UK gets first hydrogen calibration facility

UK gets first hydrogen calibration facility


United Kingdom TÜV SÜD has unveiled the UK’s first traceable hydrogen flow calibration facility for domestic gas meters.

The new facility will help meter manufacturers determine if existing meter stock, and new technologies under development, are correctly measuring hydrogen flow rates. This is a crucial step to ensure that hydrogen gas meters deployed onto the market in the future will deliver accurate measurements for customer billing and taxation purposes.

Marc MacDonald, Head of Clean Fuels at TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory, said: “Accurate measurement is an essential element to enable the decarbonisation of heat via the replacement of natural gas with hydrogen in the grid.”

New facility supports research

Funded by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), through the National Measurement System mechanism, the new facility will initially support ongoing hydrogen feasibility and metrology research, including HyDeploy, the European Metrology Programme for Innovation and Research (EMPIR), and the UK Flow Programme.

Although the new facility was originally developed for testing domestic gas meters, other meter types including Coriolis, turbine and differential pressure can also be calibrated. Hydrogen flow meter manufacturers will also be able to use the facility for their own R&D purposes.