Hydrogen Production Using Reduced Temperature
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Contact: David R. Anderson
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The INL has developed a novel process for producing hydrogen using a reduced outlet temperature of Very High Temperature Gas Cooled Reactor. This process uses a combination of hydrogen recycle, a molten salt or helium, and a supercritical CO2 cycle. This method preheats the feed, reduces pumping power in the primary side and/or thermal transmission piping, and converts the power unit, achieving a high electrical conversion efficiency of 45%. This process reduces the operating outlet temperature of Very High Temperature Reactor (VHTR) from 900 C to 700 C, and can thus reduce the need for high temperature structural materials for the VHTR and thermal transmission piping and heat exchangers.