Nigel Evans, a Conservative Candidate for Ribble Valley, has visited Baxi Heating in Club Street, Bamber Bridge, Preston to see the hydrogen boiler that the heating manufacturer is developing.
The prototype boiler, that has been developed in conjunction with Baxi Heating’s parent company, BDR Thermea Group, works using 100% pure hydrogen, which does not produce any carbon emissions. That means no carbon dioxide is emitted through the flue into the atmosphere, and there is no danger of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Engineers in Baxi Heating’s Research and Development laboratory demonstrated the boiler to Mr Evans and explained how hydrogen-ready boilers are being developed that will run firstly on a 20% mix of hydrogen into the normal natural gas fuel, making a substantial reduction in carbon emissions, ready for a time when the gas network could run on 100% pure hydrogen.
Nigel Evans stated: “I am excited and proud of the research and development that is taking place in my constituency to develop the next generation of green boiler that will heat our homes and protect the environment.
“If I am returned to Parliament, I will be inviting Ministers to visit the site. The Government needs to get behind this technology that will keep people warm and comfortable in their homes and protect our environment, both in the UK and across the world.
Baxi Heating, established in Chorley in 1866, manufactures domestic boilers for the UK market at its site in Club Street. The company has a proud heritage and has always been at the cutting edge of home heating technology, first with the underfloor draught fire in the 1930s and then with the invention of the back boiler in 1966. Its latest range of gas boilers are designed to be reliable, easy to use and extremely energy efficient and cost effective to run. The next generation of home heating will, the company believes, be a mix of hydrogen boilers to replace the majority of gas boilers currently on the gas grid, heat pumps for well insulated newbuild properties and heat networks for multi-occupancy buildings.