NuScale has released new data on its small modular reactor’s ability to split hydrogen from water.
NuScale says these numbers mean that correctly deployed nuclear modules could compete with existing solutions like solar hydrogen plants, helping to eliminate the need for fossil fuel hydrogen.
But what’s the real use case for using part of a small reactor’s output to make hydrogen? Couldn’t traditional, large nuclear plants do the same things?
Well, sure, but NuScale has never claimed to improve over the best markets for traditional, large, nuclear fission power plants. In big cities or populated areas, that could still be the best option, combined with growing renewables like solar, wind, and hydro. Small, remote locations, however, could be keen to have hydrogen for refueling, but lack access to a large nuclear infrastructure.
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