Baxi backs hydrogen in demo homes

Nick Wilson, Baxi's commercial and marketing director, with one of the hydrogen-only boilers

Baxi Heating has demonstrated its 100% hydrogen boiler to customers and colleagues in the UK’s first hydrogen houses.

Two homes in Low Thornley, near Gateshead, showcase the hydrogen-fuelled appliances that produce zero CO2 emissions.

The company has pledged that from 2025 it will only make products that are compatible with low-carbon energy. This means that gas boilers will be hydrogen-ready and can be easily converted to work with hydrogen.

Nick Wilson, commercial and marketing director at Baxi Heating, said: “We are developing new technologies that will help customers to heat their homes and businesses without warming the planet.

“While we are not wedded to any one technology, hydrogen represents a great opportunity. It is carbon-free at the point of use and enables families to use their heating and hot water in the same way they do today, without major changes to their central heating systems or homes. What starts today with one house will become a community of houses next year and then we could see hydrogen boilers in millions of homes by the next decade.”

The H100 project aims to convert a community in Fife, Scotland from natural gas to hydrogen next year, which will demonstrate the use of 100% hydrogen for domestic heating, hot water and cooking.

Paul Dunn, head of operations at housing provider Bernicia, said: “It’s good for the future. We have got to get buy-in from our customers and our business, but hydrogen could be a good choice. The compatibility of the boiler with the existing properties makes it a strong option.”

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