To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of using retired nuclear power stations for the development and production of hydrogen.
19 July 2021
The Government believes that nuclear could have a role in low-carbon hydrogen production and is aware of industry proposals showing how current nuclear technologies could play a role during the 2020s, while small and advanced modular reactors could unlock further efficiencies in future hydrogen production.
In terms of using former nuclear sites, the first priority is to ensure their safety and continued decommissioning, however we regularly engage with opportunities for future re-use where appropriate and this does include alternative energy production.
The Government is developing the first ever UK Hydrogen Strategy which it aims to publish shortly. This will set out the key steps needed in the 2020s to deliver our 5GW ambition and set the context for further scale up on the way to net zero.