Worcester Bosch has revealed its boiler prototype that can run on 100 per cent hydrogen.
The manufacturer has been developing the prototype over the past few years and believes it could be a solution to decarbonising heating and hot water in the UK because the main by-product of burning hydrogen is water.
The prototype has been designed to run effectively on natural gas too. This means that if a hydrogen network becomes reality, a ‘hydrogen-ready’ boiler can be converted to hydrogen simply without the need to replace the existing heating system.
The prototype boiler fits into the same footprint as a current natural gas boiler. Hydrogen-ready boilers will be a direct replacement to natural gas, burning natural gas until such time as a switch to hydrogen takes place. It has a similar build to existing boilers, and so gas engineers will already have most skills necessary to fit them, says Worcester Bosch.
Martyn Bridges, director of Technical Communication and Product Management, says: “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.
“Worcester Bosch has developed a technical solution that will feel familiar to both homeowners and installers. 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.”