The first UK houses where appliances are fuelled by hydrogen are due to be opened by April. Authorities are hoping that buildings will offer the public with a hint into the potential future home. The main aim of the plan is to develop a town heated by hydrogen gas entirely by the end of this decade.
The UK government’s Hy4Heat program is funding around £250,000 into the project to develop the two semi-detached properties. This project will also get funding from two companies Cadent and Northern Gas Networks.
The idea behind this project development is to highlight how hydrogen can replace fossil fuel and natural gas in a house or any domestic setting.
Public will be allowed to visit the buildings to see how appliances are fuelled by hydrogen.
“Unlike natural gas, which is responsible for over 30% of the UK’s carbon emissions, hydrogen produces no carbon at the point of use, with the only by-product being water,” the government said.
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Hydrogen gas is also described as a versatile energy carrier by international energy agency. It has many applications and can be deployed in many sectors like transport and industry.
This gas can be produced using electrolysis that splits water into hydrogen and oxygen. The gas used at homes in Gateshead will come in bottled form.
This project is an initiative to de-carbonize the UK. PM Boris Johnson released details of the “green industrial revolution”.
The main aim of the plan is to develop a town heated by hydrogen gas entirely by the end of this decade. This is not the only project focused on using hydrogen gas in UK.
Last November, Energy regulator Ofgem also announced funding of £18 million for a Scotland-based scheme focused on using green hydrogen for heating homes. Scottish government also announced funding of £6.9 million for H100 Fife project.
In a statement at the time, SGN, a firm responsible for the gas network in Scotland and the south of England, described the initiative as a “100% hydrogen demonstration network … that will bring carbon-free heating and cooking to around 300 homes from the end of 2022.”
Over in the U.S., last December saw the Southern California Gas Co. announce plans to build its “H2 Hydrogen Home.”
In a statement at the time, the firm described the project as a “first of its kind” for the U.S. and said it would consist of “a home, solar panels, a home battery, an electrolyzer to convert solar energy into clean hydrogen, and a fuel cell to convert that hydrogen back to electricity.”
In addition, the home — which is due to be completed by the end of this year — will use a blend of hydrogen and natural gas to run its appliances.