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Update: 13 October  2021

Facilitating Clean Growth

As the world works towards its ambitious net-zero targets, it is important that we have the relevant guidance, standards and infrastructure available to meet these needs. Aligned with the UK Industrial Strategy and several of the key challenges identified within, TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory has been working on several projects with partners from all over the world, to facilitate the energy transition.

Our Clean Fuels team worked on the Metrology for Hydrogen Vehicles (MetroHyVe) project, in collaboration with partners from across Europe. This project aimed to facilitate the uptake of hydrogen vehicles through solving the current measurement challenges associated with hydrogen vehicle refuelling in order to meet legislative requirements. NEL is now participating in the follow-on project, MetroHyVe 2, and a number of reports from both projects are available to freely download from the project website.

As part of the EMPIR NEWGASMET project launched in June 2019, our Clean Fuels team are collaborating with partners to investigate the accuracy of gas flow meter measurements made using commercially available meters already validated for use with natural gas. The purpose of this project is to produce SI-traceable type testing and verification procedures which can be used to demonstrate flow meter accuracy and durability for compliance with the EU Measuring Instruments Directive. To support this important research NEL has developed a purpose-built Domestic Gas Metering Facility for flow testing of meters in hydrogen and hydrogen/natural gas blends. 

The European Metrology Network (EMN) for Energy Gases provides measurement science expertise to society and industry, bridging the gap between research and end-user. As a leading partner, we took part in the European Energy Gas Workshop to discuss and prioritise future energy gas measurement challenges, as Europe moves towards decarbonised energy systems. This workshop highlighted the importance of the MetroHyVe and NEWGASMET projects in finding solutions which can drive growth in the clean fuels sector, both for domestic heating and for transport use.

The use of natural gas as a primary energy source represents a major challenge to meet net-zero ambitions. Decarbonisation of the gas grids is a possible solution, alongside electrification, to meet the need for a green energy future. To meet this need, two new EMPIR projects have recently launched in June 2021:

1) NEL is leading partners in the large scale Metrology for Decarbonising the Gas Grid (DeCArb) project, which aims to tackle four measurement challenges that the gas industry need to solve before they can decarbonise the gas grid through the introduction of biomethane, hydrogen-enriched natural gas, 100% hydrogen, and carbon capture and storage (CCS). The project will cover the priority challenges within flow metering, gas composition, physical properties and safety (including monitoring of gas leaks).

2) NEL is also a partner in the project Metrology Infrastructure for High-Pressure Gas and Liquefied Hydrogen Flows (MetHyInfra), which targets challenges currently faced by the hydrogen industry, promoting growth in several sectors. The aim of this project is to ensure measurement traceability in the hydrogen distribution chain. 

As experts in CCUS and the role that flow measurement will play in a future CCUS economy, NEL was recently commissioned to prepare a report on behalf of the Flow Measurement Special Interest Group (FMSIG) of the Institute of Measurement and Control (InstMC). The purpose of this report was to provide evidence-based documentation of the role that flow measurement will play in enabling CCUS in terms of underpinning trade, consumer protection and confidence and taxation. In addition, an assessment on the current traceability chain for CCUS and future traceability needs in the UK and other leading nations was included. The report can be downloaded here.

Within the energy transition to clean fuels, new measurement challenges are appearing, many of which are related to the use of hydrogen as an energy vector, or in the supporting CCUS operations,” commented Head of Hydrogen, Marc MacDonald. “As the UK's Designated Institute for Flow Measurement, we continue to develop our capabilities to provide the measurement traceability for both hydrogen and carbon dioxide. This will have an enabling role in the energy transition as the suitability of new measurement technologies and compliance with regulations need to be demonstrated."

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