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College of Engineering Unit: 
Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering
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None Listed
Physical Location at Expo: 
Community Plaza
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Our project aims to improve the economic viability of hydrogen fuel cells through the design and implementation of a high temperature steam electrolysis (HTSE) unit. Thermal energy produced by a nuclear power plant will be used to indirectly fire a closed-loop recompression Brayton cycle with supercritical carbon dioxide working fluid to produce the electricity needed for this process. Use of nuclear energy to produce clean hydrogen fuel provides a low-carbon alternative to traditional methane steam reforming. The proposed process would produce over 50,000 metric tons of high pressure hydrogen per year for use in fuel cells.