Nuclear Production of Hydrogen

Fourth Information Exchange Meeting, Oakbrook, Illinois, USA , 14-16 April 2009

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Hydrogen has the potential to play an important role as a sustainable and environmentally acceptable energy carrier in the 21st century. This report describes the scientific and technical challenges associated with the production of hydrogen using heat and/or electricity from nuclear power plants, with special emphasis on recent developments in high-temperature electrolysis and the use of different chemical thermodynamic processes. Economics and market analysis as well as safety aspects of the nuclear production of hydrogen are also discussed.



A metallic seal for high-temperature electrolysis stacks

Nuclear Energy Agency

Gas tightness over a long period of time is a real challenge in high-temperature electrolysis. The seals must indeed be able to run at high temperature between metals and brittle ceramic materials, which is a major issue to be solved. The common sealing solution relies on glass-made seals, despite their low mechanical strength at high temperature. Metallic seals have seldom been used in this field, because their stiffness and their hardness require a much higher load to achieve the appropriate tightness.


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