Ukraine and the USA agreed on the implementation of the pilot project “Clean fuel from small modular reactors”, which will demonstrate the production of pure hydrogen and ammonia using reliable and safe small modular nuclear reactors (SMR) and the latest electrolysis technologies in Ukraine.

The Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, and the Minister of Energy of Ukraine, Herman Halushchenko, have already announced the start of the implementation of this initiative.

The project aims to implement the first of its kind launch of commercial production of clean fuel from SMR with the help of electrolysis of solid oxides and to support the energy security of Ukraine. In addition, it should contribute to the decarbonisation of hard-to-decarbonize energy sectors through the production of clean hydrogen, and improve long-term food security through the production of clean ammonia fertilizers.

The partners participating in the pilot project are a multinational consortium consisting of the Argonne National Laboratory, NNEGC Energoatom, the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, the State Scientific and Technical Center for Nuclear and Radiation Safety, as well as private companies Clark Seed, Doosan Enerbility, FuelCell Energy, IHI Corporation, JGC Corporation, NuScale Power, Samsung C&T and Starfire Energy.

In a second statement, Special Envoy Kerry announced Project Phoenix, a new initiative aimed at accelerating Europe’s transition from coal-fired power to SMR while preserving local jobs through workforce retraining. The Phoenix project will provide direct American support for the technical and economic justifications for the transition from coal to SMR and related measures to support the energy security goals of the countries of Central and Eastern Europe.