Does record breaking year for gas boiler sales prove the future is bright for hydrogen?

The record-breaking year for gas boiler sales in the UK proves that decarbonising home heating should be done using gas central heating, says Mike Foster – Chief Executive of the Energy and Utilities Alliance.

2019 saw a record number 1.67 million of gas boilers being sold in the UK, an increase of 1.8% on 2018 figures. The number of homes with central heating is also increasing, with around 22 million homes in the UK have gas central heating, compared to 20 years ago when it was around 17 million homes.

Mike Foster commented:

“In 2019 the UK saw a record number of gas boilers being sold, 1.67 million, an increase of 1.8% on 2018 figures. The number of homes with central heating is also increasing, today around 22 million homes in the UK have gas central heating, compared to 20 years ago when it was around 17 million homes.”

“The sheer scale demands that we use these systems to decarbonise, not plan to scrap them. Nearly nine out of ten households will not welcome the idea of ripping out their heating when it serves them well. So any decarbonisation of heat should focus on using our gas boilers and radiators.”

“Clean gases such as biomethane and hydrogen offer the solution to decarbonisation of UK heat demand. Our industry has developed hydrogen-ready appliances, which can still be used with natural gas, ready for the government to give the go ahead.”

“Hydrogen gas will use the existing underground gas pipes already installed in the UK, offering minimum disruption and expense compared to other low carbon alternatives. In addition, homeowners won’t be required to buy new appliances, merely convert those they already own, similar to the switch from town gas in the 1960s, meaning we can decarbonise heat relatively simply, and without relying on homeowners to take action. The digital TV switchover recently completed shows the roadmap to make decarbonised heat a reality.”

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