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#H2Explainer: How are boiler manufacturers testing hydrogen-ready products?

23 June 2021

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Ed Gill

Communications Lead, Gas Goes Green

Energy Networks Association

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Jeff House, from Baxi Heating, explains how his company is working with gas network companies to test hydrogen-ready boilers, so they can be used to reduce our household heating, hot water and cooking emissions.

The UK’s first public showcase, demonstrating the use of 100% hydrogen fuelled appliances for heating and cooking, is being built at Northern Gas Network’s Low Thornley site, near Gateshead.  It signals a clear step in the progression of hydrogen technology for heating UK homes.  The innovative semi-detached properties are being built in partnership with the Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and gas distribution network company Cadent.

The modular homes will feature prototypes of hydrogen-fuelled fires, cookers and hobs, as well as a Baxi 100% hydrogen boiler for heating and hot water. The appliances will be installed by partners working with BEIS on the Hy4Heat project.

This real-world demonstration of the technology marks a step change for the progression of hydrogen ‘from lab to field’, as more appliances are installed in trial projects across the UK and Europe. These trials replicate real life situations allowing not only demonstration of the technology but also valuable running data from the field.

Baxi has already been involved in a number of trials including ‘HyStreet’ in Cumbria, where hydrogen boilers were installed in specially built demonstration houses, to enable tests and research to prove the safety of converting homes and gas networks to hydrogen fuel. 

Karen Boswell, Managing Director at Baxi Heating UK and Ireland, said: “We are hugely proud to be a part of another ground-breaking hydrogen heating project and remain at the forefront of low carbon development.

“Baxi Heating’s innovation and expertise with hydrogen technology, from lab research to participation in real-world trials, forms a key part of our commitment to a sustainable heating future. We are thrilled that this development will be used as a benchmark to educate the next generation in how we can provide clean, green energy to the homes of the future.”

For more information visit baxiheating.co.uk/the-future-of-heat

Notes to editors

Gas Goes Green #H2Explainers are a series of blogs setting all the key information you need to know about how Britain’s gas networks are working to deliver hydrogen to our homes, as part of our 'Tomorrow's Heat, Today's Opportunity' campaign. Check out the ENA Newsroom to find other articles and updates from both gas and electricity network companies.

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Press contacts

Ed Gill

Communications Lead, Gas Goes Green

Energy Networks Association

+44 (0)7792 220 974

[email protected]

ENA press office

+44 (0)7792 220 974
[email protected]