Hydrogen Heating

Coordinator: Carina Holzapfel

The German government aims to achieve climate neutrality by 2045, and the heating sector must contribute to this goal. However, in 2022, 73% of the residential buildings in Germany were still heated with fossil fuels. The new building energy law requires that 65% of newly installed heating systems must use renewable energy sources. Electric heating, specifically heat pumps, is the most promising option for decarbonizing the heating sector. However, around 30% of residential buildings are in the lowest energy efficiency classes, which poses a challenge for the electrification of heating in these buildings.

With the help of water electrolysis, the heating unit produces hydrogen and then burns it. The use of hydrogen as a fuel produces only water vapor and heat as emissions. The H2mc Heating UG heating unit and process are the subject of a German patent (DE 10 2022 116 119 B3).

An elementary added value of the heating unit and process developed by H2mc Heating UG is the simple and cost-efficient integration.  Here, the H2mc heating unit is connected to the already existing heating systems. This is an attractive option especially for the renovation of old buildings with poor energy efficiency classes, as the heating unit can be installed without major conversion work. The system can also be used in new buildings to install climate-friendly heating.

Through W4RES, H2MC is getting funding support to find relevant funding calls. H2MC also receives support for the application preparation for the national fund from “Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt”. 

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We are pleased to announce the publication of the last issue of the W4RES project. The newsletter is available here.

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W4RES held its final event as part of “RE-Energising Europe”, a two-day event on 24 and 25 October in Brussels where 7 EU-funded projects (BECoop, Micat, NEWTrends, NRG2Peers, UP-STAIRS and NUDGE) joined forces to organise joint-sessions focusing on energy communities, energy efficiency, energy behaviour, gender equality and new trends.

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You want to improve gender equality in the renewable energy sector? You’re missing arguments or guidelines on how to implement it? Check out our W4RES tool!

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19 October 2023 – W4RES, the EU-funded project which aims at calling up the involvement of women in the market deployment and uptake of RHC solutions, will publish a report with policy recommendations aiming at creating a more competitive, inclusive and gender-responsive Renewable Heating and Cooling landscape.

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Ihsane Haouach is a social entrepreneur, author, trainer, and speaker, dedicated to promoting equal and sustainable transitions. Alongside international projects targeting an efficient and effective organisation, she founded several non-profit initiatives aimed at promoting equity. As a consultant and trainer, she intervenes to improve organisations’ societal impact. Her experience and skills from both the corporate […]

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Bipasha Baruah is Professor and Canada Research Chair in Global Women’s Issues at Western University.