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Record 19 of 16488
Nuclear driven water decomposition plant for hydrogen production
Author and Affiliation:
Parker, G. H.(Westinghouse Electric Corp., Pittsburgh, PA, United States)
Brecher, L. E.(Westinghouse Electric Corp., Pittsburgh, PA, United States)
Farbman, G. H.(Westinghouse Electric Corp., Advanced Energy Systems Div., Pittsburgh, Pa., United States)
Abstract: The conceptual design of a hydrogen production plant using a very-high-temperature nuclear reactor (VHTR) to energize a hybrid electrolytic-thermochemical system for water decomposition has been prepared. A graphite-moderated helium-cooled VHTR is used to produce 1850 F gas for electric power generation and 1600 F process heat for the water-decomposition process which uses sulfur compounds and promises performance superior to normal water electrolysis or other published thermochemical processes. The combined cycle operates at an overall thermal efficiency in excess of 45%, and the overall economics of hydrogen production by this plant have been evaluated predicated on a consistent set of economic ground rules. The conceptual design and evaluation efforts have indicated that development of this type of nuclear-driven water-decomposition plant will permit large-scale economic generation of hydrogen in the 1990s.
Publication Date: Jan 01, 1976
Document ID:
19770029939
(Acquired Dec 01, 1995)
Accession Number: 77A12791
Subject Category: ENERGY PRODUCTION AND CONVERSION
Document Type: Conference Proceedings
Publication Information: (SEE A77-12662 02-44)
Publisher Information: United States
Meeting Information: Conference on Intersociety Energy Conversion Engineering; 11th; September 12-17, 1976; State Line, NV
Contract/Grant/Task Num: NAS3-18934
Financial Sponsor: NASA; United States
Organization Source: Westinghouse Electric Corp.; Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Description: 7p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: Copyright
NASA Terms: ELECTROLYSIS; ENERGY TECHNOLOGY; HYDROGEN-BASED ENERGY; HYDROGENOLYSIS; NUCLEAR REACTORS; THERMOCHEMISTRY; WATER SPLITTING; COAL GASIFICATION; COST ANALYSIS; ENERGY CONVERSION EFFICIENCY; SULFUR DIOXIDES; SULFURIC ACID; WATER
Imprint And Other Notes: In: Intersociety Energy Conversion Engineering Conference, 11th, State Line, Nev., September 12-17, 1976, Proceedings. Volume 2. (A77-12662 02-44) New York, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 1976, p. 1095-1101.
Availability Source: Other Sources
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