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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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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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