Scottish town to get hydrogen heating

Work on the world’s first hydrogen heating network has begun after getting the green light from the energy regulator.

Gas network provider SGN announced the project, H100 Fife, would begin to enable 300 customers in Fife to begin trials in 2023.

Clean gas will be produced locally by a dedicated electrolysis plant powered by a nearby offshore wind turbine. The project will be the first of its kind to use a direct clean power supply to produce hydrogen for domestic heating.

Angus McIntosh, director of energy futures at SGN said: “H100 Fife is the UK’s priority project in this area and is designed to demonstrate hydrogen distribution and in-home performance in a real-world setting.”

But the UK will need to scale up to meet its carbon cutting commitments. The CIPHE estimates the country will need approximately 100,000 trained engineers to roll out the new technology.

Paul Harmer, CIPHE lead technical consultant, said: “The CIPHE is working hard to make low carbon heating a reality. Investment in training and manufacturing will be crucial, but there will be opportunities for installers in an industry willing to adapt to change.”

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