As showcased in the UK’s first hydrogen homes, located in Gateshead, hydrogen appliances seem very normal at a glance, therefore the new labelling will help the zero emission solutions to be identified.
The three new labels, decided by the HHIC membership of appliance manufacturers, are as follows:
“Hydrogen Blend” compatible, capable of running on a blend of up to 20% hydrogen in the gas network.
“Hydrogen-Ready” appliances, capable of running on a 20% blend but with the capability of being converted by a Gas Safe engineer to run on a 100% hydrogen gas network.
“100% Hydrogen” boiler, an appliance built specifically to run on hydrogen without the need for conversion.
Stewart Clements, Director of HHIC, said, “These labels bring clarity to consumers and installers. As we go on the journey towards decarbonising the gas networks, industry needs to be absolutely transparent on what appliances can and can’t do.
“The labelling has been agreed by the appliance manufacturers and will be used by them to clearly identify products. It will also help communicate the changes that will take place in UK homes, as we work towards achieving net zero.
“Replacing natural gas in the network, which will take place in the coming decades, has already started in pilot trials. From 2023, the Government want to see hydrogen blending take place, with a decision in 2026 about the conversion towards a 100% hydrogen gas network.”
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