Firm seeks world first with hydrogen gas for homes

Firm seeks world first with hydrogen gas for homes

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The world’s first fully renewable hydrogen network for homes could be built in Scotland if permission is given by the energy regulator.

SGN says it has asked Ofgem if it can build the H100 Fife facility to serve 300 homes at Levenmouth with the option to expand further.

The hydrogen would replace natural gas as a green alternative for heating and cooking.

The company hopes to have it operational within about three years.

Offshore wind would be used to generate the electricity required to create the hydrogen from water through a process called electrolysis.

New pipes will be laid alongside 1,000 properties, meaning home owners would have the choice of receiving their existing gas supply or the hydrogen alternative.

SGN says it does not believe the Covid-19 pandemic will delay work, with construction expected to begin in early 2021.

The first homes could be heated from hydrogen “within two to three years.”

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