US President's Special Envoy on Climate Matters John Kerry and Ukraine's Energy Minister Herman Galushchenko announced the pilot project "Clean fuel in Ukraine with SMR".
The project will launch the production of green hydrogen and ammonia using a small modular nuclear reactor (SMR) and advanced electrolysis technologies in Ukraine, reports US Department of State.
The message noted that this pilot project is aimed at the world's first industrial production of clean fuel from SMR using the electrolysis of solid oxides. Such reactors are reliable and safe.
The press service emphasized that the project builds on the existing capacity-building cooperation initiated within the framework of the US program "Basic Infrastructure for the Responsible Use of SMR Technologies" (FIRST).
It is aimed at:
- support of Ukraine's energy security goals;
- ensuring the decarbonization of energy sectors, where it is difficult to reduce emissions, through the production of green hydrogen;
- improving long-term food security with the help of clean fertilizers produced from ammonia;
- demonstration of Ukraine's innovative leadership in the field of clean energy thanks to the use of advanced technologies.
The international consortium of the Argonne National Laboratory, NAEK "Energoatom", NSDC of Ukraine and the State Scientific and Technical Center for Nuclear and Radiation Safety, as well as private companies Clark Seed, Doosan Enerbility, FuelCell Energy, IHI Corporation, JGC Corporation, NuScale Power will participate in the implementation of the project. , Samsung C&T and Starfire Energy.
Kerry also spoke about the launch of a new initiative, "Project Phoenix", which is designed to accelerate the transition of coal-fired power plants in Europe to SMR, preserving local jobs by retraining the workforce.
"The United States is committed to supporting the use of innovative clean energy technologies to support global decarbonization efforts and provide options for achieving a green transition in energy sectors where it is difficult to reduce emissions," the statement said.
As EcoPolitic reported before, Energoatom and the Canadian Nuclear Industry Organization signed a memorandum of understanding for cooperation in the field of atomic energy and related technologies, in particular hydrogen.