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Hydrogen-fuelled homes are being built in Gateshead

Hydrogen-fuelled homes are being built in Gateshead

Britain's first homes with appliances fuelled entirely by hydrogen are being built in Gateshead.The two semi-detached show homes have been funded with

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Britain’s first homes with appliances fuelled entirely by hydrogen are being built in Gateshead.

The two semi-detached show homes have been funded with the help of the Government’s Hy4Heat Innovation programme and will open in April 2021.

The houses include hydrogen appliances such as boilers, hobs, cookers and fires that release no carbon emissions – giving a glimpse into the potential home of the future.

Hydrogen has the potential to be used as a clean replacement to natural gas in the home. 

There will be two show homes built in Gateshead that are fully fuelled by hydrogen power

There will be two show homes built in Gateshead that are fully fuelled by hydrogen power

There will be two show homes built in Gateshead that are fully fuelled by hydrogen power

The Government hopes the homes will demonstrate the potential of hydrogen energy to help achieve the target of eliminating the UK’s contribution to climate change by 2050.

The houses will use 100 per cent hydrogen for domestic heating and cooking in appliances including boilers, hobs, cookers and fires.

Unlike natural gas, which is responsible for over 30 per cent of the UK’s carbon emissions, hydrogen produces no carbon at the point of use, with the only by-product being water.

The hydrogen house project is aligned with a larger scheme detailed in the Prime Minister’s ten point plan which also includes establishing a Hydrogen Neighbourhood and the development of plans for a potential Hydrogen Town before the end of this decade. 

It is hoped the industry will create up to 8,000 jobs across Britain’s industrial heartlands and beyond by 2030, potentially unlocking up to 100,000 jobs by 2050.

It is hoped the use of hydrogen will eliminate the use of natural gas which causes emissions

It is hoped the use of hydrogen will eliminate the use of natural gas which causes emissions

It is hoped the use of hydrogen will eliminate the use of natural gas which causes emissions

Anne-Marie Trevelyan, Energy Minister, said: ‘From running a hot bath and cooking our evening meals to turning on the heating, most of us use natural gas every day.

‘However, to tackle climate change, we need to find alternatives to fossil fuels and move towards making clean energy the norm.

‘While these new houses in Gateshead will look like any other, they will showcase how low carbon hydrogen can transform the way we power our homes and offer a glimpse of what the future holds as we build back greener.’

The project secured a £250,000 grant from the Government’s Hy4Heat Innovation programme and is being run by gas company Northern Gas Networks and Cadent, who have both also input £250,000 of funding each.

The houses are planned to be open to members of the public, who will be able to view appliances and see how they compare to existing ones.

Local schools, colleges and universities will also be welcomed to learn about the new technology, as well as potential careers in the emerging green economy and in science, technology, engineering and maths subjects.

The hydrogen houses are intended to have a three year lifespan, but potentially longer, up to 10 years.

They are not intended to be habitable, but to showcase the use of hydrogen fuelled applications in a real-world domestic setting.

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