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New report suggests hydrogen could replace natural gas to heat homes

14/06/2019
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Could the heat for your home soon come from hydrogen instead of natural gas? The answer is yes according to a new report from The Institution of Engineering and Technology. Transitioning to hydrogen suggests that there is no reason why repurposing the UK gas network to hydrogen cannot be achieved, and that such a move would bring an array of benefits to consumers and the climate alike.
A new report suggests that hydrogen could replace natural gas to heat homes across the UK
With the UK government recently committing to achieving ‘net zero’ emissions by 2050, policy makers and energy companies are looking for new ways to provide and heat and power to homes, but at a fraction of current carbon emissions. Switching to hydrogen offers a potential solution.

Lead author, Dr Robert Sansom of the IET’s energy policy panel, described the benefits of switching to hydrogen for heating, saying:

“We are now in a position to seriously consider the viability of using hydrogen in the UK’s gas grid for use by homes and businesses which could significantly contribute to the decarbonisation of the UK’s energy sector.”

“Hydrogen has not been deployed at scale anywhere in the world and so any proposal will need to compensate for this lack of experience. Our report identifies key risks and uncertainties such as ensuring that we understand the impact on the public from a transition to hydrogen and can minimise any disruption that arises. We know hydrogen produces no carbon emissions when burned but it is also important to fully investigate and understand the overall environmental impact a switch to hydrogen is likely to make. It’s fundamental that these areas, as well as others identified in the report, are comprehensively addressed before a programme of large-scale deployment is considered.”
Switching from natural gas to hydrogen for domestic heating and cooking purposes would massively reduce carbon emissions.
Natural gas is now one of the largest sources of carbon emissions. 85 per cent of homes in the UK use gas for heating and cooking and more than 50 per cent of energy consumed by industry, alongside 40 per cent of electricity, is also generated from gas. So, there is much to be gained from switching to hydrogen- especially as when it is combusted it produces zero carbon emissions.

Other benefits of hydrogen include its ability to be produced in large volumes from natural gas using a process called gas reforming. In addition, most of the UK’s iron mains gas networks will have been replaced with hydrogen-safe polyethylene pipes by 2030.

Are we heading towards hydrogen powered homes then? It certainly seems so!

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