CESA meets to discuss hydrogen as fuel

Could hydrogen provide a cleaner burning alternative to current cooking fuels?

CESA members have been invited to a meeting today centring on hydrogen being used as a fuel for commercial kitchen equipment.

The event at CESA’s London headquarters was prompted by the news that certification organisation Kiwa, in partnership with sustainable energy consultant E4Tech, was awarded a Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) contract to research and understand the technical challenges and costs of repurposing parts of the gas grid to use a low carbon gas, hydrogen.

This could enable the development of a range of hydrogen fired appliances such as boilers, cookers, fires and fuel cell technologies.

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Therefore the association wants to identify and understand potential barriers to developing a supply chain for the commercial and domestic sectors and how these barriers might be addressed – and in particular at this event, discussing the challenges and benefits associated with hydrogen fuelled cooking appliances.

CESA understands that DECC has recognised low carbon gaseous hydrogen as a plausible route for decarbonisation of the UK energy supply system. It is particularly attractive as it can contribute to decarbonisation of domestic, commercial and industrial heating and transport without radical changes to the utilisation technologies.

As part of the DECC project, a series of stakeholder meetings will be held to gather and share information regarding the costs and barriers to the development of hydrogen appliances and to understand how these barriers might be addressed.

The outputs from this project will also provide HM Treasury, DECC and the HSE with a demonstration of industry buy-in and competence with regards to hydrogen – this event will provide an opportunity to discuss these issues.

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