In December, Technical Director of ES Group Oleksandr Mazurok spoke about the work on the NPHyCo project in an interview with the Ukrainian industry resource Uatom.org. The interview covered topics related to hydrogen energy, including prospects for hydrogen production at Ukrainian nuclear power plants (NPPs), and the introduction of hydrogen plants in Ukraine and the world. He provided an overview of the project’s goals and objectives, as well as the work performed and interim results achieved to date.
He highlighed that three types of electrolyzers have been selected for the project: two of them use hydrogen electrolysis and one uses steam electrolysis. At European plants, steam electrolysis may be the optimal solution, but the current results show that this option is not possible for Ukrainian NPPs.
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The results of the NPHyCo project were presented by ES Group at its stand at the World Nuclear Exhibition 2023 (WNE2023), which took place in Paris from 28-30 November 2023.
Information about the NPHyCo project was prepared as a separate section in ES Group’s materials. The topic was also widely covered at the working meetings held during the exhibition.
In November 2023, NPHyCO was represented in a panel session dedicated to emerging nuclear technologies during the 2023 edition of ENLIT held in Paris, France. During this session. Canet Serin, Hydrogen Projects Manager at Covalion, a Framatome spin-off, provided an overview of the project, including the fact that it is assessing the feasibility of producing hydrogen near a nuclear power plant and that it will analyse potential offtakers like the steel, iron, fertilizer and petrochemical industry. In this respect she noted that the technical feasibility of the project is not in question and that offtakers are largely interested in reliability of hydrogen supply at a competitive price.
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From 13-15 November 2023, the 17th SET-Plan conference was held in Barcelona, Spain. As part of this conference Dr. -Ing. Ümit Can (Head of COVALION - Framatome GmbH) presented the NPHyCo project during a session dedicated to Research & Innovation (R&I) success stories in the nuclear sector. During his intervention he provided an overview of advantages of hydrogen cogeneration with nuclear, noting in particular the potential for reliability of supply at a competitive price. He also noted some of the challenges which will need to be addressed.
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On 11 October 2023, Martin Glückler from Framatome GmbH (Covalion) provided an overview of the latest developments relating to the NPHyCo project during the 55th edition of the Power Plant Technology Congress, Kraftwerkstechnisches Kolloquium, in Dresden, Germany.
During his intervention, Martin provided an update on the various deliverables which have been produced over the last twelve months, including the Project frame of references, scenario definition, and the analysis of viable interfaces within the environment of a nuclear power plant for hydrogen generation.
On September 28-29, 2023, the V International Scientific Conference “Prospects for the Introduction of Innovations in Nuclear Energy” was held in Kyiv in the Great Conference Hall of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. The event was organized by the Public Organization Ukrainian Nuclear Society (PO UkrNS) together with the Council of Young Scientists at the Department of Physical and Technical Problems of Energy of the NAS of Ukraine, the Institute for Safety Problems of Nuclear Power Plants of the NAS of Sciences of Ukraine with the support of the State Enterprise NNEGC Energoatom, as well as leading Ukrainian and foreign companies collaborating with enterprises of the Ukrainian nuclear industry.
On behalf of NPHyCo, Oleksandr Mazurok, Technical Director of ES Group, presented the first outcomes of this project, including its significance for the Rivne and Khmelnytsky NPPs and Ukraine as a whole. .Click here for more information.
On 13 & 14 September 2023, the Governing Board of the NPHyCo project met in Frankfurt, Germany. The main focus of this meeting was to go through the different Work Packages, the Deliverables already completed as well as Tasks which are currently ongoing. Time was also dedicated to discussing how to improve communications with the various partners in the consortium as well as outreach to relevant Nuclear Power Plants.
On 12 September 2023, NPHyCo participated in a webinar entitled 'Hydrogen from Nuclear Power: Technology Perspectives'. This webinar, organised by project partner nucleareurope, focused on the latest technological developments. Furthermore, it emphasised the importance of having the right political and financial support in place.
On behalf of NPHyCo, Canet Serin (Project Manager H2 Technologies & Battery Solutions, Framatome), presented some of the feasibility aspects - and challenges - relating to nuclear produced hydrogen.
For those unable to join this event, check out the event recording available from here
In May 2023, representatives from the project attended the SNETP Forum which ran from 15 until 17 May in Gothenburg, Sweden. Nuclear cogeneration (including hydrogen as well as heat and steam) featured very prominently during the forum this year. Furthermore, participants agreed that the decarbonisation targets will not be met without nuclear, and that as a result many countries, downstream users and industries are showing a keen interest in this technology. The NPHyCo project was presented via a poster exhibition.
Following on from this, NPHyCo partners attended the "Journée Hydrogène et problématiques matériaux" which took place on 1 June in Lyon, France. This event focused primarily on R&D and scientific developments. In terms of hydrogen, most of the attention was on its interaction with other materials (eg pipelines and storage). On behalf of NPHyCo, Framatome GmbH presented the project to participants.