Hydrogen town trial shelved until after 2026 as UK rethinks heating decarbonisation

A hydrogen heating town pilot trial will not be carried out until after a 2026 decision on the role of hydrogen in decarbonising heat, the UK Government has announced.

In 2022 the government had invited four gas distribution networks to submit applications for funding to develop plans for how a hydrogen heating roll-out might take place.

Intended to provide further information on the practicalities of using hydrogen for heating, inform policy decisions and contribute to the development of plans for a hydrogen-heated town by 2030, the government said it received applications from all four networks.

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