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.



Market viability of nuclear hydrogen technologies

Quantifying the value of product flexibility

Nuclear Energy Agency

We analyse the market viability of four potential nuclear hydrogen technologies. We focus on the value of product flexibility, i.e. the value of the option to switch between hydrogen and electricity production depending on what is more profitable to sell. We find that flexibility in output product is likely to add significant economic value to a nuclear hydrogen plant. Electrochemical technologies lend themselves more easily to flexible production than thermochemical technologies. Potential investors in nuclear hydrogen may therefore see these as more viable in the marketplace.


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