The UK’s first homes with household appliances fuelled entirely by hydrogen are being built in Gateshead, funded in part by the government Hy4Heat innovation programme. The homes are built in Low Thornley, Gateshead and will open in April 2021. The Scheme is part of the UK’s Ten Point Plan, which also includes a Hydrogen neighbourhood.
The project secured a £250,000 grant from the government’s Hy4Heat Innovation programme and is being run by gas company Northern Gas Networks and Cadent, who have both also input £250,000 of funding each.
The houses are open to the public, who will be able to view appliances and see how they compare to existing ones. Local schools, colleges and universities are also welcomed to learn about the new technology, as well as potential careers in the emerging green economy and in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects.