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.



Investigation of the I-S Cycle for Massive Hydrogen Production

Nuclear Energy Agency

The French Commissariat à l’Énergie Atomique (CEA) has, since mid-2001, performed a preliminary evaluation of different methods to produce hydrogen from nuclear energy. The objective is to compare the hydrogen production costs via high temperature electrolysis or via thermochemical cycles, which are nowadays the two main routes for the long term production of hydrogen without greenhouse effect, both from the technical and economical points of view...


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