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Multipurpose Small Size Fast Reactor: Its Basic Concept and Application to Nuclear Hydrogen Production

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H. Endo

Toshiba Corporation, Yokohama, Japan

T. Sawada, H. Ninokata

Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan

Paper No. ICONE10-22561, pp. 957-963; 7 pages
doi:10.1115/ICONE10-22561
From:
  • 10th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering
  • 10th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering, Volume 2
  • Arlington, Virginia, USA, April 14–18, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3596-0 | eISBN: 0-7918-3589-8
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME

abstract

Here we propose a basic concept of a multipurpose small-sized fast reactor and its applicability to produce nuclear hydrogen for near future mass use of hydrogen industrial and public use. The modular-type fast reactor of 150 MW thermal output does not require fuel exchange nor decommissioning on the site, and can be transported from the factory in a fabricated form. For the hydrogen production, we propose to use the sorption enhanced reforming process (SERP), in which the steam-methane reforming can take place around 450–550 °C. Since this temperature range is rather low compared to the ongoing steam reforming method (> 800°C), the SERP system combined with an adequate nuclear reactor system should be a promising one to cope with the coming age of hydrogen civilization.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME

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