In collaboration with Idaho National Laboratory (INL), Xcel Energy, and Arizona Public Service, Energy Harbor and the Department of Energy (DOE) have finalized agreements to continue the development of a zero-carbon hydrogen production demonstration project at the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station near Toledo, Ohio.
The DOE chose Davis-Besse for its capacity to provide a carbon-free source of energy, as well as its good operational track record and closeness to the water needed to create hydrogen. Davis-Besse is also conveniently located near important hydrogen users in the manufacturing and transportation sectors of the market.
The DOE-funded pilot project will show that a hybrid hydrogen production system is technically feasible and economically viable, paving the way for large-scale commercialization. The Davis-Besse Electricity Station at Energy Harbor will deliver carbon-free nuclear power to a hydrogen production unit that will use Low Temperature Electrolysis (LTE) and Polymer Electrolyte Membrane (PEM) technology to produce 100% carbon-free hydrogen.
The nuclear hydrogen production system will be operational in 2023, according to engineering and site preparations. David Hamilton, Energy Harbor’s Executive Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer, stated, “We’re dedicated to collaborating with the DOE and INL to show that nuclear power can supply clean, carbon-free hydrogen to the industrial and transportation sectors. Hydrogen with zero carbon emissions is an essential part of the present energy shift.”
Marcy Kaptur, a U.S. Representative from Ohio’s 9th Congressional District, added, “One of my top priorities as Chair of the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee is to develop reliable, clean energy sources that will power our future, create good-paying jobs, and protect hardworking families’ wallets. Northern Ohio will be positioned as a regional hub for hydrogen technology innovation and excellence as a result of our collaboration with the Department of Energy National Laboratories.”