Hydrogen Production with a High-Temperature Gas-Cooled Reactor (HTGR)
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.
KeywordsHeat Exchanger Fuel Element Steam Generator Primary System Coal Gasification
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