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  1. Demand for hydrogen fuel is large and rapidly increasing
    • 50 million tons of H2 are produced for global consumption per year with a 4 to 10% growth per year.
    • Applications include fertilizer, chemical industry, liquid fuels, transportation and oil refining.
    • Utilization of new technologies (e.g. fuel cells and enriching of biomass or other low-quality fuels) can significantly increase the growth rate of hydrogen demand.
  2. Cost effective with no gas emissions to pollute the air
    • Only nuclear energy can produce hydrogen at large enough scales to meet future demand while avoiding the release of greenhouse gases.
    • In the future, utilization of advanced reactor designs to produce hydrogen can lead to efficiencies up to 50%.
  3. Enhances energy independence and sustainability
    • The sources of hydrogen are abundant, decreasing our dependence on countries in potentially volatile regions of the world.
    • If we develop production of hydrogen fuel to its full potential, we can reduce our demand for oil by over 11 million barrels per day by the year 2040.
    • Use of fast breeder reactors to produce hydrogen can provide a sustainable energy source for future generations.

Last updated July 9, 2012, 4:04pm CDT.

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