Heat and energy specialists will join H&V News on 14 October to discuss what a net zero gas grid will look like and how a range of low carbon heat technologies can end the UK’s reliance on natural gas


H&V News’ 2021 Low Carbon Heating Summit is just one week away with speakers from across the heat and energy sectors joining us to look at the challenges and opportunities of net zero homes and buildings.

The free to attend online event, which is sponsored by Gemserv, Honeywell and Panasonic, will look at issues including how legal targets for introducing cleaner and more efficient heat networks can be realised across the country.

The event will kick off with a keynote speech from Mike Foster, chief executive of the Energy and Utilities Alliance, who will set out his perspective of the reality of the future for low carbon gas.

Among our speakers on the day will be Malcolm Arthur, manager of the National Grid’s Future of Heat Programme. He will talk about the UK’s future relationship with gas and how the concept of our existing grid may evolve in the transition to cleaner heat by 2050.

The recent release of the UK’s Hydrogen strategy concluded that we are five years way from the government deciding what role the gas may or may not play in heating our homes.

Yet trials are already underway on building the technical and safety case for blending hydrogen at up to a volume of up to 20 per cent within our existing gas grid to try and lower the overall emissions for existing boiler systems.  However, influential groups such as the Climate Change Committee anticipate that hydrogen will not be a like for like replacement of natural gas heating, with other low carbon technologies such as heat pumps and district heat becoming a central part of national heat strategies.

Mr Arthur will discuss what a lower carbon gas grid will and will not mean for delivering cleaner heat and smarter energy and storage.

Hydrogen or heat pump debate 

Other speakers on the day will include Ground Source Heat Pump Association director Laura Bishop, who will be part of a panel looking at the issue of heat pump and hydrogen adoption. Specifically, the panel will consider how the UK can best begin to realistically adopt a range of different lower carbon heat technologies at scale.

She will be joined by Klara Ottosson, an analyst for Delta-EE specialising in heat policy and Walter Stephens, sales manager for Panasonic’s Air to Water products in Ireland.

If a mixture of different heat technologies are to be the future of UK heat, then how does the industry start to deliver on this? This will be among the issues our panel will be tasked to answer along with fielding questions from our online audience.

You can sign up to attend for the event and find more information about the full programme here.


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