Nuclear power plants are evolving too and undergoing technological advances to make them more versatile. Advanced nuclear power plants will function as part of an electricity system that is very different from the one that existed during the construction of the nuclear plants currently in use. Another technology undergoing technical advances to become more versatile is hydrogen cogeneration, and as the energy economy evolves hydrogen production is gaining global visibility and political support. As markets are rapidly incorporating renewable sources of energy, including wind and solar, it is becoming more difficult to sustain the supply-demand balance. Energy demand varies during the day, falling briefly in the morning and peaking in the early evening as people come home from their work. Generally, nuclear plants operate at full load but they are theoretically still capable of achieving a higher operational flexibility. It is operational flexibility that enables nuclear plants to respond dynamically to seasonal demand shifts or hourly market pricing changes. Every year, about 50Mt of hydrogen are consumed worldwide. Nuclear power plants and hydrogen production systems are well aligned to give nuclear an economical advantage over traditional hydrogen production energy sources. Nuclear power plants can supply the required heat and electricity without generating any carbon emissions. Producing hydrogen will serve as energy storage and decouple power production from the consumption of electricity. The hydrogen stored can either be used as fuel for generators based on combustion or sold for other industrial purposes.
Nuclear Engineering International 1st July 2021 read more »
Dubai: Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has signed an initial agreement with French utility EDF to cooperate on research and development (R&D) in the nuclear energy sector. A potential deal will “elevate the strategic partnership between the two entities through sharing global expertise and the latest advancements in the nuclear energy sector, as well as exploring the production of green hydrogen powered by carbon-free nuclear energy,” said the companies in a statement.
Gulf News 30th June 2021 read more »
World Nuclear News 30th June 2021 read more »