Using nuclear power to produce hydrogen likely would not be enough to help nuclear plants compete with renewables. Midwest nuclear power generators are exploring the potential of producing hydrogen on site as a way to reduce costs and create new revenue — a move that could also boost the region’s growing fuel cell industry. Department of Energy grants will let Energy Harbor (formerly FirstEnergy Solutions) and Exelon use some of the electricity at one of their respective nuclear plants to power the separation of water into hydrogen and oxygen by hydrolysis. The hydrogen can then be used in various applications, including fuel cells, which produce electricity as they combine the hydrogen with oxygen to make water.
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