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Future of HVAC podcast #2 – hydrogen boilers, a like-for-like replacement?

Baxi’s Jeff House has said ongoing work by the company to create a hydrogen boiler prototype aims to create a technology that can function as a low carbon like-for-like replacement for existing appliances

In the second part of our podcast looking at the potential role hydrogen could play to realise low to no carbon heat, H&V News considers how the overall design and technical performance of boilers may evolve to accommodate an alternate gas supply.

Jeff House, head of external affairs with manufacturer Baxi, has joined us once again to talk about efforts by the company to create new appliances that are aimed to be, as near as is possible, a like-for-like replacement for existing boilers.

Mr House said that the company was focused largely on gaining consumer acceptance of any new heating appliances, while also trying to limit the domestic upheaval of moving away from existing boilers.

However, he said industry had an opportunity to look at ways of improving the cost and operational effectiveness of boilers by combining fuel cells with the new technologies designed specifically for hydrogen.

Baxi is one of several manufacturers charged with developing prototype technology that can potentially heat using hydrogen. This is part of the wider cross heating-industry project known as Hy4Heat that was established by BEIS to bring together experts and specialists to test the viability of hydrogen heating to help realise the UK’s net zero carbon emissions aims.

A hydrogen-fuelled future – pipeline or pipe dream? Will be one of the key sessions at the H&V News Future of HVAC Summit to be held at the Bloomsbury Hotel in London on October 3.

You can listen to the final part of the hydrogen podcast here, or by hitting play below.

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