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.



Recent Canadian advances in the thermochemical Cu-Cl cycle for nuclear hydrogen production

Nuclear Energy Agency

This paper presents recent Canadian advances in nuclear-based production of hydrogen with the thermochemical copper-chlorine (Cu-Cl) cycle. Current collaboration between UOIT, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, Argonne National Laboratory and partner institutions is focusing on enabling technologies for the Cu-Cl cycle, through the Generation IV International Forum. This paper presents the recent advances in the development of individual reactor designs, thermal efficiency, process developments, corrosion resistant materials and linkage between nuclear and hydrogen plants. The paper provides an overview of latest advances by a Canadian consortium that is collaborating on equipment scale-up for the Cu-Cl cycle.


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