Baxi UK is once again leading the way in the road to net zero and low-carbon technology, with the installation of a Baxi hydrogen boiler in the nation’s first public showcase of a 100% Hydrogen Home demonstration.
The UK-first development is part of a project to demonstrate the use of hydrogen-fuelled appliances in a real-world setting, and signals a clear step in the progression of hydrogen technology for heating UK homes.
The innovative semi-detached properties, built in partnership with the Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and gas distribution network company Cadent, will be located at Northern Gas Network’s Low Thornley site, near Gateshead.
The modular homes will be built by the end of March with appliances installed by the end of April. Alongside Baxi’s hydrogen boiler, prototypes of hydrogen-fuelled fires, cookers and hobs will also be installed by partners working with BEIS on the Hy4Heat project.
This real-world demonstration of the technology marks a step change for the boiler manufacturer’s progression of hydrogen ‘from lab to field’, as more appliances are installed in trial projects across the UK and Europe.
Baxi has already been involved in a number of trials including ‘HyStreet’ at Spadeadam in Cumbria, where hydrogen boilers were installed in specially built demonstration houses, to enable tests and research to prove the safety of converting homes and gas networks to hydrogen fuel.
Karen Boswell, Managing Director at Baxi Heating UK and Ireland, said: “We are hugely proud to be a part of another ground-breaking hydrogen heating project and remain at the forefront of low carbon development.
“Baxi Heating’s innovation and expertise with hydrogen technology, from lab research to participation in real-world trials, forms a key part of our commitment to a sustainable heating future. We are thrilled that this development will be used as a benchmark to educate the next generation in how we can provide clean, green energy to the homes of the future.”
Stella Matthews, Business Development Manager at Northern Gas Networks said “We’re excited to work with Baxi Heating to bring hydrogen boilers to the public for the first time. The boilers look and feel just like those we use today with one key difference – they don’t create carbon when used. We hope to reassure visitors to the houses that they can still enjoy a safe and reliable gas supply in the future with minimal disruption to meet the government’s net zero target.”