Oil and gas

DNV GL leads a partnership to review purity and colourant for the UK Government’s Hy4Heat programme

Gas flame

The Hy4Heat programme is a feasibility study into the use of hydrogen for heat in UK homes and businesses aimed at establishing whether it is technically possible, safe and convenient to replace methane with hydrogen in residential and commercial applications.

Hari Vamadevan, DNV GL
Hari Vamadevan, Regional Manager, UK and West Africa, DNV GL - Oil & Gas

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has appointed Arup+ as the programme management contractor for the Hy4Heat programme to manage and co-ordinate the various work packages within the programme, including work package 2 which will look specifically at hydrogen purity and flame colourization. 

DNV GL has been appointed to deliver work package 2 alongside The Health and Safety Executive Laboratory (HSL), The National Physical Laboratory (NPL), Element Energy and Loughborough University. 

This work package will comprise two distinct phases:  Phase 1 will evaluate the varying hydrogen purity levels available in the UK and the potential impacts and cost effectiveness of introducing hydrogen at these quality levels into the wider distribution network and to recommend a purity level for use by the Hy4Heat programme.  

Phase 2 will determine if there is a requirement for adding a colourant to hydrogen to ensure that safe burning and user acceptance is achieved, and to investigate the optimum solution if a colourant is required.  

Hari Vamadevan, Regional Manager, UK and West Africa, DNV GL - Oil & Gas says “DNV GL is uniquely placed to lead this work, having conducted fundamental research and thought leadership in the development of hydrogen as an energy source. DNV GL issued its first report into the use of Hydrogen in gas networks in 2007 and developed a methodology for the technology qualification of equipment and processes for hydrogen usage in the same year (called HYTREC). Since then we have initiated and supported cutting-edge research projects into Hydrogen production and use, collaborating with industrial customers, and global bodies such as the IEA and European Commission.”


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The partners involved, bring a wealth of expertise to bear on this project: 

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) Gas and Particle Metrology Group supports the UK’s energy industries with their existing and future measurement needs and has become a centre of expertise for standards for hydrogen as a fuel.  

Element Energy has worked in the hydrogen sector for more than fifteen years and has gained a deep understanding of the techno-economics of hydrogen technologies including generation, transport, storage and end-use appliances. 

Health and Safety Executive’s Laboratory (HSL) is one of the UK’s leading health and safety research facilities.   For over 15 years, HSE’s Health & Safety Laboratory has been involved in understanding and communicating the safety aspects of the emerging hydrogen energy technologies for the UK, EU and global projects. 

The Low Carbon Technology group at Loughborough University (LU) specializes in energy conversion through combustion and fuel cell technology with a focus on Hydrogen as a fuel source, additives and their effect on appliances.