Led by independent energy expert DNV, the consortium will leverage on expertise from Progressive Energy, Frontier Economics, Enertek International, Flex Process, and Dave Lander Consulting.

H2 View understands the work will include a pioneering programme of pioneering trials, with the results of the projects set to be used to enable strategic decisions in 2026 on the role of hydrogen in heating.

Northern Gas Networks announced in August (2022) its HyDeploy project saw up to 20% hydrogen blended with natural gas on its public network in Winlaton, successfully supplying 668 homes, a church, and a school for 11 months, which would also contribute to future Government decisions.

Read more: 668 homes, a church, and school receive hydrogen blend for 11 months in UK

Hari Vamadevan, Regional Director UK & Ireland for Energy Systems at DNV, said, “Giving hydrogen a larger role in the global energy mix is critical to reaching goals set by the Paris Agreement. It is a positive step for the UK government to assess and investigate all energy alternatives to reach a lower carbon future and maintain security of supply.”

The use of hydrogen in heating has been long debated. Supporters believe the use of hydrogen will act as a substitute for gas, while those against believe the economics make it an unviable pathway.

On Tuesday (September 6), international NGO, Global Witness, unveiled a report produced by Element Energy, which suggested using hydrogen for heating in Europe could double consumer energy bills, estimating the infrastructure required for hydrogen came with a price tag of €240bn over the next 40 years.

Read more: Report warns heating with hydrogen could double European household energy bills

Commenting on the much anticipated trials, Paul Needley, Managing Director of Enertek International, said, “Low carbon hydrogen could be a key option for decarbonising heat in buildings. However, 100% hydrogen for heat is not yet an established option unlike other technologies such as heat pumps and heat networks. Further work is required to assess the feasibility, costs and benefits of a transition to hydrogen in a safe, affordable, timely, and practical way. We are delighted to be part of DNV’s consortium supporting BEIS with their analysis.”

Dan Roberts, Director at Frontier Economics, added, “Assessing the role of hydrogen in home heating is one of the most significant and complex challenges of the Net Zero transition and will require genuine multidisciplinary input to address in a robust way. We’re tremendously excited to be working alongside DNV to provide economic input to this critical project.”

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