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UK Gas Plans A Carbon-Free Future With Hydrogen

The title of this post is the same as that of this article on Eco Business.

This is the introductory paragraph.

A mixture of green hydrogen produced by surplus solar and wind power and bio-methane coming from farms and waste food will ensure the British gas industry a carbon-free future in 30 years, according to the country’s gas network operators.

It’s all part of a programme called Gas Goes Green.

It’s all part of a plan for the UK to go carbon-neutral by 2050, which is enshrined in UK law.

But there is competition to a hydrogen gas grid, as this paragraph from the article explains.

This ambitious plan faces some competition from the advocates of ground-source heat pumps as an alternative for heating homes. The pumps have the advantage of running on green electricity, and cut out the need for gas entirely, but they need to be installed in large numbers.

We should use every trick in the engineering locker to avoid generating carbon-dioxide. Ground source heat pumps, are ideal for new build properties.

I used a ground source heat pump for our indoor swimming pool at our house in Debach in the late 1980s. It was no trouble.

 

April 22, 2020 Posted by | World | , , , , | 2 Comments

Innovative Use Of Ground Source Heat Pumps At London Bridge Station

I like the idea of ground source heat pumps, as an efficient way of heating and cooling a building.

This article on Rail Engineer is entitled Looking Back On London Bridge.

This is an extract.

Working with GI Energy, we also drove the use of innovative technology – installing geothermal loops into 145 of the planned piles. These geothermal piles consist of pile foundations combined with two closed-loop ground source heat pump systems which span the length of the pile – they support the building while acting as a heat source in winter and a heat sink in summer. The piles alone will generate 79 tonnes per year in carbon savings.

Is that a case of having your cake and eating it?

January 10, 2019 Posted by | Transport | , , , | Leave a comment