Hydrogen is pollution-free – if you produce it by splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen. Fine. That’s costly but let’s just overlook this. Hydrogen is also very hard to handle, makes things brittle and is hard to liquefy. Its also rather dangerous as we have seen in Norway. That can be dealt with for a price. If – on the other side – you used nuclear power in order to synthesize methane you go a bit cheaper but thats, not the main point. You then have a product that is easy to handle, for which massive infrastructure exists already, all the technology exists and is safe to use, AND it’s CO2 neutral. So, the same result as with hydrogen but cheaper and much much safer – plus we get to reuse trillions of USD in already made investments.
Hydrogen to Heysham (H2H) will test an innovative use for nuclear energy, says Xavier Mamo, Director of R&D at EDF Energy.