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RGC began to study the impacts of hydrogen on installed household gas appliances

07/ 04/ 2021
  31 March 2021 Zhytomyr. RGC experts in collaboration with the scientists from the Gas Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (NASU) began firing tests of various hydrogen mixtures on household gas appliances at a special test site in Zhytomyr region. Similar experiments will also be carried out at the test site in Ivano-Frankivsk region. Tests of various concentrations of hydrogen will be carried out on about 30 most common models of household gas appliances: boilers, gas stoves and water heaters. Test results are necessary for the safe and efficient use of new types of energy. The tests themselves are taking place as a part of Phase II of RGC hydrogen project. RGC experts and the scientists of the Gas Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine will carry out dynamic studies of the impact of gas-hydrogen mixtures on household gas appliances in real controlled conditions. This project involves all five special RGC test sites: aside from Zhytomyr region, they are located in Volyn, Dnipropetrovsk, Ivano-Frankivsk and Kharkiv regions.  These tests are unique in a way that the conditions of hydrogen use at the special RGC test sites are as close to the real life as possible. To that end, we brought to test sites used gas stoves and boilers of the models, which are the most often used in Ukraine. During the research, the hydrogen concentration will be incrementally increased from 5% to 10%, 20%, 30% and, finally, to 50%. With the help of devices, experts will collect information about changes in the efficiency of gas equipment and carbon dioxide emissions. The priority of our project is to guarantee the safety of the new types of energy. It is for this reason that our experiments are testing the practical application. We need to develop the technical policy to redesign the entire gas system so that Ukraine could enjoy all the strengths that European Green Deal is to offer, said Stanislav Kazda, hydrogen project manager and director of strategic planning at RGC. One might recall that Phase I of the RGC hydrogen project began on 6 August 2020 at the same test site in the Zhytomyr region. At that time, a mixture of 99% hydrogen was injected into an isolated gas system, which was a model of existing gas networks in terms of configuration and materials. Similar experiments were carried out at other special RGC test sites. Field tests at RGC test sites will last until mid-2022. Results of these tests, as well as data from laboratory studies by NASU and other research centers will allow to develop a technical policy for the upgrade of gas distribution networks in Ukraine within the frameworks of getting ready for the transformation of the energy sector associated with European Green Deal initiatives. In October of 2020, RGC joined the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance, which operates under the auspices of the European Commission. Note. RGC is a service company that develops innovative and integrated solutions for the energy sector intended to improve the quality of customer service, modernization of the industry and implementation of European standards by DSOs. RGC brand brings together 20 gas distribution companies (DSOs) that maintain 250,000 km of gas pipelines and supply gas to 8 million customers.

31 March 2021 Zhytomyr. RGC experts in collaboration with the scientists from the Gas Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (NASU) began firing tests of various hydrogen mixtures on household gas appliances at a special test site in Zhytomyr region. Similar experiments will also be carried out at the test site in Ivano-Frankivsk region.

Tests of various concentrations of hydrogen will be carried out on about 30 most common models of household gas appliances: boilers, gas stoves and water heaters. Test results are necessary for the safe and efficient use of new types of energy. The tests themselves are taking place as a part of Phase II of RGC hydrogen project.

RGC experts and the scientists of the Gas Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine will carry out dynamic studies of the impact of gas-hydrogen mixtures on household gas appliances in real controlled conditions. This project involves all five special RGC test sites: aside from Zhytomyr region, they are located in Volyn, Dnipropetrovsk, Ivano-Frankivsk and Kharkiv regions. 

These tests are unique in a way that the conditions of hydrogen use at the special RGC test sites are as close to the real life as possible. To that end, we brought to test sites used gas stoves and boilers of the models, which are the most often used in Ukraine.

During the research, the hydrogen concentration will be incrementally increased from 5% to 10%, 20%, 30% and, finally, to 50%. With the help of devices, experts will collect information about changes in the efficiency of gas equipment and carbon dioxide emissions.

“The priority of our project is to guarantee the safety of the new types of energy. It is for this reason that our experiments are testing the practical application. We need to develop the technical policy to redesign the entire gas system so that Ukraine could enjoy all the strengths that European Green Deal is to offer,” said Stanislav Kazda, hydrogen project manager and director of strategic planning at RGC.

One might recall that Phase I of the RGC hydrogen project began on 6 August 2020 at the same test site in the Zhytomyr region. At that time, a mixture of 99% hydrogen was injected into an isolated gas system, which was a model of existing gas networks in terms of configuration and materials. Similar experiments were carried out at other special RGC test sites.

Field tests at RGC test sites will last until mid-2022. Results of these tests, as well as data from laboratory studies by NASU and other research centers will allow to develop a technical policy for the upgrade of gas distribution networks in Ukraine within the frameworks of getting ready for the transformation of the energy sector associated with European Green Deal initiatives.

In October of 2020, RGC joined the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance, which operates under the auspices of the European Commission.

Note. RGC is a service company that develops innovative and integrated solutions for the energy sector intended to improve the quality of customer service, modernization of the industry and implementation of European standards by DSOs. RGC brand brings together 20 gas distribution companies (DSOs) that maintain 250,000 km of gas pipelines and supply gas to 8 million customers.

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