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Centrica and HiiROC to inject hydrogen at UK gas-fired power plant

  • 1 year, 8 months ago (2022-10-25)
  • David Flin
Europe 1072 Gas 382 Hydrogen 57

Centrica is planning to inject hydrogen into its 49 MW gas-fired Brigg peaking plant in Lincolnshire, UK, as part of a trial to understand the role of hydrogen in power production.

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The 12-month trial, which will be headed by HiiROC , is scheduled to start in Q3 2023, will initially start with a 3 per cent hydrogen gas mix, incrementally being expanded to 20 per cent. It is hoped that the HiiROC trial will pave the way to see the move to 100 per cent hydrogen.

According to HiiROC, its technology converts biomethane, flare gas, or natural gas into hydrogen and carbon black through a thermal plasma electrolysis process, resulting in low carbon or potentially negative carbon hydrogen.

The project is being part funded by a grant from the Net Zero Technology Centre (NZTC).

Tim Davies, CEO of HiiROC, said: “This exciting project with Centrica and the NZTC at the Brigg facility will be a first step on the journey to enable the decarbonisation of gas peaking plants. With the continued and crucial rollout of renewable energy generation, intermittency of power supply is a key issue, and the programme we are developing with Centrica will explore routes to address intermittency without generating carbon dioxide emissions.”