The “world’s first” hydrogen-powered domestic boiler is being tested in Rozenburg, the Netherlands.
Developed by smart thermal comfort solutions manufacturer BDR Thermea Group, this groundbreaking boiler burns pure hydrogen that has been produced by wind or solar energy, without releasing any CO2.
As part of the pilot, initiated by gas network provider Stedin, the hydrogen boiler has been installed in a boiler room alongside an existing conventional natural gas boiler.
Stedin is using an existing regulator pipeline to supply the hydrogen, demonstrating that the existing gas network is suitable for carrying hydrogen.
According to BDR Thermea Group, this is the first real life situation in which pure hydrogen will be used to fuel a high efficiency condensing boiler to heat the central heating system of a residential building.
After the pilot in the Netherlands, which is being carried out by the company’s Dutch subsidiary Remeha, a larger scale field trial will be held in the UK.
“The development of a hydrogen boiler is part of BDR Thermea Group’s solutions for decarbonising heating,” said Bertrand Schmitt, CEO of BDR Thermea Group.
“We currently offer a range of technologies, such as high efficiency gas boilers, heat pumps and heat networks, and now also hydrogen boilers and fuel cells. Sustainably produced hydrogen is an important, potentially very interesting energy carrier for the future.”
“Power to gas (hydrogen) is an unavoidable and necessary technology if we want to store sustainably generated energy over a longer period of time, as abundant wind and solar energy is not always immediately available at times of greatest need, such as during the winter.”
“With the new hydrogen boiler, along with our fuel cell appliances, we are firmly committed to making the built environment more sustainable.”
In this project, Stedin and its partners are considering the entire chain of the future: the production, distribution and conversion of hydrogen, with the ultimate aim of providing zero-carbon comfort.