One of the funded research projects towards the response to the Fukushima nuclear disaster may have an unusual side effect if the project eventually goes into operation.
The Kurion tritium removal system being developed for use at Fukushima Daiichi could provide hydrogen fuel for cars in Japan. If this technology works as claimed and can be put into operation two of the byproducts would be hydrogen gas and pure oxygen. These byproducts could be captured for use as captured gas products. The hydrogen could then be sold for use in fuel cell vehicles. Kurion estimated 90,000 tons of hydrogen gas could be extracted from the contaminated water at Fukushima Daiichi.
Tritium has been a serious problem at the plant, caused by the meltdowns and leaks. The current set of decontamination systems to try to clean water are able to remove some of the contamination. Tritium has been one that can’t be removed so water released to the sea still contains considerable levels of tritium. A technology to remove tritium has been something scientists, researchers and environmentalists have pushed to implement at the plant while the nuclear industry has pushed for dumping it into the Pacific.
More details can be found in this press release from Kurion
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