News | Published on 23rd Oct 2017

Decarbonising domestic heat at the heart of ambitious new project

With the move from natural gas to hydrogen expected to elicit an emission reduction of at least 73%, it’s clear that hydrogen could be a vital way to decarbonise heat, enabling us to meet carbon budgets.

The Heating and Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) are delighted to announce that member KIWA Gastec are part of a successful consortium awarded a contract by BEIS to undertake further research into the use of Hydrogen to fuel domestic heating and cooking appliances. The consortium, under the guidance of project management team Arup, will use £25m of funding from BEIS to undertake a comprehensive work package, formed of 9 specific elements. As part of the project KIWA Gastec will offer key technical expertise and test/research functions.

The ambitious new project, expected to culminate by 2021, will result in the supply of Hydrogen to approximately 300 houses, complete with a range of appliances designed, tested and certified for use with Hydrogen gas. The appliances to be produced will include as a minimum, a combi boiler, a standard gas cooker/hob, and three different designs of gas fire (standard, mid-range, executive).

Stewart Clements, Director of HHIC, said:        

“We are thrilled that our members are at the forefront of heat decarbonisation. It is clear that HHIC will be a key contributor to the project, and we look forward to facilitating further engagement between the project team and, in particular, appliance manufacturers.”