Nuclear Power Could Produce a Third of U.K.’s Hydrogen by 2050. As much as one-third of the U.K.’s emissions-free hydrogen requirements could be produced by nuclear power by 2050, according to the Nuclear Industry Council. Its hydrogen roadmap outlines using large-scale and small modular reactors to produce so-called green hydrogen through electrolysis. The analysis estimates that 12 to 13 gigawatts of nuclear capacity would be able to produce 75 terawatt-hours of hydrogen or a third of what’s needed by 2050. Electricite de France SA, the company building Hinkley Point C in Somerset, announced it was looking for partners to develop hydrogen and direct air capture demonstration projects at its Sizewell C site. The U.K.’s Climate Change Committee estimates the country will need as much as 225 terawatt-hours of hydrogen per year to reach its net zero target but it needs to be done using clean sources of energy. Currently the most common method of hydrogen production, steam methane reformation, emits 10 kilograms of carbon dioxide for every kilogram of hydrogen.
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Nuclear power could produce one-third of the UK’s clean hydrogen needs by 2050, according to the Hydrogen Roadmap agreed by the Nuclear Industry Council (NIC) last week. The NIC, co-chaired by the minister for Business, Energy and Clean Growth and the chairman of the Nuclear Industry Association (NIA), sets strategic priorities for government-industry collaboration to promote nuclear power in the UK.
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