Fusion Science and Technology / Volume 4 / Number 2P2 / September 1983 / Pages 184-188
Hybrids and Nonelectric Applications / dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST83-A22865
The HYFIRE studies have investigated a number of technical approaches for using the thermal energy produced in a high-temperature Tokamak blanket to provide the electrical and thermal energy required to drive a high-temperature (>1000°C) water electyrolysis process. Current emphasis has been on two design points, one consistent with a peak electrolyzer temperature of ∼1150°C (based on current laboratory experience with high-temperature, solid electrolyte fuel cells), and a second, consistent with a peak electrolyzer temperature of ∼1300°C, which is an extrapolation of present experience. The technical integration of fusion and high-temperature electrolysis appears feasible.