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UK hydrogen strategy recognises nuclear energy’s role

27 August 2021

Last week, the highly anticipated hydrogen strategy was released by the UK Government.

It was encouraging to see the strategy confirming that nuclear reactors - large, small, current and advanced - have a critical role in producing low-carbon hydrogen.  

The strategy contains a number of points on nuclear energy’s contribution, including high temperature nuclear electrolysis and thermochemical water splitting. The role and impact of these nuclear-powered methods will be assessed and integrated into the UK Government’s modelling for future production pathways.

The Government has outlined an approach to supporting multiple technologies and committed to providing further detail in 2022.

It will be important for Urenco and the wider UK nuclear industry to contribute to the production strategy, including through the published consultations.

At Urenco, we believe that nuclear energy has a key role to play in tackling climate change as a proven, reliable, CO2 free technology which can produce both electricity and hydrogen. We look forward to presenting our thoughts in detail over the coming months.

Read the UK hydrogen strategy https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-hydrogen-strategy

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Urenco is an international supplier of enrichment services and fuel cycle products with sustainability at the core of its business. Operating in a pivotal area of the nuclear fuel supply chain for 50 years, Urenco facilitates zero carbon electricity generation for consumers around the world.

With its head office near London, UK, Urenco’s global presence ensures diversity and security of supply for customers through enrichment facilities in Germany, the Netherlands, the UK and the USA. Using centrifuge technology designed and developed by Urenco, and through the expertise of our people, the Urenco Group provides safe, cost effective and reliable services; operating within a framework of high environmental, social and governance standards, complementing international safeguards.

Urenco is committed to continued investment in the responsible management of nuclear materials; innovation activities with clear sustainability benefits, such as nuclear medicine, industrial efficiency and research; and nurturing the next generation of scientists and engineers.

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