Hydrogen Production with a High-Temperature Gas-Cooled Reactor (HTGR)

  • R. N. Quade
  • A. T. McMain


Use of the HTGR as a major supplier of electric energy has been established. However, the total market for energy forms other than electricity is large and represents a new potential use for nuclear reactors. Of the many ways an HTGR can be applied to a chemical process to produce hydrogen, two are discussed in detail herein. One is for steam hydrocarbon reforming, which might be considered a thermochemical open cycle process; and the other is water-splitting—a thermochemical closed cycle process.


Heat Exchanger Fuel Element Steam Generator Primary System Coal Gasification 
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    Landis, J. W., “The GA High-Temperature Gas-Cooled Reactor — A General Discussion,” presented at the British Nuclear Energy Society, London, England, May 3, 1973.Google Scholar
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    Quade, R. N. and A. T. McMain, “Nuclear Energy for Coal Gasification,” Proceedings, Institute of Gas Technology Clean Fuels from Coal Symposium, September 10–14, 1973.Google Scholar
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    Russell, J. L. and J. T. Porter, “A Search for Thermochemical Water-Splitting Cycles,” to be presented at Theme Conference, University of Miami, March 18–20, 1974.Google Scholar

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© Plenum Press, New York 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. N. Quade
    • 1
  • A. T. McMain
    • 1
  1. 1.General Atomic CompanySan DiegoUSA

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