New heating system could slash emissions
CARBON emissions from heating could be cut by installing hybrid technology that does not require major changes to people’s homes, Government climate advisers have suggested, following tests in Bridgend.
The potential for hybrid heat pumps – that use electricity most of the time and then hydrogen to meet peak demand on cold winter days – has been a “lightbulb moment”, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) said.
The CCC said the system has been tested in a pilot in Bridgend, with positive feedback from households.
While the Government has had success in cutting emissions from electricity, carbon from heating buildings has been a much more intractable problem because of the impact on people’s lives of changing domestic heating systems.
But a new report from the CCC said installing hybrid heat pumps for buildings on the gas grid, along with boosting energy efficiency and making new homes more efficient, could cut emissions to near zero by 2050.
Hybrid versions of heat pumps, which use the UK’s increasingly low-carbon electricity to extract
Bridgend county is at the cutting edge of renewable energy projects – including this geothermal scheme in the Llynfi Valley