New heat­ing sys­tem could slash emis­sions

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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

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