UK approves Sizewell C nuclear plant

The UK Government has given the green light to the Sizewell C nuclear plant, backed by £700m funding.

Today’s long awaited decision, following planning consent in July, has far-reaching energy implications.

It is envisaged the Suffolk plant could operate as part of an integrated renewables-come-CCUS-hub, with hydrogen playing a central role.

According to EDF, it is exploring how it can produce and use hydrogen in several ways. Firstly, it could help lower emissions during construction of the power station and secondly, once Sizewell C is operational, it hopes to use some of the heat it generates (alongside electricity) to make hydrogen more efficiently.

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