Ukraine and US to build small modular nuclear reactor to produce hydrogen and ammonia

13 November 2022, 01:50 PM
Minister of Energy of Ukraine Herman Galushchenko (

Minister of Energy of Ukraine Herman Galushchenko (

Kyiv and Washington are launching a pilot project to build a small modular nuclear reactor in Ukraine to produce environmentally friendly hydrogen and ammonia using the latest electrolysis technologies, the U.S. State Department reported on Nov. 12.

The initiative was presented by the U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate Change John Kerry and the Minister of Energy of Ukraine German Galushchenko at the 27th UN Climate Conference (COP27).

The project aims to:

  • support Ukraine's energy security goals;
  • promote decarbonization of energy sectors through the production of clean hydrogen;
  • improve long-term food security through the production of clean ammonia fertilizers;
  • demonstrate Ukraine's innovative leadership in clean energy through advanced technologies.

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The partners in the pilot project include an international consortium made up the U.S. Argonne National Laboratory, Ukraine’s state NPP operator Energoatom, the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine and State Scientific and Technical Center for Nuclear and Radiation Safety, as well as a number of private companies.

In addition, Kerry said he was launching the Project Phoenix initiative aimed at accelerating the conversion of coal-fired power plants in Central and Eastern Europe into plants with small modular reactors.

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