Rinnai has announced that after extensive reviews and testing of existing products, all commercial water heaters are now ready for hydrogen blending. The N-series devices installed since 2019 will also be included in securing the future for the emergence of decarbonization. This means that Rinnai is “hydrogen ready” for the planned initial supply of natural gas and hydrogen mixtures, which are fed via the gas pipeline infrastructure.
Rinnai also said that many times its existing ranges will be retrofit compatible with future hydrogen blends. This includes all N-series models that have been installed since 2019.
Rinnai's Chris Goggin stated, “This is an important announcement for our customers' current or planned installations. It just means that you are future proof. If you've installed any of the N-Series models since December 2019, those models are hydrogen ready too.
“The N series includes four models: the N1600i with 954 liters per hour; the N1600e (external) also delivers 954 liters per hour (at 50 degrees); The N1300i delivers 775 liters per hour and the N1300e delivers 775 liters per hour of temperature controlled water at 50 degrees. The two 1600s have load profiles of XXL and are rated with water efficiency class A, while the 1300s are rated with load profile XL and water efficiency class A. "
“Decarbonisation is the goal for all of us, but it will not be achieved through a single product type or energy vector. Different energy sources are required, be it hydrogen, electricity or district heating. All of them are needed to achieve extensive decarbonization.
Goggins added, “It is not productive for anyone or anyone to be agnostic about various fuels. We need to respect all technology and be pragmatic and logical when looking at the design of services in our very diverse building stock. "
Hydrogen has already been successfully delivered to the Keele University campus in the Midlands. HyDeploy, the first project in the UK to mix hydrogen into a natural gas network, began the trial in October 2019 with a 20% mix of 100 homes and 30 university buildings. During the trial, Keele customers used mixed hydrogen gas safely in their homes and without having to make changes to their existing equipment.
The next phase is at Winlaton near Gateshead, which is making history by becoming the first public network to receive a 20% hydrogen mixture. There are 670 houses in the trial area as well as the church, elementary school, and several businesses, all of which receive the hydrogen mix for a period of about 10 months. For those interested in the impact of industrial clusters, please turn to the Hynet program in the North West, where it is expected that over 2 million buildings from Liverpool to Manchester will receive mixed hydrogen in the not too distant future.
Rinnai recently committed to creating a comprehensive information center dedicated to hydrogen as a low carbon energy for the future. The Rinnai Hydrogen Information Hub is aimed at consultants, engineers, planners and end users of building technology. It will be online and contain webinars as well as any digital or on-site meetings requested.
The distribution of hydrogen creates a solution to the issues of the energy trilemma and the very much needed decarbonisation of the UK energy network. Hydrogen can potentially be burned by existing in-situ devices, including smart controls and inexpensive hardware and software upgrades, as demonstrated by the proprietary technology in hot water heaters.
Many countries in Europe and Asia are using post-pandemic economic recovery plans to launch plans to switch to hydrogen as the main fuel source for housing, industry and transportation. France recently announced a € 7 billion package to build a carbon-free hydrogen industry, and Germany has committed € 9 billion.
According to the most recent studies, hydrogen is already “inexpensive” in niche applications and is expected to equalize alternatives on an industrial scale, at least in terms of price, in less than a decade.
Rinnai is a true global player in the manufacture of household and commercial appliances and is active in almost 50 countries. Rinnai is the world's leading manufacturer of continuous flow hot water systems. 2 million units are manufactured and sold every year. The choice of units can be varied to provide unlimited hot water to any location of any size. This means fast, efficient and temperature-controlled water on demand at the time of delivery for textile care operations and less space for technical rooms with little or no maintenance, as all devices have proven to be robust and durable.
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