The EUA (Energy & Utility Alliance) believes that “Green Gas” including hydrogen, has the potential to reduce emissions significantly, which is an area of utmost priority to educate the Government, and business and consumers alike. Founded in 1905, the Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA) is a not-for-profit trade association that provides an industry voice to help shape the future policy direction within the energy sector.
Green gas has a huge potential. Currently the UK gas grid delivers gas to around 85% of UK homes. The UK national grid is world class and rather than making the grid obsolete it’s a much smarter idea to utilise the system to place, and decarbonise the gas it uses. Such green gas can be biomethane and bio SNG (Substitute natural gas) in addition to hydrogen. The alternative to this would be tripling electricity generation requirements and arranging expensive retrofit on many homes. Not a realistic option.
There are a number of “green gas” studies currently underway. One specific study is the “Living Lab”. This has been created by Energy Systems Catapult. Energy Systems Catapult was set up to speed up the transformation of the UK’s energy system. The Catapult is an independent, not-for-profit centre of excellence that bridges the gap between industry, government, academia and research. Living Lab offers energy providers and manufacturers of devices the opportunity to test new products, services and business models. One item under their testing is “Heat as a Service”, which is an app that allows users to buy warm hours and control their heating. Another project is the Hydeploy trial, which is taking place at the University of Keele. This is a trial to establish the potential for blending hydrogen (up to 20%) into the normal gas supply to reduce emissions.
The Hy4Heat project, which we have talked about before (more info), is finding out if it’s technically possible, and also safe, to replace natural gas with hydrogen in residential and commercial buildings and gas appliances.
Hydrogen Gas Fires?
As a company we are already looking at the development of hydrogen gas fires. We are actively involved with Hy4Heat, and in the not too distant future, we aim to be in a position to embrace hydrogen as an alternative green fuel.
Our Current Gas Fires
All our current gas fires are designed with efficiency in mind. We are highly focused on green, sustainable ways to heat a home. Whether that be with a wood burning stove, all of which are Ecodesign Ready, or our glass fronted balanced flue gas fires, which have efficiency levels from 80% upwards.
We continue to evolve and improve.