Project to produce clean hydrogen from nuclear power wins $20m

A total of six tonnes of stored hydrogen will be used to produce around 200MWh of electricity during times of high demand

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A project to demonstrate technology that will produce clean hydrogen from nuclear power has been awarded $20 million (£14.7m) by the US Department of Energy (DOE).

Led by PNW Hydrogen, the project will produce green hydrogen from the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station in Phoenix, Arizona.

A total of six tonnes of stored hydrogen will be used to produce around 200MWh of electricity during times of high demand and may also be 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.

Deputy Secretary of Energy David M. Turk said: “Developing and deploying clean hydrogen can be a crucial part of the path to achieving a net zero carbon future and combatting climate change.

“Using nuclear power to create hydrogen energy is an illustration of DOE’s commitment to funding a full range of innovative pathways to create affordable, clean hydrogen, to meet DOE’s Hydrogen Shot goal and to advance our transition to a carbon-free future.”