Hydrogen heating trials shelved

Warmth pump producer Kensa says that hydrogen conversations excellent web in the manner

Warmth pump producer Kensa says that hydrogen conversations excellent web in the manner

The authorities has withdrawn its provide of grant funding to gas distribution companies to prepare a pilot ‘hydrogen town’ heating mission by 2030.

This follows consideration of the manner forward for the work in light of the resolution in December 2023 no longer to proceed with the hydrogen village trial in Redcar.

In an update the day before these days, the authorities said: “We predict about that low carbon hydrogen can even fair luxuriate in a role to play in warmth decarbonisation, alongside warmth pumps and warmth networks, however in slower time in some locations. We belief to preserve shut a resolution in 2026 on whether, and if that is the case how, hydrogen will contribute to heating decarbonisation.

“We are going to assess evidence from our wider learn programme, the neighbourhood trial in Fife and identical schemes at some level of Europe, to preserve shut this resolution.”

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With heating in constructions accounting for greater than 20% of national carbon emissions, the authorities is enthusiastic to advertise low carbon picks to oil and gas however uncertainty surrounding hydrogen is pushing it against warmth pumps as its hottest long-duration of time resolution.

James Standley, chief know-how officer of warmth pump producer Kensa Community, said: “Halting the growth of a hydrogen village is extra recognition that the know-how has no main role to play in future dwelling heating. Every academic seek on the sector, the economics and the physics demonstrates this, and the authorities must aloof now preserve shut the following logical step and rule out hydrogen heating for one thing else diversified than a puny choice of very particular cases.

“It’s definite that the finest and quickest manner to have tidy warmth while making certain the finest outcomes for shoppers will probably be thru electrification, whether that’s the usage of warmth pumps or warmth networks. The longer hydrogen stays phase of the dialog, the extra the transition will probably be delayed, hampering the rate at which these already confirmed applied sciences are rolled out.”

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