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Warwick-based Baxi Heating scoops industry award for hydrogen boiler innovation

20 May 2021
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Baxi Heating’s development of a boiler fuelled by hydrogen has won the Innovation category at the Gas Industry Awards.

Baxi’s Hydrogen boiler has been developed as part of its commitment to be a cleaner, greener manufacturing business.

Karen Boswell OBE, Managing Director of Baxi Heating, said: “As a leading player in the British heating and hot water industry we are determined to play our part in achieving the goal of being a net-zero economy.

“We are developing technologies that will help customers to heat their homes and businesses without warming the planet and hydrogen should play an important role as it produces no greenhouse gases at the point of use.

“I am very proud of this achievement,” she added

Baxi’s Sustainability Pledge, launched last year, will ensure that every one of its products will work with low carbon energy by 2025.

85 per cent of UK homes rely on the natural gas grid for heating. Repurposing the gas grid to transport green gas offers a low disruption option towards decarbonising the existing building stock.

Hydrogen is an energy carrier which can be created at volume.  Both blue and green hydrogen offer zero carbon heat at the point of use.

Blue hydrogen is produced from natural gas, usually via steam-reforming, with carbon capture storage (CCS).

Green hydrogen is produced using renewable electricity for electrolysis, to separate water into hydrogen and oxygen.

Baxi is developing and testing boilers in its R&D laboratory that are running on 100 per cent hydrogen. Its parent company, BDR Thermea Group, has a hydrogen boiler on a field trial in Rozenburg, The Netherlands.

Nicky Godding is editor of The Business Magazine. Before her journalism career, she worked mainly in public relations moving into writing when she was invited to launch Retail Watch, a publication covering retail and real estate across Europe.

After some years of constant travelling, she tucked away her passport and concentrated on business writing, co-founding a successful regional business magazine. She has interviewed some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs who have built multi-million-pound businesses and reported on many science and technology firsts.

She reports on the region’s thriving business economy from start-ups, family businesses and multi-million-pound corporations, to the professionals that support their growth and the institutions that educate the next generation of business leaders.

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