Whitby is no longer being considered by the UK government as a location for a future hydrogen village trial.
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All Whitby residents received a letter in September asking them to complete a final survey, this was being carried out by Savanta, an independent market research agency.
Despite the trial not going ahead in the area, any and all feedback from residents would continue to play an important role in informing how the UK can heat homes and businesses in the future.
Eligible households were invited to take part in a final survey, both online and via other means, to share their views on the updated proposal, first published in March 2023 (which outlined the options to remain on natural gas) as well as the possibility of heating and cooking being converted to hydrogen.
This survey has now been drawn to a close and we made a commitment to share the output.
In total, we received 161 responses.
50% of residents who took part in the survey told us they felt positive about the programme; 34% felt negative, and 15% felt neutral.
When asked about primary heating system preferences, 52% of respondents said they would have chosen a hydrogen boiler, 36% would remain on natural gas and 31% were undecided.
We are grateful to the community for taking part in all resident surveys and taking the time to provide valuable feedback on the proposed hydrogen village trial.
If you have any questions on the survey please do not hesitate to contact us.
In 2025, the first UK village will swap from natural gas to hydrogen. This exciting programme will demonstrate how the rest of the UK can become more environmentally-friendly when it comes to heating and cooking with gas.
What's a Hydrogen Village?
Heating homes. Boiling water. Cooking food. It all needs energy. It’s time to make that energy cleaner – and it starts with a village.
Most UK homes and businesses rely on natural gas, a fossil fuel, for heating and cooking. This accounts for about 23% of the UK’s carbon dioxide emissions.
Moving to low-carbon hydrogen gas for heating and cooking, is one of the ways to help solve this issue.
Hydrogen gas can be produced in the UK, and projects have already shown how it can be used for heating and cooking. To demonstrate this more widely it now needs to be rolled out further.
That’s why the Government has announced a target for a village-sized gas grid to be converted to hydrogen, by 2025,
Whitby, Ellesmere Port
Situated within Ellesmere Port – an area recognised for its strong manufacturing, industrial and scientific history – an area in Whitby has been identified as an ideal place where a Hydrogen Village could be based.
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The map below shows the area of Whitby where the programme would take place.
Hydrogen offers a low-hassle way for homeowners, tenants and businesses to switch to a greener lifestyle.
Only limited changes are needed to gas pipes and homes,
for hydrogen to be used for heating, hot water and cooking.
In fact, using hydrogen in the gas network isn’t a totally new concept; hydrogen used to run through the nation’s pipes as part of town gas, before the 1960s.
There’s a couple of ways hydrogen can be made available for the cleaner version of the fuel we’d need today. Projects are already getting started to create hydrogen, in ways that keep carbon dioxide emissions to a minimum.
Home grown energy
Low-carbon hydrogen can be made in the UK.
Removing carbon emissions from heating
When hydrogen’s burned as a fuel, it doesn’t produce harmful CO2 emissions. This would save around 2.5 tonnes of CO2 per annum, in the average UK home.
Developing a UK hydrogen economy could support over 12,000 jobs by 2030, according to analysis by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
Lots of work has already been underway to make the North West’s gas pipes hydrogen-ready. Around £800m more will be invested in the regional gas network, over the next five years.
A simple change
Most of the UK's homes already use gas boilers. These can be replaced with versions that run on hydrogen.
Want to know how it's been done before? Take a look at the UK's first homes with appliances fuelled entirely by hydrogen.
Hydrogen could be used within an area of Whitby from 2025, but there’s a few things to do first...
In Spring 2022, Cadent and British Gas wrote to every address in Whitby to confirm which properties are located within the proposed ‘Village’ boundary.
Cadent and British Gas have now started speaking in more detail with Whitby residents, landlords and businesses to answer questions, complete surveys and create a strong community programme.
As part of these surveys, every property in the proposed ‘Hydrogen Village’ area – around 2,000 homes in an area within Whitby – will receive a free in-home hydrogen assessment.
In 2023 Ofgem, the energy regulator for Great Britain, will confirm which location the full programme will go ahead in (the area within Whitby in Ellesmere Port, or another area, in the North East of England).
Properties in the confirmed ‘Hydrogen Village’ will be provided with a free ‘hydrogen-ready’ gas boiler upgrade, and hydrogen will be supplied from 2025 for the duration of the programme – currently expected to last around two years.