June 11, 2021
A Canadian innovation organization has launched a new study on the role of nuclear energy in supporting a growing hydrogen economy. The Nuclear Innovation Institute (NII) study will be the first of its kind in Canada to assess the technical viability and business case for producing hydrogen from zero-emission nuclear power.
Work on the study will be led by design, engineering and consulting firm Arcadis, supported by NII and project partners Bruce Power and Greenfield Global. Bruce is a founding member of NII, a non-profit organization established in 2018 in Ontario that serves as a platform to accelerate innovation in the Canadian nuclear industry.
“Hydrogen is poised to play a key role in a net zero future,” said David Campbell, director of the Bruce Power Center for Next Generation Nuclear at NII. “This project will provide a unique exploration of how nuclear power can provide the clean, affordable hydrogen that Ontario will need to continue to decarbonize our economy.
The new study will continue the Center for Next Generation Nuclear’s research into the potential for hydrogen production and use in Ontario, and will examine the viability of a local pilot project to demonstrate the economics of the technology, with a view to the rapid growth of the hydrogen economy. It aims to explore the “significant benefits” that a hydrogen project could bring to the region, including new export opportunities, business partnerships between local suppliers and the creation of well-paying jobs. The study will also benefit governments “at all levels” as they work on their own hydrogen strategies, the NII said.
The Canadian government launched its Hydrogen Strategy for Canada stimulate investments and partnerships to make Canada a global supplier of hydrogen. This strategy sees low-carbon, zero-emission hydrogen fuel technology as a key part of the country’s path to net carbon emissions by 2050. Bruce County is “well positioned” to advancing the hydrogen economy, the organizations said.
“Thanks to Bruce Power and the nuclear industry, Ontario has a deeply carbon-free electricity system,” said Bruce Power President and CEO Mike Rencheck. “We can leverage this system as a competitive advantage to attract new investment in innovation and decarbonize other sectors of the economy through the production and use of hydrogen as a clean alternative fuel.”
Bruce Power previously announced an initiative in 2021 to assess the opportunity for mass production of hydrogen using nuclear technology and the opportunities for alignment with the oil and gas, transportation and power generation sectors. . Using nuclear power generation for clean fuels and transportation, including a national hydrogen and clean fuels strategy, is one of the five pillars of the company’s strategy. NZ-2050 strategy to contribute to a net zero Canada while growing the economy and supporting innovation.
Research and writing by World Nuclear News