Hydrogen production via steam-methane reforming in a SOMBRERO fusion breeder with ceramic fuel particles

Demir N.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HYDROGEN ENERGY, vol.38, no.2, pp.853-860, 2013 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier


In the present study, hydrogen production potential of Solid Moving BREeder ReactOr (SOMBRERO) fusion reactor and heat recovery of this system is investigated. The original SOMBRERO fusion reactor has a 1000 MWe KrF laser-driven IFE power plant. This reactors fusion power is 2677 MW and total thermal power is 2891 MW. The blanket is divided into three breeding zone and these breeding zones have different C, Li2O and ceramic fuel particles. One-dimensional neutronic calculations of SOMBRERO fusion reactor have been performed by using XSDRNPM/SCALE4.4a neutron transport code. Steam Methane Reforming (SMR) method is used for large-scale hydrogen production and heat recovery of waste heat is analyzed. The numerical results show that the considered SOMBRERO fusion reactor has a good neutronic performance as well as the high hydrogen production potential with heat recovery of SMR process. Copyright (C) 2012, Hydrogen Energy Publications, LLC. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.