Centrica to supply hydrogen-ready combined heat and power systems

With the German company 2G Energy AG, Centrica Business Solutions has agreed to provide combined heat and power systems that are suitable for hydrogen across Europe.

In an agreement with manufacturer 2G Energy AG, Centrica will offer clients combined heat and power (CHP) systems that are prepared to run on hydrogen in the future.

According to the terms of the deal, Centrica Business Solutions, a subsidiary of British Gas, will now make 2G technologies available to customers in the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, and Italy.

The website for the 2G claims that its CHP units can use locally produced, clean hydrogen created through electrolysis.

More than 10 million residential and commercial customers globally get energy and services from Centrica, which already has a portfolio of CHP facilities with a combined capacity of more than 700MW.

As they produce both electricity and heat from a single unit, gas-powered CHP units are already thought of as a more efficient option than onsite generators or traditional gas boilers. However, systems that are hydrogen-ready could potentially transition to running with no emissions when hydrogen fuel is available.

According to Centrica, hydrogen-ready CHP represents an energy-saving “fast win” that simultaneously boosts business resilience, lowers operational costs for clients, and advances corporate net zero plans, with a return on investment of fewer than 12 months for some projects.

According to Greg McKenna, general director of Centrica Business Solutions, “Our customers are entirely focused on net zero.” The relationship with 2G for hydrogen-ready CHP engines expands the spectrum of solutions we already provide to assist them in the decarbonization process.

The news follows the recent grant funding received by Centrica and hydrogen technology specialist HiiROC for a trial examining the fuel’s decarbonization potential at gas-fired power facilities.

In what is reportedly a first for the UK, three percent of the fossil gas mix used at the 49 MW Brigg gas-fired power station will be replaced by low carbon hydrogen during the 12-month trial.

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