The UK is on an important journey to make heating more environmentally-friendly.
Bringing low-carbon hydrogen to heat homes and businesses is the next exciting milestone.
Moving to low-carbon hydrogen gas for heating and cooking, is one of the ways to help solve this issue.
Hydrogen gas can be produced in the UK, and projects have already shown how it can be used for heating and cooking. To demonstrate this more widely it now needs to be rolled out further.
That’s why the Government has announced a target for a village-sized gas grid to be converted to hydrogen, by 2025,
Situated within Ellesmere Port – an area recognised for its strong manufacturing, industrial and scientific history – an area in Whitby has been identified as an ideal place where a Hydrogen Village could be based.
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In fact, using hydrogen in the gas network isn’t a totally new concept; hydrogen used to run through the nation’s pipes as part of town gas, before the 1960s.
There’s a couple of ways hydrogen can be made available for the cleaner version of the fuel we’d need today. Projects are already getting started to create hydrogen, in ways that keep carbon dioxide emissions to a minimum.
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Low-carbon hydrogen can be made in the UK.
When hydrogen’s burned as a fuel, it doesn’t produce harmful CO2 emissions. This would save around 2.5 tonnes of CO2 per annum, in the average UK home.
Developing a UK hydrogen economy could support over 12,000 jobs by 2030, according to analysis by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
Lots of work has already been underway to make the North West’s gas pipes hydrogen-ready. Around £800m more will be invested in the regional gas network, over the next five years.
Most of the UK's homes already use gas boilers. These can be replaced with versions that run on hydrogen.
In Spring 2022, Cadent and British Gas wrote to every address in Whitby to confirm which properties are located within the proposed ‘Village’ boundary.
Cadent and British Gas have now started speaking in more detail with Whitby residents, landlords and businesses to answer questions, complete surveys and create a strong community programme.
As part of these surveys, every property in the proposed ‘Hydrogen Village’ area – around 2,000 homes in an area within Whitby – will receive a free in-home hydrogen assessment.
In 2023 Ofgem, the energy regulator for Great Britain, will confirm which location the full programme will go ahead in (the area within Whitby in Ellesmere Port, or another area, in the North East of England).
Properties in the confirmed ‘Hydrogen Village’ will be provided with a free ‘hydrogen-ready’ gas boiler upgrade, and hydrogen will be supplied from 2025 for the duration of the programme – currently expected to last around two years.