Xcel Energy and Idaho National Laboratory to use nuclear energy for hydrogen production

Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy and Idaho National Laboratory have joined forces to demonstrate a system that uses a nuclear plant’s steam and electricity to split water and produce hydrogen.

With the help of $10m in federal funding from the US Department of Energy, the partnership will be the first of its kind to pair a commercial electricity generator with high-temperature steam electrolysis (HTSE) technology.

In a statement released yesterday (9th Nov), Idaho National Laboratory described HTSE technology as a natural fit at nuclear power plants, where high-quality steam and electricity are both accessible.

Building on a project launched last year which demonstrated how hydrogen production facilities could be installed at operating nuclear power plants, the new venture hopes to transform the nuclear energy industry.

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