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Could AI-Powered Drones Make Nuclear Power Plant Operations More Efficient?

​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. ​

11/2/2021DOE NE Logo
  
US DOE to fund trial to use nuclear energy to generate hydrogen

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.

10/15/2021Energy Industry Times
  
Power-to-Power Hydrogen Demonstration Involving Largest U.S. Nuclear Plant Gets Federal Funding

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​.​

10/14/2021Power Logo
  
Idaho National Lab to work with PNW Hydrogen on clean hydrogen project

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.”

10/13/2021Daily Energy Insider Logo
  
INL partners with Arizona company to produce clean hydrogen

​“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.”

10/13/2021Post Register
  
DOE Announces $20 Million to Produce Clean Hydrogen From Nuclear Power

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.​

10/8/2021EE Online Logo
  
It’s Hydrogen Day—and yes, that has a lot to do with nuclear

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.

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USA's ARM Extends a hand in Preserving Nuclear Competitiveness

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.

8/17/2021ANS Logo
  
USA’s ARM extends a hand in preserving nuclear competitiveness

​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. ​

8/6/2021USA’s ARM extends a hand in preserving nuclear competitiveness
  
White House Cautiously Embraces Nuclear Power to Meet Green Goals
The 94 nuclear power reactors across the United States — the most of any country — will be "absolutely essential" for the country to meet Biden's climate projections, according to his climate adviser, Gina McCarthy.

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https://www.powermag.com/hydrogen-from-nuclear-power-test-set-at-idaho-lab/

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.

5/18/2021Power Logo
  
OilPrice.com

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.

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ARM Reaches Major Milestone and Announces Expansion Opportunity

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.

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How to Soften the Economy of Green Hydrogen

​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.

2/8/2021How to Soften the Economy of Green Hydrogen
  
https://energycentral.com/c/cp/clean-hydrogen-integrated-energy-systems-closer-ever

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. ​

1/27/2021Energy Central
  
How To Light A Fuse Under The Green Hydrogen Economy

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.

1/18/2021Forbes Logo
  
USEA Press Brief

​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.

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WNN Nuclear News

​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. ​

1/12/2021WNN Logo
  
Feds Pump $10M into Xcel Energy for Hydrogen Production

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. 

12/1/2020Feds Pump $10M into Xcel Energy for Hydrogen Production
  
https://www.neimagazine.com/news/newsus-doe-releases-hydrogen-plan-8368305

​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. 


11/18/2020Nuclear Engineering International
  
INL and Xcel Energy join Forces for Hydrogen-Production Project in Minnesota

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.

11/13/2020Chemical Engineering Logo
  
US Nuclear Lab Partnering with Utility to Produce Hydrogen

​The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded just under $14 million for an attempt to build a hydrogen-energy production facility at a nuclear power plant in Minnesota with the help of a nuclear research lab in Idaho. The project is part of a strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.​

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Xcel Energy, Idaho National Lab form private-public partnership to tap nuclear energy for hydrogen production

​A new partnership between Xcel Energy and Idaho National Laboratory, together with more than $10 million in federal funding, will investigate how to use nuclear energy to make hydrogen used at nuclear plants and, perhaps, sold to other industries.

11/12/2020EXcell
  
INL and Xcel Energy to Collaborate

More than $10 million in federal funding will help a Minnesota nuclear power plant make hydrogen in a way that could transform the nuclear energy industry.

11/10/2020FuelCell Works Logo
  
The US Department of Energy has approved over $10 million in funding to help demonstrate how a nuclear power plant can make hydrogen in a way that could transform the nuclear energy industry.​​

The US Department of Energy has approved over $10 million in funding to help demonstrate how a nuclear power plant can make hydrogen in a way that could transform the nuclear energy industry.​​

11/9/2020PostRegister Logo
  
Idaho National Laboratory is working with a Minnesota-based company on a system to use a nuclear plant’s steam and electricity to split water.

Idaho National Laboratory is working with a Minnesota-based company on a system to use a nuclear plant’s steam and electricity to split water.


11/9/2020PostRegister
  
Private-Public Partnership will use Nuclear Energy for Clean Hydrogen Production

​Private-Public Partnership will use Nuclear Energy for Clean Hydrogen Production, Project is first U.S. pairing of high-temperature steam electrolysis with commercial heat​.

11/9/2020Private-Public Partnership will use Nuclear Energy for Clean Hydrogen Production
  
U.S. Department of Energy Announces $26.9 million for Advanced Nuclear Technology

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced funding for three domestic projects that will accelerate advanced nuclear technology development. These projects, valued at $26.9 million including industry cost-share contributions, will allow industry-led teams to advance the state of domestic commercial nuclear capability.

10/8/2020DOE Logo
  
Fall Issue of the Bridge Nuclear Energy Revisited

​The desire to reduce the carbon intensity of human activities and strengthen the resilience of infrastructure key to economic prosperity and geopolitical stability shines a new spotlight on the value and challenges of nuclear energy.

9/15/2020national academy of engineering logo
  
The race for outage efficiency

​The U.S. Department of Energy’s Light Water Reactor Sustainability Program, led by Idaho National Laboratory, works closely with utilities to improve outage efficiencies and enable nuclear to go “toe-to-toe economically” with other energy sources.

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