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The All Party Parliamentary Group: Hydrogen APPG : The role of hydrogen in the net zero home heating industry 

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The role of hydrogen in the net zero home heating industry 

 

There was significant interest when I shared my thoughts on the last APPG meeting appg-launching-inquiry-role-hydrogen-powering-industry so, in that spirit I thought the community may welcome some thoughts from informative session from the APPG  as the forum discussed hydrogen and the domestic heating challenge. 

 

Three quarters of us are on the gas grid and the sector represents a real route to achieving progress on the route to net zero.  The current renewable offering in that sector is through the installation of heat pumps but high up-front costs, disruption, and resistance from new house builders have not really enable heat pumps to take off in the UK. Hydrogen, with its grid capabilities, offers another route to the decarbonisation of gas and home heating in our chilly climes  

I asked about the potential conflict between the heat pump sector and hydrogen and the nuanced response may be that heat pumps may be better suited to those currently off the gas grid while hydrogen, with trials going well at Spadeadam and elsewhere may offer alternative there.  It was pleasing that some of the manufacturers who presented were involved in both the production of heat pumps and in the hydrogen economies and anticipated significant growth opportunities for both.

Key takeaways included:

1 Hydrogen ready boilers are mature and the costs difference with existing methane ones are marginal

2 By injecting and possibly ultimately replacing methane with hydrogen we can attack up 30 % of UK emissions through the 85 % gas grid ‘s domestic connectivity.

3 Heat and building strategy is in preparation.

 

Thanks should go to the APPG and their array of stimulating speakers:  

 

·       Clive Betts, Chair of the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee

·       Jeff House, Head of External Affairs, Baxi Heating 

·       Martyn Bridges, Director of Marketing and Technical Support, Worcester Bosch

·       Daniel Newport, Deputy Director, Head of Heat and Buildings Strategy, BEIS

·       Chris Train OBE, Energy Networks Association, Green Gas Champion

 

 

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