Say Hy to Hydrogen Trials
As we move closer to net zero 2050, hydrogen can play a major role in the future of home heating.
There are several trials underway or about to take place across the UK as the country continues to cement its position as a leader in this technology.
These can be split into two types: blended and 100% hydrogen. We’re proud to be involved in the majority of them.
Hydrogen Blend Ready Trials
Blended trials are a mix of hydrogen and natural gas and these are well underway.
Keele University, Staffordshire
Around 150 boilers have been running up to a 20% hydrogen blend for around 18 months. This is nearing completion and there have been no issues with heating systems or cooking appliances.
A sign hydrogen is becoming more established, the next trial consists of 670 occupied homes.
These homes will be converted to a 20%/80% hydrogen/natural gas blend initially for 10 months. This is a significant step as it shows how there is more confidence in the technology as it is considered safe to test in the domestic market.
100% Hydrogen Trials
Another trial is the Hy4Heat programme which includes 100% hydrogen boilers running in specially-built demonstration houses.
The site has already completed over 200 tests, researching and proving the safety of converting homes and gas networks to hydrogen.
Hy4Heat also recently saw our hydrogen boiler commissioned at the semi-detached house built especially for the hydrogen economy in Gateshead. The project has heating, hot water, cooking and gas fires situated in purpose-built properties.
This is a joint project between Northern Gas Networks, the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Cadent - exciting proof of the UK’s commitment to hydrogen.
There is a 300-home trial in Fife which should have seen its show home open in April. In around 2022 the remainder will be converted to hydrogen from natural gas to run appliances.
SGN is delivering a trial which will see 300 homes in Fife connected to a 100% hydrogen gas network. A hydrogen demonstration facility with show homes will be launching in 2022 to support the customer engagement. Customers in the area will have the choice to opt-in for a hydrogen gas supply or remain with their existing natural gas supply, with the aim of having all 300 connected in 2023.
HyNet, North West England
Finally, there is the HyNet programme, which although not specific to boilers, does include heating homes as one of its key focuses. This is alongside hydrogen production, transportation and manufacturing.
All trials are working towards one goal: gathering and building evidence, as well as confirming what we know already, to help increase confidence in hydrogen as a technology. All will help form government policy in this area.