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Innovations in the Production and Use of Nuclear Hydrogen for a Clean Energy Transition

Date and time

Tuesday, 21 September 2021
10:00-11:30 CET, C3, 7th floor 

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Climate change challenges and the need for urgent action to achieve decarbonization of all energy sectors, as well as latest advancements in technology have been leading to considerations for nuclear hydrogen’s role in the energy transition towards NetZero goals. Interest in nuclear hydrogen production is growing internationally due to the potential of nuclear energy to capitalize both on electricity and heat generation, in a sustainable, low carbon and cost-effective manner. Demonstration projects are ongoing in several countries to analyse the feasibility and business opportunities of nuclear hydrogen production, using existing light water reactors (LWRs) coupled with low temperature electrolysers. In other countries, research and development are focused on the medium-term potential of advanced reactors and small modular reactors for non-electric applications and hydrogen production using high temperature steam electrolysis (HTSE) or thermochemical processes.
This event highlights some of the latest progresses achieved in nuclear hydrogen projects and showcase the potential of nuclear energy for hydrogen production. Sector cooperation, supply chain and policy support that have a crucial role in moving these projects forward will be discussed.

Opening remarks will be given by Mikhail Chudakov, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Nuclear Energy.

Session Chair

Stefano Monti, Head, Nuclear Power Technology Development Section, IAEA Division of Nuclear Power, Department of Nuclear Energy

Scientific Secretary

Alina Constantin, Associate Nuclear Engineer (Non-electric applications), Nuclear Power Technology Development Section, IAEA Division of Nuclear Power, Department of Nuclear Energy


David Campbell, Director, Bruce Power Centre for Next Generation Nuclear, Nuclear Innovation Institute, Canada

Richard Boardman, Director for Energy and Environment Science and Technology Programs Office, Idaho National Laboratory, USA

Nikolay Kodochigov, Advisor to the Director General, JSC “Afrikantov OKBM”, Nizhniy Novgorod, Russian Federation

Kees Jan Steenhoek, Director, Government Affairs, URENCO

Felix Chow-Kambitsch, Head of Commissioned Projects, Western Europe, Aurora Energy Research

Francesco Ganda, Nuclear Engineering Expert (INPRO), IAEA Department of Nuclear Energy


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