Burgerhout Scoop, Hydrogen and Energy Transition

Blog written by Henk Bruining, Regulation & Innovation Manager M&G Group

Burgerhout is now hydrogen ready with its flue gas systems with plastic inner liner. In other words, our plastic flue systems function safely and are durable in combination with appliances that run on 100% hydrogen. This is the conclusion of a KIWA report recently completed on behalf of Burgerhout.  Innovative boilers, suitable for 100% hydrogen or any mixture of natural gas and hydrogen, can now be connected without risk safely to the plastic flue gas systems from Burgerhout, such as the tensile-resistant EasySafe.

A first: Burgerhout ‘hydrogen ready’

KIWA Apeldoorn has investigated the effect of condensation from 100% hydrogen combustion on the components in our discharge material. By this I mean the flue-gas-carrying parts, such as sealing rings and the plastic used. According to KIWA, the components in the flue gases and the condensate are slightly different from the components in flue gases from ordinary natural gas. KIWA has calculated, among other things, that the pH value of the hydrogen condensate is slightly more acidic. This is the result of their assumption that the concentration of nitric acid (HNO3) is slightly higher, in addition, the concentration of sulfuric acid (H2SO4) and hydrochloric acid (HCL) is less. Our PP systems are extremely suitable for these pH values. KIWA substantiates and concludes this in their report of December 2, 2019.

Delta-Discovery Air heat pump housing

In addition to the scoop ‘Hydrogen ready’, we have developed the Delta-Discovery Air heat pump housing. This development has been done in close collaboration with our partners, such as installers, construction companies, heat pump manufacturers and end customers (including housing corporations). This approach resulted in all market requirements being included in the development process. The result is also satisfying: a robust and aesthetically pleasing housing, where the heat pump is easily accessible via a built-in inspection hatch. In short, no hassle through the roof.
I want to conclude with the words:

– Safety for the user comes first –