A new think tank has been launched by the UK Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (UK HFCA) to explore the potential use of nuclear energy, both electrical and thermal, to produce zero-carbon hydrogen.
The Nuclear Enabled Hydrogen Working Group will include academics, experts from the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL), the law firm Burges Salmon and oil and gas services company Petrofac.
Celia Greaves, chief executive of the UK HFCA, said: “Hydrogen is too important a part of the UK’s journey to net zero for us to let up.
“The UK HFCA will continue to do all it can, leading co-ordination with relevant groups to ensure the government receives consistent, practical and expert advice.”
Allan Simpson, technical lead at the NNL and chair of the group, said: “We will look at evidence-based advice to widen the understanding of the role of nuclear hydrogen across the energy system, including in buildings, transport and industry, as well as specific ways to remove barriers, support net zero objectives and accelerate use.”
Last year, the NNL worked with DNV to explore the potential of nuclear energy to support the conversion of UK gas networks to hydrogen.
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