The developers behind plans for hydrogen-powered homes on the outskirts of Aberdeen have secured a commitment from Panasonic to trial the fuel cells. H2 View first revealed the plans from Cognito Oak, which would be a first for the city of Aberdeen and Scotland if granted planning permission, back in July. The Aberdeen Hydrogen First project proposes using hydrogen fuel cells to heat and power a proportion of the proposed 550 homes at Coverhill. The pilot aims to test the performance of micro-CHP technology against the manufacturer’s claims that households could lower their CO2 emissions by up to 30%, lower their fuel consumption by up to 40% and save up to £378 per year. Initially, 30 of the homes at the site would be fitted with fuel cells which transform the same natural gas that powers most homes into hydrogen that will then be used to generate electricity and heat. If the benefits of the technology are proven, there is potential for it to be retrofitted in homes connected to the gas grid to reduce emissions of existing housing stock.
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