Nuclear Power: Hydrogen

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered at on 15 December 2021.

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Photo of Mark Menzies Mark Menzies Conservative, Fylde

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what policy framework his Department plans to implement to support the development of modular reactors to ensure that nuclear energy is part of a low-carbon hydrogen production mix.

Photo of Greg Hands Greg Hands The Minister of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

My Rt. Hon. Friend the Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution included a commitment of up to £385 million for an Advanced Nuclear Fund to develop a domestic Small Modular Reactor (SMR) design and to demonstrate innovative Advanced Modular Reactors (AMR) by the early 2030s. Both of these reactor technologies have the potential to produce low carbon hydrogen using electricity and/or heat via increasingly efficient electrolysis, or in the case of AMRs via higher temperature additional production routes.

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