£25m project to explore potential for using hydrogen to heat UK homes underway


Multinational engineering and design firm Arup is leading a UK government project examining the feasibility of phasing out the use of natural gas for domestic use by converting homes to hydrogen (H2).

The £25m ($32.7m) Hydrogen for Heat Programme, commissioned by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), will look at the feasibility of converting a small village or estate to replace natural gas with H2 for cooking and heating. The Arup-led consortium, including H2 specialists Kiwa Gastec, will explore the practicalities of using the zero-carbon gas in homes and will facilitate the design and manufacture of new appliances such as fires, cookers and boilers, for both domestic and commercial use.

Expected to run until March 2021, the project will explore public attitudes to changing to H2. Ultimately the project will have laid all the ground work for the demonstration of a pilot project in a village or small town.

Claire Perry (left), UK’s Climate Change Minister, said the Clean Growth Strategy sets out how they intend to reduce carbon emissions from homes across the country.

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