In-House R&D - Hydrogen Burner Technology
Exciting times ahead as we explore hydrogen gas appliance feasibility. Yes, hydrogen does burn of course. The challenge is to make sure that we achieve excellent burner stability, reliability and power performance to fully satisfy primary function for a wide range of equipment. Cooking applications is our particular area of deep knowledge and expertise and therefore the focus of our activities.
You may ask why?
Well, there is predicted a significant shortfall in world-wide energy supply over the next few decades, – even with the potential of all the existing generating technologies tallied up. Carbon emissions makes things even worse as there is little scope to remove the worst offenders from the mix without grinding things to a halt. New technologies are required. Not all energy consumption is easily met by electricity. In the UK current electricity consumption is only around 20% of the total. Gas consumption on the other hand makes up around 50% of the total. Import dependency of gas has now grown to 50%. Electricity grid is struggling to cope. There is a need for distributed energy solutions.
Hydrogen is actively pursued by a very wide range of industries for energy storage purposes, transport applications and more recently the gas grid. Commercialisation of road transport and electricity grid support applications are at a very advanced early market stage and receives a lot of coordinated effort to make the transition to general availability. The focus is now coming onto how to tackle heat applications, which in the UK has been dominated by gas use up until now. Again hydrogen comes to the fore offering great potential – in particular for high power heat applications.
Gas equipment is preferred over electric by professional chefs and many home users for hob cooking and grilling in particular for both it’s responsiveness and culinary performance. Combusted hydrogen is food safe, producing only water moisture, and eliminates all the potential risks of carbon-monoxide poisoning currently present when burning carbon fuels.
An ATEX/BCGA compliant Hydrogen Laboratory was established to support early stage work. This learning exercise is now being put to good use in support of consultancy and training activities.