Hydrogen Boiler Explosion Claims Report ‘Cherrypicked’, Government Says

Hydrogen boiler report 'cherrypicked'
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The government says that elements of a report claiming hydrogen boilers could cause four times more explosions than natural gas boilers have been “cherrypicked”.

The government-backed study by Arup attracted mainstream media attention last week, which said hydrogen boilers could cause 39 blasts and 65 injuries per year in the kitchen or lower floor. This was compared to nine detonations and 17 people getting hurt due to natural gas (methane) boilers. 

Jack Woodfield
News Editor

Jack has worked in journalism for 11 years and was the News Editor for Homebuilding & Renovating from 2019 until the beginning of 2023. He strives to break the most relevant and beneficial stories for self builders, extenders and renovators, including the latest news on the construction materials shortage and hydrogen heating. In 2021 he appeared on BBC's The World at One to discuss the government's planning reforms. 

He enjoys testing new tools and gadgets, and having bought his first home in 2013, he has renovated every room and recently finished a garden renovation.