DOE to invest $3.5m in nuclear-compatible hydrogen production


The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced plans to invest up to $3.5m for hydrogen (H2) production research and development (R&D) that is compatible with nuclear energy sources.

Many utilities are now economically incentivised to consider integrating nuclear energy production with other industrial processes to optimise thermal and electrical energy production.

Using electricity and heat generated at nuclear energy facilities to produce H2 via extremely efficient high temperature electrolysis (HTE) is one promising integration approach for generating low cost H2. Through utilisation of the high temperature heat generated by nuclear energy plants, less electricity is required for the HTE process; thermal energy is generally less expensive than electrical energy. 

Through the selection of these projects, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Fuel Cell Technologies Office will advance HTE H2 production R&D with the potential to offer baseload nuclear plants an additional revenue stream. This is one example of how DOE’s innovative early stage H2 R&D can enable affordable and reliable energy that enhances economic growth and energy security.

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