The NEA Nuclear Science Committee (NSC) had organised two previous information exchange meetings on the nuclear production of hydrogen. The last of these meetings was held in October 2003, where developments in the following scientific and technical areas were reviewed:
The participants concluded that substantial experimental progress is being made in developing nuclear hydrogen production technology. The participants also stressed the need to pursue the use of currently available nuclear reactor types and methods for producing hydrogen (such as electrolysis of LWR-produced electricity), while continuing R&D work on promising new concepts that may become better suited to centralised production.
The current scientific and technical issues related to the nuclear production of hydrogen were discussed during the Third NEA Information Exchange Meeting on Nuclear Production of Hydrogen. Recommendations to the NSC on possible further international collaboration in this field were also formulated during the meeting.
The meeting was co-organised by the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) and the NEA Nuclear Science Committee (NSC). The IAEA co-sponsored the meeting.
All presented papers were included in the proceedings published by the NEA.
The meeting consisted of plenary sessions with invited and contributed papers, followed by a general discussion and a conclusion to close the meeting. The following topics were covered: