Using the carbon free nuclear power generated by Energy Harbor’s Davis-Besse Power Station, GLCH will produce clean hydrogen through water electrolysis aligned with the DOE’s Hydrogen Shot goals and will result in near-term cost-effective decarbonisation, pollutant reductions and employment opportunities.
Nuclear hydrogen production, aiming to launch in 2023, will be created by a unit featuring Low Temperature Electrolysis (LTE) using Polymer Electrolyte Membrane (PEM) technology to produce hydrogen, avoiding the challenge of capturing and sequestering carbon dioxide.
Frank Calzonetti, Vice President for Research at The University of Toledo, said, “This industry-led Hydrogen Hub coalition intends to ensure that the Midwest is a leader in a decarbonisation transition so that regional industries and supply chains are globally competitive, and opportunities are created for workers and their communities.”
David Hamilton, Energy Harbor’s, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nuclear Officer, said the development of the GLCH project is an important step in the transformation of northwest Ohio and the regions around its nuclear plants into Clean Energy Centers (CECs), that will be the necessary carbon-free, infrastructure backbone of the US economy.
Energy Harbor President and Chief Executive Officer, John Judge, said, “This agreement and projects like the carbon free data infrastructure project at our Beaver Valley Nuclear Station, demonstrate that clean energy infrastructure development near our nuclear facilities will create additional jobs and economic growth … we look forward to the culmination of these efforts as we pursue Clean Energy Center (CEC) projects at our nuclear facilities in Ohio and Pennsylvania.”
Last October Energy Harbor and the Department of Energy (DOE) entered into final agreements to continue the development of a zero-carbon hydrogen production demonstration project at the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station near Toledo, in collaboration with Idaho National Laboratory (INL), Xcel Energy, and Arizona Public Service.
Davis-Besse is situated in close proximity to key hydrogen consumers in the manufacturing and transportation sectors, including Cleveland Cliffs steel plants, General Electric – Cincinnati, Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority, Intel Microelectronic Plant – Columbus and Ammonia Production – Lima.