2021 TOP STORIES | Big Four make hydrogen-ready boiler price promise

2021 TOP STORIES | Big Four make hydrogen-ready boiler price promise

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Big Four make hydrogen-ready boiler price promise
A hydrogen-ready boiler will cost no more than its natural gas equivalent as a result of a price promise made by the UK’s major boiler manufacturers.

The boiler industry’s Big Four have come together for the first time in a joint initiative to help consumers reduce carbon emissions from home heating and hot water and assist delivering the UK’s net zero commitments.

With the price promise, which could save consumers up to £2.3 billion according to modelling, boilers manufactured in the UK by Worcester Bosch, Vaillant, Baxi and Ideal will cost no more than a natural gas boiler at current volume levels. What’s more, any hydrogen-ready boiler that is installed initially to run off natural gas will have no more than one hour’s labour to convert it to hydrogen.

Mike Foster, Chief Executive of Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA), who brokered the deal, says the price promise is a major boost to consumers and the fight against climate change: “Our own research tells us that consumers want to do their bit to reduce the impact of their homes and help deliver a greener future, but are concerned about the cost of some low carbon technologies. This price promise from the Big Four ensures that consumers will be able to access an affordable low carbon heat and hot water solution.”

The price promise, which was delivered in a letter to Kwasi Kwarteng, the Secretary of State at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, will force many industry experts to rethink their models, says Mr Foster: “The Committee on Climate Change, which advises the government, assumed that a hydrogen-ready boiler would cost £100 more than a natural gas boiler and that the total cost to consumers of decarbonising their homes would be £2.3 billion. The price-promise is a great deal for consumers.”

The EUA’s report, Too Close to Home, revealed that tackling climate change is regarded as a priority for consumers but the majority are unwilling to pay more than the cost of a new boiler.

Hydrogen-ready boilers, which can be installed to run on natural gas but easily switched to hydrogen, have been successfully tested by the Health and Safety Executive, which published its findings earlier this month.

Mr Foster says British manufacturing ingenuity lies behind the price promise: “This is another example of British companies leading the way on net zero. The manufacturers have been very clever in using existing components and technologies to keep the price of hydrogen-ready boilers down. What’s more, hydrogen-ready boilers will work in the same way as natural gas boilers with no changes required to pipework, radiators or the installation of a water tank.

“The boiler manufacturers have developed a boiler that works; they support a 2025 mandatory roll-out of the technology and now they’ve found a way to keep costs down. The Big Four boiler companies compete ferociously against each other, but they have come together for the benefit of UK consumers and the good of the planet.”

Story first published in August 2021

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