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.


CEA assessment of the sulphur-iodine cycle for hydrogen production

Nuclear Energy Agency

The sulphur-iodine cycle is a promising process for hydrogen production using nuclear heat:

• it is a purely thermochemical cycle, implying that hydrogen production will scale with volume rather than surface;

• it only involves fluids, thus avoiding the often difficult handling of solids;

• its heat requirements are well matched to the temperatures available from a Generation IV very/high temperature reactor.


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