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.



Application of nuclear-produced hydrogen for energy and industrial use

Nuclear Energy Agency

Hydrogen can be produced from water by thermochemical processes using nuclear heat or by electrochemical processes using nuclear electricity, or by “hybrid” processes combining both processes. As these nuclear water-splitting processes make it possible to produce hydrogen without any carbon dioxide emissions, they are mainstream methods to supply hydrogen as an energy carrier or as a feed material for industrial processes.


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