The residents of Winlaton did not know that on Wednesday they became guinea pigs in a home-heating experiment that will help to determine whether the UK meets its climate targets. More than 650 homes in the village near Newcastle upon Tyne became the first on the gas grid to get hydrogen to burn in boilers, cookers, hobs and fires. Northern Gas Networks (NGN) sent a letter last month saying the trial would start “shortly”, but did not give a date. The company has said the customers would have noticed no difference, and did not tell them when the trial was starting in part out of fear that it would be blamed for any boiler problems. The proportion of hydrogen in the gas began at 2 per cent and will increase over the coming days to 20 per cent, the maximum that can be blended with natural gas without new appliances. If the trial is successful, millions of homes could get a 20 per cent hydrogen blend in the next few years.
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