Baxi Heating has demonstrated its 100% hydrogen boiler to customers and colleagues in the UK’s first hydrogen house.

Two homes in Low Thornley, near Gateshead will show the use of hydrogen-fuelled appliances in a real world setting and Baxi invited housing providers and colleagues to see its boiler in action.

Baxi Heating has pledged to make only products compatible with low carbon energy from 2025, which means that gas boilers will be ‘hydrogen-ready’ and can be easily converted to work with hydrogen.

Nick Wilson, Commercial and Marketing Director at Baxi Heating, said: “We are developing new technologies that will help customers to heat their homes and businesses without warming the planet.

“While we are not wedded to any one technology, hydrogen represents a great opportunity. It is carbon-free at the point of use and enables families to use their heating and hot water in the same way they do today, without major changes to their central heating systems or homes. What starts today with one house will become a community of houses next year and then we could see hydrogen boilers in millions of homes by the next decade.”

The semi-detached properties have been built by Northern Gas Networks in partnership with the government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and gas distribution network company Cadent. They will demonstrate the use of 100% hydrogen for domestic heating, hot water and cooking.