Two webinars are being held on 2-3 March by KTN Global Alliance, on behalf of the British Consulate-General in Vancouver and the UK Science and Innovation Network in Canada and the US. The webinars will showcase hydrogen blending pilot projects in the UK, Canada and California, highlighting challenges and opportunities with regard to standards development for hydrogen blending and supporting further transatlantic collaboration in this area. The events also form part of the UK’s international engagement to build momentum towards a successful outcome at COP26, the UN climate summit that the UK will host in Glasgow in November 2021. The webinars will bring together experts from industry, academia and policy from the UK, Canada and California. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and interact using Mentimeter.
Hydrogen is expected to play a critical role in the move to a net-zero economy. However, large-scale deployment is still in its infancy and there is still much to be done before we can blend hydrogen in large volumes into gas networks and ramp up the production that is required to meet demands of the energy, transport and industry sectors.
Exciting pilot projects are being conducted and explored in the UK, Canada and US states such as California to determine the technical feasibility of blending hydrogen into existing natural gas systems. Whilst the deployment of hydrogen is in its early stages, there is increasing interest around permitting significant percentage blends of hydrogen into gas networks, which would enable the carbon intensity of gas supplies to be reduced, creating a new demand for hydrogen and, with the use of separation and purification technologies downstream, support the transportation of pure hydrogen to markets.
Gaps in codes and standards need to be addressed to enable adoption, and there may be opportunities for international collaboration and harmonisation to ensure that best practices are shared globally and to facilitate the growth of trade and export markets. There is an opportunity for the UK, Canada and US, three G7 countries, to work together and show market making leadership in key enabling regulation for the new hydrogen economy.