Westinghouse Electric and Bloom Energy Corp have entered into a Letter of Intent to pursue clean hydrogen production in the commercial nuclear power market. The companies are teaming up to identify and implement clean hydrogen projects across the nuclear industry.

Westinghouse and Bloom Energy will aim at jointly developing an optimised and large-scale high temperature integrated electrolysis solution. With the ability to operate 24/7 and provide high-quality steam input, nuclear plants are well-positioned to utilise electrolyser technology and produce substantial quantities of clean hydrogen with minimal disruption to current, ongoing operations.

"Through this collaboration, we are committed to delivering an economical solution for large-scale hydrogen production … which further supports the path to net zero carbon emissions," commented Pam Cowan, Westinghouse president of Americas Operating Plant Services.

“We are proud Westinghouse has turned to Bloom and our solid oxide technology to supercharge the clean hydrogen economy,” said Rick Beuttel, vice president, hydrogen business, Bloom Energy. “Solid oxide technology is well suited for nuclear applications, efficiently harnessing steam to further improve the economics of hydrogen production.”

Global demand for hydrogen and its emerging applications is projected to increase tenfold or more by 2050 as hydrogen usage expands from traditional industrial uses to “the fuel of a clean future”.

The hydrogen produced in nuclear plants can be utilised to serve many industries such as renewable fuels production, oil and metals refining, ammonia synthesis, mining operations, and mobility in sectors such as heavy trucks, buses, and even air travel. The companies also are well positioned to support the US Department of Energy’s developing hydrogen hubs.