Baxi will be supplying its fully hydrogen boilers to the H100 Fife Project, designed as a hydrogen-to-homes demonstration.
The project enables households in the Buckhaven and Denbeath areas of Methil on the south Fife coast to opt-in to be supplied with hydrogen through a new network, which is due to go live in 2024. Fife’s abundant winds will provide ORE Catapult’s 7MW offshore wind turbine with clean electricity, which in turn will provide green hydrogen, which will be stored in six purpose-built tanks.
H100 Fife Project will be delivered through a partnership between gas distribution company SGN and Fife Council, in cooperation with industry regulator Ofgem.
Baxi attended an event hosted by SGN on March 8 to mark the beginning of construction of the H100 Fife hydrogen homes demonstration facility. Due to open to the public this summer, it will comprise two hydrogen show homes where visitors will be able to try out domestic hydrogen appliances, including Baxi’s 100% pure hydrogen boilers.
The scheme has already signed up over 300 householders who want to be part of the scheme. 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.
In February, it was announced Altrad Babcock will build the hydrogen production and storage site for the project in Fife Energy Park.
It will be responsible for building and integrating key elements of the site, designed by global engineering consultancy Arup, including civil, buildings and mechanical work as well as the electrical control and instrumentation.
Baxi has already supplied its full hydrogen and 20% blend compatible boilers to residential projects such as HyDeploy, Hy4Heat, HyStreet, Northern Gas Network’s 100% Hydrogen Home near Gateshead.
In the commercial heating space, Baxi also recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with H2GO Power to deliver the world-first commercial hydrogen boiler and demonstrate the technology’s potential to decarbonise multiple industries.
Karen Boswell, Managing Director of Baxi UK and Ireland, said: “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.”