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FuelCell Energy Electrolyzer to be used in UK Hydrogen and Nuclear Study

FuelCell Energy, Inc. has been contracted by EDF Energy for a project exploring the viability of using hydrogen to decarbonize asphalt production.

The Bay Hydrogen Hub consortium, which is made up of EDF , Heidelberg UK, the National Nuclear Laboratory and Vulcan Burners, proposes combining the use of FuelCell Energy’s  1-Megawatt Solid Oxide Electrolyzer Cell (SOEC) with nuclear generated heat and electricity to produce hydrogen in bulk at a lower cost than other hydrogen electrolysis technologies.

FuelCell Energy President and CEO Jason Few commented, “Solid Oxide Electrolysis is ideal for producing hydrogen from nuclear power sources. The already high efficiency of solid oxide electrolysis systems can be raised even higher using waste heat from the nuclear power plant, lowering the cost per kilogram of the hydrogen produced.”

FuelCell Energy Vice President of Business Development Andrea Miserocchi added, “We are proud to showcase how FuelCell Energy’s technology is notably different from other low-temperature electrolysis systems (e.g., alkaline and PEM) that produce around 20% to 35% less hydrogen for the same power input. To put this in perspective, if electricity costs 10 cents/kWh, that efficiency difference results in approximately $1 (0.82£) to $1.50 (1.23£) lower hydrogen cost with FuelCell Energy’s SOEC platform.”

FuelCell Energy’s electrolyzer will be analyzed for use at the Nuclear Power Plant in Heysham (Northwest England) as part of the Bay Hydrogen Hub project, which endeavors to decarbonize the asphalt industry by distributing that hydrogen via high volume tankers to dispersed sites.

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