HTGR – New Prospects for Nuclear Energy

High-temperature gas-cooled reactors (HTGR) are a new type of environmentally clean source of nuclear energy. Their unique properties – capability of generating heat at temperatures to 1000°C and a high safety security – determine the wide possibilities for using reactors of this type to produce hydrogen from water, supply heat for technological processes in different industries, and produce electricity very efficiently in a gas-turbine cycle. Currently, OKBM Afrikantov is working jointly with Russian enterprises on the development of a nuclear power plant + hydrogen energy plant (NPP-HEP) with HTGR and a chemical-technology part for hydrogen production. This work should result in a decision on the construction of the lead block of NPP-HEP with HTGR and a chemical technological part for hydrogen production. The implementation of this project will contribute to the solution of the global problems of decarbonization and growing consumption of energy and it will stimulate the formation of a new technological order – hydrogen energetics.

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Correspondence to N. G. Abrosimov.

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Yu. P. Sukharev is deceased

Translated from Atomnaya Énergiya, Vol. 129, No. 1, pp. 51–53, July, 2020.

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Abrosimov, N.G., Kodochigov, N.G., Kuznetsov, L.E. et al. HTGR – New Prospects for Nuclear Energy. At Energy 129, 43–45 (2020).

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