A hydrogen future needs clean nuclear energy

Hydrogen storage tanks are visible at the Iberdrola green hydrogen plant in Puertollano, central Spain on March 28, 2023. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue, File)

To understand the opportunity for hydrogen produced from nuclear energy, we should first understand the opportunity for hydrogen more broadly.

Steel and concrete manufacturing, chemical processing, shipping and transportation, and agriculture — these industries drive our economy but also contribute to more than half of our greenhouse gas emissions. This is where hydrogen comes in. While some of these activities can be electrified, many hard-to-abate sectors will require alternative fuels to drive their decarbonization. The Department of Energy recently estimated that the opportunity for clean hydrogen production in the U.S. is 50 million metric tons annually by 2050.

However, producing hydrogen takes energy of
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