UK boiler manufacturer Worcester Bosch has unveiled a boiler that can run on 100% hydrogen gas – an innovation that could revolutionise the decarbonisation of heating and hot water.
Last year the UK committed to a target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050, a bold target that requires new technology and industry changes across a number of sectors.
Steps are already being taken, for example in transport, where electric and hybrid cars have become more common and accessible.
But for the heating and hot water industry, removing carbon is proving much more difficult.
With a third of UK greenhouse gases coming from homes, it is quite clear that the UK will not meet its climate change targets without a change in home heating technology and fuel.
Over the last few years, Worcester Bosch has been developing a prototype boiler that can run on 100% hydrogen gas.
The only by-product of burning hydrogen gas is water, meaning that it is a carbon free fuel source and could be one of the main solutions that helps decarbonise heating and hot water in UK homes.
The prototype has been designed to also run effectively on natural gas. This means that in the future if hydrogen gas becomes reality, those who have a ‘hydrogen-ready’ boiler can simply convert to hydrogen without the need for an entirely new heating system.
Martyn Bridges, Director of Technical Communication and Product Management at Worcester Bosch, said, “The development of hydrogen-fired boilers will mean millions of existing heating systems in our homes can be saved, rather than the entire system needing to be replaced.”
“Our research and development team here at Worcester have worked tirelessly over the last three years to try and find a viable solution to decarbonising UK heating, and ensure we are able to provide hydrogen boilers to BEIS (the Government Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) this year.”
“We are proud to be at the forefront of this exciting new technology.”