Argonne National Laboratory and Constellation Energy reached a long-term agreement to develop technologies for more efficient, carbon-free power generation.

The agreement would support various projects through October 2028. One such project would focus on the use of hydrogen from nuclear power to store and transmit energy in back-up power, transportation and a variety of other applications.

Researchers at Argonne are already working with Constellation to assess market demand for hydrogen, as well as the environmental and economic impacts of hydrogen production, storage and delivery.

“This agreement can help align our research and development at the laboratory, because it gives us much better insight into what industry actually needs,” said Mark Petri, Grid Security and Resilience Lead at Argonne. “The industry benefits because they get the power of Argonne National Laboratory’s capabilities and expertise to address specific technical issues that they may have.”

In a report recently released by Constellation, the company said it plans to capitalize on the 24/7 heat and electricity production of its nukes to produce hydrogen for power generation and other industries.

Constellation is implementing a pilot project with the U.S. Department of Energy to demonstrate hydrogen production, storage and on-site use from nuclear power through Nel Hydrogen’s 1 MW electrolyzer powered by its Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station in Oswego, New York. The project is expected begin producing hydrogen before the end of 2022.

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