Energy storage and clean fuel company ITM Power has announced that Shell Research and National Grid have joined the Hydrogen Gas Inject feasibility study.
The study is part funded by the Technology Strategy Board under its Smart Power Distribution and Demand competition.
The ITM Power lead project aims to investigate the technical, financial and operational feasibility of injecting hydrogen gas, generated from electrolysis fed from excess renewables, into the UK gas networks.
The project includes preliminary logistical research, system research, creation of a generation model and the simulation of hydrogen production at a single wind farm.
ITM Power CEO Dr Graham Cooley commented: “Having both Shell and National Grid contributing to this project will provide a significant level of industry expertise and we are delighted to be working with these highly respected organisations.”
Injection of hydrogen produced by electrolysis into the gas grid is a way of storing energy from the electricity grid by exporting it to the gas grid.
Mediating between the two major energy grids is a large scale energy storage method for assimilating intermittent renewable generation.
This approach is a major pathway for assisting the continued integration of renewable power whilst reducing the cost of T&D reinforcement and reducing consumption of natural gas.