Nuclear seen keeping costs down for ‘green’ hydrogen



October 5, 2021

Reuters cites a new study by Aurora Energy Research on Decarbonising Hydrogen in a Net Zero Economy. Hydrogen is increasingly seen as an essential fuel to power a future, carbon-free economy. Nuclear power operators can mitigate high costs by fitting plants to produce hydrogen, and studies have found that the cheapest option for the growing hydrogen economy is to include nuclear in the energy mix. The study was commissioned by Urenco and has been supported by the International Atomic Energy Agency, EDF and LucidCatalyst (consulting partner of TerraPraxis).

Nuclear needed for hydrogen production, study says

World Nuclear News


September 27, 2021

To facilitate rapid decarbonisation and cut dependency on fossil fuels, both nuclear energy and renewables are needed for power and hydrogen production, a new independent study has concluded. The study, by Aurora Energy Research, investigates the benefits of deploying both nuclear and renewables for hydrogen production, to support the energy transition and meet UK climate targets. The report — Decarbonising Hydrogen in a Net Zero Economy — was commissioned by Urenco and has been supported by the International Atomic Energy Agency, EDF and LucidCatalyst (consulting partner of TerraPraxis).

Kirsty Gogan on using ‘Impossible Burgers’ to deliver net zero

Nuclear Future


August 30, 2021

Kirsty Gogan is featured in the cover story of Nuclear Future about how the nuclear industry can help deliver net zero. “By incorporating these strategies we could dramatically change our prospects. Once there is better awareness and understanding, the potential will start to mobilise.”

Hydrogen Goes Nuclear as U.K. Reactor Pivots Toward Renewables



July 31, 2021

The U.K. has set a target for 5 gigawatts of hydrogen production by 2030, envisioning its use in road transportation, home heating and ship propulsion. EDF currently runs 27 plants in the U.K. and France, and is building two more. Sizewell C would be its 30th. “The nuclear industry does need to broaden its ambition and recognize the value of these opportunities,” said Kirsty Gogan, member of a government nuclear advisory board. “We have started to see this happening.”

Unfortunately, I Care About Power Lines Now

The Atlantic


July 28, 2021

We wanted to share this informative article; it does not mention TerraPraxis.

If America wants to fight climate change or enjoy the modern economy it must get better at building electricity transmission. In the past decade, the US has struggled to build new transmission lines linking different regions of the country, even though such lines are essential to basically any vision of the future national economy. In 2011, President Obama attempted to accelerate the completion of 7 major new transmission lines. Only 2 were finished. Since 2009, China has built more than 18,000 miles of ultra high-voltage transmission lines. The U.S. has built zero. The U.S. must triple its transmission infrastructure in order to decarbonize by 2050.

UK Modelling Report 'Decouples Energy from Emissions'

World Nuclear News


June 20, 2021

Diverse, scalable and low-cost applications for nuclear technologies have for first time been fully represented across whole energy system. "To enable the deep decarbonisation that is required to meet net zero, it is clear that we need to completely and utterly transform the totality of our energy system." "Our analysis shows how nuclear can help to minimise the overall physical footprint of the energy system and contribute to achieving net zero at least cost to society."

TerraPower circles 2023 for Natrium construction permit

World Nuclear News


June 17, 2021

TerraPower hopes to apply for a construction permit in August 2023 and an operating license in March 2026 for its Natrium fast reactor.

We wanted to share this informative article; it does not mention TerraPraxis, however, our team has worked closely with TerraPower.

NNL Unveils Transformative Nuclear for Net Zero Modelling

National Nuclear Lab News


June 16, 2021

The UK's NNL has published ground-breaking modelling report demonstrating the role nuclear can play in delivering the UK’s net zero goals. This is the first time that such diverse, scalable and low-cost applications for nuclear technologies have been fully represented across the whole energy system. This work reveals potential routes to de-risk and lower the cost of achieving net zero. The modelling, which was conducted with independent specialists from Energy Systems Catapult and LucidCatalyst, (partner organisation to TerraPraxis) considers the whole energy system on the path to net zero. This includes the role of nuclear in providing not just electricity but also heat, hydrogen and synthetic fuels.

Kirsty Gogan and Eric Ingersoll on Nuclear Hydrogen

The Rational View Podcast


June 11, 2021

Professional astrophysicist Dr. Al Scott has a conversation with TerraPraxis co-founders, Kirsty Gogan and Eric Ingersoll discussing their idea to revolutionize the battle against fossil fuels and carbon emissions: using the heat and electricity from advanced heat sources to create hydrogen more efficiently than by non-thermal electrolysis. This carbon-free hydrogen can be used to create synthetic fuels and could contribute to reversing the accumulation of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Nuclear Innovation Highlighted at CEM12

World Nuclear News


June 3, 2021

Leaders in the nuclear sector discussed how nuclear energy can contribute to reducing carbon emissions in the fight against climate change during a panel discussion on the side lines of the 12th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM12) hosted by Chile. They said technological breakthroughs and innovations can extend nuclear energy's contribution to climate action and accelerate strategies to cleaner energy. The discussion was moderated by Kirsty Gogan, co-founder of TerraPraxis.

Nuclear's Contribution to SDGs is Undervalued, says Bilbao y León

World Nuclear News


April 30, 2021

Dr. Bilbao y León, Director General of the World Nuclear Assoaciation, was interviewed by Kirsty Gogan, host of the launch of Atoms for Humanity, a unique awareness initiative capturing ordinary people from all over the world telling stories on how nuclear transforms their lives. Gogan said one of the core SGDs relates to gender equality. "But also, it's about public health and wellbeing, and again this is absolutely essential to the sustainable development goals. I think nuclear energy can contribute really meaningfully to both of those objectives." "Nuclear energy per se obviously contributes to having this reliable, resilient, 24/7 energy supply that we know is absolutely indispensable to power modern health infrastructure," Bilbao y León said. "We are in the middle of this very terrible COVID-19 pandemic and we are seeing how essential having that access to 24/7 electricity is to cope with this crisis.

On Course to Create a Fusion Power Plant

MIT News


April 28, 2021

Eric Ingersoll helped teach this MIT engineering course, which became an incubator for fusion design innovations. Dennis Whyte, director of the Plasma Science and Fusion Center (PSFC), is the professor of nuclear science and engineering class 22.63 (Principles of Fusion Engineering). Since taking on the course over a decade ago, Whyte has moved away from standard lectures, prodding the class to work collectively on finding solutions to “real-world” issues. Over the past years the course, and its collaborative approach to design, has been instrumental in guiding the real future of fusion at the PSFC.

Oil Companies and Major Utilities Mulling Purchase of 1.4GW Green Hydrogen Project in Chile



April 21, 2021

The $3bn HNH facility, to be powered by 1.8GW of onshore wind, will generate up to 1m tonnes of green ammonia per year.

We wanted to share this informative article; it does not mention TerraPraxis.

European Taxonomy / Commission Announces Plans To Include Nuclear Energy



April 20, 2021

Reason prevails! The European commission has announced that it will include nuclear power in the EU’s sustainable taxonomy under a complimentary delegated act that will confirm the energy source is as sustainable as other taxonomy-compliant power technologies. The delegated act will be consistent with the conclusions of a Joint Research Centre report on nuclear power. The JRC, the commission’s scientific expert arm, was asked to assess whether the EU should label nuclear power as a green investment. It concluded that the fuel qualifies as sustainable and does no more harm to human health or to the environment than other electricity production technologies already included in the bloc’s taxonomy.

Driving Deeper Decarbonisation with Hydrogen-Enabled Synthetic Fuels

The New Nuclear Watch Institute (NNWI)


March 24, 2021

New commercial offerings are set to drive such needed rapid and cost-effective decarbonisation, beyond generating clean electricity. In September 2020, LucidCatalyst published a new report: Missing Link to a Livable Climate that made a crucial breakthrough in designing new strategies for clean, low cost and large-scale hydrogen and clean synthetic fuels production. These hydrogen-enabled synthetic fuels would address the two thirds of global energy use beyond the power sector, which includes sectors like shipping, aviation, and industry. This article describes the key points and urgency to implement these strategies. (TerraPraxis is disseminating the report findings widely.)

How Hydrogen-Enabled Synthetic Fuels Can Cut Global Emissions

Cimpatico Podcast


March 24, 2021

Kirsty Gogan discusses the three main organising principles in order to achieve decarbonisation — Scale, Speed, and Cost. She uses the analogy of “Impossible Burgers” with respect to traditional fossil fuels and suggests that low-cost, clean hydrogen-based synthetic fuel can be a feasible alternative to fossil fuel in shipping, aviation, and other industries.

Why hydrogen needs nuclear power to succeed



March 6, 2021

For carbon-free hydrogen to play a significant role in decarbonization, it will need to be produced in large quantities at low cost to compete with hydrocarbons. The need for nuclear in carbon-free hydrogen production took on urgency in a recent panel discussion, part of the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Forum. Kirsty Gogan of LucidCatalyst and TerraPraxis is quoted and the Missing Link report, which TerraPraxis is helping disseminate, describing proposals for large-scale production of green hydrogen is discussed. The report recommends “a new generation of advanced heat sources,” which includes advanced modular reactors, which power electrolysis with heat.

Advanced heat sources are key to decarbonisation, says LucidCatalyst

World Nuclear News


February 23, 2021

Given the scale and urgency of the required clean transition combined with the growth of the global energy system, all zero-carbon hydrogen production options must be pursued, energy research and consultancy firm LucidCatalyst stresses in its latest report—Missing Link to a Livable Climate, which describes how to decarbonise "a substantial portion" of the global energy system, for which there is currently "no viable alternative", and presents the six actions that are needed. "The potential of advanced heat sources to power the production of large-scale, very low-cost hydrogen and hydrogen-based fuels could transform global prospects for near-term decarbonisation and prosperity."

TerraPraxis is helping disseminate the report.

ETI NCD Study cited in the UK's HM Treasury NetZero Interim report

HM Treasury NetZero Report


January 31, 2021

TerraPraxis' partner, LucidCatalyst's ETI NCD Study is cited in the UK's HM TreasuryNetZero Interim report as evidence that "learning can, and does, occur for nuclear power plant construction where nations are able to invest in fleet deployment, using the same design across multiple projects, as seen in the Republic of Korea and elsewhere.” (Page 39). " Nuclear project developers are also exploring ways to modularise construction where possibel to mitigate delays...and reduce overall project risk. Furthermore, pending global regulatory approval, small modular reactors (SMRs), could have the potential to go further by using repeat manufacture and on-site assembly techniques that accelerate learning and enable cost reductions."

All Reactors Large and Small

Atomic Insights Podcast


January 28, 2021

Kirsty and Eric join Rod Adams and other experts in a lively discussion of nuclear plant costs and the relationship of costs to size. Pro-nuclear advocates generally agree that there is a large and growing need for new nuclear power plants to meet energy demands with less impact on the planet and its atmosphere. There is frequent, sometimes passionate discussion about the most appropriate reactor sizes, technologies and specific uses. Other guests include: Nick Touran, Chris Keefer, and Jessica Lovering. Listen or read more to hear their conclusions.

Paris accords: Nuclear energy must be part of a serious US recommitment

The Hill


January 26, 2021

We'd like to share this article by Dr. Sweta Chakraborty: Nuclear energy must play a role in the overall global energy transition alongside other low-carbon technologies, although the extent of the role will vary between countries. With the U.S. recommitting to the Paris Accords and conceivably taking the lead, the role of nuclear energy must be supported globally...The U.S. must lead by example and show that nuclear energy is necessary for a stable energy transition and to support the removal of reliance from fossil fuels.

Non-grid nuclear applications hold key to decarbonisation

World Nuclear News


January 25, 2021

Using nuclear plants to generate heat as well as electricity for non-grid industrial applications could be central to deep decarbonisation efforts beyond being a source of zero-carbon electricity. Kirsty Gogan and other speakers at the fifth Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum last week looked at how hydrogen – and nuclear – can contribute to carbon abatement efforts in areas that have so far been hard to decarbonise.

The Clean Hydrogen Saga: Part II – The Cost of Clean Hydrogen

The 4th Generation | Advanced Energy


January 19, 2021

This article, written by our frequent collaborator, Rauli Partanen, is part 2 of a 4-part series on clean hydrogen and how to bring its costs down. The research is drawn from the Missing Link report by LucidCatalyst, which TerraPraxis is disseminating. The main factors in clean H2 production are: The main factors in clean H2 production cost are: 1. Capacity factor of energy supply; 2. Capital investment (CapEx) of energy supply; 3. Efficiency of electrolyzers (what percentage of electricity is turned into hydrogen); 4. CapEx of electrolyzers.

The Need to Scale Up Hydrogen – Part I

The 4th Generation | Advanced Energy


January 4, 2021

This article, written by our frequent collaborator, Rauli Partanen, is part 1 of a 4-part series on clean hydrogen and how to bring its costs down. The research is drawn from the Missing Link report by LucidCatalyst, which TerraPraxis is disseminating. Hydrogen, and clean fuels we can make with it, are among the most prominent options available to decarbonize these the “difficult-to-decarbonize” sectors, and drive much of the 60-70% of fossil fuels use we still see in mainstream scenarios by mid-century. If we cannot do it with hydrogen, there is even less chance we can do it with anything else...This undertaking is enormous. It is not a small subsection of our electricity grid. It is several times larger than our current electricity grid.

Governments Look to Expand Nuclear Power Through SMRs

Power Magazine


January 3, 2021

Advancements in small modular reactor (SMR) technology are being supported by government investment within several countries, including the U.S. and the UK, as SMRs are increasingly seen as a way to take advantage of zero-emission nuclear power without the expense of building new, large nuclear power plants. Recent investments have looked at how parts for SMRs could be fabricated and then assembled at their destination, another way to reduce construction and overall project costs. Kirsty Gogan is quoted, refering to "advanced heat sources", and saying that they can provide economical and clean dispatchable generation, repower coal plants, and supply heat.

Energy Strategy Podcast: Conversation with Kirsty Gogan & Eric Ingersoll

Energi Strategi Podden


December 27, 2020

This podcast from Sweden explores: How do we go about delivering on the Paris agreement? What kind of policy and infrastructural changes do we need? In this episode Eric Ingersoll and Kirsty Gogan discuss the findings of their Missing Link hydrogen report, authored by LucidCatalyst and being disseminated by TerraPraxis.

Floating nuclear power plants are an affordable and clean alternative to fossil fuels

Intelligent Living


December 23, 2020

Danish startup Seaborg Technologies says it can make affordable nuclear electricity a viable alternative to fossil fuels—its floating barges fitted with advanced nuclear reactors could provide electricity across the developing world as soon as 2025. Kirsty Gogan is quoted: "For hard-to-reach regions, with a climate that is simultaneously too harsh to support the use of renewable energies and too fragile to continue its heavy dependence on fossil fuels, small nuclear, including floating plants, is the only answer." Floating nuclear power plants could be the “turn-key solution” necessary for fast-growing developing economies to power their industries, produce clean-burning hydrogen, and purify drinking water.

Nuclear Industry Sees Its Survival In The Need For Carbon Capture



December 17, 2020

Nuclear advocates see a vast market for reactors in carbon capture and carbon-based products, not only for the next generation of reactors in development, but also for the aging dinosaurs they evolved from. “Carbon products represent the potential for an entirely new market for nuclear energy,” said Canon Bryan, CFO of Terrestrial Energy, which is developing a reactor that uses liquid uranium fluoride fuel...“If the waste heat from that plant was being combined with electricity production you could be removing 20 million tons per year of carbon from the atmosphere,” said Kirsty Gogan at an EarthX panel. Modular reactors may also be cheaper, Gogan said, because they can be manufactured in factories on a standard model.

Which are the most effective climate change nonprofits?



December 11, 2020

This article reports that two groups of independent researchers set out to identify the most effective nonprofits that are working to curb climate change. Their findings may surprise you. Giving Green recommends five organizations: the Clean Air Task Force, the Sunrise Education Fund, which is the 501(c)(3) arm of the Sunrise Movement, Climeworks, Burn and Tradewater. Top charities selected by researchers at the Founders Pledge are the Clean Air Task Force (again), Carbon 180 and TerraPraxis.

What is Hydrogen Fuel? New ways of making hydrogen are set to transform the energy industry

Business Insider


December 2, 2020

There's another reason the market for green hydrogen is set to grow: Even if we switch to renewable power, some industries will still be carbon-intensive, says Eric Ingersoll, a hydrogen market expert. Sourcing green hydrogen is a relatively easy way for industries to minimize their footprints. "In some ways, we're making a lot of progress with renewables, but we're not making the kind of progress we need with overall decarbonization," Ingersoll said. "People are starting to realize now that we need to have very practical solutions that can decarbonize our existing infrastructure."

How to Support High-Impact Climate Charities

Founders Pledge


November 29, 2020

The Founders Pledge Research Team details how to support high-impact climate charities in the wake of the 2020 election. Read this informative analysis of about the timing and impact of philanthropy in their comprehensive report. One finding is that the vast majority of funding goes to public engagement and raising awareness. At the same time, global philanthropic support for decarbonising sectors that are usually considered among the hardest to decarbonise — transport and industry — is less than that US$75 million. Carbon dioxide removal, the technology considered most in need of additional innovation policy support, received only US$25 million in global philanthropic support. Note that Founders Pledge supports TerraPraxis, which is one of only a handful of NGOs currently working on these difficult problems.

EU Sustainable Finance Taxonomy: The case to unlock sustainable funding for nuclear industry



November 5, 2020

The EU’s Sustainable Finance Taxonomy committee had out-of-date information that was putting nuclear at risk of being misclassified. So ARUP team members dug through 70 years of the industry's techniques and best practices. The report they delivered showed a body of scientific evidence for good waste management—supporting a conclusion that nuclear power deserves a place in the EU Sustainable Finance Taxonomy framework. Kirsty Gogan of TerraPraxis was an advisor to this report. Read the report at the link below.

Synthetic fuels are the decarbonization tool we didn't know we needed

The 4th Generation


October 27, 2020

A new report by energy research and consultancy firm LucidCatalyst and NGO TerraPraxis says that carbon-neutral, hydrogen-enabled synthetic fuels might be the answer to transitioning these “difficult-to-decarbonize” sectors. Synthetic fuels—meaning fuels made chemically instead of mined from the earth—can be economically competitive with fossil fuels, according to the report. This is a crucial breakthrough. First, implementing synthetic fuels gets rid of the need to electrify everything. Assuming these fuels are carbon neutral, all we have to do is swap them in for hydrocarbons. Second, they could replace the 50-60% of global emissions attributed to these sectors, at identical cost to cheap traditional fuels. TerraPraxis is helping disseminate the report.

I always judge myself before others! Kirsty Gogan

Are We Nearly There Yet? Podcast


October 21, 2020

Listen to this podcast with Kirsty Gogan about her life and how she came to work on climate issues. Kirsty highly recommends reading Professor Sir David MacKay’s book “Sustainable Energy Without the Hot Air” (www.withouthotair.com) which opened her eyes to the scale of the energy challenge and not being able to address it with renewables alone.

IAEA Director General Meets TerraPraxis Founders

International Atomic Energy Association


September 24, 2020

Rafael Mariano Grossi, IAEA Director General met with Kirsty Gogan, Co-Founder for TerraPraxis and Managing Director of Lucid Catalyst, and Eric Ingersoll, Co-Founder for TerraPraxis and Lucid Catalyst, during the IAEA 64th General Conference held at the Agency headquarters in Vienna. View the gallery of images by clicking on the Read Article link below.

Nuclear essential to hydrogen future, says LucidCatalyst

World Nuclear News


September 17, 2020

Untapped options for clean hydrogen—including the use of advanced modular reactors—can put the world back on the pathway to meeting the Paris climate goals, according to a new report from energy research and consultancy firm LucidCatalyst. The report says the clean energy transition from oil to hydrogen-based fuels could be achieved with a global investment of US$17 trillion, spent over 30 years from 2020 to 2050. TerraPraxis is disseminating the report.

Policymakers should act now on nuclear, urges new report

World Nuclear News


September 15, 2020

There are immediate actions that countries and stakeholders can take in understanding the importance of nuclear power in the transition to clean energy, according to a report published today by the Flexible Nuclear Campaign for Nuclear-Renewables Integration (FNC). FNC is a campaign of the Nuclear Innovation: Clean Energy Future (NICE Future) initiative under the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), and coordinated by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. TerraPraxis' partner organisation helped create this campaign.

"Missing Link": Could nuclear power up the clean hydrogen industry?

Business Green


September 14, 2020

A new report by LucidCatalyst argues that with demand for clean hydrogen set to boom, the nascent mocular reactor industry could have a key role to play in meeting surging demand. The world can meet the Paris climate goals and save "trillions" of dollars by building a new generation of modular nuclear reactors to create clean hydrogen, the report suggests. TerraPraxis is disseminating this report.

Nuclear power and hydrogen ‘may cut climate change’

The Sunday Times


September 13, 2020

This article features the Missing Link report about how to tackle the difficult-to-decarbonise sectors to achieve net zero by 2050. LucidCatalsyt authored the report and TerraPraxis is disseminating it. Using nuclear power to generate hydrogen could help limit global warming and clean up heavy industries, a report has claimed. Hydrogen is rapidly turning into the holy grail for environmentalists and big oil companies alike, because the only by-product of its combustion is water. The government is committed to the UK achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Blueprint for cheaper nuclear power unveiled

Nuclear Industry Association UK


September 2, 2020

The nuclear industry today set out an ambitious framework to cut the cost of constructing new power stations in the UK. In a new report, a cross-industry team, working as part of the Government-backed Nuclear Sector Deal, set out the key factors to reduce risk and bring down costs by 30% by 2030. TerraPraxis partner organisation, LucidCatalyst was part of the team.

Michael Liebreich interviews Kirsty Gogan about nuclear energy: "It's the missing link to a livable climate"

Cleaning Up Podcast


August 19, 2020

Kirsty Gogan talks with Michael Lieibreich about why nuclear energy is critical to fighting climate change, as part of this series with leaders working on climate.

Kirsty Gogan 'Fighting for Nuclear'

Cleaning Up Podcast


August 19, 2020

Michael Liebreich interviews TerraPraxis and LucidCatalyst's Kirsty Gogan about nuclear energy: "It's the missing link to a livable climate". What role (if any) should nuclear play in a low carbon future? Should we build more large-scale light-water reactors despite high costs? Is nuclear safe? What about proliferation? Kirsty Gogan, a leading voice on nuclear power answers all of the above. Watch the video of this interview.