Making essential steps towards a hydrogen fuelled future
Last year, the UK committed to a target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050. A bold target that needs new technology and industry changes across a number of sectors. Steps are already being taken, for example in transport, where electric and hybrid cars are more common and accessible.
Removing carbon from the heating and hot water industry is proving much more difficult. With a third of UK greenhouse gases coming from our homes, it is clear that the UK will not meet its climate change targets without a revolution in home heating. Something that we at Worcester Bosch have been working on over the last few years.
Now, at the turn of the decade, we are proud to reveal a UK first – a fully functional boiler system that runs on 100% pure hydrogen gas.
The only by-product of burning hydrogen gas is water, which is why we believe this has the potential to be one of the main solutions that could help decarbonise heating and hot water in UK homes.
The prototype has been designed to also run effectively on natural gas. This means that in the future if hydrogen gas becomes reality, those who have a ‘hydrogen-ready’ boiler can simply convert to hydrogen without the need for an entirely new heating system.
The development of hydrogen-fired boilers will mean the millions of heating systems that will already be installed can be utilised rather than replaced. We are proud to be at the forefront of this exciting new technology.
We’ve been in the news too!
New research released during Gas Safety Week finds that over half of Brits are open to owning a hydrogen boiler – but despite 90% knowing they are more sustainable than existing natural gas units, most would rather someone else try one first.
We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded a Which? endorsement for the twelfth consecutive year, with our gas and oil boiler ranges being ‘Top Rated’ in the industry.
Worcester Bosch has joined as a partner to the ‘Sustainable Homes and Buildings Coalition’. Run by the NatWest Group, the coalition looks to improve UK buildings energy efficiency, and to address the key blockers to meeting net zero in the UK buildings environment.