Next Generation Nuclear Plant

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Next Generation Nuclear Plant.

A Next Generation Nuclear Plant (NGNP) is a generation IV very-high-temperature reactor (VHTR) that could be coupled to a neighboring hydrogen production facility. It could also produce electricity and supply process heat. Up to 30% of this heat could be used to produce hydrogen via high temperature electrolysis significantly reducing the cost of the process.[1] The United States Department of Energy issued in 2007 a "request for expressions of interest from prospective industry teams" that want to provide design services for developing the NGNP.[2]

With an earlier focus on South Africa's Pebble bed modular reactor, in 2012 Idaho National Laboratory approved a design similar to Areva's SC-HTGR (formerly Antares) reactor as the chosen Next Generation Nuclear Power Plant HTGR to be deployed as a prototype by 2021. It was in competition with General Atomics' Gas turbine modular helium reactor and Westinghouse' Pebble Bed Modular Reactor.[3]

The SC-HTGR is based on the GT-MHR.[4] An industry alliance of General Atomics and Areva are targeting 2015 for submittal of a Construction Permit application.[4]

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  1. ^ Badwal, Sukhvinder P.S.; Giddey, Sarbjit; Munnings, Christopher. "Hydrogen production via solid electrolytic routes". Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Energy and Environment. 2 (5): 473–487. doi:10.1002/wene.50. 
  2. ^ "Next Generation Nuclear Plant revived". World Nuclear News. July 24, 2007. 
  3. ^ "INL approves Antares design". 
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