A green energy pilot project in the campus area has been officially implemented that will inject hydrogen into a natural gas pipeline network in proportion to heating, Keele University said Tuesday. This helps reduce the UK’s overall carbon emissions due to the “zero carbon emission” nature of hydrogen. Hydrogen is burned to generate only heat and water. The UK government-backed Green Energy project is being developed by Keele University in partnership with a number of companies and institutions.
The project’s design is to inject hydrogen at a maximum of 20 percent of the volume of natural gas pipelines in the campus area, a mixture of hydrogen that will be transported to homes and buildings on campus for heating, which ultimately reduces the carbon emissions generated by heating consumption. With this new approach, users do not have to change existing equipment and pipes.
According to reports, 83% of British households use natural gas for heating, household housing and industrial heating accounts for half of the UK’s energy consumption and a third of carbon emissions. So if the approach were rolled out across the UK, it would reduce CO2 emissions by about 6m tonnes a year, equivalent to 2.5m fewer cars on the road.
Professor Mark Omerod, of Keele University, said the project would help Keele University’s campus become a “laboratory” for low-carbon and energy-efficient technologies and could boost heating-related carbon emissions.