Dominion Energy held a ribbon cutting last week to launch a hydrogen blending pilot in Boston Heights, Ohio.

While this pilot will focus on hydrogen use in homes and businesses, Dominion Energy is also focused on hydrogen blending to help decarbonize power generation, as well as manufacturing and transportation. This is the second of three pilots taking place companywide, with the other two in North Carolina and Utah.

At Dominion Energy’s Boston Heights Ohio Technical Training Center, the utility plans to test a 5% hydrogen blend to determine if hydrogen use is safe and compatible with natural gas-burning residential appliances. The next phase of testing may involve blending in a small (residential/commercial) modernized system over a multi-year period.

Dominion Energy Ohio hopes to prepare its entire distribution system to be hydrogen-ready by 2030.

In power generation, fuels like hydrogen and ammonia can be used in gas turbines for decarbonization and to increase power system flexibility. Hydrogen produces zero carbon emissions when combusted as a fuel source for electric generation.

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