Nuclear Production of Hydrogen

Second Information Exchange Meeting -- Argonne, Illinois, USA 2-3 October 2003

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Hydrogen has the potential to play an important role as a sustainable and environmentally acceptable source of energy in the 21st century. Present methods for producing hydrogen are mainly based on the reforming of fossil fuels with subsequent release of greenhouse gases. To avoid producing greenhouse gases, the possibility to use heat and surplus electricity from nuclear power plants to produce hydrogen by water cracking is being investigated. This report presents the state of the art in the nuclear production of hydrogen and describes the scientific and technical challenges associated with it.



Back from the Future

To Plan the Best Way Nuclear Can Get Us There

Nuclear Energy Agency

We’ll start by giving two answers to a single question, “Why hydrogen?” We’ll follow this with abrief discussion of the energy system architecture’s five-link chain, to emphasize the key role of the central link, energy currencies. Then, gluing these two concepts together – (a) systemic architecture and (b) the answer to why hydrogen – we can set out the rationale leading to the premise that our system will ultimately be dominated by the twin currencies, hydrogen and electricity. All this will serve as a foundation for considering the sources, infrastructures and service technologies likely to characterise the deeper future (2100 ~ 2200). Finally, based on this long view (and our sliver of time within it) we can use the perspective to suggest near-term strategies...


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