The NEA Nuclear Science Committee (NSC) had previously organised three information exchange meetings to discuss scientific and strategic matters pertaining to the nuclear production of hydrogen. Earlier meetings had covered numerous issues such as: 1) prospects for hydrogen in future energy structures and the role of nuclear power; 2) R&D programmes; 3) technologies and design concepts; and 4) integrated production systems; basic and applied science. Meeting participants have reviewed progress in nuclear hydrogen technologies and expressed an interest in discussing related topics such as safety, economics and licensing issues at the fourth meeting.
In addition to papers on scientific and technical issues, the fourth meeting organisers welcome papers dealing with the following topics:
Regulatory agencies were welcome to participate and to exchange views on safety issues.
The meeting was co-organised by the Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) and the NEA Nuclear Science Committee (NSC). The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was a co-sponsor of the meeting.
All presented papers were included in the proceedings published by the NEA.
The meeting consisted of plenary sessions with paper contributions, panel discussions and poster sessions. There was a summary session at the end of the meeting. The Technical Program Committee invited paper contributions primarily covering scientific and technological progress, but also considered contributions that addresed some strategic issues related to nuclear production of hydrogen, including: