UK Clean Energy Association promotes nuclear hydrogen
The UK Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association is calling on the government to focus on NEH.
A position paper recently released by the UK Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (UK HGCA) called on the trade body to call on the government to take action to encourage nuclear hydrogen to help accelerate progress towards net zero.
The article was titled The Role of Nuclear-Enabled Hydrogen in Achieving Net-Zero.
It is easy to think that nuclear hydrogen is a contradiction in terms of environmental friendliness. This form of power, as secure as it has proven to be, has also seen its reputation tarnished every few years by near-disasters or disasters. In addition, having to store your waste has indeed proven to be a long-term problem that has not yet been solved.
That said, it is also, to a very large extent, a highly secure form of electricity generation. It is widely available and already established in many countries. Moreover – and specifically in this particular battle of the climate crisis – it generates electricity without generating carbon emissions.
This – and many other reasons – is why Britain’s HFCA takes nuclear hydrogen very seriously.
While green H2 – that is, the form produced by electrolysis powered by renewable energy sources such as solar and wind – is considered the best option in terms of overall environmental impact, it There are several barriers to deploying this option on the scale required to power megacities, large cities and countries as a whole.
Renewable energy is simply not in place at the scale needed to meet commercial-scale needs. What is available – and conducive to decarbonization goals – is nuclear power. It provides an existing low-cost energy source that can be used for H2 production as the country moves away from fossil fuels.
Renewable energy sources can continue to be built over time to gradually increase their capacity to power green H2 production. That said, to implement the production of H2 that would be needed to decarbonize the heating of millions of homes or tens of thousands of buses, the UK HGCA points to nuclear hydrogen as an opportunity to work with a technology that is actually available today. today.
Here is some recent information published on SMRs (Small Modular Reactors). Nuclear energy fueling hydrogen production with this technology…