H100 Fife is a national research project led by SGN that aims to deliver a 100% Hydrogen gas network.
Central heating is responsible for up to a third of the UK’s greenhouse gas output: a challenge that must be solved if we are to meet the legally binding net-zero targets set by the UK Government and Scottish Government. Switching carbon-emitting natural gas for hydrogen, which doesn't produce carbon when it burns, is one of the ways that we can keep homes and businesses warm and safe while making ground in the fight against climate emergency.
On the east coast of Scotland, SGN’s H100 Fife project aims to lay the foundations for this change while giving residents in the local area the opportunity to be at the leading edge of the low-carbon economy.
If SGN’s proposals are approved by Ofgem, they will build a world-first hydrogen network in Levenmouth. In the project’s first phase, the network will heat around 300 local homes using clean gas produced by an electrolysis plant, powered by the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult’s nearby offshore wind turbine.
The project would be the first of its kind to employ a direct supply of clean power to produce hydrogen for domestic heating – putting Levenmouth at the forefront of the clean energy revolution.
The system will be designed and built to ensure the same high safety and reliability standards expected from the current gas system. An on-site storage unit will hold enough hydrogen to ensure supply won’t be disrupted during even the coldest weather conditions.
Plans for the project have been approved by Ofgem and pending local partner approval we'll be ready for construction to begin in 2021. We’ll keep the local communities in Buckhaven and Methil informed throughout development and customers will be invited to the hydrogen demonstration facility in 2022, ahead of the hydrogen network going live in 2023. The project will be operational for 4.5 years until March 2027.
For more information visit SGN's H100 Fife website.