Hydrogen boilers: How much they will cost homes amid plans to ban gas boilers. We look into how hydrogen boilers will work and what they’ll cost you, amid reports that suggest Boris Johnson is looking to push back the ban of gas boilers until 2040. Hydrogen boilers are being looked at as one of the possible replacements for gas boilers – but how much will they cost to run? We look into how they work, amid reports that suggest Boris Johnson is looking to push back the ban of gas boilers until 2040. The delay is said to be to allow firms extra time to develop more affordable alternatives for households. But it has been warned that households could face higher gas bills in the meantime to subsidise the growth of the hydrogen market. The government will soon publish its “hydrogen strategy” which, according to The Times, would include plans to guarantee green businesses a reliable price for the energy they sell. This in turn could result in a levy on household gas bills. Other possible replacements for gas boilers include heat pumps, but their estimated cost to install is around £11,000 to £14,000. Solar photovoltaic panels or solar water heating could be another solution, which both come in at about £5,000 for a full fitting. A hydrogen-ready boiler is intended to be a like-for-like swap for an existing gas boiler – but as we’ve mentioned above, they’re not ready to buy just yet. As its name suggests, these systems burn hydrogen instead of natural gas or methane – making them a greener way to heat your home. This is because the only by-product of burning hydrogen gas is water, meaning it is a carbon-free fuel source. Hydrogen boilers are similar to gas boilers is that they too burn the gas via combustion, which in turn creates hot flue gases that can be used to heat water. This hot water can then be used to warm up your home, for example, by being pumped around your radiators. According to BoilerGuide.co.uk they will look similar to gas boilers too, would be installed in the same way and many of the internal parts would be identical. How much is a hydrogen boiler? As hydrogen boilers are still in a prototype phase, the cost of installing one is unknown. Some estimates suggest it will range from £1,500 to £5,000 but we won’t know for sure until they have been fully released. Thomas Goodman at MyJobQuote gave The Mirror a much smaller price range of between £600 and £2,000. He said: “There is no current commercial value for a hydrogen boiler as of yet, but it is estimated to cost around the current price of a combi boiler or system boiler. “The cost of these can vary depending on model, but you will be looking in the price range of £600 for lower budget model, and up to £2,000 for a premium model.“ Manufacturers such as Baxi and Worcester Bosch have developed working prototypes of the boilers. As homes aren’t currently using hydrogen boilers, we also don’t know how much you’ll end up being charged to use one or the impact it’ll have on your energy bills.
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Ambitious plans are in the offing that could pave the way for the creation of a hydrogen economy in the north and north-east of Scotland. Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG) is leading a project examining the feasibility of creating a “hydrogen highway”, initially stretching from the Granite City to Inverness. And there are plans to expand the network further to connect key places, including Thurso, Ullapool, Fort William and Speyside.
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