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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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Research and Development for Nuclear Production of Hydrogen in Japan

Nuclear Energy Agency

The measures toward Hydrogen Energy Society are described in the “Basic Energy Plan” (October 2003), in which nuclear hydrogen production is expected as a process which suppresses carbon dioxide emission to the utmost and is independent from fossil fuels expenditure.

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