Worcester Bosch, has officially revealed a prototype boiler that can run on 100% hydrogen.
The boiler, which will reduce carbon emissions in heating*, also runs effectively on natural gas, so those who have a ‘hydrogen-ready’ boiler can simply convert without the need for an entirely new heating system.
With a similar build to existing boilers, it is anticipated that installers will already have most skills necessary to fit the new products.
Martyn Bridges, Director of Technical Communication and Product Management at Worcester Bosch said; “The development of hydrogen-fired boilers will mean millions of existing heating systems in our homes can be saved, rather than the entire system needing to be replaced.
“The beauty of hydrogen as an alternative to natural gas is that as well as water as a by-product, Worcester Bosch has developed a technical solution that will feel familiar to both homeowners and installers. The gas network is also in place, so homeowners won’t experience any major infrastructure disruption.
“With fully developed prototypes, various trials planned and many heating engineers and manufacturers in agreement that this could be a viable solution to decarbonise heating and hot water, we are hopeful that the future will be hydrogen.”
* Last year, the UK committed to a target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050. With 15% of UK greenhouse gases coming from UK homes, the prototype – which can run on 100% hydrogen gas – is believed to be the solution to decarbonising heating and hot water in the UK, due to the fact that the main by-product of burning hydrogen is water.