Hydrogen Home visit with IGEM & Engtech Working Group

David Gammage our Quality and Assurance Supervisor attended the Hydrogen home site event organised by The Institute of Gas Engineers & Managers (IGEM) through their EngTech working group located at Low Thornley, near Gateshead.

Below he discusses the day’s events:

“As a EngTech registered member of IGEM, this was an ideal opportunity for me to attend to discuss the future of the gas industry, the current research to date with the various types of Hydrogen as well as other areas that are still being investigated.

After attending the open forum seminar which addressed many of the challenges as well as myths around Hydrogen being used for domestic heating, we visited the two purpose-built homes which are supplied with a 100% Hydrogen only gas supply.

The two semi-detached homes have been built in a partnership between gas distributors Northern Gas Networks (NGN) and Cadent and the Government’s Department for Business Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). This is to provide the public with the opportunity to experience a zero-emission gas-fuelled home of the future.

Both homes had hydrogen only gas meters, combination boilers, cookers, and fires.

After a demonstration of the appliances in use, the site visit was concluded by talks about how a future hydrogen gas supply could offer the most cost efficient and least invasive route to zero carbon home heating for many UK homes.

Hydrogen and other green technologies will be a key factor in helping to tackle climate change by achieving the government’s target of net zero emissions by 2050 as no-one technology will be a silver bullet for all the housing stock within the UK.

IGEM have arranged events like this to highlight what an important part downstream Gas personnel are going to play in the future of the gas industry. Hopefully, this will be the start of many more to come!”