Global power demand is projected to more than double by 2050 and meeting this increased power demand will require maintaining or increasing power output from all existing energy sources while adding a large amount of new capacity. The power sources that have the greatest opportunity to fulfill this demand gap over this time period are clean energy sources including solar and nuclear power. One of the areas of expertise that SRNL has been applying to help with a variety of clean energy technologies is in high temperature electrochemistry. Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) in collaboration with industrial and university partners has used high temperature electrochemical engineering to make improvements in solar power, nuclear fuel reprocessing, and fusion energy technologies. This article describes how high temperature electrochemistry has been applied at SRNL to mitigate corrosion in high temperature CSP systems, develop novel methods of nuclear fuel processing, and recover tritium in fusion energy technologies.
Garcia-Diaz, Brenda L.; Olson, Luke; Martinez-Rodriguez, Michael; Fuentes, Roderick; Colon-Mercado, Hector; and Gray, Josh
"High Temperature Electrochemical Engineering and Clean Energy Systems,"
Journal of the South Carolina Academy of Science: Vol. 14
, Article 4.
Available at: http://scholarcommons.sc.edu/jscas/vol14/iss1/4