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Thursday, September 21, 2017

New Northern Gas Networks laboratory could launch green energy solutions

Northern Gas Networks (NGN) has stepped up efforts to wean the UK off fossil fuels by launching a new research and development facility in Gateshead.

The laboratory, which has been developed in partnership with Northern Powergrid and Newcastle University, will allow businesses to test ideas for green energy solutions under conditions which mimic real homes. It bills itself as the country's first test centre for integrated energy system technology - systems which work out how different sources of energy can work together to maximise effectiveness.

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The centre, called Integrel, will also carry out research into battery storage and the use of hydrogen as an energy source. Teams of academics and engineers will work to find new ways of dealing with reducing the carbon output of energy storage and transport, with a principal aim of working towards the most affordable and practical solution for customers, it said.

NGN said the new project was part of its bid to develop a zero-carbon energy network in order to save its customers money and reduce reliance on fossil fuels such as coal and gas. Mark Horsley, chief executive of NGN, said: "We have been working on our energy future project for a number of years, and this is a big breakthrough. Fully integrated energy systems that combine electricity, gas and renewables to power heating, lighting and transport can help to reduce the use of primary energy, cut costs and increase the reliability of our energy networks."

Read the full story at The Telegraph