Is there a future for hydrogen heating?

While hydrogen itself is often the focus of debate, its use as a means to heat homes has become one of the most divisive topics in the industry. Although it most certainly is not an isolated concern, the UK can be used to portray the hydrogen for heating debate on levels transcending technicality and financial.

The potential for hydrogen heating homes has been hailed as a way to easily transition the natural gas-heated housing stock to zero-emissions. The UK in particular is a region that could significantly benefit from the method, with 20.7 million or 88% of English dwellings having a gas-fired heating system, according to the UK Government’s English Housing Survey 2020-20211.

Additionally, the need to find an alternative to natural gas-fired heating is ever increasing against the UK’s 2050 Net Zero agenda, with the heating sector accounting for almost one third of the UK’s annual carbon footprint and 17% of heating emissions from building coming from homes2.

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