Nuclear industry is hoped to supercharge clean hydrogen production
© Bloom Energy
Nuclear industry is hoped to supercharge clean hydrogen production
© Bloom Energy

Nuclear industry is hoped to supercharge clean hydrogen production

Clean hydrogen production in the commercial nuclear power market is set to be pursued following an agreement between Westinghouse Electric Company and Bloom Energy.

The companies today (June 6) announced that they have entered a Letter of Intent to jointly develop an optimised and large-scale, high temperature integrated electrolysis solution for the nuclear industry.

It is believed nuclear plants are well-positioned to use electrolyser technology to produce large quantities of clean hydrogen, with little disruption to existing operations, due to the ability to operate 24/7, providing ‘high quality steam input’.

As hydrogen demand continues to surge globally, the need to produce it in large quantities, from low or zero-carbon sources becomes larger.

Rick Beuttel, Vice-President at Bloom Energy, said, “We are proud Westinghouse has turned to Bloom and our solid oxide technology to supercharge the clean hydrogen economy.

“Solid oxide technology is well suited for nuclear applications, efficiently harnessing steam to further improve the economics of hydrogen production.

“High temperature electrolysis is already garnering attention and accolades as a cost-effective and viable solution to create low-cost, clean hydrogen, which is critical to meeting aggressive decarbonisation goals.”

H2 View understands the US-based companies intend for the hydrogen produced from the plants to be used by industries such as, renewable fuel production, oil and metal refining, ammonia synthesis, mining operations, and mobility across a range of sectors.

Pam Cowan, President of Americas Operating Plant Services at Westinghouse, commented, “Through this collaboration, we are committed to delivering an economical solution for large-scale hydrogen production in the nuclear industry, which further supports the path to Net Zero carbon emissions.”

North American Hydrogen Summit  

H2 View is taking its events platform to America’s original clean hydrogen hub of California. Together with the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP), we will stage our North American Hydrogen Summit in San Francisco on July 14-15.

As our summit theme Building Bridges: Hydrogen hubs and investment suggests, the event will explore the $8bn of funding announced to create at least four regional hydrogen hubs in the US. These hubs will turbo-charge the nation’s progress toward heavy trucking and industrial sectors that run without producing carbon pollution – and they may just provide the path forward to a hydrogen-fuelled future.

With California and Texas vying to be America’s hydrogen capital today, where are the hubs of tomorrow? Further still, what can other states, and countries, learn from California’s success story? And how can we build bridges to a successful flow of international investment?

If you are a member of the CaFCP, be sure to grab your ticket at a discounted rate with a code that can be provided to you by the events team.

Full information about this event including attendance and sponsorship packages can be found here.

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