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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.

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Investigation on a New Hydrogen Production Process for FBR

Nuclear Energy Agency

A new thermochemical and electrolytic hybrid hydrogen production process (thermochemical and electrolytic hybrid hydrogen process in lower temperature range: HHLT) is under investigation to realise the hydrogen production from water by using the heat generation of coolant in fast breeding reactor (FBR). HHLT is based on sulphuric acid (H2SO4) synthesis and the decomposition processes developed earlier (Westinghouse process), and sulphur trioxide (SO3) decomposition process at about 500°C is facilitated by electrolysis with ionic oxygen conductive solid electrolyte which is extensively utilised for high-temperature electrolysis of water...

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