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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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The production of hydrogen by nuclear and solar heat

Nuclear Energy Agency

Both nuclear and solar energy represent significant carbon-free sources, which may contribute robust elements to a cleaner energy economy, to develop domestic energy sources for the purpose of energy security and stability, and to reduce national dependencies on imports of fossil fuels. Hydrogen, on the other hand, represents a fuel which is clean, powerful and an environmentally benign source of energy to the end-user. The current production of hydrogen is mainly based on hydrocarbons as feedstock, e.g. steam reforming of natural gas.

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