Future Trends for Electrolysers in Nuclear Industry
International Conference on the Future of Heavy Water Reactors - 2011 October 02-05

Presented at:
International Conference on the Future of Heavy Water Reactors
2011 October 02-05
Ottawa, Canada
Session Title:
Heavy Water Technology

T. Manifar (Tyne Engineering Inc)
J. Robinson (Tyne Engineering Inc)
Peter Ozemoyah (Tyne Engineering Inc)
V. Robinson (Tyne Engineering Inc)
Sam Suppiah (Atomic Energy of Canada Limited)
Hugh Boniface (Atomic Energy of Canada Limited)


The nuclear industry, through the application of electrolysers, can provide a solution to energy shortage with its competitive cost and can be one of the major future sources of hydrogen production with zero carbon emission. In addition, development of complementary, yet critical processes for upgrading or detritiation of the heavy water in the nuclear industry can be advanced with the application of electrolysers. Regardless of the technology, the electrolyser’s development and application are facing many technical challenges including radiation and catalysis.

In this paper, three main types of electrolysers are discussed along with their advantages and disadvantages. Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) electrolysers look promising for hydrogen (or its isotopes) production. For this reason, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) in collaboration with Tyne Engineering has started design and fabrication of PEM electrolysers with more than 60 Nm3/hr hydrogen production capacity for the application in nuclear industry. This electrolyser is being designed to withstand high concentrations of tritium.

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