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Argonne and Constellation sign agreement to develop carbon-free power generation

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BALTIMORE – US energy production and use is undergoing rapid transformation in response to concerns about climate change. Carbon-free energy sources, such as wind, solar and nuclear power, are being sought to reduce carbon emissions and improve the resilience of electricity generation during extreme weather events caused by global warming . In September 2022, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory launched a long-term agreement with Constellation to assess trends in the nation’s energy system and develop technologies for more efficient power generation. and carbon free.

As the largest carbon-free energy producer in the United States, Constellation’s generation fleet powers approximately 20 million homes. Its retail business serves two million residential, public sector and enterprise customers, including three-quarters of the Fortune 100. The Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (Agreement) between Constellation and Argonne will support various projects through October 2028.

One of these projects will focus on the use of hydrogen from nuclear energy to store and transmit energy in emergency power, transportation and various other applications. Argonne researchers are already working with Constellation to assess market demand for hydrogen as well as the environmental and economic impacts of hydrogen production, storage and delivery.

“Clean hydrogen produced from carbon-free nuclear has the power to transform hard-to-decarbonise industries. By combining Constellation’s leading carbon-free energy resources with the smelting technologies and technical expertise of Argonne National Laboratory, we have the opportunity to provide real-world solutions to combat the growing threats of climate change,” said said Colleen Wright, vice president of corporate strategy for Constellation.

By providing a legal framework and establishing intellectual property agreements, the agreement enables Argonne and Constellation to quickly launch projects and pivot to address emerging challenges and opportunities in the country’s rapidly changing energy system. Additionally, the six-year duration allows the parties to grow and expand their work to build on the successes of previous projects, paving the way for Constellation to become a leader in emerging energy technologies.

“The agreement can help align our research and development in the lab, as it gives us a much better idea of ​​what industry really needs. The industry benefits because they benefit from the power of Argonne National Laboratory’s capabilities and expertise to solve specific technical problems they may encounter,” said Mark Petri, Argonne National Laboratory’s Safety and Resilience Manager. network at Argonne.

But perhaps the biggest impact of this deal is the pipeline it establishes to develop and apply innovative technologies that can help decarbonize the US energy system. As Petri describes it, “We can immediately turn our projects into field studies, pilot projects and adoption. We want to make a difference and help the country address climate change issues, but we can’t do that without industry. Constellation is an ideal industry partner, given its commitment to clean, reliable power generation and its desire to pioneer new energy technologies.