First UK homes heated with hydrogen in presentation

First UK homes heated with hydrogen in presentation: The first homes have been heated utilising hydrogen gas as part of a demonstration program in Northumberland.

The HyStreet test site made up of specially-built demonstration houses, with more than 200 tests finished to research and confirm the safety of swiching homes & gas networks to hydrogen.

The project, which is part of Ofgem’s Network Innovation Competition H21, is headed by Northern Gas Networks with partners that include Cadent, Scottish Gas Networks, Wales & West Utilities, National Grid, DNV GL and the Health and Safety Executive’s science division.

H21 is showing how current natural gas networks can be repurposed to safely carry 100% hydrogen.

The first demonstration has seen Worcester Bosch & Baxi Heating install combi-boilers into the houses on HyStreet which is developed as part of the UK Government funded Hy4Heat programme, is also helping the development of hydrogen-ready gas cookers, fires & gas meters.

Tim Harwood, Northern Gas Networks’ Project Director for H21 announced: “Seeing the boilers in situ at Spadeadam is an exciting step in the journey to realising our goal of a gas network transporting 100% hydrogen to customers. The hydrogen boiler looks and feels just like the natural gas version we all have today and is just as user-friendly, showing that a transition could cause minimal disruption to customers.”

Approximately 85% of UK homes currently depend on natural gas for heating & for hot water and by repurposing the grid to use hydrogen will help decarbonise their heating without the need for lengthy changes to their current system.

Dan Allason, Head of Research and Innovation at DNV GL’s Spadeadam Research and Testing said: “Eight out of 10 homes in the UK use a gas boiler to heat their homes and provide hot water and replacing all gas boilers with electric alternatives could be extremely costly. Both of the boiler manufacturers have developed options with their hydrogen ready prototypes to assist the switch to a lower carbon alternative.

“Having these fitted to the HyStreet demonstration project at Spadeadam gives gravitas to the proof of concept and public acceptability of appliances such as these. The boilers are one of the first important steps.”

First UK homes heated with hydrogen in presentation

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