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Dominion Energy Ohio Starts Hydrogen Blending Pilot

Dominion Energy Ohio (DEO) held a ribbon cutting on May 19th, to signify the launch of its hydrogen blending pilot in Boston Heights, Ohio. The start of the pilot is part of Dominion Energy’s vision to become the most sustainable energy company in America. This is the second of three pilots taking place companywide. The other two are in North Carolina and Utah.

The blending at Dominion Energy’s Boston Heights Ohio Technical Training Center is the first step in the pilot project. This first phase will focus on blending hydrogen in a closed loop system at the utility's training center to confirm current hydrogen research. A 5% hydrogen blend will be tested throughout the year to determine if hydrogen use is safe, compatible with current residential appliances and helpful in reducing emissions from appliances using already clean-burning natural gas. 

Dominion Energy is working hard on long-term solutions to reduce emissions, while safely delivering reliable and affordable energy to our customers. Hydrogen is rising to the forefront as a readily available clean energy source. Our investment in this innovative technology will help us achieve our net zero goals, while assisting other industries with lowering their overall emissions, such as transportation and manufacturing,” said Dan Weekley, President and General Manager, Dominion Energy Ohio.

After Dominion Energy completes the test in Boston Heights, the next phase of testing will begin, which may involve blending in a small (residential/commercial) modernized system over a multi-year period. This will reinforce the findings from the pilot and help Dominion Energy Ohio achieve its goal of preparing its entire distribution system to be ready to blend by 2030.

Hydrogen is a clean emerging energy source that holds enormous potential. It can be used to heat homes and buildings, power manufacturing and fuel transportation – all with few or zero emissions. When combined with natural gas, hydrogen can be transported through existing infrastructure and used in appliances and equipment that are already using natural gas.

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