Four U.S. nuclear generators—Energy Harbor, Xcel Energy, Exelon, and Arizona Public Service (APS)—are making headway on projects to demonstrate hydrogen production at nuclear plants, but scaling those efforts up to net new end-users and sources of revenue is still ridden with hurdles, company officials said in a panel discussion at the American Nuclear Society’s (ANS’s) virtual 2020 annual meeting on June 9. Energy Harbor, Xcel Energy, and APS are spearheading a multi-pronged project to develop and demonstrate nuclear-hydrogen hybrids and their commercial applications. Last September, the consortium garnered funding and technical support from the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Light Water Reactor Sustainability (LWRS) Program, as well as from its Integrated Energy Systems program (formerly known as the Nuclear-Renewable Hybrid Energy Systems program). Idaho National Laboratory (INL), an emerging hotbed for existing and advanced nuclear reactor technologies, leads both DOE programs.
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