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LucidCatalyst contributed to this independent study on hydrogen production which shows that using nuclear power will cut costs and emissions

The report, commissioned by Urenco, and initiated by Aurora Energy Research, investigates the benefits of the deployment of both renewables and nuclear to support decarbonization and reduce reliance on fossil fuels as a transitional fuel source in Great Britain.

The full report, called Decarbonising Hydrogen in a Net Zero Economy, has been supported by the IAEA, EDF and LucidCatalyst and is available here. The scenarios presented in this report are not Aurora forecasts but exploratory scenarios to assess a wider range of technology mixes.

LucidCatalyst just released a summary Insights Report, available here.

The report follows the UK Government’s Hydrogen Strategy, published in August 2021. The Hydrogen Strategy stated that nuclear-hydrogen provides a number of options for producing clean hydrogen, but did not model the costs and competitiveness of nuclear’s contribution.

The key findings include:

  • To facilitate rapid decarbonisation and cut dependency on fossil fuels, nuclear and renewables are both needed for power and hydrogen production.

  • Together, nuclear and renewables can provide the hydrogen volumes needed for net zero in 2050.

  • Deploying large volumes of nuclear alongside renewables is economically efficient, reducing the net present value of total system spend by 6-9% (£40-60bn) to 2050.

  • Combining hydrogen and nuclear leads to competitive costs. Using heat and electricity together from a nuclear power plant for hydrogen production provides a strong cost advantage.

  • Cumulative greenhouse gas emissions to 2050 can be reduced by 80 MtCO2e and gas usage in power and hydrogen by 8k TWht.