Hydrogen home heating trial delayed: comment

The UK's only green hydrogen heating trial has been delayed.

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By George Smeeton


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Commenting on the news that the UK's only green hydrogen heating trial has been delayed by a year [1], Jess Ralston, Energy Analyst at the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) said:

“Hydrogen trials were supposed to have started already, but local opposition has seen two cancelled already [2]. This trial now won’t start until summer 2025 with the Government due to make a policy decision on the future of home heating the very next year. [3]

“Unless the UK shifts away from gas boilers, as the North Sea output continues its inevitable decline, UK homes will become ever more dependent on foreign gas imports. It’s widely acknowledged that electric heat pumps running on British renewables will make the UK more energy independent.

"As many experts, including the National Infrastructure Commission, have been saying for some time, hydrogen will only play a very limited role in home heating. It looks increasingly like a pipe dream.”

Notes to editors:

1. UK's only green hydrogen heating trial delayed by up to a year amid 'supply-chain and procurement challenges': https://www.hydrogeninsight.com/policy/uks-only-green-hydrogen-heating-trial-delayed-by-up-to-a-year-amid-supply-chain-and-procurement-challenges/2-1-1630848

2. Hydrogen may never heat British homes after Redcar trial cancelled: https://news.sky.com/story/hydrogen-may-never-heat-british-homes-after-redcar-trial-cancelled-13030237

3. Hydrogen heating: overview: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hydrogen-heating-overview/hydrogen-heating-overview--2

For more information or for interview requests:

George Smeeton, Head of Communications, ECIU, Tel: +44 (0)7894 571 153, email: george.smeeton@eciu.net