The U.S. Department of Energy on Wednesday highlighted plans to fund projects at four nuclear plants to demonstrate the clean production of hydrogen. DOE estimates that a single 1,000-megawatt nuclear reactor could produce up to 150,000 tons of hydrogen each year.
DOE agreed to develop a hydrogen production demonstration project at Davis-Besse in collaboration with Idaho National Laboratory (INL), Xcel Energy, and Arizona Public Service.
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Bloom Energy Corporation (NYSE: BE) announced the initial results of its ongoing demonstration with Idaho National Laboratory (INL), the nation’s premier center for nuclear energy research and development.
loom Energy Corporation (NYSE: BE) today announced the initial results of its ongoing demonstration with Idaho National Laboratory (INL), the nation’s premier center for nuclear energy research and development. With nearly 500 hours of full load operation completed at the laboratory, Bloom’s high-temperature electrolyzer is producing hydrogen more efficiently than other commercially available electrolyzers, including PEM and alkaline.
Producing inexpensive hydrogen using electricity to split water or to extract hydrogen from hydrocarbon compounds is a two-sided coin: one side is obtaining and exploiting low-cost, emissions-free energy sources while the opposite side is establishing low-cost robust, durable, and efficient materials for the conversion processes.
The demonstration project is expected to be operational in 2024 and will demonstrate the technical feasibility of a hybrid hydrogen production system in order to facilitate large scale commercialization. Also during this outage, work will be performed to support the DOE funded zero-carbon hydrogen production demonstration project at Davis-Besse in collaboration with INL, Xcel Energy, and Arizona Public Service.
Drones equipped with INL’s new Route Operable Unmanned Navigation of Drones (ROUNDS) software can be used to automate tedious tasks at power plants or factories to improve operational efficiencies, lower costs, and reduce the risk of workplace injuries. With ROUNDS, inexpensive, off-the-shelf drones with cameras are equipped to navigate indoor spaces without modifications to the hardware or any software configuration. ROUNDS enabled drones can navigate in closed industrial spaces quickly, covering more distance and locations in a shorter period of time.
The US Department of Energy will provide $20 million funding for a demonstration project at Palo Verde nuclear power station in Arizona to produce hydrogen. The DOE’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Office has announced a funding award of $12 million, along with $8 million from DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy.
Palo Verde Generating Station, a 4-GW nuclear power plant in Arizona, is gearing up to produce hydrogen from a low-temperature electrolysis system, and that hydrogen will then be used to fuel a natural gas–fired power plant owned by Arizona Public Service. The innovative power-to-power demonstration led by PNW Hydrogen is set to receive $20 million in federal funding, including $12 million from the DOE’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office and $8 million from DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy.
In June, U.S. Energy Jennifer Granholm launched the Earthshot Initiative, which seeks to reduce the cost of clean hydrogen to decarbonize the industrial sector. By generating clean hydrogen, nuclear power plants can contribute to the Earthshot.
“By diversifying the uses of nuclear energy and nuclear power plants, we provide additional economic and environmental opportunities for nuclear energy to continue to contribute to our nation’s economy and energy supply mix,” Hallbert said. “Those, in turn, provide compelling reasons to continue to operate the existing fleet of light water reactors into the future.”
“This project, and others like it, align with the mission of INL and DOE to sustain the existing fleet of operating light water reactors and support the pipeline of future advanced nuclear power systems,” said Bruce Hallbert, director of DOE’s Light Water Reactor Sustainability Program, based at INL. “These projects demonstrate the versatility of nuclear power to meet the demands for energy and energy products while achieving reductions in carbon emissions to the environment.”
DOE on October 7, 2021, announced $20 million in funding to demonstrate technology that will produce clean hydrogen energy from nuclear power. This innovative 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.
If you’re hearing for the first time that October 8 is Hydrogen Day, you might be wondering, “Why October 8?” and “What’s the connection to nuclear?” ANS Nuclear Newswire has the answers.
Thanks to research performed over the last decade by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Electric Power Research Institute, utilities now have the confidence and data they need to apply for a second 20-year operating license with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
It is no secret that the nuclear power industry is enduring an economic crisis. Brought about largely by the impact of technological disruption across the energy market.
It is no secret that the nuclear power industry is enduring an economic crisis. Brought about largely by the impact of technological disruption across the larger energy market, a number of utilities have had no option but to prematurely shut down some nuclear plants because they could no longer compete in the regions they serve.
Bloom on Tuesday said the electricity generated by nuclear facilities could produce “cost-effective hydrogen,” including during periods when the power grid has an ample supply of electricity.
For carbon-free hydrogen to play a significant role in decarbonization, it will need to be produced in large quantities at low cost to compete with hydrocarbons. In a future power system heavily dependent on intermittent renewables, hydrogen will likely find economical use in power storage for grid balancing.
USA’s Advanced Remote Monitoring & Diagnostics Services Project (ARM) represents a one-of-a-kind industry initiative. In partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, ARM helps reduce power plants’ operating costs through the application of advanced technologies.
The production of electricity from blank hydrogen has been elusive, but this may replace in the not too distant future: technological, political and environmental points – the variables for creating the hydrogen economy – are aligned.
Future hybrid energy systems could lead to paradigm shifts in clean energy production, national lab researchers and industry leaders predict. Beyond providing flexibility and an abundant supply of clean energy, such systems could support sectors of the economy that are more difficult to decarbonize, such as industry and transportation.
Generating electricity from clean hydrogen has always been elusive. But that may change in the not-so-distant future: the technological, political and environmental factors — the variables to create the hydrogen economy — are aligning.
There is a growing overproduction of electricity from solar and wind, but solar in particular, especially in the Southwest. Utilities are in a rush to find ways of saving this electricity and balancing their systems.
The Office of Nuclear Energy has outlined its plan to support the existing US nuclear generation fleet, demonstrate the latest innovations in nuclear energy technologies and explore new market opportunities.
The U.S. Department of Energy announced the funding award on Oct. 8. The new project is the first of its kind in pairing a commercial electricity generator with high-temperature steam electrolysis (HTSE) technology.
The programme is a coordinated DOE effort to advance the affordable production, transport, storage, and use of hydrogen across different sectors of the economy. The Plan involves participation from the Offices of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Fossil Energy, Nuclear Energy, Electricity, Science, and coordinates with the Advanced Research Program Agency – Energy.
Xcel Energy will work with Idaho National Laboratory to demonstrate a system that uses a nuclear plant’s steam and electricity to split water. The resulting hydrogen will initially be used at the power plant, but it could eventually be sold to other industries. More than $10 million in federal funding has been awarded to the project.