Four projects are to share £46.8 million of funding to test technology to create smarter energy grids.


Cadent will receive cash for further tests on the blending of hydrogen with the natural gas supplied to homes and businesses.


UK Power Networks and SP Energy Networks will each be given funding to investigate charging patterns and locations for electric vehicles.


National Grid, in its role as the electricity system operator, will look at ways to enhance security of supply.


Cash from price controls


The Network Innovation Competition funding comes from the price controls that Ofgem sets for network companies.


Jonathan Brearley, Ofgem’s Executive Director for Systems and Networks, said: “Millions of us will be driving electric vehicles in future.


“There is also significant potential for using hydrogen blended gas to help decarbonise how we heat the country’s homes and businesses.”


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