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FEATURE BOILERS, PUMPS & VALVES World’s first hydrogen powered domestic boiler


The world’s first hydrogen powered domestic boiler has been put into operation in Rozenburg, the Netherlands


T


he boiler has been developed by BDR Thermea Group and burns


pure hydrogen that has been produced by wind or solar energy without releasing any CO2


Stedin, the company that initiated the project, is responsible for the production and supply of the sustainably produced hydrogen. This is the first real-life situation in


which pure hydrogen will be used to fuel a high efficiency condensing boiler to heat the central heating system of a residential building. The boiler has been developed by BDR Thermea Group’s Research and Development (R&D) competence centre in Italy. After this first pilot in the Netherlands, a larger scale field trial will be carried out in the United Kingdom. “The development of a hydrogen boiler


is part of BDR Thermea Group’s solutions for decarbonising heating,” says Bertrand Schmitt, CEO of BDR Thermea Group.


. Gas network provider


“We currently offer a range of technologies, such as high efficiency gas boilers, heat pumps and heat networks, and now also hydrogen boilers and fuel cells. Sustainably produced hydrogen is an important, potentially very interesting energy carrier for the future.” “The operating principle of the hydrogen boiler is the same as that of a boiler running on natural gas,” says Peter Snel, CTO of BDR Thermea Group. “In the future, we will be able to exchange conventional gas boilers for hydrogen boilers on a like-for-like basis, provided the supply of hydrogen is available through natural gas pipelines. In addition to the pilot in Rozenburg, we will also participate in a large-scale demonstration project in the United Kingdom. Over 400 hydrogen boilers will be installed over the next two years.” The Dutch project is a joint initiative


with network operator Stedin, the municipality of Rotterdam and housing


cooperative Ressort Wonen. The hydrogen boiler has been installed in a boiler room alongside an existing conventional natural gas boiler which will ensure that the residents have sufficient heat and hot water at all times. Stedin is using an existing regular pipeline to supply the hydrogen. In this project, Stedin and its partners are considering the entire chain of the future: the production, distribution and conversion of hydrogen, with the ultimate aim of providing zero-carbon comfort.


BDR Thermea Group bdrthermeagroup.com


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