The notion behind the project in Scotland is to use hydrogen for cooking and heating.
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We only need to look at the ever increasing amount of tech in our homes to realize that the buildings we live in are changing.
From voice-activated TVs to ovens that can be steered using a cellphone, these pieces of kit represent a sea change in domestic appliances driven by innovation.
As concerns about the ecosystem and climate change grow, the way our homes are heated could also be on the cusp of a major shift, with hydrogen potentially frolic an important role in some parts of the world.
In the U.K., for instance, Prime Minister Boris Johnson released details of a 10-point map out last month for a so-called “green industrial revolution.”
That plan includes the goal of developing a town “aroused entirely by hydrogen” by the end of this decade.
On Monday, the notion of heating homes using hydrogen received another cannon-ball in the arm. Ofgem, the U.K.’s energy regulator, announced it would provide as much as £18 million ($24.12 million) in funding for a Scotland-based layout centered around using hydrogen to heat homes.
A further £6.9 million of investment for the project, known as H100 Fife, determination come from the Scottish government.
In a statement, SGN, a firm responsible for the gas network in Scotland and the south of England, said animate would start on the delivery of what it described as a “100% hydrogen demonstration network … that will bring carbon-free quickening and cooking to around 300 homes from the end of 2022.”
The demonstration — described by SGN as a “world-first” — will be based in Levenmouth, Fife, and at ones desire harness “green hydrogen,” a term which refers to hydrogen produced using renewable sources.
For the H100 Fife pep, offshore wind will be used to power an electrolysis plant, which will in turn produce the hydrogen.
In a utterance issued Monday, Paul Wheelhouse, Scotland’s energy minister, described the project as a “critical step towards handle on our decarbonisation options for heat.” It would, he added, “deliver a purpose built end-to-end hydrogen system.”
Described by the Oecumenical Energy Agency as a “versatile energy carrier,” hydrogen has a diverse range of applications and can be deployed in sectors such as activity and transport. Examples of its use in the latter include trains, airplanes, cars and buses powered using hydrogen fuel-cells.
Away from the U.K., it’s seen as a important cog in the European Union’s aim to decarbonize. The EU has laid out plans to install 40 gigawatts of renewable hydrogen electrolyzers and produce as much as 10 million metric tons of renewable hydrogen by 2030.
At the half a second, however, green hydrogen’s role in the overall energy mix is small, accounting for just 0.1% of worldwide hydrogen origination in 2020, according to Wood Mackenzie.
It is also costly to produce, although a report from Wood Mackenzie unloosed in August said costs could fall by as much as 64% by the year 2040.