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Government delays hydrogen town pilot until 2026

Posted: Wednesday, May 15th, 2024

The Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) has announced that its planned Hydrogen Heating Town pilot of 10,000 homes will not occur before 2026.

A statement said: "The government has decided not to progress work on a hydrogen town pilot until after 2026 strategic decisions on the role of hydrogen in decarbonising heat.

"This follows careful consideration of the future of the work in light of the decision in December 2023 not to proceed with the hydrogen village trial in Redcar.

"We believe that low carbon hydrogen may have a role to play in heat decarbonisation, alongside heat pumps and heat networks, but in slower time in some locations. We plan to decide in 2026 on whether, and if so how, hydrogen will contribute to heating decarbonisation.

"We will assess evidence from our wider research programme, the neighbourhood trial in Fife and similar European schemes to take this decision."

In October 2022, the government invited applications for funding to develop outline plans for how a roll-out of hydrogen heating might occur.

The purpose was to garner expertise on the practicalities of rolling out hydrogen heating, inform policy decisions and contribute to developing plans for a possible hydrogen-heated town by 2030.

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