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Nuclear Production of Hydrogen

Third Information Exchange Meeting, Oarai, Japan, 5-7 October 2005

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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. Since natural sources of pure hydrogen are extremely limited, it is necessary to develop technologies to produce large quantities of hydrogen economically. The currently dominant technology for producing hydrogen is based on reforming fossil fuels, a process which releases greenhouse gases. Hydrogen produced by water cracking, using heat and surplus electricity from nuclear power plants, requires no fossil fuels and results in lower greenhouse gas emissions. This conference proceedings presents the state of the art in the nuclear production of hydrogen and describes its associated scientific and technical challenges.

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Development of the Thermochemical and Electrolytic Hybrid Hydrogen Production Process for Sodium Cooled FBR

Nuclear Energy Agency

The thermochemical and electrolytic hybrid hydrogen production process has been developed by Japan Nuclear Cycle Development Institute (JNC). The process is based on sulfuric acid (H2SO4 synthesis and decomposition process developed earlier (Westinghouse process) and sulfur trioxide (SO3) decomposition process is facilitated by electrolysis with ionic oxygen conductive solid electrolyte at 500°C-550°C.

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