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UK's National Grid Gets Funding for Innovation Projects

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Britain's National Grid Gas Transmission and National Grid Electricity Transmission have been granted £1.5m ($2m) from regulator Ofgem’s Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) for 13 innovation projects

These projects include innovative uses of hydrogen in the gas national transmission system and using satellite data analytics to further increase resilience of electricity network to the impacts of climate change.

National Grid Gas Transmission has been granted £1.1m ($1.47m) funding for 10 projects, advancing work investigating the use of hydrogen in the national gas system and further unlocking gas’s role as a key enabler in the transition to net zero.

National Grid Electricity Transmission has been awarded £400k ($535K) for three projects that will help develop a net zero electricity network – including replacing greenhouse gas SF6 with a low carbon alternative as well as utilizing satellite data analytics to future proof against the impacts of climate change.

These projects, led by National Grid’s innovation teams, are part of the group’s work enabling a cleaner energy system – facilitating a fully decarbonized and flexible electricity grid through connecting increased levels of renewable power, and enabling the decarbonization of gas through investing in a range of solutions like renewable natural gas and blending hydrogen in our network.

Antony Green, National Grid Gas Transmission’s Hydrogen Director said, ““I’m delighted that we have received funding for 10 projects. These will all help demonstrate how we will transition from the National Transmission System of today to the gas network of the future.”

Alexander Yanushkevich, National Grid Electricity Transmission’s Innovation Manager said, “These ambitious, innovative projects have the potential to shape the future electricity network, accelerating the transition to net zero at the same time as delivering significant benefits to consumers. The most successful of the feasibility study projects can go on to receive further funding and we look forward to taking each project forward and helping these new technologies become a reality.”

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