Transitioning homes - and jobs - to Hydrogen

Date
29/10/2021
Our Insight
Case Study

Hydrogen is one of the many low carbon solutions that can help the UK to achieve Net Zero by 2050.

What does Enginuity’s focus on Hydrogen mean?

We can support engineers, employers, and government by using our data science, research, and expertise to identify occupations and skills that will be transferable to clean growth industries, and to a create a hydrogen-specific skills base.

At Enginuity, we recognise the need for the identification -and validation - of skills required to support the green economy at individual and industry level:

  • We are using data to determine how the current workforce can upskill or reskill.
  • We are predicting/quantifying the possible scale of change.
  • We have identified several Hydrogen-related occupations, creating the starting point for identifying transferable occupations and their related skills.

Why all the fuss about hydrogen?

When mixed with natural gas, hydrogen enters our homes through a technique called ‘blending’.

The Hydrogen Energy Association describes blending as integrating concentrations of hydrogen into existing natural gas pipelines in order to reduce the carbon intensity of the methane.

Innovations and advancements like this reduce the reliance on fossil fuels and can help us to shift our energy consumption towards a greener alternative.

A Gateshead community using hydrogen

Winlaton, in Gateshead, has 668 homes, a church, primary school, and several small businesses. It is the first community in the UK to receive a hydrogen blend via a public network.

Blending started in August 2021 and will last around ten months, with up to 20% hydrogen supplied in the gas supply.

So what? Here’s a bit of new information that will blow your mind:

If blended gas was distributed to homes and businesses across the country, it could prevent six million tonnes of carbon dioxide being released to the atmosphere every year. That’s the same as taking 2.5 million cars (around 7.9% of all cars in Great Britain!) off the roads.

Now it becomes clearer as to why this is a big deal, and the project is hugely important.

Since 1996, the Gas Appliance Directive has required all gas appliances to be tested on a blend of 23% hydrogen before they can be approved for market.

Skills transitioning from high carbon to hydrogen

Hydrogen provides an opportunity for those who have previously worked - or are currently working - in high carbon sectors to transition to support the green industrial revolution.

Many skills in the Oil & Gas industry are transferable to clean growth industries, and hydrogen will provide significant opportunities – including project management, process engineering, repurposing of infrastructure and gas safety.

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