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Hydrogen production from coal using a nuclear heat sourceA strong candidate for hydrogen production in the intermediate time frame of 1985 to 1995 is a coal-based process using a high-temperature gas-cooled reactor (HTGR) as a heat source. Expected process efficiencies in the range of 60 to 70% are considerably higher than all other hydrogen production processes except steam reforming of a natural gas. The process involves the preparation of a coal liquid, hydrogasification of that liquid, and steam reforming of the resulting gaseous or light liquid product. A study showing process efficiency and cost of hydrogen vs nuclear reactor core outlet temperature has been completed, and shows diminishing returns at process temperatures above about 1500 F. A possible scenario combining the relatively abundant and low-cost Western coal deposits with the Gulf Coast hydrogen users is presented which provides high-energy density transportation utilizing coal liquids and uranium.
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Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Proceedings
Quade, R. N.
(General Atomic Co. San Diego, Calif., United States)
Date Acquired
August 9, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1976
Subject Category
Energy Production And Conversion
Meeting Information
Meeting: World Hydrogen Energy Conference
Location: Miami Beach, FL
Start Date: March 1, 1976
End Date: March 3, 1976
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