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The H21 NIC project will deliver its Phase One report this summer, forming a crucial part of the critical safety evidence picture proving a 100% hydrogen gas network is as safe as the natural gas network heating our homes today.

Led by Northern Gas Networks, in partnership with Cadent, Wales & West Utilities and SGN,  this £10 million Ofgem Network Innovation Competition-funded project has involved a two-year programme of asset collection and testing. at a bespoke facility at the Health and Safety Executive’s base in Buxton, and at DNV GL’s specialist rig in Spadeadam, Cumbria.

It’s also incorporated a social sciences research workstream in partnership with Leeds Beckett University, exploring customer perceptions of this greener gas and the public’s views on its future use.

As the UK works towards Net Zero emissions by 2050, in November 2019, H21 was awarded a further £6.8 million in Ofgem NIC funding for Phase Two, which is due to start in March 2020.

Watch our film to learn more about the progress achieved over the last 12 months.