Welsh Government chooses Passiv UK’s HyMaker Heat project for share of £1.23m

December, 2023

Welsh Government HyBRID (Hydrogen Business Research & Innovation for Decarbonisation) has confirmed that Passiv UK’s HyMaker Heat Project was one of just four projects selected to receive a share of £1,230,000 from a fund supporting innovation and research to develop the hydrogen energy sector in the country and deliver Net Zero Wales.

Passiv UK competed for the Phase 2 Prototyping and Demonstrating funding over the summer of 2022 and the award now means the smart energy technology business can build on the successes of a series of hydrogen hybrid heating trials already completed in Milford Haven.

HyMaker Heat aims to develop a new system to heat multi-occupancy buildings using intelligent controls paired with a hydrogen boiler and an air-source heat pump. Passiv UK will deliver a proof-of-concept for hydrogen hybrid heating systems to be installed in many more buildings on the Port of Milford Haven and across the South Wales Industrial Cluster as part of a flexible net-zero energy system. 

In Phase 1 of HyBRID earlier this year, Welsh Government Smart Living invested £1.2m in 17 feasibility hydrogen projects across Wales, looking at skills, novel production methods, planning and consenting, and potential transport and heating offtakers. Phase 2 supports trials to explore using hydrogen to fuel trains, heat homes and offices, and empower homeowners and businesses in rural areas to decarbonise. Passiv UK is proud to be part of that journey and delighted to have been selected for funding from Welsh Government HyBRID.

Following the successful work completed during Phase 1, Passiv UK is delighted to have received further funding from the Welsh Government to move forward with Phase 2 of the Hymaker project. This funding will allow us to complete a full installation of two cascaded air source heat pumps, alongside an existing boiler, to provide heat to a large three-storey office building on the Port of Milford Haven. This will involve the deployment of Passiv’s smart controls to refine the hybridised operation of the heating system - producing key learning on the thermal behaviours of commercial properties. We are excited to progress with this project in 2023 and play a key role in aiding the South Wales Industrial Cluster achieve their net-zero targets.
Ian Rose, Sales and Strategy Director of Passiv UK