Following the announcement of £102 million government backing for nuclear and hydrogen innovation in the UK, the Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA) and Heating & Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) have welcomed the news.
Mike Foster, Chief Executive of Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA), said: “Mandating hydrogen-ready boilers is an important step towards decarbonising homes. The government are absolutely right to support this no-regrets option. Boiler manufacturers have already made their ‘price promise’ so that a new hydrogen-ready boiler will cost the same as a natural gas appliance. So this means 1.7 million homes a year will be ready for net zero at no extra cost to the consumer, helping us hit our 2050 target.”
Stewart Clements, Director of the Heating & Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC), said: “Of course, we are more than pleased to see the Government making this significant step into developing hydrogen as a fuel source to heat the nation’s homes. It’s what we as an industry have been working tirelessly towards for some time. Improving the efficiency standards for new domestic-scale boilers of 45kw or less is one of the country’s most obvious moves towards decarbonisation.
“Having worked alongside our dedicated membership of manufacturers and suppliers to create a definition for hydrogen-ready boilers, I know I echo many of their words in welcoming the proposals for a requirement for new domestic boilers to be hydrogen-ready heating with open arms. As we see more hydrogen demonstration projects and progress on products and training being made, the HHIC and its membership look forward to working closely with BEIS in reaching its goals with a hydrogen economy.”