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Work package 2

Hydrogen quality standards

  • IGEM, the Institution of Gas Engineers & Managers, is reviewing the relevant standards for hydrogen

  • Purity and colourant are being considered by DNV GL

    • The draft report by DNV GL with support from NPL, HSL, Element Energy and Loughborough University makes a recommendation for a hydrogen purity level of 98%, as well as maximum levels for other likely trace components

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Further information

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24 July 2019, Hydrogen Purity Standard Presentation

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DNV GL and Element Energy presented the study on the hydrogen purity standard. The purity standard report presentation event was hosted by IGEM at its headquarters on 24 July.

The report makes a recommendation for a hydrogen purity standard to be used by manufacturers developing prototype hydrogen appliances and during their subsequent demonstration, as part of the Hy4Heat programme. The report makes a recommendation for a hydrogen purity level with the aim that it is reasonable and practicable and considers implications related to hydrogen production, the gas network and cost.   

The report covers the purity of hydrogen that is made available for the end user, including the concentration of other gases and the inclusion of odorants and colourants. It recommends a hydrogen purity level of 98%, as well as maximum levels for other likely trace components.    

The report will help to close one of the critical evidence gaps identified in work for the Hy4Heat programme, being coordinated by the Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM), to develop a hydrogen standard.  

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21 May 2019, Standards, Purity & Colourant

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DNV GL presented its work on purity and colourant at the WP4 phase 2 kick-off event.

 

20 october 2018, dnv gl contract award notice published

DNV GL has been appointed to conduct studies into the purity and colourant of hydrogen gas to inform the development of a range of hydrogen appliances and testing/certification capability as an integral part of the Hy4Heat programme.

 
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8 October 2018, IGEM appointed to develop new hydrogen standards

The Institution of Gas Engineers & Managers (IGEM) has been appointed to develop hydrogen standards for the Hy4Heat programme. IGEM will be reviewing all relevant existing standards and bringing together a group of technical specialists to identify knowledge gaps, both in the UK and internationally.

 
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15 June 2018, Hydrogen quality standards (WP2) ITT published

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BEIS intends to appoint a contractor to conduct studies into the purity and colorant of hydrogen gas to inform the development of a range of hydrogen appliances and testing /certification capability as an integral part of the Hy4Heat programme, to de-risk the use of hydrogen for heat in UK homes and businesses.

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12 March 2018, Prior information notice (PIN) published for the definition of hydrogen quality standard (WP2)

BEIS intends to appoint a contractor(s) to deliver an agreed hydrogen gas quality standard to inform the development of a range of hydrogen appliances and testing. Certification capability as an integral part of the Hy4Heat programme, to de-risk the use of hydrogen for heat in UK homes and businesses.