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UK based offshore wind & hydrogen corporate advisor and trainer; Faculty member World Hydrogen Leaders. Delivering global hydrogen and offshore wind corporate investment advice, business...

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  • Jul 16, 2021

The UK’s first homes with appliances fuelled entirely by hydrogen have been officially opened by Anne-Marie Trevelyan, the UK Energy Minister. 

For the first time, the hydrogen house will give members of the public a glimpse into a hydrogen-fuelled future, enabling the interaction with a range of hydrogen-fed appliances including boilers, hobs, cookers, fires and a barbeque.

The appliances will be rotated so that different manufacturers will be able to showcase innovations and seek feedback from users.

Hydrogen boilers have already been developed by leading manufacturers Baxi Heating and Worcester Bosch with prototypes of fires, cookers and hobs also available from partners working with BEWIS on the Hy4Heat projects.

The hydrogen homes will be made available for various groups to visit from schools, colleges, and universities with the aim of educating children and young adults about the energy requirements of houses and how these will be met in the future.

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Matt Chester on Jul 16, 2021

Great to see-- so many people need to see/experience such a new solution like this with their own eyes before considering supporting it. 

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Bob Meinetz on Jul 16, 2021

Why would anyone want to build a home powered by hydrogen, Charley? As you know, most hydrogen is made from natural gas, and using it to power a home creates even more CO2 emissions than using the natural gas it's made from!

But maybe that's the point, to pretend hydrogen is cleaner so oil companies can sell as much methane as possible. It would certainly make sense from their point of view, though it would terrible for climate change.

What do you think?

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Matt Chester on Jul 16, 2021

Where's the hockey puck going though? Producing hydrogen with clean energy is being heavily invested in-- whether by overbuilt renewables, by nuclear co-location, or otherwise. But There's the chicken/egg situation (that I think mirrors EV purchases & chargers in a way): will there be a demand for that clean hydrogen without testing and building out the first buildings heated with hydrogen? Will there be homes who want to go to heating with hydrogen before clean energy produced hydrogen is available? There's got to be movement to kick that off-- so programs like this testing/demonstrating the viability can increase the momentum towards the hydrogen production in cleaner and more cost effective ways. 

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Bob Meinetz on Jul 17, 2021

"Producing hydrogen with clean energy is being heavily invested in-- whether by overbuilt renewables, by nuclear co-location, or otherwise."

You know this because...someone is willing to take your money and say he's investing it in green hydrogen?

Matt, total verifiable worldwide production of green hydrogen is currently 130 tonnes per year. Nothing - a blip on the radar. All plans for the future are hype, to the purpose of developing a hydrogen market and infrastructure for dirty hydrogen made from methane.
Making hydrogen from methane costs a fraction of what it does from renewable electrolysis, and you really believe Shell and other oil companies will make it from water, using electricity from wind turbines? To help the environment, while losing money, when it's impossible to tell the difference?
No, Matt, that's not how big business works, and by buying into Shell's lie now you're only making it harder to reverse course years from now.

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