DOE awards $20M to project to produce clean hydrogen from nuclear power
08 October 2021
The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding $20 million in funding to a project to demonstrate technology that will produce clean hydrogen energy from nuclear power. This approach will allow clean hydrogen to serve as a source for zero-carbon electricity and represent an important economic product for nuclear plants beyond electricity.
The project, based in Arizona, will make progress on DOE’s [email protected] vision for clean hydrogen across multiple sectors and help meet the Department’s Hydrogen Shot goal of $1 per 1 kilogram in one decade.
The project, led by PNW Hydrogen LLC, will receive $12 million from the DOE’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office (HFTO) and $8 million from DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) for a total award of $20 million. The project will produce clean hydrogen from nuclear power at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station in Phoenix, Arizona—the largest nuclear plant and the single-largest generator of carbon-free electricity in the US.
Six tonnes of stored hydrogen will be used to produce approximately 200 MWh electricity during times of high demand, and may be also used to make chemicals and other fuels. The project will provide insights about integrating nuclear energy with hydrogen production technologies and inform future clean hydrogen production deployments at scale.
PNW Hydrogen, LLC will be the primary recipient of the DOE award and will collaborate with multiple stakeholders in research, academia, industry and state-level government including Idaho National Laboratory, National Energy Technology Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, OxEon, Electric Power Research Institute, Arizona State University, University of California Irvine, Siemens, Xcel Energy, Energy Harbor and the LA Department of Water and Power.
If you are going to make hydrogen, this has to be the cleanest most efficient way to do it.
Posted by: sd | 08 October 2021 at 08:43 AM
Wind and solar are clean
Posted by: SJC | 08 October 2021 at 02:18 PM
Using nuclear power to produce hydrogen is much more efficient as heat from nuclear power is used to replace some of the electricity. Thus it is cleaner as if frees up more of the renewable power to be used to replace fossil fuel power
Posted by: sd | 11 October 2021 at 07:59 AM
You can get heat from concentrated solar thermal
Posted by: SJC | 11 October 2021 at 11:21 AM
You are right and if you can get the temperature up to 750 to 1000 deg C, you can produce hydrogen with a thermochemical reaction that uses sulfuric acid and iodine but the reagents are reused so the only output is hydrogen and oxygen. But it is probably easier to use nuclear power although you can not do this with a light water reactor as the temperatures are not high enough. But some of the high temperature gas or molten salt reactors would work.
Posted by: sd | 11 October 2021 at 08:03 PM
BLOOM ENERGY AND HELIOGEN JOIN FORCES TO HARNESS
THE POWER OF THE SUN TO PRODUCE LOW-COST GREEN HYDROGEN
Posted by: SJC | 14 October 2021 at 06:29 AM