heat Programme

Progressive is part of the ‘Arup+’ consortium that is currently providing technical advisory services to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) in relation to the Hy4Heat programme. The overall objective of Hy4Heat is to provide the technical, performance, usability and safety evidence to de-risk the use of hydrogen for heat. The programme’s focus is on researching, developing, testing and demonstrating within the end-use stage of the gas chain. This involves the gas appliance and equipment sectors as well as consumer research.

Progressive is leading on Work Package 6 on hydrogen for industrial heat supply. The goal of this Work Package is to provide sufficient evidence to demonstrate that industry connected to the below 7 bar gas distribution network can be converted to hydrogen and to gain industry acceptance for this potential switch. The programme started in January 2018 and will run until 2021.

HyNet Motion

The objective of the HyNet Motion project is to develop a long-term strategy (linked to the realisation of the HyNet NW project), which sets out a pathway to deployment of hydrogen-related infrastructure to support low carbon mobility in the North West. The project will define the nature and scale of future opportunities to supply hydrogen from the distribution network for the road, rail and marine transport sectors. It will also explore the technical and commercial barriers to realising these benefits and to provide analysis as to how such barriers might be overcome.

In the shorter-term the goal is to identify a set of short-term actions and projects, which can be deployed in the next 2-3 years to demonstrate the use of hydrogen for mobility prior to the deployment of pipeline distribution infrastructure under HyNet NW.

The project is being developed by Progressive in partnership with Cadent, and with support from Element Energy.

Behind-the-Meter Battery Storage

Progressive is providing a range of commercial support to Bryt Energy to aid its roll-out of behind-the-meter battery storage in the UK. Bryt is an energy supplier which is majority owned by Norwegian energy utility, Statkraft, and provides 100% renewable electricity to its customers. Progressive has undertaken a range of financial modelling and business planning activities to support the ongoing expansion of Bryt’s customer base. Progressive has also developed OSIRIS – an in house design and optimisation modelling package for the sizing of batteries given a sites power generation profile, and the resulting economic forecasting of the potential investment.

Green City

Green City is a collaborative partnership between Wales and West Utilities’ (WWU), UK Power Networks, Scottish and Southern Energy Networks (SSE) and Progressive Energy to assess low-cost, technically feasible solutions to produce an optimised 2050 city scenario. Utilising the WWU 2050 Energy Pathfinder model to deliver a holistic approach and ensure all aspects of domestic energy demand are evaluated - heating, electricity and transport. The project will use a reference city to understand the key opportunities and challenges in creating a 2050 city to inform investment strategies for both the gas grid and electricity network. Progressive Energy is the project manager and principal technical consultant, developing the scenario definitions and undertaking the modelling whilst facilitate a range of stakeholder workshops, together with all project reporting.

Power Sector Decarbonisation in Wales

On behalf of Welsh Government, Progressive has been appointed (as a sub-contractor to SLR Consulting and in partnership with Anthesis) to undertake a study to explore the actions it can take to reduce emissions from the power sector in Wales to be in line with the trajectory established by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC).

The work is focused upon combustion for power supply in Wales and will explore the changes required to reduce emissions from new and existing installations. It will also conduct an analysis of options available to the Welsh Government, giving consideration to the policy levers at its disposal to ensure emissions from existing and new plants do not exceed the required pathway.


HyDeploy is a first-of-a-kind demonstration project within the UK gas distribution network (GDN) to prove that natural gas containing levels of hydrogen beyond those in the GS(M)R specification can be distributed and used safely & efficiently without the need for any alteration to consumer appliances, the project will take place on the UKs largest privately owned distribution network. Successful demonstration has the potential to facilitate 29 TWh pa of decarbonised heat through blending up to 20 vol% hydrogen in the UK GDN. Crucially it addresses wider consumer and regulatory barriers to the adoption of hydrogen for heat and also enables early development of the wider supply chain necessary for full conversion.

The project is being delivered by a consortium comprising of Cadent Gas, Northern Gas Networks, Keele University, the Health and Safety Laboratories, ITM Power, and Progressive Energy. Funding for HyDeploy 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. Progressive Energy is both a collaboration partner and the overall project manager.

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Bio-SNG Project

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.

Tees Valley Combined Authority

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 Project

This project was undertaken on behalf of Cadent Gas (formerly National Grid Gas Distribution) and funded under the Network Innovation Allowance programme. 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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