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A “world first” hydrogen network is being developed on the east coast of Scotland, through which circa 300 homes will receive the zero-carbon fuel for heating and cooking purposes.

The H100 Fife Project, part of an initiative between Baxi, SGN and Fife Council, is thought to be the first initiative of its’ kind to use renewable power to produce 100% green hydrogen for domestic heating. It will offer households in the Buckhaven and Denbeath on the south coast of Fife the chance to be supplied with hydrogen through a new network which is due to go live in 2024.

Green hydrogen will be supplied via the dedicated ORE Catapult 7MW wind turbine connected to an on-site electrolyser and storage facility. Modelling shows the turbine could provide the energy to produce enough hydrogen for up to 900 homes a year, with each saving around 2,208kg of CO2 per year.

Baxi will be supplying its 100% hydrogen boilers for SGN’s project, which hopes to provide evidence for future low-carbon policy decisions and a clear path towards net zero heating for Scotland and the UK.

Karen Boswell OBE talks about Baxi's role in the hydrogen heating project

Karen Boswell, managing director of Baxi UK and Ireland (pictured left), said:

“We are thrilled to be providing our 100% hydrogen boilers to another innovative, world-first demonstration project. It’s great to see the support for this project from the local community and hands-on involvement from Fife council and other important stakeholders in the area. With such projects, we can help the public, Government and wider heating industry to better understand the potential of hydrogen to provide safe and low-carbon heating in the future, alongside other options available today such as heat pumps, hybrid systems and heat networks.”

The H100 Fife Project is the latest in a line of hydrogen projects to benefit from Baxi’s involvement, with the leading heating specialist having already supplied its full hydrogen and 20% blend compatible boilers to residential projects such as HyDeploy, Hy4Heat, HyStreet and Northern Gas Network’s 100% Hydrogen Home near Gateshead.

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