H100 Fife is SGN’s pioneering plan for a world-first green hydrogen heating 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 the climate emergency.
On the east coast of Scotland, 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 the proposals are approved by Ofgem, SGN 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.
Clean energy combination
The emergence of offshore wind power as a large-scale source of clean energy is a key part of the hydrogen growth puzzle. It provides the scale necessary to generate large amounts of clean power needed for electrolysis – the process that creates hydrogen.
When powered by renewable energy, the generation and burning of hydrogen produces almost no carbon, making it the most effective, scalable way of providing heating while fighting climate change. It’s a clean energy combination that could put Scotland and the UK on track to hit net zero by 2045 and 2050 – and it all starts here, in Levenmouth.
Find out more about the project here.
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