Hydrogen boilers are ready for your home

Currently in the UK, there are 24m homes connected to the gas grid, using fossil-gas fired boilers to heat their homes. Heating accounts for around a third of UK carbon emissions, so if we are to decarbonise the UK, we must tackle Heating ASAP to put us on the path to Net Zero.

As we know from various studies and reports, including from the Committee on Climate Change, there are no scenarios for the UK to hit Net Zero that don’t include hydrogen. That is why Cadent are working on various projects across the UK, including blending 20% hydrogen into the gas network at Keele University, and developing the Hynet project in the North West, which are based around the potential of hydrogen for delivering that decarbonised future.

But developing a hydrogen economy will take various participants, such as government, distribution networks like Cadent and appliance manufacturers like Baxi, to kick-start this nascent technological revolution. And I’m pleased to report that we are well on the way to this.

Baxi’s hydrogen boiler (pictured) is a near direct replacement for your current boiler. That means when your current boiler needs replaced you could get a hydrogen-ready boiler fitted in the same location as your current boiler, taking up a similar amount of space and running like your current fossil-gas heating system but without the carbon emissions. And with training academies across the UK, Baxi are prepared to provide hydrogen training for engineers to deliver these products.

There are significant opportunities for the UK to lead the world with hydrogen technology, but only if we move quick enough. We eagerly await the government’s Hydrogen Strategy, and in the meantime, Cadent and partners like Baxi, will continue to develop the resources required for a hydrogen future.

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Cadent is the UK’s largest gas distribution network with a 200-year legacy.  We are in a unique position to build on strong foundations whilst encouraging the curiosity to think differently and the courage to embrace change.  Day to day we continue to operate, maintain and innovate the UK’s largest gas network, transporting gas safely and protecting people in an emergency.   Our skilled engineers and specialists remain committed to the communities we serve, working day and night to ensure gas reaches 11 million homes from Cumbria to North London and the Welsh Borders to East Anglia, to keep your energy flowing. 

Future of Gas: Here at Cadent we support the Government’s plans to reach Net Zero by 2050. That means we’re backing the introduction of hydrogen as a low carbon alternative to natural gas for the future. We know people love the controllability of gas and, with our network already in place, it makes sense to switch to the lower carbon alternative offered by hydrogen, which we believe can keep homes and businesses warm for generations to come.

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