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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.

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Status of the INL high-temperature electrolysis research programme – experimental and modelling

Nuclear Energy Agency

This paper provides a status update on the high-temperature electrolysis (HTE) research and development programme at Idaho National Laboratory (INL), with an overview of recent large-scale system modelling results and the status of the experimental programme. System analysis results have been obtained using the commercial code UniSim, augmented with a custom high-temperature electrolyser module. The process flow diagrams for the system simulations include an advanced nuclear reactor as a source of high-temperature process heat, a power cycle and a coupled steam electrolysis loop. Several reactor types and power cycles have been considered, over a range of reactor coolant outlet temperatures.

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