All boiler installations across the UK should be ‘hydrogen-ready’ from 2025, according to a coalition of gas boiler manufacturers and grid operators, who have written to the Prime Minister urging him to set an ambitious phase-out timeline for fossil fuel heating systems. In an open letter to Boris Johnson on Friday, manufactures such as Baxi Heating and Worcestor Bosch joined forces with the Energy Networks Association (ENA) in calling for boilers capable of using hydrogen as well as fossil fuel gas to be the mandatory market offering in four years’ time. The firms argue the move would give householders a choice of potential low carbon heating alternatives – including hydrogen-ready boilers, heat pumps or hybrid technologies that combine the two – and would therefore help maintain public support for decarbonisation efforts. Moreover, requiring boilers to be hydrogen-ready would “send a clear signal to boiler manufacturers to build on their existing work in this area, to invest in developing the widest possible range of hydrogen-ready products for consumers to choose from”, the letter states.
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Energy supplier Scottish Power has set up a new division to produce and sell low-carbon hydrogen amid surging interest in the clean-burning gas. The company, which has about 5m domestic customers and also owns power cables and wind turbines, expects to announce its first projects next year. Its Spanish parent firm Iberdrola in November set out a commitment to install 600MW of low-carbon hydrogen in mainland Europe by 2025. ScottishPower will solely produce so-called green hydrogen, which is made through electrolysis using renewable power such as that produced by wind. Hydrogen’s role in the energy system is expected to grow as an alternative to fossil fuels in areas which are difficult to electrify, such as some areas of heavy industry and heavy transport. Gas boilers will be banned in Britain from the mid-2030s, with hydrogen-fuelled alternatives likely to play a key role in replacing them.
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