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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.

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Canadian nuclear hydrogen R&D programme

Development of the medium-temperature Cu-Cl cycle and contributions to the high-temperature sulphur-iodine cycle

Nuclear Energy Agency

Canada is developing the heavy-water-moderated supercritical water reactor as its Generation IV nuclear system. The medium temperature copper-chlorine (Cu-Cl) cycle has been selected as a suitable process for integration with this reactor system for large-scale production of hydrogen. A collaborative programme uniting the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) and Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) is underway for the development of the complete cycle for pilot plant demonstration. Canada’s Generation IV National Programme also supports the international efforts on VHTR through R&D on areas that are synergistic with the Canadian efforts on SCWR. Some of the latest results in the development of the Cu-Cl cycle and Canada’s contributions to the sulphur-iodine cycle are described in this paper.

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