On May 24 the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $3.5 million for early-stage hydrogen production research and development that is compatible with nuclear energy sources. Using electricity and heat generated at nuclear energy facilities to produce hydrogen via high-temperature electrolysis (HTE) has the potential to offer baseload nuclear plants an additional revenue stream.
Two of the selected projects, Saint Gobain and West Virginia University, will leverage the HydroGEN Consortium to accelerate the development of advanced water-splitting materials for HTE. The projects identified were chosen as alternates under prior year .
Saint Gobain of Northboro, Massachusetts, will receive up to $1 million to adapt its novel all-ceramic stack technology to HTE with a focus on addressing fundamental durability challenges. West Virginia University of Morgantown, West Virginia, will receive up to $1 million to develop new HTE materials capable of durable and efficient operation at temperatures compatible with nuclear energy heat sources.
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